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The Wejr Board » Rethinking the Traditional Conference Model

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The Edcamp model allows a large chunk of time in between sessions for participants to dive deeper into the ideas. In addition, the sessions themselves are not about being a spectator but more of being an active player in the discussions. At NAESP, not only was there no time to connect with others face to face, but there was no wireless and thus, the multiple conversations that often occur in backchannels on Twitter was lost. There was also no lunch provided… I am not disappointed in this because I had to reach into my pocket to buy lunch; I am disappointed because participants dispersed into their own schools and districts so very few opporunities were there to connect with new people (but as I said, I was privileged to be connected with others prior to the conference through SM). At one point, as Andy Hargreaves was discussing innovation, I leaned over to Jeff and said, “how innovative is getting 1000′s of educational leaders in one place and have them… NOT talk for 3 days?”.


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What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency? | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
Leaders in this movement are working together to identify the structures that need to shift for real change to take hold.
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How Technology Can Help Close the Skills Gap in STEM Education

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A new report from the Education Testing Services (ETS) group highlights a relatively silent but highly urgent problem in America: the skills gap in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education....

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7 ways to inspire a love of STEM in tweens and teens

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(BPT) - Middle school is an important time for tweens and teens: they are exploring new areas of study, discovering where their interests lie and developing passions into hobbies and later, careers.

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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy

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As the nation embarks on a new school year, education leaders from President Obama on down are facing a renewed commitment to the STEM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- (Thx 4 share @MrsCostaArt!

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The “Genius” of My School’s Genius Hour | Daisy Dyer Duerr

Educator, Speaker writes about the launch of Genius Hour in her school.


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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, August 27, 2013 6:19 AM
A transparent reflection of how Genius Hour was launched in a small district in Arkansas.
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'Genius hour': What kids can learn from failure

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Some schools are building in time for students to work on passion projects -- an idea inspired by Google's 20% time.

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:07 PM

The message is spreading.  More and more classrooms are seeing the need to move beyond the standards.  Put the learning in the hands of students and guide them to set learning goals, serve others with their learning beyond the classroom walls and discover their passions. What is stopping you from being a Genius Hour, Passion Based Learning environment?

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Five Competencies for Culturally Competent Teaching and Learning

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Today’s classrooms require that instructors possess competencies for teaching all students. Robust instructional strategies and culturally sensitive curricula are critical, but more important is an instructor who is sensitive and responsive to the unique differences of each student. Recognizing the need to strengthen specific competencies to reach and teach all students requires an understanding of new ideas and a willingness to view instruction through varied cultural lenses.

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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
The explosion in the number of needy children in classrooms has profound implications for the nation.

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, January 18, 5:59 AM

Good background information here on the scope of this tragic issue!

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Did I study? No. I was trying hard to not freeze. Or starve. - Illinois ...

Did I study? No. I was trying hard to not freeze. Or starve. - Illinois ... | Nuts and Bolts of School Management | Scoop.it
There has been a steady increase in free and reduced lunch kids in my district. ... Her school has slightly more than half the students coming from low-income households. ...

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Woo Jia Xin's comment, January 27, 2014 8:34 PM
when the parents have to worry on their child's well being and their schoolwork, they would work harder instead to provide for their child by working longer hours. Poverty has a direct impact on education as people living in poverty would prioritize their health. I think that the schools should do something to help them like sponsoring coats and meals for them so that they do not go home cold and hungry and worry about their own needs.
Wen Shi's comment, January 27, 2014 8:37 PM
I agree with the writer that poverty surely has great effect on one's life as the child has to worry about basic needs in life as well as study. Poverty is happening all around the world. Lots of children are still in poverty after they grow up due to the lacking of education. If we do not ensure that our children have enough food to eat and enough clothes to wear to keep warm in winter, the children will not focus on their study as hunger or freezing will distract them. As they are trying to meet the basic needs, they'll just put their education at the second place. Quote from the article" If we don't make sure that our kids have proper nutrition, clothing and shelter, they have very little chance of living up to their potential in the classroom." Therefore we have to be really thankful for having all these things and not being in poverty.
Abish Sempio's comment, January 27, 2014 8:39 PM
Nice thinking there! I agree with you that Singapore's way of helping the poor is through schools and having the FAS. I feel sad too that the children are not prioritizing school due to their circumstamces. I believe that despite of that these children's parents should encourage them to school instead of just staying at home as through this they can at least gain knowledge. It is really worth it! I believe that children should not be deprived of education to find a better job in the future and step out of poverty
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Affluent Suburban Schools Struggle With Rising Poverty

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A new study from the University of Virginia outlines demographic shifts that are presenting challenges for suburban schools.


