Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

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Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Others paid attention to the data and rising number of coronavirus cases and used their summers more wisely to design for better remote/hybrid learning and teaching than the mostly-low-level direct instruction, digital worksheets, and paper homework packets that we saw last spring.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. During this year, I attended our state's annual reading conference, Kagan professional learning 5 day workshop, several Lucy Calkin's writing workshop sessions, numerous district level conferences, and received private coaching from some of the nation's top educational consultants. Professional Learning Varies.

OPINION: The pandemic will leave struggling readers even further behind

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of our nation’s students aren’t learning to read, and the patchwork of instructional programs, limited resources and frequent change from hybrid to virtual schooling surely is contributing to the problem. Learning to read isn’t easy.

Redesigning for Deeper Learning: 10 cohorts for international school educators!

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am SUPER EXCITED to be offering this professional learning opportunity for international school educators! ALL on instructional redesign (or leadership) for deeper learning. Leadership for Deeper Learning track – April 3 and 10.

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.

Using ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

Using the ESSER Funds to Prepare for a Transformative School Year

Insight Education Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has left elementary and secondary schools across the country in need of additional resources to operate and support their school communities. billion to the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as ESSER ( NCSL, 2021 ).

Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

Digital Promise

Powerful use of technology contributes to closing the Digital Learning Gap. Educators who design learning experiences that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective create deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for their students. HP Teaching Fellows Exemplify Powerful Learning. Ford Elementary School in Regina Public Schools, Saskatchewan. Educators Learning Experience Design

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research

Edsurge

The “Getting to Know and Love Your Brain” poster on her wall, which read “breathe deep into your belly to stay calm and help your PFC (prefrontal cortex) think clearly,” prompted her first graders to get their brains ready for learning. Nina Radcliffe’s teaching practice was changing.

Michigan School Administrators’ Journey Toward Increased Equity and Inclusion

edWeb.net

Work on developing culturally proficient communities during the previous decade has now led to the creation of a professional learning program designed to increase equity and inclusion during the 2020s, in collaboration with the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators.

Making Sure Your Online Services Protect Your Students’ Data

edWeb.net

After the sudden switch to remote and hybrid learning models at the start of the pandemic, the use of online tools and resources may seem like less of a concern now, but ensuring that students’ data remains protected is still a priority, especially as it is a federal requirement.

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Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

All four superintendents agreed that having solid foundations before COVID-19 has been instrumental in supporting both families and staff with remote learning. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in elementary education.

‘No-Excuses’ and ‘Progressive’ Schools Are Training New Teachers Very Differently About Race

Edsurge

This week’s podcast sponsor is ISTE-GM AI Explorations, which provides world class professional learning around artificial intelligence in K-12 education. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Professional Development EdSurge Podcast

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

Students model how professional product teams work together to create prototypes for authentic users. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Students have opportunities to work on smaller projects to familiarize themselves with collaborative learning and integrated projects. Interested in learning more? Blog Educators Learning Experience Design Reinvent the Classroom

Education Stimulus Funding: The Who, What, and Why

edWeb.net

billion went to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). States must document that they’re using the money to address learning loss. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

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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Innovative Partnerships Help to Create Equal Opportunities

edWeb.net

In addition, partnerships with Arizona State University and other post-secondary institutions help students learn about colleges and prepare to succeed in them. Dr. Lupita Hightower is the Superintendent of Tolleson Elementary School District in Tolleson, Arizona. By Robert Low.

Implementing Innovation Strategies to Make School Districts More Equitable

edWeb.net

The longer-term vision, which is starting to become a reality in Dr. Conner’s district, is schools will become hubs, teachers will become learning accelerators, and students will become co-authors of their own education. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Using Digital Tools to Teach STEM Courses Remotely and Effectively

edWeb.net

Providing science and math content online can be relatively straightforward, but engaging students in true distance learning requires more than just transmittal of information. For Beth, “distance learning isn’t about being perfect; it’s about being you and being human.” By Robert Low.

Using Learning Science to Create Action on Equity

edWeb.net

Instead of just looking at test scores and saying there’s an equity issue, leaders need to dig down into each group of students and determine why they’re not meeting their learning goals. Staff need to engage in continuous professional development and may need outside training.

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

edWeb.net

As schools reckon with learning equity, they’re often focused on academic progress. Evidence of Learning: Smith said the key questions he asks are “Are all students learning?” and “Are they learning enough?” By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

EdNews Daily

The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. Katy ISD/ Bear Creek Elementary, Katy, TX. Buckeye Elementary School District.

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Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

edWeb.net

Lexia Learning’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke’s steadfast determination to ensure students of all abilities can become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work. Learning Gaps. By Eileen Belastock.

3 Key Actions for 2021-22 You Can Take Now

edWeb.net

Despite myriad challenges schools faced during the pandemic, many will come out of it with richer approaches to teaching and learning. COVID’s impact on schools was so substantial that Congress established the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

Melodious Numbers: Music-Based Math Learning

edWeb.net

Music is a bonafide learning medium that helps students grasp and remember information and, it turns out, successfully imparts mathematical thinking. Sometimes, it’s built into rotating learning stations to engage students’ prior knowledge or as a response to intervention.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

Dr. Gonzales’s district is reaching out to local non-profits for help with the shift to 100% online learning, which cannot be done quickly or cheaply, especially at a time when the district is receiving less state funding. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

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. 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. And, the goals for students engaged in this type of learning include self-esteem, empathy, motivation, and commitment.

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.

Building Coding Skills Through Playful Learning

edWeb.net

Teaching computer coding skills and concepts in the primary grades may sound like a challenge, but now there are hands-on activities and age-appropriate software that engage young students in this type of learning. edWeb Blog coding computer science early learning

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. in elementary education from the University of Virginia. Tim regularly presents and leads professional development at state and national events.

Top Tips for Teaching Online From Educators Doing It Now

edWeb.net

And to provide a stable structure for the school day, she keeps to routines and established office hours, follows the Indiana time recommendations for continuous learning, and disconnects in the evening. Setting the Course for Secondary Students. Learn more at att.com/aspire.

Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

edWeb.net

Communicate with them all the hidden costs and how the money is used to support teaching and learning. Keep bringing the conversation back to teaching and learning. Demonstrate how technology is integrated into learning every day and the impact it has on student outcomes.

Reinvigorate Creativity and Confidence with STEAM

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar , “Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School,” educational technology experts described how enriching STEAM-based learning experiences can enhance the socio-emotional skills students need to succeed now into the future.