Another amazing year of #EdChatRI has come to a close. This year we had guest moderators from all of the country who covered many different topics. Each year #EdChatRI has continued to grow and improve and embrace the idea that we always had for it. A place where we can all come together as educators to learn, grow and improve. In #EdChatRI we have created a powerful Professional Learning Network (PLN) that supports the work we all do as educators.
Also, this year we will have a sponsor for the first time for our Summer Party. GoEnnounce, which is an e-portfolio platform that helps students develop, grow and understand the value of a Personal Learning Network (PLN), while at the same time teaching digital citizenship and preparing our students with the skills to be successful in college and a globally competitive career market.
This year's #EdChatRI summer party will take place on Friday August 12th, the day after the RIASP Summer Conference. Time and location to be determined. Keep an eye out for the invitation that will follow in the next couple of weeks. We hope to see many of you there, for some food, drinks and a great time.
Parental involvement is an important factor in a child’s education. Due to that fact, it is necessary for schools to work with parents effectively. Some school districts offer opportunities for parents to be part of the decision-making process by sitting on panels; but, many schools struggle with including parents. Many parents work or simply do not know how to be involved. Since parents and educators are partners and open communication should take place, the question becomes: How can schools include parents in the decision-making process?
Join @agrundel on #edchatri this Sunday at 8 pm as she moderates a very important discussion on parental involvement.
In January 2016 a 19 person team was appointed by the Rhode Island Senate known as the Ocean State World Language Learning Commission. Under the direction of Senator Juan Pichardo our team is tasked with studying the impact of the state school funding formula on English language learners, dual language learners and multi-language learners. We are also tasked with making recommendations on how to position Rhode Island as a national leader in language learning as outlined in the Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence.
As Senator Pichardo stated, “Rhode Island has an opportunity to capitalize on a great resource, a multilingual citizenry which can help position Rhode Island as a national leader in language learning and position the state as an economic leader and compete in a global society.”
We have a great opportunity to take a lead role on the national scene regarding the education of language learners and on Sunday night we are going to utilize one of our state’s best platforms for learning and communication, #EdChatRI.
The data has shown that our English Language Learning population of students is growing and it is no longer just isolated to the Urban communities, so come join us Sunday night at 8 pm, where you can find out how to better serve our ELs and how to better prepare our teachers.
Don Miller -