Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

The CoolCatTeacher

Some of the benefits of music education include higher graduation rates, a greater chance of post-secondary success, social and emotional development, and shaping the next generation to be collaborative, creative and forward-thinking leaders. Blog: [link] Twitter: @cmafoundation.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Education Blog accountability assessment California Congress education policy Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA ESEA reauthorization federal policy Innovation standardized testingYou don’t have to look far to find controversy regarding standardized testing.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

As I was considering the best way to jump back into blogging, I couldn’t see going back to the way I’ve posted in the past. In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. Starting and running a school…it’s a lot.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Santha Walters on episode 282 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Vicki: So Santha, do you have these lesson plans, or have you blogged this so we can include those? Blog: [link].

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

Hundreds of conferences, workshops, MOOCS, edcamps, professional journals, blogs, the list seriously goes on and on. There are a lot of options for professional development. If you’re like me, your inbox and mailbox have a pretty consistent stream of offerings.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree on episode 233 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Julie Hembree is a teacher-librarian at Cougar Ridge Elementary School near Seattle, WA. Bulldog Reader Blog [link].

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Kimberly Tyson and Dr. Angela Peery on episode 94 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. And I hope you’ll head over to the blog post and share this show and enter to win their book.

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SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

What it is: Why yes, this is a technology blog. ** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! But no, this manipulative is not a technology product.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce on episode 304 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary. Blog: [link].

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Doug Green on episode 284 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. She has a blog on Education Week. In 2006 I gave up my job as an elementary principal to care for my wife who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

episode 134 with Karen Voglesang on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners.

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Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

These are my go to blogs before all others! It is so much fun, I had to share here as well on the off-chance you don’t already follow Karen’s blog (iTeach with Technology ).

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

Allow these students to think about what they are learning with reflective tools such as blogs and wikis that can be shared with others later. link] Students can blog about their learning. |Kelly Tenkely|.

Find Your Pi Day

iLearn Technology

Students can learn about the mathematical sequence and the science of Pi in this background Wolfram blog post. Analyze Blogs Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) Websites 3.14

Powerful Leadership, Vision, and Problem Solving for Districts

The CoolCatTeacher

Baron Davis on episode 156 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. He holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal and secondary supervision certifications.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

HP Teaching Fellows, part of HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom initiative, supports innovative elementary and secondary school teachers demonstrating powerful teaching and learning with technology. Blog Educators Learning Experience Design Reinvent the Classroom

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

My blog does a decent job of helping me share my learning with others, but it is still just a small representation of all that I have learned over the years.

Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

You can read about the full break down on @michellek107 ‘s blog here. Anastasis Academy education reform Evaluate inspiration Middle/High School Open Source Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources web tools Web2.0

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

Recent research has shown that SEL increases high school graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates, as well as employment rates and wages. Now we also offer Smarty Ants® for personalized foundational literacy and Actively Learn for secondary curriculum depth.

Free Resources to Support Your Work

Tom Murray

Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, and long-time school and district leader, will succeed current President, Gov. All for the kids we serve, Blog Alliance for Excellent Education Digital Learning Day Future Ready Film Fest Future Ready SchoolsYesterday, I joined former Illinois Superintendent Dr. Greg Goins, on the Reimagine Schools Podcast.

#FactFriday: Florida’s AP Student Success


Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey,” 2000-01, 2010-11, 2014-15, and 2015-16. In Florida, 31.7

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Education Blog Blended learning Edtech education education technology teachersA recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines.

A World of PBL: 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom


Worldvuze – Take some time to explore this map-based question and answer education platform where elementary and secondary students around the world can learn directly from each other! Lesson Plans App TL Advisor Blog blog PBL

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Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

Only 47% of secondary students surveyed reported being engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their learning. For example, students can use a blogging tool to post summer book reviews for students, and the librarian can mediate a conversation around their reading and writing.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools. In Ontario, Canada, for instance, the somewhat shocking facts are: 99% of all Ontario elementary and secondary students have access to computers at school.

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Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the U.S. Blog CIPA Congress COPPA Data Quality Campaign Education Law Educator's Guide to Student Data Privacy FERPA FERPA|SHERPA Future of Privacy Forum Model Terms of Service PPRA Protecting Privacy Toolkit PTAC Student Data Principles Student Data PrivacyThis post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

Teacher Advisor is a free online resource that helps elementary school teachers plan math lessons. It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. Education Blog

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Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea, Part 2


There are projects for elementary levels as well as project ideas for middle and high school. PBL Clearing House – This University of Delaware site provides some interesting possibilities for secondary schools and PBL. High Tech Elementary – Their high school projects are awesome.

Use Google Slides to Create Video Reflection Journal


Elementary students without YouTube accounts can save their videos to Google Drive and then link to them in Google Slides. Avra Robinson Blog G Suite Google Google+ GSuite Reflection Slides Writing

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Tapping into the potential of AI smart speakers to boost parental engagement


A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine , July 2019. said Erin Ermis , a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Wisconsin, regarding her experiences with Alexa-powered devices in her classroom, at ISTE just last year.

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Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access


Green Bay Area PS had a laptop cart model until 2017 when they established the Ninja Deployment initiative that resulted 1:1 devices at the secondary level and 1.5:1 1 at the elementary level. Digital Learning TL Advisor Blog Accessibility

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

degree in early childhood and elementary education at Liberty University; a Masters of Education in school leadership and policy studies at the University of Virginia; and a PhD in educational leadership at Clemson University.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

MyTeachingPartner-Secondary (MTP-S) is a coaching system that provides a library of videos showing effective teaching, as well as personalized Web-based feedback videos of teaching practice using the research-based CLASS-S scoring system to define effective student-teacher interactions (Allen et al., In an experiment with 48 teachers and 1,490 upper-elementary students, STeLLA improved science teaching and science content knowledge among students and teachers (Roth et al.,

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