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Professional Learning: The Gift of Time

Reading By Example

Faculty Viewed Professional Development Positively. Being intentional about what we were learning together cannot be minimized. Idea : If we feel like we have too many tasks planned for a professional learning experience, then we probably do. It saves time in analysis.

Early Learning Educators Lead the Way with Professional Learning Webinars

edWeb.net

Who is participating the most in professional learning webinars? Early childhood educators! edWeb.net just completed an analysis of their 2016 webinar viewership stats for 2016. Thirty eight webinars (15%) were on early learning topics and had 45,000 (27%) of the viewers.

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Fueling the Educator Micro-credentials Ecosystem through Powerful Partnerships: Stories of Impact from the Field

Digital Promise

Collaboration and community are critical foundations of powerful learning environments. The educator micro-credentials ecosystem connects leading professional learning content experts, convenes thought leaders, and works with a wide range of stakeholders toward a shared vision and goals.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Use these Powerful Video Focusing Techniques to Accelerate Teacher Learning, Encourage Deep Reflection, and Facilitate Rich Discussions

Edthena

The tools educators can use to guide viewing of instructional practice videos are called Focusing Techniques, and they are synthesized from research on teacher learning, self-reflection, and accelerated improvement. Spot: The First Step in Building Video Analysis Skills.

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Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

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- Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education- Silver Spring, Md. These strategies and approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University. EdClusters18 focused on clarifying the future vision, tools, and action steps for education innovation.

National Study: What Apps Work Best?

techlearning

With more than $3 billion spent on ed tech products last year and more than 2,500 programs on the market, educators across the country need to know which products are likely to make a difference in teaching and learning. Join us for What Ed Tech Apps Work Best for Learning?

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The Chilean Ministry of Education Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Presidential EdTech Initiative

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-New Collaboration Introduces Unique Combination of Dynamic Digital Content and Targeted Professional Learning to Chilean Schools- Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education shares this belief, and we look forward to working with their talented team on Me Conecto para Aprender.”

TEACHER VOICE: Three classroom trends gain ground

The Hechinger Report

It’s the middle of my first year back in the classroom after a year away as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. While on my journey, I observed three patterns in particular that I’d like to share: Teacher leadership, social and emotional learning, and fellowship.

Digital Learning Prospers With the Right Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work with schools and districts on how to effectively implement digital learning across the curriculum. When it comes to technology in general, the overall goal is to support learning, not drive instruction.

5 Principles for Evaluating State Test Scores

edWeb.net

The answer, of course, is to visit the school, talk to the staff and students, and observe the learning process. Prior to looking at data, educators need to avoid two major pitfalls. Educators can miss, then, when students are racing ahead or falling behind.

Understanding Your Collaboration Quotient: Powerful, Evidence-Based Insights Across an Organization

Edthena

When an organization decides to put Edthena to work in its classrooms, it’s usually part of some broader initiative—an investment in teacher professional development. How many minutes of classroom instruction do those videos contain? Interested in learning more?

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Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. Learn more about our work.

Putting Schools’ Needs First in Education Research

edWeb.net

Education research is meant to improve teaching and learning. In the edWebinar “ Shaping the Future of Education Research: Digital Promise’s Challenge Map,” Liberman explained the purpose of the Map, how it was created, and how schools can develop their own.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom

Edsurge

During the summer, I taught a computer science course for educators at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Within that group were science teachers who decided to spend their summer break learning how to incorporate computer science into their classes. Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. MIT’s Starlogo Nova is a simulation tool for the K-12 classroom.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools

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- Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners- Silver Spring, Md. This unique combination of rich digital content and professional learning will drive HCS’s efforts to help all students become life-long learners.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Job Embedded Professional Development. Professional Learning Communities. A safe and cooperative climate for learning.

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Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know

Digital Promise

Teachers, then, need to have a better understanding of autism and how it may affect learning. Classrooms are social environments that rely heavily on being able to interact, socialise and communicate with others effectively. This can present unique challenges for schools and teachers, with students on the spectrum being four times more likely than their peers to require additional learning and social support services. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative

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- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.

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Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom

MindShift

” Yet at the same time, we also heard from teachers and education organizations who are introducing the topic in subjects from social studies to math to English language arts, and at every grade level, from preschool on up.

New York’s Mt. Vernon City School District Begins New Three-Year Partnership with Discovery Education Strengthening STEAM/STEM Education Across the School System

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- Unique Combination of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Bolster STEAM/STEM Education in New STEAM-Focused High School and Classrooms Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. Vernon STEAM Academy and classrooms districtwide.

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Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – June

Discovery Education

This artist-led group promotes water quality by literally serving and educating patrons about tap water from local and national cities. Reuters – Looking for Lead: Reuters conducted a nationwide analysis of childhood blood lead testing data at the neighborhood level.

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Apply Drones in Education to Real-World Problems

Mindspark Learning

This is where the use of drones in education comes in. Luckily, the potential for drones in education is seemingly limitless. So, how can you ensure that implementing drones into your learning environment is accompanied by real-world applicability , and also by drone ethics and safety?

New Jersey’s Plainfield Public School District Forms New Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Digital Learning Environments Districtwide

techlearning

This new collaboration enables PPSD’s educators to integrate Discovery Education’s Science, Math and Social Studies Techbooks into classroom instruction districtwide, creating dynamic digital learning environments for all students that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom.

What Does Improvement Science Look Like In Real Classrooms?

MindShift

Monique Maynard has been teaching for 17 years and prides herself on creating a dynamic classroom culture where students work together in groups. ‘We’re really interested in working on projects where the messy realities of the classroom rear their ugly heads all the time.

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training.” ” Via The Atlantic : “Does Trump’s Education Budget Even Matter?” An education IPO!

Cal Poly Pomona Uses Video Coaching to Train More Special Education Teachers in High-Needs Regions

techlearning

April 17, 2018) – The country is facing a critical shortage of special education teachers. According to the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education, 49 states currently report a having more demand than available supply of certified teachers. POMONA, Calif.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. When integrated into classroom instruction, these videos reveal for students the wonders of our natural world.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. Listen, folks (particularly educators). Did you share this Raw Story story – “Education officials expect ‘ineffective’ Betsy DeVos to step down as her agenda collapses: report” – or this Salon story – “Expert: Expect DeVos to resign from Trump administration”? ” (In fairness, I’m not sure what the typical work-week looks like for a Secretary of Education.).

Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

techlearning

April 19, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. Silver Spring, Md.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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Embracing the Leader/Coach Paradox

Reading By Example

For example, as a school leader, I am responsible for student learning outcomes and staff culture. Yet the reality is that we may not have a direct influence on student learning. This paradox creates a call to action for school leaders to rethink their roles in education.

Is MLTI Impacting Student Learning?

More Verbs

When a district (or a state) expends large sums of money on education technology, it is fair to expect that there would be a return on the investment, especially in improved student learning. There are those that think, for example, that Maine should stop paying for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) since, after 15 years, there has been no improvement in test scores. There is , however, evidence that MLTI is positively impacting learning.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Dynamic Content from UNICEF, the National Park Service, USC Shoah Foundation and More Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Exciting New Content Supports Both Student Instruction and Educator Professional Learning - Silver Spring, Md. The recently added content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C. So what does high-quality teaching in these blended-learning schools look like?

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Universal Design for Learning is an approach aimed at supporting the diverse needs of ALL learners in a classroom. .

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