How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. You know, what do we say to ourselves?

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How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline. By Dennis Pierce.

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ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

The Daring Librarian

I think we ALL must have an ongoing conversation with our Admin & staff about how we can integrate ISTE NETS into our daily instruction. You know what would really help sell the NETS to admins? LOL) to be a keynote or feature speaker? I reserve the right to edit this later!

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to Help Kids Become Self-Advocates

MiddleWeb

Many students with disabilities struggle to gain the language, social, or pragmatic skills they need to be self-advocates. Elizabeth Stein shares resources that can help co-teachers empower students to truly take charge of their learning and their lives.

Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

You do not need to attend the live session to purchase this webinar, but doing so allows you to participate in the Q+A. At the end of the session, participants will have ideas about ways to create a library buzz online, f2f, and inside/outside the library.

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling topics over the past decade. There is no better time to recognize and make accommodating adjustments in both ecosystems.

How to Create a Twitter List of Reliable Media Sources

Reading By Example

The challenge with Twitter is in how to use it so the information you are receiving is reliable. How do we separate the wheat from the chaff? You don’t even have to follow people or organizations to put them on a list. Click here to follow.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

EdTechSandyK

Jennifer Faulkner, Director of Instructional Technology, Alamo Heights ISD (Moderator) Question #1: What is your vision for the use of digital content in Texas schools for the next five years and how will that content be delivered? Question #2: What are the barriers to implementing that vision? Hochberg: HB 2488 Allows the Commissioner of Edu to purchase digital content and provide it free of charge to all students in the state. It has to come from the ground up.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How do we unleash the potential in every child?

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Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

eSchool News

A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. ” The teacher, or the clock, determines when students move from one activity or modality to the next.

Go Green in Your Classroom: 16 Resources for Environmental Lessons

Edudemic

How can you help your students love the environment and inspire them […]. Featured How To Advocacy environment featured green classroom inspiring students lesson ideas motivating studentsTake a walk through the woods or spend an evening soaking up the sight of the night sky. Planet Earth is chock full of gorgeous things, but the functionality of the planet depends on complex ecosystems that are suffering because of mankind’s abuse.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

Why teachers are historically overworked & undervalued (and how to disrupt the pattern)

The Cornerstone Blog

As educators, we talk a lot about how teachers are poorly paid and how unrealistic the demands are. But we don’t talk nearly as much about how things got to be this way. I follow her on Twitter as @JennBinis, and I love her ability to notice patterns and interrupt them.

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star

The Daring Librarian

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star - Branding Tips & Tricks First thing I gotta say, I don’t know that I really love the term Library Rockstars because I think ALL Teachers and Librarians are rock stars or has an inner rock star waiting to come out.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust

MindShift

Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. Skills need to be modeled. I’m happy to help.

Future Ready summit tackles how to plan for tomorrow’s ed tech

eSchool News

A recent regional summit brought superintendents together to discuss the future of education. Despite a focus on using technology to prepare for education’s future, discussions about specific devices or applications were completely absent.

A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school

eSchool News

With ed-tech spending expected to reach $55B by 2019 as predicted by market research firm Technavio, schools and districts should ensure they can produce carefully-crafted technology plans that outline how technology will work successfully in classrooms.

7 Valuable Roles for STEM Teacher Leaders

MiddleWeb

How to provide leadership? STEM By Design STEM Teacher Development advocacy anne jolly equity ethics PD planning policy STEM teacher leader teacher leaderAnne Jolly deeply believes that well-informed and skilled teacher leaders are the most valuable assets we have at all levels.

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Helping Students Who Do Poorly on Purpose

MiddleWeb

Doing Poorly on Purpose by G&T specialist Dr. James Delisle explores how to help smart students who do poorly in school. Delisle selective customers self-advocacy student dignity underachievers

AASL National Standards: A few essentials to get started!

NeverEndingSearch

As a member of the AASL National Standards Implementation Taskforce, I was honored to take part in the rollout in Phoenix. A downloadable list of six Common Beliefs central to professional practice expands with summary descriptions.

