Alan and I were recently invited to the first of many listening events sponsored by Governor Raimondo as she travels around the state meeting with students, parents and other community members regarding the hiring of the next education commissioner for the State of RI. "We have a big decision to make," Raimondo told nearly two dozen educators. "I need you to be part of the process so we can get it right. We have to find a leader to take our system to the next level."
It is very important that we hear from all stakeholders in the community regarding this important transition. #EdChatRI is the state’s leading educational discussion forum on Twitter. It was also clear to see the power of our PLN, as many of the representatives at the inaugural commissioner search meeting were active participants in our weekly #EdChatRI chat. This Sunday, March 1, #EdChatRI will be asking for your thoughts on this important transition. The archive of the Twitter chat will then be shared with the Governor.
In advance of next weekend's Goggle Apps for Education Summit in Coventry RI, we will have two guest moderators joining us from California, Ken Shelton (@k_shelton) and Holly Clark (@HollyClarkEdu). Ken is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. You can learn more about Ken @ http://kennethshelton.net. Holly is a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer, NBCT, Keynote speaker. She is also the Co-founder#caedchat and #eduslam.
The focus of the Summit will be on Making Thinking Visible. Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them - Visible Thinking
This Sunday's chat and the GAFE Summit is for teachers, school leaders and administrators in K - 12 schools who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Join us at either or both learning opportunities as we delve deeper into how we make Thinking Visible and how technology can help us with this process. Join #EdChatRI - Sunday night @ 8 pm.
Find out more about and register for the GAFE Summit @ http://ri.gafesummit.com/
In September of this past year I had the great fortune to have been asked to do a Ted Talk at TedxProvidence. The topic was education and the task for me was to focus in on what I believe the most important part of our job was. It was not really that difficult for me to decide what the focus of my Talk was going to be. Although there are many important components to education and the work we do, for me the key to success in education and life in general is RELATIONSHIPS. Therefore, I am very proud to have given the following Ted Talk at TedxProvidence and I hope you enjoy it and are willing to accept the 3 Challenges that are associated with it. If you enjoy what you see, please share this Talk, because I know approaching education and life in general with this mindset has definitely made me a better person and hopefully has positively affected those around me.
As education in the US continues to change, grow and adapt to higher standards, more rigor and an overall increase in workload, for students, teachers and administrators, what must we do as educators to keep up with this change for the benefit of our students.
Over the past few years with the creation of the Common Core State Standards, a major change in the evaluation system and an increased use of data, just to name a few, education has become much more demanding and in some ways overwhelming for students,teachers and administrators. What can and should we do to embrace this change and meet with greater success?
We are excited to invite the new Mayor of the Capitol City, Jorge Elorza to join us tonight as we discuss the only constant in education and life and that is "Change". What does it mean to all of us as we navigate the future of education in the city of Providence, the state of Rhode Island and the rest of the country as well.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM for #edchatri as we look to "Open the Doors to Change".
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