This Sunday on #EdChatRI we are going to take a closer look at Career Pathways in Secondary Education. Join Mike Hassell (@Mr_Hassell) and Dan Kelley (@dpk933) from Smithfield High School as they lead our conversation on Sunday night at 8 pm. To learn more about Career Pathways and the focus of our discussion for Sunday night please click http://careerpathwaysedchatri.blogspot.com/2016/03/career-pathways-in-secondary-education.html
By the time students reach middle school, there is a decline in the amount of movement they engage in throughout the day. Even though research supports the idea that moving while learning enhances the brain's ability to absorb, retain, and think through information, many teachers struggle to incorporate movement into their classrooms. Join @agrundel for Sunday night's #edchatri at 8 pm to discuss "Moving to Learn in the Secondary Classroom!"
The Educational Profession, as a whole, is at times a lonely profession. We come to work everyday with lesson plans in our heads, a growing to-do list, and a sense that we can never quite get ahead. So much of our planning is internal, debating an activity, researching a strategy, questioning an event from yesterday, or even weighing options for a problem. We wrestle inside with issues, celebrate our successes, and search for answers with very little substantial day-to-day input from others. We may work in a building surrounded by many other professionals, but, traditionally, educators, especially those new to the profession, sometimes feel alone Often a lack of time, opportunity, or relationship causes us to live on an island of ourselves. Quick conversations in the hallway between periods rarely add up to substantial connection. Fear of seeming anything less than perfect, hinders some from asking for help. Formal meetings don’t allow an organic relationship to develop. We work through problems. We make decisions. We question. We succeed. Basically, alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Down the hall. On the other side of town. In the next city over. Across the state. Across the region. Across the country. There is an educator, who, just like you, is passionate about bettering the lives of their students. Empowered with curiosity and creativity. Hungry to learn. Hoping to surround themselves with positive, inspiring, energetic, supportive professionals. This is could be your dream team.
The world today is a connected world. Social media tools, such as, Twitter, Voxer, Facebook, or blogging platforms are a valuable link in the search for that connection. Collaboration between schools, communities, and even states is stronger than ever before. How can you resist connecting with someone who shares your goals, your day to day struggles, or even your sense of humor? It’s time for educators to find and surround ourselves with a group of people who will strengthen, not diminish, the superpowers that we already have. It’s time to find your dream team! Join us in this week’s #EdChatRI as we discuss the importance of collaboration between the professionals of our state. Let’s better the lives of our students, by strengthening the relationship with each other. Inspire and be inspired. We are all in this together.
This week on #Edchatri (Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.) please join us as we discuss “Creating a Growth Mindset Culture in Schools.” Guest Moderator is Louise Seitsinger, Principal, Tiogue Elementary School, in Coventry and the 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year.
What is Mindset?
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. In decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
In this #edchatri discussion we will discuss the basic research including fixed versus growth mindset, process praise, feedback, and how we learn through failure. How can we teach our staff and students to persevere as they set professional and learning goals for themselves? How does this research support our students with the skills they need to succeed not only in school but in life.
Here are some related links we will also be sharing through the conversation:
We will also be sharing some examples of how this research is being used in schools and classrooms. How are you or teachers in your school applying this research to support themselves and students? Hope you can join in the conversation this Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. on #edchatri.
This Sunday night at 8pm join Highlander Institute for a discussion on the best practices and persistent challenges facing teachers, building leaders and district leaders when it comes to the implementation of blended learning.
More and more RI educators are turning to blended learning to help them personalize instruction for students, but the shift is not an easy one. Whether you're using blended learning to differentiate instruction, manage project-based learning, or allow students to move at their own pace, success is challenging and few are doing it really well across an entire classroom, school or district.
This conversation is a kick-off to this spring when Highlander Institute and Christensen Institute will be bring the best blended learning implementers at the classroom, building and district level to Providence and give them the stage to share what they're doing well so we all can learn from their success.
Tune in to #EdChatRI Sunday night to share ideas, but then be sure to grab your early-bird ticket for the 5th Annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference before Monday, 2/1 to save $20 on the registration fee.
In a recent Providence Journal (@projo) article written by Linda Borg (@lborgprojocom) RI Commissioner of Education, Ken Wagner spoke about bold changes and innovation that needs to take place in education in the state of Rhode Island. http://providencejournal.com/article/20160107/NEWS/160109474
For the past few years Rhode Island has been at the forefront of edtech and innovation, thanks in large part to the Highlander Institute (@HighlanderInst) and the many innovative educational leaders, both teachers and administrators that our state has leading the work. There are however more changes and improvements that need to take place to push us further and help our students become better prepared for their future.
Join us Sunday night at 8 pm as we take a close look at what we are doing well and what other things we could be doing to help us advance the very important work we all do. Help us take a look at what we can do to "Develop a Culture of Innovation" in our state in the field of education.
Teachers are doing amazing work in their classrooms. Many of these teachers have a desire to share, lead, and extend their influence beyond the classroom. They do not want to move into the role of administrator as they love working with their students; however, they are looking for more responsibility within the teaching profession. The role of teacher leaders can be effective as schools look to progress. It makes sense that teachers want to learn from other teachers and some administrators are identifying strong teacher leaders to help them move schools forward.
Join @AGrundel Sunday night at 8 pm as she guest moderates the first #EdChatRI of the new year.
This Sunday night on #EdChatRI, join guest moderator and Providence public school teacher @AlexLucini as he leads a discussion on Labor/Management Collaboration in schools. The discussion will focus on ideas and practices of building systems and relationships in through labor/management collaboration that creates better outcomes for students in schools.
Alex is not only a Providence Teacher, he is also the @PTU958 Treasurer and Vice Chair of the RI Teacher Advisory Council. He will bring a very valuable and interesting perspective to our #EdChatRI conversation. Hopefully you can find some time before and during the Pats game to tune into this very important discussion. Join us tonight at 8 pm on #EdChatRI.
The only people more passionate about the students than their teachers...are their parents!Sometimes this passion can be synergistic as the two collaborate and help one another to support a student’s growth, but in other situations the collaboration is non-existent, one sided, or negative. In some schools, educators express that the parents aren’t involved or even worse, may be the root of problems, but when the question is turned around to ask how the school/teachers engage parents-like reflecting on if the only contact is home is when there is a problem or if they we have flexible ways to met parent’s needs like for meeting times or methods of communication...the tone changes. The answers often reveal that we too play a role in dysfunctional home school relationships.
Join us this Sunday night, November 22nd, at 8pm on #EdChatRI with guest moderator Nicole Bucka, @nbucka as we talk together, educators and parents, about how to improve our home-school collaboration
DataSpark (an initiative of ProvPlan) connects data and people to inform, empower, and inspire innovative decision making. We maintain one of the largest data warehouses in Rhode Island and operate a range of data tools that help people understand and use this vast collection of information. DataSpark is committed to democratizing data, and we enjoy working on projects that guide public policy and/or community action in ways that promote the economic and social well-being of all Rhode Islanders.
Join DataSpark on #EdChatRI this Sunday night at 8 pm as we take a Deep Dive into Data.
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