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21st Century PLNs for School Leaders

21st Century PLNs for School Leaders
As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states: "Meaningful change ain't gonna happen for our kids if we're not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. With that being said, I have spent the last few years focusing a great deal on my work as an instructional leader within my role as school-based principal, and now as division principal. With all of the new technologies that are surrounding us, and to the many school administrators that are not feeling comfortable with Twitter, Facebook, etc., I would like to suggest three ways (as opposed to the typical round number of 10) that you can focus on your own professional development over the summer. 1) Start a Twitter Account Related:  ED Information

EduNation podcast How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today. So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look. To that end, here is a list of educationally focused chats that we recommend (listed by day): Chat for educators teaching 4th grade #4thchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT/7pm CT Chat for educators teaching social studies #sschat Mondays 7pm ET/4pm PT/6pm CT Chat for music educators #musedchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT Chat for ELL educators #ellchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT Kindergarten Chat #kinderchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT General education chat #edchat Tuesdays 12 noon ET/ 9am PT 7pm ET/4pm PT Chat for science educators #scichat Tuesdays 9pm ET/6pm PT Chat for arts educators #artsed Thursdays 7pm ET/4pm PT

The Favorite TED Talks Of The TED Talks Education Speakers (photo credit: TED website) Last month, we wrote about the ‘TED Talks Education’ live event which showcased some great speakers like Sir Ken Robinson and Bill Gates. Each of the diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivered a short, high-impact talk on the theme of teaching and learning. To keep you inspired and learning, TED asked each speaker to compile a list of their favorite TED talks, which are linked below. Sir Ken Robinson chose his favorite talks, spanning creative methods of learning and powerful spoken word. Doesn’t get much more ‘meta’ than this, eh?

Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network Get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network. Where do you find time for brainstorming with colleagues? Whether collaboration takes place in well-organized professional learning communities or on the fly in hallway chats, chances are it doesn't happen often enough during the regular school year. Yet research shows that networking with fellow teachers is time well spent. In a recent survey, Teachers Network found that 80 percent of teachers said network participation encouraged them to remain in the classroom, while 90 percent said that networking improved their teaching practice. A personal network doesn't eliminate the need for high-quality professional development, but it does offer a powerful antidote for classroom isolation. Neil Stephenson, who blogs at Thinking In Mind, offers this quick illustration to show the power of networks: "One day, I see kids in our school doing a really cool looking art project. Online tools allow you to build a far-flung network.

Tools for Differentiation / FrontPage Image Source: Free Web Page Headers What is Differentiated Instruction? Adjusting the curriculum, teaching strategies, and classroom environment to better meet the needs of all students. In a differentiated classroom: Student differences shape the curriculumPre-assessment is typical and frequentMultiple options for students are offeredThere is variable pacingVaried grading criteria are usedIndividual efforts and growth are honored from How to Differentiate Mixed-Ability Classrooms by Carol-Ann Tomlinson How do I Differentiate? Differentiate According to Student ReadinessDifferentiate According to Student InterestDifferentiate According to Student Learning Profiles What do I Differentiate? Differentiate ContentDifferentiate ProcessDifferentiate Products Please visit the Strategies page to learn more. How do I get started? Curriculum Design Model This site is maintained by Angela Cunningham and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

The Connected Science Teacher It's summertime: time to relax, refresh and get connected. Joining an online community of science teachers is a great way to find resources, inspiration and like-minded colleagues to collaborate with as you re-tool your courses for the next school year. The list below is a good starting point to find a community or two that meets your needs. Edutopia's STEM Group This group has over 2000 members engaged in discussion and sharing ideas. Scitable Scitable is a social network created by Nature Publishing Group. My Moon My Moon is an irreverent co-moon-ity from the Lunar Planetary Institute that is focused on connecting those "under 35" to resources, experts and other information about lunar exploration. Edmodo's Science Community This community connects thousands of Edmodo-using science teachers to each other. The NSTA Learning Center This Learning Center is another large community space for science teachers, whether or not you're a member of the National Science Teachers Association.

Khan Academy Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators Editor's Note: Connected Educator Month (CEM) was launched by the Department of Education in August 2012, and this year, it's being held in October. This post from Lisa Dabbs is a great primer for becoming a connected educator, and it's a must-read for CEM. (Updated 10/2013) This month, the U.S. While the idea of being or becoming a connected educator is important, as a new teacher, this may seem completely overwhelming. Having said that, I'd like to chunk this Connected Educator Learning Month opportunity into five educator "Be-Attitudes" that might be easier for a new or pre-service teacher to embrace. Be sure to read each one and give us some feedback. 1) Be Able to Define What It Means to Be a Connected Educator What is a Connected Educator? 2) Be Knowledgeable about Web 2.0 What is Web 2.0? A popular synonym for "Web 2.0" is the "Read/Write" web, which suggests that users are contributing, creating and collaborating rather than just consuming web content. And don't stop there!

- at Icebreaker games collection MACE Activity Guide Response to Intervention Page Content Response to Intervention is an outgrowth of changes in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Previously, children who struggled academically in school had to: fit the qualifications of a legislated category (special education, 504, English Language Learners) to ensure there was funding for extra services; and fall significantly before being served. Rules and regulations varied from state to state and level to level. Response to Intervention’s goal is to meet the needs of all students at risk for failure, whether or not they qualify for a legislated program. Response to Intervention in District 11 All District 11 schools are implementing RtI for grades K-12.