Got Gabsee? 3D Augmented Reality Avatar

The Daring Librarian

The Verge I say that it's a whole lot of fun, and I can see using it for program advocacy, as well as book and library promotion. I have a little mini-rant below about how, yet again -- I'm late to the Gabsee party, and it's OK!

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

These systems are set up to shoot for just above the status quo instead of for the stars. Yet I don’t want to lower my expectations. We should have something tangible to strive for and know that we have a target to hit.

Quick Win: Creating a Culture of Literacy

Reading By Example

Before the students arrived, our faculty learned how to best prepare a classroom (and school) for students. Specifically, we looked at our classroom and common areas to promote reading and writing. A teacher asking students to share something they want him to know about them. .

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice. The underlying premise is to move learners from a state of engagement to empowerment so that they exert more ownership over their learning.

Library Orientation for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Each year I ponder what to do for the first of the year library orientation. Once again, it’s a time where you want to talk about procedures, expectations, etc, but I think more and more about what message I really want students to take away. We have to help one another.

The Many Formats of Book Club

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

For the first quarter of the year, I’ve been exploring how to start book clubs in our school in a variety of ways. I hoped that by offering a variety of ways to engage with a book, that we would support many different interests, availabilities, and format preferences.

Lead Like a Coach: A Consistent Presence

Reading By Example

When school leaders make instructional walks a daily habit, we start to discover patterns and trends. Some of them are particular to a teacher and some are schoolwide. This consistency in nonevaluative classroom visits, noticing strengths and naming practices, often leads to more trust between administration and faculty members which is more conducive to professional growth. Today we are going to focus on the role of the discussion director.

Bring an Author to Your School

Reading By Example

One of the best ways to increase enthusiasm for reading and writing in your school is by bringing an author on-site. This is the most cost-effective way to bring an author into your school. At my last school, we partnered with our local library in bringing Michael Perry to our building.

Library Orientation for Third through Fifth Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Just as I did for the early grades, I pondered what message I wanted our upper grades to take away from library orientation. I wanted them to know that if they had never found a book that they connected with that I wanted to help them find that book.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Who’s the decider?

Reading By Example

After I shared out my previous post , describing my confusion about making sense of certain types of data, the International Literacy Association (ILA) replied with a link to a recent report on this topic: This is perfect timing for our #ILAchat this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Response to Intervention is dependent on quantitative-based progress monitoring. There are concerns that bringing in students and their families might only contribute to the confusion through the fault of no one.

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ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb describes the victory, attributing it largely to grassroots networking. After eight years without a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESSA becomes law with references to school libraries and librarians. Don’t wait to be invited to this party.

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In some areas, school districts recognize our value and are struggling to find the best qualified, well-prepared professionals to fill multiple positions. A couple of weeks back, I was asked to add my voice in support of a program under threat. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter.

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I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I’m beyond excited to finally announce that I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. This has been a very hard secret to keep for so long. I’m taking time to read each person’s profile and be inspired with each and every story.

Happy World Read Aloud Day 2015: Connecting Through Stories Part 3

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We still have 2 days of connections, but it was fun to have a full day for the actual calendar date. We read Rosie Revere Engineer and then my students had a chance to share some of the inventions that they are creating. It was very special to get to share Beekle with one another.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

EdTechSandyK

SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. More information than you might ever want to know about the bill can be found on the Texas Legislature website.

Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

Instead of a Reader’s Digest version of this book, I’d like to highlight five of the articles I found that most impacted me as an elementary principal in a high-poverty public school. This article was perfectly positioned to end this anthology. Words to live by.

West Georgia RESA Summer Camp for Library Media Specialists

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

While on paper it may seem that educators have two months off, most of us continue to develop our professional lives and dream and plan for the upcoming school year. sharing tools crowdsourced by us all and thinking about how to disrupt their uses. It’s summer.