Top 12 CTE Reasons to Use Atlas Curriculum Mapping – Education Article

by Mark Tanner, CTE Curriculum Development Specialist from HFM Career and Technical Education Center, NY This post was originally published in January 2014 and was updated in July 2019. We began using the Atlas curriculum mapping product in earnest in 2007.  The vast majority of our HFM Career and Technical Education Center staff were veteran instructors who had already developed curricula so we were not in fact developing new curricula, but rather in-putting into Atlas existing CTE curricula.  For this reason we…

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Let’s Discuss Agency in the PYP – Education Article

By Ali Ezzeddine, 4 Generations 4 Education One year ago, when the enhanced PYP was published, all PYP teachers were discussing the word Agency by asking the following questions: What will it look like? How do we implement it? How do we measure it? Why is it important? How do we discuss it with the parent community? How will it impact our daily planning? Which PD do we need to attend to understand it? As a PYP educator, the word…

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The Importance of Classroom Observations – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Notice the title of the post…”The Importance of Classroom Observations.” When you hear the term, do you think of observing and evaluating teachers or of the logistics of the space? To me, the term means something different, and it is more of an evaluation of administration than it is of teachers. Let me explain… When I worked as a principal and eventually at central office, I would often take my laptop into classrooms with the permission of a teacher and…

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Memorization is Not a Bad Thing – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Here is a scenario: The year is 2030, and you are having a conversation at a dinner party.  Eventually, people start talking about a significant historical event, and you have never heard about it before. You quickly check out of the conversation and go to your mobile device (it is totally going to be called something else but bear with me) to figure out what people are talking about because your school was against memorization of anything because you could…

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Why Digital Leadership Can’t Wait – Education Article

Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Eric Sheninger share his passion for digital leadership. You can imagine that when I heard about the new edition of his bestselling book, I had plenty of questions! The first edition sits on the bookshelf of my office. It’s full of practical, actionable information and the big ideas that support best practices for digital leadership. If you aren’t familiar with Eric’s work, he is a Senior Fellow and Thought…

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DeVos Should Take Her Leave – Dropout Nation – Education Article

Elizabeth Prince DeVos shouldn’t have even bothered to show up at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School today. But then, she shouldn’t even be U.S. Secretary of Education. Betsy could have held a listening session with students at the Broward County school. She could have learned about their activism after last month’s murder spree that took the lives of 17 of their classmates. Instead, Betsy met with a few students, including three who work for the student media outlets. DeVos could…

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eSafety Solution for Schools and Districts – Education Article

Earlier this spring the team behind NetSupport DNA reached out to share some of the eSafety solutions they offer schools. Their goal is to provide schools and districts with resources that protect students online and proactively alert staff about issues that may arise during the school year. With a focus on at-risk students, their tool can identify actions related to bullying. The idea of eSafety at school is definitely a sensitive topic. So I was interested in learning more about…

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What is the Foundation of Effective Professional Development? – Education Article

[Infographic Text] What is the Foundation of Effective PD? Three Research-Based Characteristics of Results-Oriented Professional Development for Educators PD FORMAT: PD Facilitation, Form and Style PD CONTINUITY: PD Length and Recurrence PD PLANNING: PD Design Professional Development Format Active Learning: Just like best practices for instruction, professional learning should be hands-on and engage participants in relevant scenarios and opportunities to apply their learning throughout. Collaboration: Professional development should be collaborative. Every participant has unique experiences and background;… This is only a snippet of a…

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3 Ideas for Dealing with “Pushback” on Your Ideas in Education – The Principal of Change – Education Article

On the #Drawn2Teach book study happening now over on Instagram, Josh Stumpenhorst asked the following question: Here was the response I gave on Instagram: Instead of answering this question with the idea that had pushback (because I have had a ton), I want to focus more on answering what I have shifted my thinking on for this context. First of all, assume positive intent of the other person you are working within education. If you think you are the only…

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Assessing Your Assessment Methods | Atlas – Education Article

By Megan Davenport, Professional Development Specialist How often do you take a moment to reflect on the different types of assessments your students experience? Everyone has their go-to assessments, and busy teaching days don’t offer much time (or mental capacity) to step back and reflect. However, when we do have time to think strategically about our curriculum, we want relevant and helpful information to make the most of our conversations. The reports in Atlas can serve as a conversation starter…

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The Present Moment is Our Friend – The Principal of Change – Education Article

My good friend, Patrick Larkin, purchased the book for me, “10% Happier“.  I have been enjoying it, and this quote gave me pause for personal and professional reasons: “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not…

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Easily Create Class Lists This Year with Class Creator – Education Article

Like so many ideas that have changed the way we think about EdTech in action, many stem from challenges faced by educators in the field. It’s great when teachers turn their ideas into solutions that other educators can use! So when the team at Class Creator reached out to me earlier this year, I was excited to hear their story and learn more about this tool that makes is easy to create class lists. This classroom-inspired idea has now helped…

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Defining Your Own Journey – The Principal of Change – Education Article

From “The Innovator’s Mindset“: When forward-thinking schools encourage today’s learners to become creators and leaders, I believe they, in turn, will create a better world. That’s my why, and it’s the way, I believe, we must approach the what and the how of our work as educators. Here is the thing…”Forward-thinking schools” don’t just allow teachers to find and create their solutions; they encourage it.  We can all work together toward a broader vision but our pathways as individuals to that destination,…

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Why Digital Citizenship Is an Educational Imperative – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

It’s clear that we need some sort of action, but where do we begin? GUEST COLUMN | by Kellie Ady With students accessing the internet on their own devices at all ages and spending significant time outside of school on the web, the topic of digital citizenship is only growing in importance. The sooner districts, along with the broader education community, address and formalize how we approach this topic at scale, the better off students will be in the long…

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Crossing the EdTech Chasm – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Why we don’t see the summit from the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Elliott Levine Chromebooks or iPads? Microsoft Office or Gsuite? Laptops or tablets? Detachable or hinged keyboards? Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams? These are constantly debated issues across many school systems this past year. And while these appear to be important issues for many – impassioned arguments that can lead to fundamental disputes for some – they remain shortsighted questions that reveal the reasons why technology continues to…

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Powerful Curriculum Partnerships | Atlas – Education Article

By Sarah Sisco, Curriculum and Professional Development Director at the American International School of Jeddah “You can’t make me.” Maybe that’s a phrase you’ve heard before when implementing new processes and pioneering change in your school. This was the challenge I faced in my first month as the sole curriculum professional in a school with 120 faculty members. Ahead of me, I had the task of leading curriculum development and documentation when I had no evaluative authority over teachers. Far…

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