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A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

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The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. How they did it.

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share.

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Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

If you are really interested in teaching, maintaining a relationship with your community of teachers is elementary for your growth in terms of both private life and career-wise. A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning

Edsurge

More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. A common concern for administrators and teachers is the how-to of integrating video into their culture of practice. Coaches end up providing more feedback to teachers with a more efficient process.

Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

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Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. Finding patterns and honing in on students’ reading skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention. Find all of Cindy’s tips and timesaving strategies here.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

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Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. Now, between the number of online information sites and the proliferation of social media apps, plus near constant mobile phone use, determining a story’s credibility seems to call for advanced detective skills.

Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

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elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the language of mathematics can be a challenge. Supporting ELLs requires a commitment to a shift in practices which involves the entire school and also branches out to the community. For many of the 4.5

Class Tech Tips: How-To Find Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership

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Professional development can take many forms. The most powerful professional learning is relevant and actionable. I’m so excited to share a new online course from a former colleague and fellow Participate author. What inspired you to create a course on this topic?

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

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Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.”

These easy intervention strategies can help struggling readers thrive

eSchool News

Finding patterns and honing in on struggling readers’ skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention. She also noted that it saves time to narrow interventions to focus on a single skill at a time, otherwise it may be too much for the student to take on.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education.

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Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

In order to prevent STEM and maker education from becoming a flavor of the month, there needs to be specific strategies provided to educators on how to embed STEM and maker activities into their curriculum. Professional Development.

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We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

Edsurge

As I sat at a giant table with 15 colleagues pondering how to make professional learning more personal for our teachers, my eyes drifted to my screen. I saw people excited to receive their StitchFix, FabFitFun or Blue Apron boxes. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?”

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

Edsurge

I sat next to my husband as he worked with a team of strangers to design and build a website connecting local veterans with community services. I watched people collaborate to fix bugs and find solutions. As I sat at the meetup, I found myself asking: How can I prepare a generation of students for these in-demand skills if I have limited experience with them myself? I analyzed user experience interviews to set priorities for the site.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

Edsurge

One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning. To ensure equitable learning outcomes for all.

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.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. How do you set a vision? How can you get district and state level systems to work together to get a full picture of what is happening? Ahead of our 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we sat down with three attendees to discuss the secret sauce of what is working in their communities. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.

Planning PD Got You Down? 4 Ways Padlet Can Help You Get Your Groove Back

Edsurge

Why do weekly faculty meetings have to be the most dreaded part of a teacher’s week? The school day has just ended, there are three different assessments that need to be graded (×30.), and loved ones are heading home, expecting a coherent family member to share a meal with. The question was how to do it. I can’t remember how I discovered Padlet , but I know it was after I left the classroom. To infinity and beyond.

9 Ways I’m Staying Sharp this Summer

Edsurge

For educators, summer is the ideal time to try to relax, re-energize, and do some professional learning that can be put to good use starting in the fall. As an administrator, if I want other educators in my district to be moving forward (and not just during the summer), I need to live by example and model the way. Also, he frequently allows for guest posts, which are always a pleasure to read. How are you bettering yourself this summer?

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personalized Learning, Personal Meanings.

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

5 Ways Curriculum and Technology Leads Can Better Work Together to Support Students

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However, in today’s educational world, we have so many new tools and resources to make learning engaging and fun for students that building curriculum CAN actually be fun and rewarding. However, for this to occur, curriculum and technology leaders need to collaborate as never before.

Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals. I was asked to co-facilitate this work, as well.

#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Get a 45-day free trial of SmartLab Game-Based Learning Software. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Register for my free Differentiating Instruction with Technology webinar sponsored by SMART Learning Suite next Thursday, February 9 at 4pm.

CUE 2018: How 4 California Principals Scaled Up Tech Integration

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: How 4 California Principals Scaled Up Tech Integration. From creating inventive professional development programs to pioneering new technologies, four California principals told the crowd at the Spring CUE 2018 conference how administrators can support technology integration. Determine How to Provide PD. When Principal John Martinez first arrived at Rowland Elementary School in Rowland Heights, Calif., Find out how.

Video Journals to Help Build Powerful Ideas and Reflective Thinking

EdTechTeam

We often hear phrases such as, “student-centered learning” and, “student-directed learning.” Educators often manifest these phrases through the creation of small groups, allowing students to work together, or giving student-choice in projects. How did you know you were on-track?

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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. But is technology the key to their success? 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.

Principal Survey: Voices from the Field

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In preparation for the launch of a new Principal Leadership Community , edWeb conducted a survey of principals in May of 2019 to probe the topics of most interest to principals in current times. The principalship is a difficult position in which to excel.

OPINION: This Trump budget cut stands to reduce young learners’ odds of escaping poverty

The Hechinger Report

Among the $9 billion in cuts to education spending requested by the Trump administration last week is the elimination of a $2.4 billion funding stream that supports educator quality and professional learning across the country. Related: How to help principals do a better job?

5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? This post will give you the five most common organizational strategies for the Classwork page and topics.

Transforming Struggling Readers into Engaged, Enthusiastic Students

edWeb.net

With 10 million students in grades K-12 struggling to read, taking those struggling readers from disengaged to enthused may seem like a huge feat. However, doing just one thing to take action can cause a wave of reaction throughout the entire school.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth

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– Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000 to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice – – Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students Become Financially Empowered Adults – Silver Spring, Md.

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

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Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

Edsurge

When tech giant Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, cities across the country scrambled to produce persuasive pitches. In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. To create compelling video arguments, student teams interviewed experts in economic development, researched state history and geography, and even wrote poems to sing the praises of their region.

Easy Ways to Get Students Future Ready

edWeb.net

Change is inevitable, and while it’s important to design lessons with an end result in mind, it’s difficult to prepare students for a future that doesn’t exist yet. It’s important to use technology in the classroom, but only when it is appropriate for the digital skill being taught.

Building Proficient Writers Requires a Foundation in the Basics

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Too often when teachers say they are teaching writing, they mean that they are assigning writing work to their students, but they aren’t actually helping students master the fundamentals. How do you connect the sentences in a paragraph to each other?