Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

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Micro-credential COVID-19 Library. In the last month, our teaching and learning environment has been upended. We recognize that while educators adapt to new realities, they remain dedicated to their students’ well-being and learning. Emphasizing digital equity and advocacy.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success


Despite decades of existing research, most professional development programs fail to adhere to established criteria for effectiveness. Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider.


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The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership

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In this series, we will be profiling innovative and award-winning library media specialists who will share their favorite tools, lessons, and advice. As innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information & library media at Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Bass has long demonstrated his commitment to 21st-century learning. 21st Century Libraries Featured on eSchool News Innovation Corner librarian

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. I’m so thankful to West Georgia RESA for providing this opportunity to librarians around the state who often don’t have professional learning targeted directly at them. It’s summer. Educators have the summer off, right?

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I share at least one thing every single day on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook about the work that is going on in our public school library. Finally, I share my work because it defines for the world what is happening in a public school library. You can look through my blog posts , Instagram picture s, and Tweets and see that our library and school are filled with miraculous things. BetsyDeVos here are a few highlights from the day in our public school library.

Guest Post: From Consumption to Creation: Future Ready Librarians Embrace Micro-credentials

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As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy—when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs. Lessons Learned.

Beliefs and Values

Reading By Example

Scripted, one-size-fits-all programs are purchased at once instead of investing in ongoing and embedded professional learning. Classroom libraries and school librarians are viewed as ancillary instead of the essential resources that they are. If everyone involved is invited to the table and is allowed to speak candidly about the issues, this can only lead to the start of a better learning culture for our students, staff, and families.

How Technology Helps Social-Emotional Learning Flourish


Social-emotional learning (SEL) and technology might not seem like natural partners. Next, the speakers have used technology to make social-emotional learning easier to access. This allows schools to set up learning opportunities for all of their constituents.

The Technological Transformation of Districts to Benefit All Learners


Many school districts are now going through a process of determining which pandemic-related practices should be kept, improved, or discarded, and the use of remote and blended learning technologies is frequently being raised during these types of discussions.

Insights from CoSN Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity Winners


In the case of Santa Fe, they had to help the community understand the tech was there to enhance the teaching and learning process, not replace the student-teacher relationship. He says, “We need to teach students the way they want to learn, not necessarily how we were taught.”

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 .

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts


All four superintendents agreed that having solid foundations before COVID-19 has been instrumental in supporting both families and staff with remote learning. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.

Eyes on the Future: Building on COVID Lessons for Enriched Teaching and Learning


COVID-19 was tough on schools, calling for swift shifts in teaching and learning practices to support virtual learning environments and a host of new pedagogical demands. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, schools defaulted to online learning. Professional Learning.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap


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.

Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools


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.


Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students


It’s a common story: the energetic principal who comes into a school, revamps the curriculum, creates innovative learning practices, and then leaves with no sustainability plan. Even before the pandemic and the shift to distance education, learning extended beyond the classroom.

Leading Learning in a Blended Environment


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.


Digital Equity in Rural School Districts


The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.

Critical Steps for Safeguarding Data Privacy


Of course, there are technical aspects to protecting data, and as many schools have learned during the pandemic, district IT staff need to stay on top of evolving efforts to compromise systems. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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Creating and Leading Equitable, Effective Learning Systems


One of the biggest challenges in creating and leading equitable learning systems is building staff capacity. I am firmly devoted to finding innovative ways to integrate technology to transform learning experiences that will inspire students.” Watch the Recording Listen to the Podcast.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World


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.

School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks


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 Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All


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. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic


All conversations start with why: Get all constituents involved from the beginning—even students and teachers—as to how the schools might adopt digital learning. Familiarity does not equal experience or understanding: Just because staff have some knowledge about technology does not mean they understand how to scale it for effective digital learning. Embedded professional development is needed at all levels to take advantage of the benefits of tech for all students.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises


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.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond


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.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year


Also needed are trauma-informed and trauma-skilled schools so that teachers are prepared to work with students who may have experienced severe hardships as well as learning loss. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet


The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, Library Media Specialist, White Oak ISD, TX in the edWebinar “ Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” ” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens. Step 3 – Parent Education: Give parents opportunities, such as a lunch and learn, to hear from staff face-to-face about student technology use.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning


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


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.

Launching Future Ready Librarians


When a superintendent signs the Future Ready Pledge , he or she commits to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. . The printable Future Ready Librarians Fact Sheet can be a critical advocacy tool. We should be at the table when we discuss the future of learning and schools.

What the Pandemic Has Revealed About Digital Equity Initiatives


But the pandemic and forced distance learning have exposed a plethora of inequities in schools that many district leaders now see as issues they must address. While families could drive students to school and sit in the parking lot to gain internet access, it’s not an ideal learning situation.


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


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.

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments


Whether schools are 1:1 or still relying on computer carts, the move to online assessments creates new needs from devices to professional development to data privacy policies. Learning goals heavily influence tools and resources for assessment. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.