US Dept. of ED declares October Connected Educator Month. | All October. All online. All free. Hundreds of events, activities to expand, extend your classroom.
Excelsior Springs School District be participating in CEM and we encourage you to join us—all CEM events are online, and they’re all free. The first step is to sign up, which can be done in seconds. After you’re signed
up, you’ll receive regular updates about:
At the end of the day, CEM is dedicated to the proposition that no teacher should be an island, not when there’s so much more strength in numbers. We hope you’ll join us in bringing the profession together this October.
CEM Kickoff Sessions
Oct. 1st | CEM Kickoff Sessions: Connected Leadership, From Connection To Collaboration, Innovating STEM & Literacy
3:00-4:30 PM ET Connected Leadership.
Educators are looking to leaders for support as we navigate an increasingly connected world, but what does it mean to be a connected leader? Why is it important, how is connected leadership impacting student
achievement, and what are the best basic steps leaders can take today to become more connected?
We'll discuss these questions, and more, with an all-star cast of panelists including Candice Dodson, Chris Lehmann, Scott McLeod, a mystery guest, and you. For more information about the session, links to panelist bios, a sign up form (which will get you a reminder the day before and a copy of the archive after) and more, click the link below... http://bit.ly/kickoff_connectedleadership
5:00-6:30 PM ET From Connection To Collaboration.
Getting connected is only the start in connected education; the ultimate goal is collaboration to move the field forward. Join us--and a prestigious cast of panelists (including Tom Carroll, Kecia Ray, Connie Yowell, and Yong Zhao)--for a wide-ranging highly interactive discussion covering everything from basic tips and tricks to the future of online connection/collaborative forms, as we kick off this key CEM theme. More info,
panelist bios, sign up, and more at the link. http://bit.ly/kickoff_connect_to_collaborate
9:00-10:30 PM ET Innovating STEM and Literacy. STEM and literacy are two pillars of educational challenge that virtually every educator is trying to address, and connected education has a lot to offer both. What are the latest innovations in STEM and literacy education, and what new techniques can teachers apply in their classrooms today? Where are the overlaps and reinforcements between STEM and literacy, and what learnings do these pedagogical fields have to offer one another?
Join a powerful panel from both backgrounds (including Don Buckley, Jeanne Century, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Kent Williamson) in getting the proverbial ball rolling on this fundamental CEM theme.
Oct. 2nd | Informal& Formal PD, Personalized Learning, 21st Century Classroom Management
5:00-6:30 PM ET
Making It Count--Integrating Formal & Informal PD.
Hundreds of thousands of educators around the country are quietly improving their practice every day through online communities and networks, but receive no acknowledgement or credit for doing so. Maybe worse, what they’re learning, and how, is not influencing formal PD.
Join a panel of leading educators from multiple levels (including Al Byers, Dr. Pam Moran, Eric Sheninger, and more) who are leading the way in bridging this divide. For more information about the session, links to panelist bios, a signup form (which will get you a reminder the day before and a copy of the archive after) and
more, click the link below...
7:00-8:30 PM ET Personalized Learning. How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized learning for educators and students, what still has to happen, what practical steps can educators take to personalize today, and how can connected technologies facilitate this?
A healthy blend of edtech visionaries and creative classroom educators (including Kathy Cassidy, Will Richardson, David Warlick, and Jessie Wooley-Wilson) join you to discuss. More info, panelist bios, sign up, and more below...
9:00-10:30 PM ET 21st Century Classroom Management. What does management mean in an era of 1:1 computing, BYOD, flipped classrooms, technology-driven personalized learning and other innovations intended to address discipline issues even more directly?
Our final panel (including Sam Chaudhary, Jane Nelsen, Jeanne Poduska, and Marsha Ratzel) works
with you late into the night–as you do–to kickoff and wrestle with this last, but not least, CEM theme.
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
Post by Michelle Nebel | District Instructional Technology
As of September 19th, about 13.7% of the 21st century has passed. If you were to miss 13.7% of a movie, you would know you were late, and you would spend much of the movie catching up and figuring out what you missed. In many ways, our classrooms are in the same position - they have not entered the 21st century, so our students are left to figure out what they missed and catch up as best they can. This issue is one that we must address if we want our students to be successful throughout their lives.
To be clear, this issue is not one that technology can solve. Technology can be a useful tool in the classroom, but putting an iPad in a student's hands does not automatically prepare them for the 21st century. Rather, this issue is one of helping our students develop the skills they need to succeed in a world that is changing more and more quickly. One area educators can focus on is developing the four C's of 21st century learning: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking.
Some ideas for encouraging creativity include:
In an increasingly connected world, our students' future success will be closely tied to their ability to work closely with other people. By working together in teams to accomplish a common goal, students learn how to compromise and take shared responsibility for the end result.
Some ideas for encouraging collaboration include:
Next, 21st Century learning expects that students can clearly articulate their thoughts and ideas in a variety of situations to a variety of audiences. At the same time, students must be able to listen effectively in order to decipher the meaning of what they hear. This skill is closely intertwined with the other 3 C's - two-way communication is vital to collaboration, and the most creative ideas in the world are useless if the student cannot share them with anyone.
Some ideas for encouraging communication skills include:
The digital world today's students live in is constantly bombarding them with information, opinions, and data, and critical thinking is an essential skill that allows the students to make sense of this information overload. Students should be able to analyze evidence to determine what is and is not relevant, and they should be able to use that evidence to reason through a situation. Additionally, they should be able to draw purposeful conclusions about a situation based on the best available evidence, then reevaluate those conclusions as new information is introduced.
Some ideas for encouraging critical thinking include:
For more information on 21st century skills and the four C's, check out the website for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at www.p21.org and the resources available under the 21st Century Skills section of this website, accessible through under the Instructional Growth menu at the top of this page.
In the comments, please share ideas for integrating the 4Cs into your units of instruction.
Post by Tony Harman | Excelsior Springs High School Instructional Coach
Welcome to the Excelsior Springs School District’s Professional Development Blog. This site was built by and will grow from the contributions of educators within the Excelsior Springs School District. The primary functions of this site are to provide resources for educators to grow professionally, improve their instruction, and serve as an avenue that allows educators to share learning experiences with other educators. The blog will be a continually growing site that will function as a communication tool for upcoming Professional Development opportunities and serve as a resource for educators that need and are ready for additional growth opportunities. In order for this site to reach its full potential, all staff members are encouraged to use this blog to share learning experiences and provide resources for other educators. Let the Learning Begin!!!
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.