Traditionally Affluent Suburban School Systems Struggle With Rising Poverty.

The Washington Post (2/26, Brown, Shapiro) reports a University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service study found that inner suburbs’ poverty rates are rising even as cities “are becoming younger, more affluent and more educated.” As the number of low-income children rise “in traditionally affluent and high-performing school systems,” suburban school superintendents and school boards “are wrestling with how to adequately serve the rising number of poor children who come to class with far more needs than their more affluent peers.”


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 27, 9:49 AM

Experience has taught me that, in the case of serving traditionally under-served, low-income students, the 10,000-hour rule definitely applies. It takes years to understand the nuances of educating under-resourced students. The key is that poverty is not an excuse for low achievement, but poverty is the reason why we have to do things differently.

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4 Technologies to Help Students Find Their Voice In Your Classroom

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Students need a voice. By voice, I mean the ability to recognize their own beliefs, practice articulating them in a variety of forms, and then find the confidence -- and the platform -- to express t (New!


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Knoco stories: Knowledge Transfer requires dual accountability.

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How does this translate to professional develop for teachers and learning for students? 

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3 things great teachers do with technology

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Too often, we see teachers putting the proverbial cart before the horse. They find an app or tool they like, so they introduce it in their classroom. The students might find it cool and
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Study :teacher bias discourages girls from STEM courses and careers

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The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.

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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup

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Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation...

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Experts Share Four Key Strategies to Inspire Girls in STEM

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At a recent conference at SXSWEdu titled, "You go (far), girl! Inspiring Girls in STEM", Jackie Bastardi and Adele Falco of Curious on Hudson shared four key ways to get girls excited about STEM.

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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

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This great infographic from Edutopia highlights the value of educating students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.


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Why Genius Hour?

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It has been my own personal goal this year to learn and understand more about the idea of "Genius Hour," and how and what it would look like in the classroom. It is a constant buzz word that always...


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Diversity Toolkit

This online toolkit provides an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity. It offers basic information, a short list of strategies and tools, and suggestions for how to find out more.

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The Rural School and Community Trust

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, January 29, 10:08 AM

A student in Poverty in Schools shared this excellent resource for those working with poverty in rural settings.

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Ability to overcome poverty boosted by self-worth

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For people in poverty, remembering better times - such as past success - improves brain functioning by several IQ points and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services, a...

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:47 AM

Compare this point to the last article I saved where the lawmaker wanted children from poverty to work for their school lunch. Eek!

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Ability to overcome poverty boosted by self-worth

For people living in poverty, remembering better times, improves brain functioning by several IQ points and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services. So, one way to fight poverty is to have self-confidence and never to lose hope. Nowadays even though the economy rises all over the world, poverty also hold hand with that and rise together. So, it is very important to fight against poverty and overcome it through out the world. My wish is to see a world without poverty where everyone get to share the same things as others and all to be equal. One important thing is that people should have their basic everyday needs like food and clothing. 

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How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools

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KQED (blog) Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools KQED (blog) Here's how Duerr brought new ideas and devices to her 225 students and started to transform student attitudes about their futures and teacher attitudes about what a...

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, February 14, 2014 10:25 AM

Great ideas in this article! Must read!!

Kay Lehmann's curator insight, February 14, 2014 10:25 AM

Great ideas in this article! Must read!!

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Blended Learning (Pt. 1): Changing the Face of Education

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A new way of teaching and learning is making its way into some public schools that, if it gains enough traction, could turn the traditional education system on its head. "Blended learning" is not about credits or grades; it's about mastery ...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 17, 4:44 PM

Are we changing the face of education, better known as School, or are we simply rearranging the deck chairs?

 

 

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7 Tips to get started with Mindfulness in your classroom

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Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

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By adding a fun, creative element of focus and stillness to a classroom routine, you can help your students learn to appreciate and practice self-regulation.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 5, 9:59 PM

One role mindfulness can play in daily work, is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Thich Nhat Hanh provides wonderful insights into this work.

 

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