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.

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

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. To him, listening means creating multiple opportunities for professional learning for librarians so they can stay in front of trends and be able to provide answers when students, teachers, and parents come to them for help and support.

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


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

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. Advocacy #powerofpublicschools advocacy collaboration community facebook government Instagram libraries public school twitterCreated by Kristina Holzweiss.

Literacy…toward what?

Reading By Example

” Their responses were heartening; students knew the “why” of their learning in addition to the what and the how. For more on the topic of language for literacy and professional learning this week, sign up for the newsletter below. Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Reflection best practice Instructional WalksDuring a classroom visit to 4th grade, students were talking in pairs. “What are you doing?” ” I asked one student.

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.

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. To be fair, many of these professional learning initiatives are promising. These types of programs also position teachers as leaders of the learning instead of merely recipients of knowledge and skills.

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.

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. Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Leadership principal as an advocate Principalship Reflection Jon Kabat-Zinn Maia Heyck-Merlin“What is my job on the planet?”

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.

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. Our instructional leadership team, which is a decision-making body and whose members were selected based on in-house interviews, started making plans to provide professional development for all faculty around the reading-writing connection.

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

New Teacher-Focused Program Launched to Drive Literacy Results for Alaska Students

eSchool News

We’re excited to partner with DEED, CORE and ASDN to offer this program to Alaska’s teachers and support their efforts to continuously hone their professional skills in service to their state’s children.”. CORE is a subsidiary of Pivot Learning. Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif.,

New Approaches to Instructional Technology Coaching

Digital Promise

When suddenly propelled into distance learning last spring, educators rose to the challenge to meet the needs of students and families. As a result, coaches are creating supportive, collaborative learning cultures. Learn more and sign up.

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


SETDA exists to lead, inspire, and empower the education community to leverage technology for learning. Our association serves as a forum for inter-state collaboration and cooperation, the furthering of public-private partnerships in support of public education goals, state-federal relations and advocacy, and professional learning for education leaders across the nation.

New Partnership Provides Texas Educators Easy Access to Critical Data

eSchool News

The new partnership between NWEA and ESC 7 also includes professional learning opportunities for educators across the region. Learn more about MAP Growth here. Visit NWEA.org to learn more about how we’re partnering with educators to help all kids learn.

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Transforming Reading Instruction to Include the Science of Reading


A panel of educators and experts who have firsthand experience with the process of transforming reading instruction discussed this transformation process as well as the lessons they’ve learned. Watch the Recording Listen to the Podcast.

Prioritize Your Professional Development This Year with These New Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Our research-backed micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills, regardless of where and how they learned them. Digital Promise & Verizon Innovative Learning Schools.

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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.

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. Promoting risk-taking is beyond a leader simply stating “Try it out” to a teacher curious about exploring a new approach to teaching and learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process. Assess whether students are learning more.

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. Promoting risk-taking is beyond a leader simply stating “Try it out” to a teacher curious about exploring a new approach to teaching and learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process. Assess whether students are learning more.

Fighting Exclusion: Shake Up Inclusive Learning – SULS0164

Shake Up Learning

The post Fighting Exclusion: Shake Up Inclusive Learning – SULS0164 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this episode, Kasey interviews Mike Marotta, co-author of Inclusive Learning 365. Together they discuss how inclusive learning is meeting the needs of all learners.

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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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

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. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

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

eSchool News

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents [ALAS] is committed to providing a perspective to all aspiring school and district administrators including superintendents through programs, services, advocacy and networks rooted in Latino experiences and culture. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Lead for Digital Equity with These Community Engagement Strategies


David Childress, Director of Technology for the district, noted that it is always a challenge to use technology in innovative ways based on best practices, but in Louisa, they learned to be clever with technology. Watch the Recording Listen to the Podcast.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning


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

Some Students Lose More Ground When School is Out

eSchool News

April 14, 2022 — As we approach the end of the third straight year of learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. For many students—particularly those that are historically underserved—the summer break from learning perpetuates inequitable achievement gaps. Portland, Ore.

ALAS Congratulates Alberto M. Carvalho on being named the Next Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District

eSchool News

He emigrated to the United States shortly after high school and supported himself through higher learning as a day laborer and busboy. It is of vital interest to invest in the education of every child, and the professional learning of all educators who serve Latino youth.

5 Critical Guidelines for Student Data Privacy


During the edWebinar, “ Leadership Strategies to Assure Student Data Privacy: The Trusted Learning Environment Seal ,” the presenters explored CoSN’s Five Critical Guidelines for Ensuring Data Privacy in Your Use of Technology and how superintendents can support their staff.

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. The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. Voice Educators, both teachers and administrators, should have a say in many elements that influence a school’s learning culture. You can learn more about the PGP process HERE.

Panasonic and Olympian Katie Ledecky Partner to Inspire Student STEM Innovation and Unlock the Power of Technology

eSchool News

An educator guide accompanies the Virtual Field Trip and features student activities to take the learning further. You can learn more about STEM Forward at DiscoveryEducation.com/STEMForward , or within the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform.

Taking Districts’ Technology Integration to the Next Level


At the final “transformative” level, districts will be using predictive and prescriptive analysis to increase student learning and improve administrative decision making. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.

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.”

Scaling, Sustaining, and Budgeting for Education Technology Innovations


Learn more about this edWeb broadcast, “ Leadership Strategies for Scaling, Sustaining, and Budgeting for Education Technology Innovations ,” sponsored by ClassLink and co-hosted by CoSN and AASA. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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.

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 .