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Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees.

15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But did you know, Google Classroom is also a great learning tool for adults, too? 15 Ways to Use #GoogleClassroom in Professional Learning.

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Hosting Study-Groups for Teachers

Reading By Example

“Thank you, Dana,” the fifth grade teacher said to me on the last day of our lunchtime study-group. ” We had just finished our six-week long study-group centered around Christopher Lehman’s book Energize Research Reading and Writing.

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. toward the end of Writer’s Workshop.

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Initially, I resisted but then decided that this could be an excellent opportunity to connect with more kids and hopefully in the process pass along some of the life lessons that I learned from my former coaches. Coaching educational leadership Leadership professional learning

6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer!

Shake Up Learning

The post 6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Summer is a great time for professional learning! Today, I’m giving you 6 Ways to Learn Online with Kasey Bell this Summer! The Dynamic Learning Workshop ($99).

Adjusting to the Room

The Principal of Change

(I was asked about the thinking behind how I design my workshops so I thought I would just write it down for others to see a process.). As someone who does a lot of professional workshops, I am often asked for an agenda ahead of time.

Teachers in the Makerspace: An Exploration Experiment

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Luckily, we had a district professional learning day that offered some flexibility for school-based professional learning. After all of us attended district meetings during the first half of the day, we returned to our schools for independent studies and choice offerings.

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Learning Never Stops

A Principal's Reflections

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams How do you make, not find, the time to learn and get better? The same can be said about drive-by professional development.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This opens so many doors for teachers, students, and parents to connect, collaborate and learn. SAT/ACT Study Groups. Create a Class for Learning Challenges.

Addressing Challenges in Equity, Leadership, and Innovation

Digital Promise

Leaders from the League of Innovative Schools, a network of the country’s most forward-thinking educators, recently convened in Mentor, Ohio, for the League’s Spring 2017 meeting hosted by Mentor Public Schools. During the meeting, participants visited local schools and examined challenges in equity, leadership, and innovation as they learned each other’s district context, stakeholders, and obstacles.

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. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?” I had recently been asked to seek an innovative, cost-conscious way to make professional learning more personal for educators.

How Humor and Storytelling Help Foster STEM Engagement

edWeb.net

Why do I need to learn this? Students can become guarded when learning a challenging topic such as robotics. Humor and storytelling meets robotics. This edWebinar was sponsored by Wonder Workshop. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots.

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

edWeb.net

“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable. Effective Models of Professional Development.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Tips and Activities for Computational Thinking in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Computational thinking provides an important foundation for learning computer science but can also inspire skills like the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) across other subjects. Creative reflection really captures authentic learning for our students.

How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Book studies are a great way to level up your professional learning! I get a lot of questions about different ways to run book studies for educators, how to choose a book, what tools to use, and how to keep your group engaged.

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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.

Connecting with ELL Parents One Step at a Time

edWeb.net

Examples include parent workshops, regular parent support meetings, and mentoring programs with other English Language Learner (ELL) families. Learning at home: This can be difficult, but it’s also the most important category. There’s no secret formula for parent engagement.

Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Closing the Gap for ELs and Students of Color

edWeb.net

To better respond to the needs of underrepresented groups, Dr. Nyberg recommended an approach that was field tested in San Bernardino and other counties in southern California that have large populations of ELs and students of color.

The Teacher’s Guide to Professional Book Studies – SULS031

Shake Up Learning

The post The Teacher’s Guide to Professional Book Studies – SULS031 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Book studies can be a great way for teachers to grow, connect, and learn together. Level up your professional learning with effective book studies!

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Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

Things to Do In Denver When You’re Ed- an ISTE Look

CUE

Get your group texts, social media tags , broadcast channels, etc. If you’re here with a group, consider a divide-and-conquer strategy for getting the most out of the week. Plan times to meet at the Blogger’s Café, go out for coffee or dinner and swap highlights.

Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

I guarantee I have done things like this before, which is why I focus on turning my workshops into conversations more than a traditional “stand and deliver” session. The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students.

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Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

3 ways small districts can go big on PD

eSchool News

As a leader in a district in Indianapolis with nine schools and limited resources, I’m well aware of the fact that most districts don’t have the time or money to devote to one-off workshops and training sessions that may or may not improve instruction.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning. Every class, student interaction, social setting and community learning experience is another opportunity to help our students see their potential and grow. We started Torah Academy in September 2016 with a strong vision for how and what we want our students to learn. When teachers hear their administration pause to learn a little bit more about them, learning becomes collaborative.

How to Design Google PD That Works!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. A Framework for Professional Learning with G Suite. I have delivered hundreds of hours of professional learning over the last ten years or so, and a vast portion of those sessions have focused on using Google tools in the classroom.

4 Questions to Lay the Foundation for a “Culture of Innovation”

The Principal of Change

Yet many wonder why their teachers aren’t being more “innovative” or “taking more risks” in their learning. Are people more likely to complain after a professional learning meeting, than in one?

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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.

Is Growth Mindset the Missing Piece in the Equity Discussion?

Edsurge

I believe we’d make more progress by first focusing on ourselves as individuals and then using what we’ve learned to improve entire schools or systems. While both of these groups of students are the same race, they likely receive very different educational experiences. Often, teachers don’t have these opportunities to engage in such conversations or rigorous professional learning. This might be at grade-level, school-level, or district-wide meetings.

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School Leaders: How to Achieve Instructional Breakthrough in Your Schools

Insight Education Group

Tools include: instructional and executive coaching; professional learning; and. Launch Professional Learning Communities that Work. Teacher-driven professional development is key to driving improvement in instruction.