Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

Posted on May 27, 2020

Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

With distance learning being the norm these days there are many questions regarding its effectiveness on student mastery. Many Higher Education Leaders are beginning the discussion around distance learning by asking relevant questions such as, “How are schools going to meet state requirements”, and “Are the students learning the content needed to be successful while taking courses online?” On many occasions these discussions lead to a conversation about the administration of virtual assessments to assess student mastery. Due to COVID-19, a waiver was put in place to alleviate some of the stress that districts might experience when trying to meet state requirements. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education (fact sheet dated March 12, 2020, on Section: 8401 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. & 786)), Secretary Betsy DeVos has the authority to grant a 1-year waiver to schools that apply for the release. A waiver would provide some flexibility to schools, districts, and state public education systems closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic with statutory parameters. 

Tags : Professional Development, Student HOTS


What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Posted on May 20, 2020

What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations. 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management


Feedback: Receiving, Seeking, and Giving Effective Feedback

Posted on May 13, 2020

Feedback: Receiving, Seeking, and Giving Effective Feedback

Living in today’s society has its challenges. As of late, with the pandemic you may feel like you are living in a bubble, however, this is a perfect time to pause and ask yourself some serious questions. How well do you seek, receive, and provide feedback?  Have you ever found the act of asking for or providing feedback uncomfortable? Asking for or providing feedback isn’t always easy and it might cause anxiety for some people but it’s essential to your personal and professional development. Feedback forces you to consider what must change in order to become the best version of yourself. When you receive feedback, you will learn more about yourself than you thought you already knew. You will also be able to grow personally and professionally, at a faster rate than you would if you chose not to seek and receive feedback from others. With preparation, the relevant information you gain by seeking feedback from others will support your growth. Feedback is an element that will help you move to the next level if you are willing to listen and ready to change. This week’s blog will provide you with tips on asking for feedback to support your growth and give you the opportunity to provide us with feedback so that we can grow and expand our content, audience, and influence in the world of education. 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation


34 Educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

Posted on May 06, 2020

34 Educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

COVID-19 has hit the U.S. and we are all feeling its effects. The lives of many have been uprooted due to this virus, and as a result people are trying to adapt however they can. One industry that has especially been disrupted is education. Teachers and students have been forced to switch to online learning so that they complete the school year without causing any further disruptions. With these changes often having to happen in a short time period, teachers are constantly looking for tools to make the best of online learning. This blog will provide 34 educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

Tags : Teacher Preparation


Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP): How Yes, Inc. is impacting school districts!

Posted on April 29, 2020

Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP): How Yes, Inc. is impacting school districts!

  We sat down with Larry Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Texas Serenity Academy Charter Schools, to find out how the Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP) has helped his district experience overall growth. 

Tags : SLI2019, Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations


Servicing Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 22, 2020

Servicing Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Tags : Student Engagement


What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

Posted on April 15, 2020

What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

New teaching methods have evolved to keep up with the times and have adapted by integrating technology to remain current with new learning models. Blended learning is a product of our rapidly changing learning environment. While technology shows no sign of letting up, it is all-the-more reason to embrace it for the advantages it brings! Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently eLearning and traditional face-to-face learning according to the way that it is defined on TeachThought. While education experts continue to debate the efficacy of this hybrid learning, its very existence has challenged them to re-evaluate not just technology’s place in (and out of) the classroom, but also how to reach and teach students more effectively.

Tags : Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


10 WAYS TO BE EFFECTIVE WITH DISTANCE TEACHING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Posted on April 08, 2020

10 WAYS TO BE EFFECTIVE WITH DISTANCE TEACHING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Global COVID-19 Pandemic has led the world to change rapidly and make adaptations quickly. Protective and cautious measures have been instituted, causing life as we knew it to come to a staggering halt. Out of an abundance of care, schools across the United States remain close and are modifying instruction on a dime. Many, however, are not as prepared as they would like to be to transition into uncharted waters with large scale distance learning and online classrooms.  Today’s blog will discuss 10 tips to help educators be effective and prepared for teaching online or teaching from a distance to combat necessary extended school closures. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Classroom Management


12 Best Practices To Keep Your Community Safe During The COVID-19

Posted on April 01, 2020

12 Best Practices To Keep Your Community Safe During The COVID-19

The world we are living in has placed an urgency around ensuring the health and safety of our community during the recent rise of COVID-19. In order to ensure that staff and students everywhere are safe and ready to return back to their schools, it is important that we understand how we can play a part in keeping everyone safe!  

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Where are we now?: Teachers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on March 25, 2020

Where are we now?: Teachers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the effects of the coronavirus, schools everywhere are being forced to shut down because of the real and present danger of spreading the virus. Although school closures have proven effective in the past, every teacher knows that there is nothing that hinders education more than missing a day much less half a semester or the rest of the school year! Even though schools are converting to online learning, not all are prepared to encounter the obstacles that it presents. Even then, some children don't have access to computers, devices, or the internet within their homes to participate in such learning.