How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

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The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Care for educators themselves, whether through mental and emotional self-care or by creating space for professional development and learning.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged


The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Lisa Highfill

Catlin Tucker

In this episode of The Balance , I talk with Lisa Highfill , a mother, educator, instructional coach, and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook. How would you design lessons so that you were learning about your students during the lesson? Learning

Using Teacher Portfolios for Evaluation and PD


In Handbook on Teacher Portfolios, longtime education researchers Tucker, Stronge, and Gareis present a comprehensive case for using teacher portfolios for teacher evaluation and professional learning. Tucker professional development RoutledgeHighly recommended by writing project director Diana Grady. Book Reviews Teacher Portfolios Christopher R. Gareis Diana Grady evaluation eye on education James H. Stronge Pamela D.

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Lisa Highfill

Catlin Tucker

In this episode of The Balance , I talk with Lisa Highfill , a mother, educator, instructional coach, and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook. How would you design lessons so that you were learning about your students during the lesson? Learning

Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide ) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. This Wonderful Classroom Wednesday melds together PBL, inquiry-based learning, Geography, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship into a fascinating approach that teachers will want to understand.

Building a Literacy Culture: Fostering Trust Through Beliefs and Commitments

Reading By Example

Two concrete ways to build trust is through examination of a school’s beliefs and an agreed-upon set of professional commitments. Regarding collective commitments, you can find this culture-building activity in Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Solution Tree, 2016). We have to rely on others’ perceptions regarding professional learning.

6 Simple Reasons Why You Should Create a Blog or Podcast This Year


In this post, we are going to take a look back at the history of TeacherCast and learn why I not only decided to create my own blog and podcast series but how it has helped me and my family through both the highs and lows of the last 10 years. To Build a Professional Learning Network.

LinkedIn for Students: Find or Be Found – from Sabba


If we want to empower students to find jobs they love instead of settling, they should have two things prepared before they graduate: A digital portfolio and a professional network. LinkedIn , the world’s largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members, provides everyone an opportunity to develop a digital portfolio and a professional learning network. Creating a Professional Learning Network.

Does your district need this innovative App Approval Tool?

eSchool News

Professional development and planned obsolescence for devices were outlined in the strategic plan as prioritized strategies. To help make the change as smooth as possible, OPS placed an emphasis on digital citizenship through professional learning, as well as the development of a new device deployment strategy and an innovative App Approval Tool.

50 Awesome Books for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post 50 Awesome Books for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. And my professional learning bookshelf is always full as well as my Kindle app! Thanks for supporting the free resources on Shake Up Learning! Shake Up Learning. The Hyperdoc Handbook. The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve. Shake Up Learning 2018. Books Google Professional Development books

Achieving Equity Through Systems, Strategies, and Educational Justice

In a diverse school district with more than 20 schools and 23,000 students, providing an equitable opportunity for every student to learn and grow is not an easy task. As a life-long learner, Dr. Khedam pursues academic and spiritual learning every day. By Robert Low.

3 Practical Resources to Help Teachers Integrate SEL and Academics


They told me that while there is a lot of talk about social-emotional learning (SEL), the guidance educators receive about integrating SEL into academics is more theoretical than practical. While there is growing momentum and interest among educators to learn more about SEL, my friends are right that few resources have been developed to help teachers adopt these practices and integrate SEL into their everyday academic instruction. Take responsibility for learning and behavior.

Holiday Reading: 6 Books That Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS042

Shake Up Learning

The post Holiday Reading: 6 Books That Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS042 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Not every professional development book is made equal. In every book on this list, the main focus is on the four C’s and putting student learning first.

35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day

Shake Up Learning

The post 35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As you are adjusting to the new features inside Google Classroom that were released in August 2018, I thought it would be useful to put together a list of resources to help you do more, learn more, and engage more learners in your classroom. I write and create a lot of Google Classroom blog posts, podcasts, courses, playlists, and more just for Shake Up Learning readers.

HyperDocs in Math


As a high school math teacher for 29 years, I have watched my students change so much with how they learn and what they are exposed to in their school years. Now my students look at their mistakes and learn from them before the assessment is given. This provides students with more ownership of their learning and prevents waiting for a paper to be graded to see if they understand the content. Learn more about HyperDocs here.

When the future of learning includes teacher training, too

The Hechinger Report

Fourth grade teacher Milton Bryant works with students in a small group during a blended learning session at Ketcham Elementary School. But professional development for those same teachers generally features a presenter at the front of the room, lecturing. And a two-year-old professional development program called LEAP (for “LEarning together to Advance our Practice”) is being linked to greater achievement among students. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Social-Emotional Learning Implementation in a School District

CASEL , The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as the “process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.” District administrators and school student health professionals are having concurrent conversations around SEL.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. They discussed how adjusting student combinations, adapting teaching methods, and preparing students for group learning can lead to successful outcomes. This helps students avoid labels and learn to work with all of their peers.

Free edTPA Tools Support Teacher Candidates and Programs


We came to this work via our existing partners who were already using edTPA, and they asked us to build a solution that went well beyond offering a way to download the edTPA handbooks. Our portfolio builder is set up such that the instructions from the edTPA handbook are available for each task part. That’s why we’re excited to continue supporting teachers in all areas of their professional learning — from assembling edTPA artifacts to developing inside the classroom.

Boosting Engagement in Your Digital Library

They can have their own dedicated webpage which can include professional development selections, teaching resources, or popular adult fiction. Learn how other schools are using their digital collections. School Library Network is a free professional learning community that offers school librarians and educators a place to explore the challenges, opportunities and resources that make school libraries vibrant, vital research and learning environments.

Tips for Implementing Design Challenges in Your Makerspace

Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. In “ Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace ,” Diana Rendina, Media Specialist and Writer, Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL.

FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications

Shake Up Learning

The post FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this 21-page handbook you will find details on each certification, what is required to prepare, what exams are required, and details about the application process. Learn All About it with this FREE Guide! Becoming Google certified was a game-changer for my professional learning and my career. Shake Up Learning 2016.

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15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!


In addition to her solo posts, sharing thoughts and discoveries, Jennifer’s podcasts feature interviews with teachers, learning experts, parents, and other people who make things happen in education. You can energize and enhance teaching and learning — and I’m here to help you get started! Kasey Bell’s Shake Up Learning. Some of Catlin Tucker’s books on blended learning. Check out Richard’s digital handbook for technology integration.

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Effective Digital Leadership: Moving Our Schools Forward


Blog also sets admins up in order to be able to do flipped learning with their staff. link] - Melinda Miller, Principal in Missouri who uses flipped learning with her staff. She talks about mistakes she''s made and what she''s learned from them! Professional Growth Don uses Twitter for a professional learning network. He is constantly in conversation with people about what is going on in his job, growing with them and learning from them.

The Top 50 Best Books for Teachers – Professional Development

Fractus Learning

Learning Culture. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative – Ken Robinson. Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. The Way They Learn – Cynthia Ulrich Tobias.