In recognition of the enormous impact online social learning can have on the teaching profession, the U.S. Department of Education announced a second Connected Educator Month, CEM. Held this month, October 2013, CEM will build capacity and galvanize action to prepare educators to thrive in a connected world. This year, Connected Educator Month added a focus on helping school districts promote and integrate online social learning in their formal professional development. By getting more educators “connected” and deepening and sustaining learning of those already connected, we collectively can stimulate and support collaboration and innovation in professional development and collaboration.
In connection with CEM, Excelsior Springs School District decided to move from lurker or participant to author, taking this opportunity to showcase our commitment to making connected learning for our schools, our educators, and our students a priority. Through a series of blog posts shared over the next few days, we will share our continued journey to build a connected and collaborative culture that supports both formal and informal learning.
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.