Monday, August 31, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

International Literacy Day - September 8th!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll stay it again: Change is good! This year, in addition to our new name, the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association) has a fresh take on celebrating International Literacy Day. ILA believes in the transformative power of literacy to create more successful societies, healthy communities, and prosperous economies. As champions of a vibrant literacy community for the last 60 years, we’ve learned that to create a literate world, we must be willing to come together and lead the charge in our own backyards. That is why on this International Literacy Day, we’ve created literacy activities and ideas inspired by a country that has done just that—the Philippines! We’re intrigued by this country’s powerful history, rich culture, and dedication to literacy and learning, and we know you and your students will be, too!
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Check out the Activity Kit.  For more information on Literacy Day including suggested activities, click HERE!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Annual Global Collaboration Day

From   eSchool News

First annual Global Collaboration Day hopes to connect every school

By Stephen Noonoo, Editor, @stephenoonoo
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August 25th, 2015

Daylong event focuses on classroom collaboration in a globalized world

global-collaborationMark your calendars — this September 17 schools around the world are going international for Global Collaboration Day, a first-of-its-kind event designed to raise awareness about the merits of participating in projects that cross borders.
In addition to a handful of PD sessions for educators, there will be opportunities for mystery Skype calls, special Twitter chats, an international discussion conducted via WhatsApp, and a Q&A with a judge centered around the U.S. Constitution. (An updating calendar of events, arranged by time zone, is available online).
The daylong event series is the brainchild of Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, who run the annual Global Education Conference, a traditional online conference which takes place in November.
Global Collaboration Day, by contrast, has no central online hub where all events are hosted, as a conference might. Instead, individual educators and partner organizations will organize their own sessions using any online medium they choose, leading to a diverse roster of collaborative opportunities.
Right now, Gray is busying herself with outreach to the global network she’s built up around her conference — a network that reaches more than 20,000 educators in 150 countries. And while she’s hoping educators reserve a slot on their calendars and participate in an event, she’s also looking for hosts who will help organize their own events with a partner school, preferably abroad. “It could be a survey, a Hangout on Air — whatever they’re comfortable with,” she said.
This spring Hargadon and Gray will also add a leadership summit, a two-day online event aimed at school administrators and other education thought leaders around the question: How do we globalize schools?
“The difference is that the November event is very inclusive. Anyone can present,” Gray says about the flagship Global Education Conference. “We accept those presentations to give everyone a chance to show their work. In the spring, it’s going to be handpicked speakers that are going to benefit a leadership audience.”
Educators interested in participating or hosting events should visit Global Collaboration Day’s website or get in touch with Lucy Gray directly.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Webinar

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Social-Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes
Schools that explicitly teach social-emotional learning (SEL) create positive learning environments and see an average 11 percent increase in academic achievement. Austin Independent School District (ISD) has transformed its entire learning ecosystem through a districtwide commitment to SEL. National leaders in SEL will share the research case for SEL as a key to improved student outcomes, innovative strategies for best-practice SEL implementation and sustainability, effect of SEL on Austin ISD schools, and lessons learned while transforming schools with SEL.

Paul Cruz, Austin ISD Superintendent, will highlight the distinguished panel of presenters. In his time with Austin ISD, graduation rates have improved to an all-time high of 84.1 percent, and post-secondary enrollment rates have increased significantly. Roger Weissberg, CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer, will share expertise in the field of social-emotional learning. Sherrie Raven, Austin ISD SEL Coordinator, will provide real-world examples and advice for successful school- and district-wide implementation.

Paul Cruz, superintendent, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Sherrie Raven, director of SEL, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Roger Weissberg, chief knowledge officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

This webinar will be moderated by Joan Cole Duffell, executive director, Committee for Children

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School Resources for Physical Education from SHAPE America!

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Keep Students Moving to Boost Learning
To support you as the new school year begins, we've developed a Back to School website full of resources for teachers, administrators, professors, future professionals and parents, including:
  • A brand new Physical Education Program Checklist
  • Everything you need to develop a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program in your school
  • Free podcasts on health and physical education topics
  • A Justification Toolkit to help make your case for attending the National Convention & Expo
  • Free webinars with innovative ideas and tried-and-true teaching strategies
  • The newly designed Legislative Action Center
  • And so much more! 
Help us Reach 50 Million Strong
"50 Million Strong by 2029" is SHAPE America's national initiative to ensure that all of America's students benefit from the skills, knowledge and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity.
Let's join together to enhance health and physical education programs...and provide opportunities for students to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity before, during and after school.
You supply the daily commitment and enthusiasm; we'll provide the tools and resources.
Say "Count Me In" today and receive a free digital Scope & Sequence Chart. This chart:
  • Supports the National Standards and grade-level outcomes for K-12 physical education
  • Provides educators with an evaluation scale for K-12 students
  • Provides guidance for developing lesson plans for K-12 physical education

Count Me In!

Thursday, August 20, 2015