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

Digital Promise

In the last month, our teaching and learning environment has been upended. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and educators have been tasked with shifting teaching and learning online, and many are seeking resources to support learning in this new environment.

The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership

eSchool News

Louis, Missouri, Bill Bass has long demonstrated his commitment to 21st-century learning. He believes that the only way to deliver a dynamic student learning experience is by empowering his librarians to be leaders in everything they do.

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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. It’s summer. Educators have the summer off, right?

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

When I did this, several people in my professional learning network started having a conversation around showing the great work of public schools. Hundreds of educators learning about making their schools #futureready #powerofpublicschools @BetsyDeVos #tcea17 pic.twitter.com/MpmyIIS4vp.

AASL Social Media Superstars

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I was surprised to learn on Sunday that I was nominated for the American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstar Award in the category of Sensational Student Voice. Social media has connected me with so many amazing educators since I started using it many years ago.

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

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

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.

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Principals: What Is Your Job with a Capital J?

Reading By Example

Instead I’ve learned to trust staff to be responsive to students’ needs. For example, some of our most popular professional learning experiences have been facilitating by our teachers. I had as much to learn as anyone. “What is my job on the planet?”

Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

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.

Teacher Observations: Are we talking about the right thing?

Reading By Example

They are non-evaluative and focused primarily on the positive aspects of teaching and learning in the classroom. Feedback is provided only when trust is established between the teacher and me and the faculty have been provided with the professional learning to improve. To have constructive and even critical discussions about teaching and learning. And when the paperwork is done, get back into the classroom and start learning and leading with your teachers.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

Reading By Example

The idea of collective commitments comes from the Professional Learning Community literature, specifically Learning by Doing, 3rd edition. The difference is collective commitments are focused on student learning.

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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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. Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Leadership Literacy Reflection Soapbox actions beliefs equity mission values vision

Lead Like a Coach: A Consistent Presence

Reading By Example

Regardless, gaining a clearer understanding of the instructional pulse of the school or a classroom only happens when we are a consistent presence and enter each learning environment with an open mind. 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.

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

Digital Promise

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.

SETDA’s Annual Partnerships Include Value for All – Including Startups

SETDA Says

SETDA exists to lead, inspire, and empower the education community to leverage technology for learning.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

This is the third post in 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. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. Voice Educators, both teachers and administrators, should have a say in many elements that influence a school’s learning culture.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Kristin Ziemke , Learning Innovation Specialist, Big Shoulders Fund ; Author, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Blog Amplify Digital Learning Future Ready Schools Kristin Ziemke

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. edWeb Blog Literacy Reading skills social emotional skills social-emotional learning

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

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.”

Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning

The Web20Classroom

As a Dad and an educator I am constantly looking for the best resources to provide for them at home to supplement the learning they are doing in their schools. I want Chesney to love learning, be an explorer and tinker with things but also be a fluent user of technology.

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

Edsurge

With the continued funding challenges educators face, it’s crucial to pick an education resource that will yield the best return on investment and support learning outcomes for your district. 3P Learning works with over five million students and educators across the globe, providing online learning solutions in math, science and literacy. Ensure the resources you consider align with your district’s mission, vision and student learning objectives.

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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.

Learner Agency : Pushing the Boundaries of Educational Possibilities in the Digital Age

The PL2C Blog

Digital Learning Coach, Instructional Technology Facilitator and Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The implication is that the most transformative learning experiences will be those that are directed by the learner’s own endeavors and curiosities.”

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

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.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

Edsurge

Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

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.

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.

What the Pandemic Has Revealed About Digital Equity Initiatives

edWeb.net

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.

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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. Tim regularly presents and leads professional development at state and national events.