Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, received a standing ovation for his keynote remarks on Sunday at the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference in Arlington, Va., where he implored members of the education community to maintain a focus on teaching “students of all backgrounds, all abilities to be successful no matter the circumstances.”
Charbonneau, a National Board Certified Teacher, teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School in Washington state. He described his own efforts — through courses that allow students to earn college credit as well activities, such as robotics, drama and summer backpacking trips — to help students develop characteristics such as courage, confidence and self-sufficiency.
He encouraged states to see developments, such as the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, as opportunities rather than obstacles. “These are opportunities, if we get them right, to drastically improve education,” he noted. (read more…)
As I am not a good plane traveler, it was great to arrive in Dallas just 30 minutes after I left Sydney, Australia. Although time zones are different, education and learning in the two countries are not. I came to ISTE13 to follow my thought- and networking-leaders , to study the latest trends in learning, and to broaden my expertise in personal passions — global education, rural education and immersing technology into the classroom, and most importantly, to further develop a supportive network.
The sheer size of ISTE — which may make it the world’s largest classroom — means that there are many options for learning that could and should be emulated in the ideal classroom. ISTE attendees can:
- Customize their learning to suit learning styles — lecture, hands-on, networking, interaction, conversational, small groups, peer-to-peer, virtual, and more.
- Choose the best space for individual learning — classrooms, bloggers café, social-butterfly lounge, large ballrooms for keynotes, quiet spaces for personal reflection or conversations by the river.
With 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopting the Common Core State Standards, many schools are re-creating their mission statements to include common core values.
Author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs tackled this topic during the session, “Shaping a School’s Mission Statement to be Supported by the CCSS,” offered during the Curriculum Mapping Institute held in Salt Lake City, Utah July 10 – 11.
“In your mission statements, what you’re looking for are the qualities that you can act on and that your students can act on, but don’t separate them [the standards from the mission],” Jacobs told attendees. “Every word counts, and if it’s thoughtful and creative, you get people thinking differently. ”
Here’s a an overview of some steps Jacobs suggested schools take before writing their mission statement:
Begin with the notion that all stakeholders are going to contribute, and then hold respectful discussions about your mission statement with strategic groups. (read more…)
Did a relationship with an educator help change your life — help you identify your purpose — help you overcome shyness, sadness or other circumstances?
The importance of student/teacher and learner/mentor relationships was a core message throughout the third annual 2013 School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS) held July 8 – 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Inclusion of student voices in the conference was a refreshing component and effectively shifted the focus from being exclusively on practitioners to including the viewpoints of students, reinforcing School Improvement Network‘s goal of using innovation to help make 100% happen.
Student Erika Franco-Quiroz opened Tuesday morning’s keynote presentations speaking to the audience in Spanish to illustrate the barriers children of immigrant parents like her sometimes face in school. “School was just so terrifying. I knew no one, and I had no friends,” she said.
Erika is now a straight A student and youth leader thanks in part to four teachers. (read more…)
If we hold personalized learning in such high regard, why shouldn’t we apply it to our professional conference experience as well? Are we not attending these conferences to learn? I attend more conferences than most educators, and I try to enjoy each to the fullest. I also have an advantage over many educators attending these conferences in that I am a “connected educator.” I use Twitter, LinkedIn and many education Ning communities to reach out and connect with educators before a conference begins. It is not some privilege held by me alone. Any educator can do it, and everyone should. In my experience, when it comes to learning, personal relationships in sharing content offer much more to learners than the content alone.
Any of the major conferences usually have established websites or create special conference websites for perspective attendees to join. Usually, there will be discussions on upcoming topics, or scheduled presentations. (read more…)