path to workforceSmartBrief Education’s Path to Workforce content series brings you original content and events on the topic. #Path2W is our vision of college and career readiness, encompassing K-12, adult learners, career changers and non-traditional students. Florida Polytechnic University in a recurrent series will help us shine a light on 21st century careers. In this blog post, we learn more about information assurance.

Unlike a discipline that can be studied or memorized from textbooks, information assurance encompasses strategies that are best learned from hands-on experience. Information assurance, which draws on computer science and information technology knowledge, requires deep analytical skills and problem-solving abilities to protect information systems from security breaches.

Data — and the number of information systems used to store and manage the data — continues to grow at an exponential rate. Information assurance experts act as defense mechanisms to ensure that private business or personal information is less susceptible to theft, exposure or manipulation. (read more…)

Some classroom activities — modeling, hands-on learning and interactive games — are difficult to describe to parents in a newsletter or phone call. Last spring, our school decided to create a blog for parents and embed videos demonstrating skills that pre-K students need to develop in order to be ready for kindergarten. Each video includes three sections:

  • What, describing the skills the video will demonstrate;
  • Watch, telling viewers which teachers will be in the video so their children can start getting familiar with adults at schools; and
  • What Else, which features resources and ideas for parents on additional ways they can help their child extend or enhance the skills.

Feedback on the program has been positive—parents love it! One of our favorite hits, Pop See Koo, has almost 25,000 views. Other videos and topics include ways to expose children to more vocabulary, extending engineering lessons over winter break, and fun segments like “Kid Principal.” Each blog post is linked to our Woodson Kindergarten Center Facebook page and my Twitter account. (read more…)

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SmartBlog on Education this month is exploring 21st-century teaching and learning. Join us for original content in which experts explore the trends and highlight best practices that can help prepare students for their future worlds of work and living.

An experienced teacher who was new to my school came to me with a dilemma. A parent of one of his students had voiced her very strong feeling that recess was a necessity for all students. This teacher, however, had used recess as leverage for his students completing their work: those who had, earned recess, while those hadn’t, used recess time to complete their assignments.

This practice had “worked” for him for many years, and he was having difficulty imagining how to manage his classroom without it. Although I believed that recess was a necessity and not something to be earned, I refrained from telling him what to do, because I respected his autonomy as a teacher for managing his classroom. (read more…)

This post is sponsored by SXSWedu

The New Year brings new programming at SXSWedu, and with it even more reasons to attend the event. Educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs and innovators will come together in March to offer some of the most dynamic programming to-date. Still looking for a reason to attend? Here are three!

1) Delve into emerging trends in education

SXSWedu programming does not simply showcase prominent speakers, but shines light on up-and-coming voices and issues that will play a role in the future of education. Discuss topics such as developments in SEL, the relationship between hip hop and school culture, equity in standardized testing, or education policy in the 2016 election, to name a few.

2) Create new connections

SXSWedu offers many opportunities to network in your area of interest. You can participate in the mentor program, in which, as a mentor or mentee, you get to engage in a one-on-one conversation about a shared passion. (read more…)

SmartBrief Education’s monthly Editor’s Choice Content Award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss. January 2016 marks the beginning of the third year of this monthly award.

Our editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we ask our team to nominate their favorite content pieces each month from which we choose two winners. The winners then are in the running for our annual Educators’ Choice Award.

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