Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school. The new ( Re)Defining STEM learning module from TGR Foundation and Discovery Education is the first of several courses to support educators to integrate STEM in new and powerful ways.

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Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

When I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader. During my first school year as a principal, I did engage in monthly professional learning with the faculty, also around literacy. We learned about the reading-writing connection through the Regie Routman in Residence program. This video-based professional learning experience gave me many new insights, most notably: I didn’t know literacy.

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Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. What could be the reason for not focusing on literacy on a consistent basis for their professional learning efforts? – Trauma-based learning. – Personalized learning. – Blended learning or a 1:1 technology initiative. To be fair, many of these professional learning initiatives are promising.

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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces New Regional Directors

eSchool News

Rivera also serves as the Past President of the Board of Directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a nonpartisan organization of public officials who head state departments of elementary and secondary education. WASHINGTON, D.C.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

Latest NWEA Research Shows K12 Educational Gaps Still Wide, but Show Signs of Stabilizing

eSchool News

22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — NWEA — a not-for-profit, research and educational services provider serving K-12 students — today released new research that illustrates the scale and disproportionate nature of the disruption in student learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

All four superintendents agreed that having solid foundations before COVID-19 has been instrumental in supporting both families and staff with remote learning. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in elementary education.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

These ready-to-use tools can support engagement and c onnection with students of diverse backgrounds and learning levels ; and help educators begin some of these challenging but necessary conversations. Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

edWeb.net

The 2021 Driving K-12 Innovation report released by CoSN selected the most critical Hurdles (challenges), Accelerators (mega-trends), and Tech Enablers (tools) that school districts are facing with personalized learning, innovation, and digital equity. By Eileen Belastock.

Focusing on Social Justice as a Path to Equity

edWeb.net

They started with four squares—learning, community, character, and joy—leading to five principles of practice meant to prepare children to be the global leaders of tomorrow: innovation, data-informed decisions, diversity and inclusion, partnering, and communication. By Stacey Pusey.

Leading Learning in a Blended Environment

edWeb.net

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media and traditional face-to-face teaching. In Meriden Public Schools (CT), they are committed to promoting anytime, anywhere learning.

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Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

edWeb.net

Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. However, the bigger liability issue is with teaching and learning. By Stacey Pusey.

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The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. Earlier, she served as a building administrator and elementary teacher, also in New Jersey.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

Edsurge

That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. Since the nonprofit Code.org began its advocacy work five years ago, the number of states with one or more computer science policies in place increased from 14 to 44. It’s clear we still have a lot of work to do to ensure every student can learn computer science in this country.”

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

edWeb.net

As schools reckon with learning equity, they’re often focused on academic progress. Evidence of Learning: Smith said the key questions he asks are “Are all students learning?” and “Are they learning enough?” By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis.

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School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks

edWeb.net

When a district experiences a cyberattack, its professional reputation is affected. Teaching and Learning. Cybersecurity and cyber safety impacts teaching and learning, especially in this era of digital learning. Blog post by Eileen Belastock based on this edWebinar.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Ultimately, the focus should be on the learning and decreasing the gap between pedagogy and technology. in elementary education from the University of Virginia. Tim regularly presents and leads professional development at state and national events.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

edWeb.net

During CoSN and ClassLink’s edWebinar, “ Leading Digital Transformations in Rural School Districts,” the presenters talked about how the situation with COVID-19 amplifies the obstacles rural schools face transitioning to a 21st century learning environment. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Promote Executive Functioning within School Culture

edWeb.net

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the country struggle to move their brick-and-mortar classrooms to remote online learning environments. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

edWeb.net

As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, Director of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

Dr. Gonzales’s district is reaching out to local non-profits for help with the shift to 100% online learning, which cannot be done quickly or cheaply, especially at a time when the district is receiving less state funding. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

edWeb.net

professional development). Now, the presenters have encountered heretofore unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. However, with the change to distance learning, those outcomes could change.

Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

edWeb.net

Communicate with them all the hidden costs and how the money is used to support teaching and learning. Keep bringing the conversation back to teaching and learning. Demonstrate how technology is integrated into learning every day and the impact it has on student outcomes.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

edWeb.net

Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning. In the edWebinar, “ Closing the Homework Gap: Digital Equity for All Students,” the presenters talked about the challenges and potential solutions to fulfill the promise of anytime, anywhere learning.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

edWeb.net

It requires educators to deeply understand how institutional racism comes to be and manifests in environments where young students learn. At the heart of anti-racist early childhood education, she emphasized, is institutional critique combined with advocacy and transformation.

Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

techlearning

The Virtual Field Trip will allow viewers to meet two retired professional football players who understand the pressures of playing football through pain and now focus their efforts on discussing alternative pain management options with young athletes. Their collective stories of challenge, triumph and learning will underscore the far-reaching impact of the opioid crisis. Students invited to participate in ‘Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.’

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

edWeb.net

A decorated educator of 21 years, Monica has received honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations for her leadership, advocacy, and classroom instruction. She taught eighth grade language arts and reading to military-connected children at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, has been an elementary school assistant principal, and is now a professional development specialist.

Work Your Dreams Using the Top Five Leadership Competencies with Secretary of State Linda McCulloch

edWeb.net

Her professional career consists entirely of public service, having previously served as a teacher, school librarian, legislator, and statewide elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. program, and help advance rural education advocacy regarding the federal No Child Left Behind law. degrees in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Supervision of Library Media Programs from the University of Montana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 10 National Finalists For Second Annual ‘Operation Prevention’ Video Challenge

techlearning

An extension of Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, and the DEA’s Operation Prevention program, the video challenge encouraged teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement that alerts other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

In addition to annual school-wide professional development about the policies, schools need job-specific sessions for each subgroup. Linnette Attai, Project Director, CoSN Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program, suggested that administrators ask the same questions of parents that they did of their employees: what do the parents know, and what do they need to know? ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Accessibility: Effective, Equitable Learning Environments for All Students,” which is part of a series hosted by CoSN and edWeb.net, the presenters discussed how they approach CoSN’s five steps to ensure accessibility. Both sides need to do their due diligence as the goal is to remove barriers to student learning. All staff should receive regular professional development on the district’s guidelines and topics related to accessibility.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

edWeb.net

During an edWebinar for the Empowered Superintendent series, “Leadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision,” the presenters said school leaders, though, often miss key parts of the planning process and end up with useless “hunks of plastic.” However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Imperative 2: Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative & Innovative Learning and Skills.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.