Virtual Tutoring and Mentoring | eSchool News – Education Article

Grow Your World (GYW) has transitioned its services from in-person to virtual in the midst of social distancing measures required by COVID-19. This virtual transition enables GYW to provide tutoring and mentoring services to middle school students, as well as tutoring to elementary schoolers, throughout the U.S. Youths participating in GYW can choose any combination of weekly tutoring sessions in standard academic subjects, while also exploring non-traditional programs such as goal management skills, mindfulness and stress reduction skills, community service,…

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Free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” – Education Article

Elementary educators looking for a free resource to teach students about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 will have help from a zany book character named Mrs. Can. Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University and its Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research, a free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” will be available to teachers nationwide, along with a virtual resource to libraries and school systems by request. The book features third graders from a fictional “Class That Can”…

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Getting feedback quickly and easily – Education Article

To help strengthen support to teachers, coaches, and school leaders in this time of need, Insight ADVANCE is providing its ADVANCEfeedback® video coaching tool, powered by the Vonage Video API, free of charge. As a custom-built solution, ADVANCEfeedback helps teachers, instructional coaches, and school and university leaders connect on a deeper level than off-the-shelf video conferencing tools, by using secure video for self-reflection, peer feedback, and instructional coaching. Powered by the Vonage Video API, it features both asynchronous video, and…

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Free resources for middle and high school. – Education Article

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.’s environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International offers its free environmental education resources to teachers, students, and families affected by school closings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Resources are available immediately via the EarthEcho Website: www.EarthEcho.org The resources, many of which are designed to satisfy national and state education standards, are a collection of live virtual events, recorded videos and short activities designed by teachers and EarthEcho’s education team to support high-quality experiential learning. Most of the videos…

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10 priorities for K-12 IT leaders – Education Article

School districts are moving to highly digital ecosystems, and K-12 IT leaders have more and more to manage to ensure that teaching and learning can go on uninterrupted by failing or clunky technology. CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey offers critical insight into what’s expected of today’s K-12 IT leaders. The survey’s findings help to identify areas where IT leaders might need more support and assistance as they work tirelessly to meet the IT needs of administrators, teachers, and students. Related…

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The Coronavirus Could Be A Big Moneymaker for EdTech Companies – Education Article

 There is a special place in Hell for people who cash in on tragedy.   But that place is reserved for the super rich – and that’s all that matters in Donald Trump’s America.   Federal officials are urging schools to prepare for possible disruptions due to the coronavirus – a disease that originated in China last month and has affected more than 77,000 people worldwide (of which more than 2,600 have died).   Only 14 people have been infected…

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7 programs that are transforming education – Education Article

Innovative tools and strategies are transforming education, and the best educators recognize this growing trend and harness it to benefit their students. Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming education, the way teachers teach, and how students learn. The awards highlight seven exemplary programs from Fuel Education’s partner school districts. Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic…

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Simplest Gestures Are Often the Most Memorable – Education Article

When I was in Grade 4, my teacher, Miss Butler, ended the year by giving everyone a personalized card that wrote about the unique things she saw in me in the classroom.  As my parents owned a restaurant, she thanked my family for providing pizza for the class, and also acknowledged my sense of humor in the classroom (which was sometimes seen as a detriment in later grades).  I call it a “card,” but it was a cutout on thick…

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This Moment – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Picture by Mari Andrew I saw this picture on Imgur by Mari Andrew, and I love it because of the simplicity, yet powerful emotions it evokes. Rough times will always happen, but they will not stay.  Good times will happen, but they will not remain. That is part of what it is to be human. The trick is not to get caught up thinking that one moment, good or bad, is something that will stay forever. But as school years…

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Empowering Learning Through Student Strengths – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Jeff Kubiak posted this image on Twitter: LOVE! The concept of “focusing on strengths” is something that I have shared in “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and dive into deeper in my next book, “Innovate Inside the Box” (Coming out in August 2019).  One of the ideas that I discuss as a “Core” element is focusing on “Learner-Driven, Evidence-Informed” classrooms.  This is to suggest that when we identify student strengths and help students have the ability to recognize that themselves, the experience…

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5 ways to improve instructional coaching today – Education Article

Instructional coaching can be a powerful framework for teacher professional development, but not all coaching is created equally. As a beneficiary of a Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant, the Marion County School District has been working to improve instructional coaching practices, with great success. Here are the changes we’ve made that have had the most impact.  1) Focus your PLC meetings. In the past, our professional learning community (PLC) meetings were fairly unstructured. Teachers would show up,…

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Teachers don’t have the correct answer – EDUWELLS – Education Article

It is human nature to not want to be wrong but some people take this to the extreme and exhibit what’s know as the “God complex“. Education suffers from the God Complex. This condition specifically crops up in complex situations where despite the complexity, people are certain their solution is the correct one. I’m writing this for two reasons, firstly I was reminded of Tim Harford’s TED talk on trial and error, and the God Complex, and secondly because my…

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“Leading” often means going first. – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck with that. In the second, you are looking to take ownership of your actions.  That is not only possible, but it can also happen quickly.…

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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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Coming Out In The Classroom – The Girl On The Piccadilly Line – Education Article

‘Never discuss your private life’. Along with ‘don’t smile before Christmas’, this is one of the first commandments drilled into you in teacher training, but what happens when your private life is visibly tied up with your identity? 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The summer has been simultaneously shocking and celebratory, with a number of very public tributes to the individuals who campaigned tirelessly for this abolition and those who suffered under the consequences of…

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After-school coding programs position kids to be future leaders – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Those with computer science skills will continue to be highly sought-after in tomorrow’s job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that software developers, web developers, computer and information research scientists and other computer-science experts will be much more in demand than professionals in most other fields. With this in mind, it’s important that young people who wish to succeed in tomorrow’s economy begin developing computer literacy and software development skills as early as possible. In many cases, these…

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