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A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District.

4 actions to drive an elementary school turnaround

eSchool News

The opportunity had come up to serve as principal at Lake Park Elementary, a Title 1 school where just one quarter of students were proficient in literacy and the school was on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing schools—the need for an elementary school turnaround was clear. My hiring supervisor was quick to point out that I was already doing the same type of work over the past 19 years, primarily at the secondary level. Driving an elementary school turnaround.

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How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

That’s a problem because the data don’t lie: Two-thirds of all jobs and 80 percent of all “good” jobs (paying a median wage of $65,000) demand a postsecondary credential, according to research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Three Big Bills, Three Ways to Access Educational Funding

N2Y

Together, these three legislative acts comprise not only a gigantic relief effort to stabilize the country, but also a historic investment into our nation’s schools, with billions of dollars earmarked for education. The Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER Fund).

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators

Waterford

In many cases, without even realizing it, educators plan their curriculum without considering whether it includes the diverse backgrounds and identities of their students. 10] By prioritizing diversity and inclusion in class, educators can prepare every student to reach their potential.

To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

Such closures have a disastrous impact on education in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

In this session, we’ll share where we are now, emotional trauma and learning, how effective distance learning compares to face to face learning, how to take your class online, accessibility and equity, assessment, and project-based learning.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

Sifting out solutions from the struggle may help solve chronic problems of quality and equity, say education experts. We are in that moment now in education.”. Educators explored new social-emotional supports with heightened attention to mental health.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. First, the presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to provide students with a competitive education.

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

When he was assistant superintendent of schools in Meriden, Miguel Cardona — the state’s new education commissioner — would take new teachers on a tour of the city’s neighborhoods. Credit: YouTube/State Education Resource Center. Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way. Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator. Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education. Some children have access to quality education, and some children don’t.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap. Green Bay Area PS had a laptop cart model until 2017 when they established the Ninja Deployment initiative that resulted 1:1 devices at the secondary level and 1.5:1 1 at the elementary level.

Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

Digital Promise

Educators who design learning experiences that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective create deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for their students. The HP Teaching Fellows program celebrates educators who design authentic, personally relevant lessons that challenge students and encourage collaboration, inquiry, and student reflection. Educators Learning Experience Design

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

In one email, families had access to all teacher’s plans for the day as well as a way to share feedback about what was going well or what they were struggling with. Tips: To help teachers through the pandemic, BombBomb is FREE for educators.

Texas Education Agency and Verizon enable distance learning for 18.9M students in 16 states

eSchool News

For students across Texas and around the country, bridging the digital divide and providing reliable Internet connectivity that enables distance learning for students without Internet access are among the top priorities for state governments, school districts, teachers and parents alike.

Want to Make Education More Innovative? Let’s Invest in R&D

Edsurge

During the crises of 2020-21, we clearly saw that our education system needs to innovate to make it more equitable, agile, relevant and responsive. billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding into our education system.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs

Edsurge

On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities.

How Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning

Waterford

Chief among those is determining how to support students with special educational needs. In the United States, about 14 percent of students in public schools receive specialized education services.[1] Educators should encourage their families to set up a family learning schedule.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is passionate about community involvement and utilizing educational technology.

Want to Rethink Education After COVID-19? Creative Solutions Mean Taking More Risks

Edsurge

You may not like the new charter school presence in New Orleans, but those schools came about because local educators seized the opportunities presented by Katrina and acted upon them as entrepreneurs. Organizational change in education is often preceded by an action forcing event.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

My Simple Show could also be used for character education. Be sure to give your students access to My Simple Show in your Maker Space, it is a great option for students to choose! What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept.

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Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.

Edsurge

The teacher reached out to me, an education consultant recently hired by the school district to support struggling learners. As an educator, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day “administrivia” of making hundreds of decisions a week.

OPINION: Singing in the parking lot, and other pandemic strategies for music students

The Hechinger Report

As a trained music educator who listens to hours of music daily, I now work, listen to and play music at my digital piano in my home office, due to the pandemic. I was lucky to be sitting in the Staples Center, hosting music education donors as my guests for the show. During the pandemic, elementary and high school students have still been getting access to quality music education in some cases, as their teachers learn to adapt.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

When I started making math more visual, I was able to access all the learners in my classroom. So we really want to access that concrete and that visual as a way to lower the floor on problems, and really help students understand the mathematics so that they can work toward some of the procedural fluency that we’re hoping they will achieve by the end of our course. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary.

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. Now, Doug, you argue that we’ve kind of gone off track in education. She has a blog on Education Week. I have been an educator since 1970.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

BOSTON, Massachusetts – For almost a decade, Simón López, the special education coordinator at Boston’s Sarah Greenwood School, has been fighting against the school district that employs him. based think tank that has studied both special and bilingual education.

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child. This project took a detour when I realized that, in the United States, we exist within a system that has not been designed to educate the individual. But Bodo comes at the problem of education from a very different direction.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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OPINION: Neither heroes nor villains, teachers must be recast as vital partners

The Hechinger Report

There is no policy area in our governance “more complex than elementary and secondary education,” education professors and researchers Paul Manna and Patrick McGuinn wrote in their in their 2013 book. For the future of public education in this country, that must change.

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

Be sure to check out the DragonBox for educators where you can download teachers guides and printable resources for each game in the DragonBox math suite. Tips: While the DragonBox suite of math apps aren’t free, you can purchase them at a deep discount for educational institutions and bulk purchases. Teachers, you can get access for free to make sure that the apps are right before committing to a purchase for your students.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

techlearning

a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses. The Virtual High School has a distinguished 22-year history of providing middle and high schools from 40 states and 33 countries with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences.

Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

From the teacher perspective, Seesaw makes it simple to access student work immediately from their own device. Tips: Seesaw also has Google App integration, if your school uses Google in Education, they can login with the same Google login they use for everything else! What it is: Seesaw is the first truly student centered/driven digital portfolio tool that I’ve seen.

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

edWeb.net

Across the nation, district equity discussions include how schools must examine current biases from bus stops to classroom materials to educator and staff expectations. For Dr. Monifa McKnight, Deputy Superintendent, the key questions for every program are: Who has access to that program?