Perspectives

How well do you get along with your neighbors at school? Do you just teach next door to each other, or are you really professional friends?  Because it takes a village to raise a child, you really have to be able to grow knowledge with the teachers in the classroom down the hall, and with the school down the road!  
 
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  • What is Disciplinary Literacy anyway?

    As part of my work with the Write for Texas project I participated in a MOOC on Disciplinary Literacy. This is my first time to be part of a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course. MOOC’s have become popular in recent years because they are free courses. This couse was a six week course designed to help teachers in content areas learn about disciplinary literacy and then practice writing lesson plans using what they learned.

    Most Recent: December 14, 2014
    Text reprinted with permission from Elizabeth Stein's MiddleWeb Blog, Two Teachers in the Room. 
     
    By now co-teachers around the nation have had a chance to get off on the right foot. I hope you had a flying start! Maybe even hit the ground running!

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  • Let’s imagine you’re in a school where authentic assessment prevails, inquiry drives the professional learning process, and time for collaboration has been built into the day.
     
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  • This blog is reprinted with permission from the website of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF), an NCLE stakeholder.

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  • Capacity Building: Shared Agreements
  • This blog is reprinted from the NCLE "New Frontiers in Assessment Hot Seats" area of the Connected Educator Month webpage.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment 
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  • We live in an era in which whole schools receive grades based on how well their students perform on tests. And we expect whole systems to work to fix the academic failures these tests illuminate. But a couple of discussions NCTE facilitated in recent days illuminate the fact that we may not even be assessing what matters most.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Plug a cord into a wall. Turn on the wi-fi on your phone. Open an app. Watch a webinar. Snap two devices together. Are you connected? To what?
     
    Throughout October NCTE members have helped us to navigate through hundreds of online professional learning opportunities, many that we’ve hosted, as part of Connected Educator Month. On the whole we hear that online learning of this sort is incredibly helpful—opening doors to possibilities never imagined.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies 
  • Years ago I was involved in a project where a new principal was trying to turn around her “failing school.” Test scores were abysmal, staff morale was in the toilet, and parental involvement was nil. Faced with such a set of circumstances, there were lots of different approaches we could have taken. But the first thing we did was make sure every student was greeted coming in the door every single day.
     
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  • ReadWriteThink.org is proud to be a free resource for teachers, caregivers, and out-of-school practitioners, and our Parent & Afterschool Resources section offers activities, tips, and tools specifically designed for learning outside of the classroom.
     
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Equity Issues, Family Literacy, Reading
  • Over at ReadWriteThink.org, our lesson plans, teaching resources, student interactive tools and mobile apps are accessed by over 20 million students and teachers every year. However, we know there is no such thing as the perfect lesson or teaching resource. Have you ever been using one of our materials and had an idea of how to improve it? If so we want to hear from you!
     
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  • In honor of National Principals Month, we bring you the thoughtful words of Dr. Joseph Murphy, Professor of Education and the Frank W. Mayborn chair and associate dean for special projects at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.  Dr.

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  • This blog is cross-posted in the Connected Educator Month "Hot Seat" Series.

    Most Recent: October 26, 2014

    October is Connected Educator Month (CEM)—an event originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies 
  • In the midst of Connected Educator Month, an NCLE type of message is one that points to the impact of being connected both online and offline, and this article provides a great illustration of collaboration's impact on professionalism and the education profession

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  • Making Learning Real

    It was a rite of passage of spring today! It was the first lawn-mowing day of the season. I took out my rusty but trusty lawn mower and my 5-year-old son Kende got out his Fisher Price lawn mower that seems  smaller and smaller each year. He stood behind it and started pushing it alongside me. While he was pushing, he asked me questions about how the lawn mower works. I explained about the blade at the bottom, the mulcher on the side, and I just made up the other stuff that I really don't know much about.
     
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Common Core Standards, Problem Solving
  • Capacity Building: Using Evidence
  • "How important is teaching literacy in all content areas?" asks Rebecca Alber, Edutopia Consulting Online Editor, in a recent blog. Rebutting the idea that literacy instruction is "solely the charge of language arts teachers," she sums it up this way:

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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • In my district, as in many others, there is some still some confusion about teaching the CCSS-ELA/Literacy by teachers at all grade levels and in all the subject areas. One of the most common questions is, "What are the exact texts I am supposed to teach?"

    Most Recent: November 6, 2014

    As teachers, we usually go into the first weeks of school assuming full responsibility for building the learning space. But what happens if we put some of that responsibility in our students’ hands instead? Our new students come to us full of ideas, stories, expertise, and curiosity. These are the essential materials for a strong classroom community. Here are a few ideas for how to put those raw materials to use:

    Connected Educator Month

    When October hits, you’ll be well into the routines of school and perhaps ready for some fresh inspiration. That’s why for the past two years educators from around the world have celebrated Connected Educators Month -- and you can too!

    Most Recent: October 3, 2014
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