For years we’ve lived with the notion that literacy is an English Language Arts topic. However, literacy is everywhere we go, it’s ingrained in every aspect of life. So why do we feel we only need to promote literacy in the ELA classroom? Join #EDCHATRI on Sunday, September 17th at 8pm to share best practices for promoting literacy in your school!
As #EdChatRI begins it's sixth year, we are happy to say that it has become exactly what it was intended to be, a platform for everyone to be able to access, learn and grow together as educators and individuals. Last year over a dozen different organizations or individuals stepped up and pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone, so that they could lead a discussion on a topic of importance to them or their learning community. With an already existing and growing Professional Learning Network, #EdChatRI offers you the opportunity to share an idea or a topic and learn and grow together with others throughout the state and beyond.
If you are interested in accepting this challenge and gaining valuable feedback on your topic of interest, or you just want to experience the growth and challenge of moderating one of our weekly #EdChatRI sessions, please sign up on the #EdChatRI Guest Moderator Calendar. #EdChatRI takes place weekly on Sunday nights from 8 - 9 PM. If you have any questions or want to know more about how to moderate, please email me at email@example.com.
Did you know…
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) expects that every educator who completes a RI educator preparation will be classroom and school ready on Day 1. RIDE supports continuous improvement through reporting on the performance of educator preparation program completers in the Rhode Island Educator Preparation Index, reviewing new and continuing programs through the PREP-RI process, and providing technical assistance to preparation providers. In addition, RIDE will soon need to create a new State Report Card in response to Higher Education Act regulations. RI is in a good position to make strong, thoughtful, and strategic decisions related to the new educator preparation State Report Card it must create… but we need your help!
Please join #edchatri on December 18th at 8 pm to share your thoughts on what information related to preparation programs is most relevant to you and share your ideas about how we can collaborate to improve educator preparation in RI.
When you think about an educator’s career from its early beginnings of entering the profession to achieving the status of “seasoned veteran,” what components are in place to support him/her throughout? Together and as a state, we need to flesh out the details of a high-quality talent management system – the lifecycle of an educator – and would love your input as we wrestle with the best, most efficacious way to support our educator workforce each step of the way. Currently, we’ve identified these five “buckets” as the right pieces to comprise this talent management system:
Attract: Pathways into the Profession & Elevating the Status of the Profession
Prepare: Initial Certification and Licensure & Program Approval and Accreditation
Recruit/Hire: Recruitment, Selection, and Hiring (to a district and into a position)
Develop/Support/Grow: Induction and Mentoring, Evaluation and Professional Learning, and Career Advancement
Retain: Educator Environment, Assignment and Transfer, Compensation, and Career Advancement
Please join us on December 4, 2016 as we delve deeply into imagining a high-quality talent management system for Rhode Island’s educators that both supports and nurtures educators and ultimately, the students they serve.
“Personalizing education might sound revolutionary, but this revolution is not new” (p. 254). It is a revolution that will take time; it is one that we should pay attention to.
Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history…He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research—and written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style--Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.*
Join @AlanTenreiro Sunday night at 8 on #EdChatRI as we take a look at ways to build creativity in our schools.
In the United States: the state of California has a population of 39.144.818 (Census Gov. 2015), and over 24% of the school-age population is classified as an ELL (National Center of Immigrant Integration Policy, 2015).
In Canada: the province of Ontario has a population of 13,982,984 (Ontario Fin. Gov. 2015), over 25% of students are identified as English language learners (Statistics Canada), and the numbers will continue to increase in years to come.
Two neighboring countries that address English language learning differently. Yet, the majority of US-born ELLs and Canada-born ELLs are falling behind academically with respect to both their English-language peers and immigrant students.
Join Flavia Baker (@FlaviaBakerCHS) this Sunday at 8 on #EdChatRI to discuss the many ways we could improve supports for immigrants and ELLs in our education system.
Recently, my colleague Shayna Fox-Norwitz described her reflections during a visit to one of our Summit personalized learning cohort schools in a blog post, Notes from the Classroom…Critical Thinking in our Schools. She noticed a student sitting out in the hallway, preparing herself to retake a failed content assessment (online post-test). In engaging the student in deeper inquiry, the student left the exchange, partly victorious and confident in her own critical thinking thought process and partly grateful for having an educator engage her in such a level of deep academic conversation. So often, the everyday routines prevent us from engaging in reflection and deeper levels of critical inquiry.
We will pose the following essential questions for discussion:
Q1: What is critical thinking?
Q2: How do we cultivate critical thinkers in our classrooms?
Q3: How do you, your colleagues and/or school celebrate and capitalize on evidence of critical thinking?
Q3: What are the challenges to fostering critical thinking?
Q4: What else can teachers do to celebrate critical thinking?
Q5: What else can school leaders and administrators do to celebrate critical thinking?
Q6: How have you integrated current events in your efforts to foster critical thinking?
Q7: What will you do next week to foster critical thinking?
Join Wendy Espinoza Cotta (@edtech2innovate) and others Sunday night at 8 PM to take a closer look at Critical Thinking in our Schools.
Plyer v. Doe was ruled 34 years ago, yet schools are still engaged in the search for best practices to implement learning in classrooms with a quickly growing population of multicultural and multilingual students. Our educational system has been under recent regulatory changes and experienced various applications of blended learning. Yet, educators feel like they are not reaching out enough to all students. High dropout rates are still a concern of many districts. Immigrants and refugee families remain in the margins of education.
What can we do to help change this situation and how can we better prepare our students and ourselves to address this need. Join @RITELL_ESL and @FlaviaBakerCHS this Sunday 10/16 at 8 pm on #EdChatRI to find out.
Gone are the days where literacy is a mysterious gift from the English teachers. Today we know that literacy belongs to all of us. Every educator has a stake in student literacy. However with the hectic days in our classrooms, are we doing enough to foster literacy, and encourage reading? How can schools create a culture of literacy beyond the ELA rooms? Is social media and technology hindering this important matter?
Join @MrsMcLoudRI Sunday night at 8pm on #EdChatRI as we discuss this important conversation that affects us inside and outside the classroom.
In today's climate of personalized instruction, the classroom space needs to be conductive to learning. The design of our classrooms need to support collaboration, flexible grouping, station rotation, and preferential seating in order to optimize on teaching and learning.
Join Amanda Grundel (@agrundel) this Sunday night (9/25/16) to discuss ways to design a classroom that is conducive to collaboration and learning.
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