Here are some suggestions to help you have a fantastic first year in the classroom.
1. Build Community
Your relationships with others will keep you strong, and they might be the key to fueling your energy to persist through challenges. Build strong relationships with your colleagues and administrators and with your students and their parents.
2. Find Hopeful, Positive Mentors
There are veteran teachers who are sad and cynical, and there are others who are wise and hopeful. If you find yourself among the cynical, leave. Stay far from that negativity. You need mentors who can share their wisdom and expertise and who can remind you at the end of October that things will get easier. Continue reading
An in-depth report dives into how New England states are trying to help students graduate high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
Competency-based education has a strong hold in New England.
Five of the six northeastern states have spent a number of years working to ensure that all students advance and graduate high school with the knowledge and skills they need — not just a few. Also called performance-based or proficiency-based education, competency-based education has five main elements in a working definition that 100 people agreed on at a 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit:
- Students advance after demonstrating mastery
- Explicit and transparent learning objectives empower students and improve instruction
- Students receive timely and differentiated support
- Aligned assessments are rooted in the cycle of learning
- Students develop and apply a broad set of skills and dispositions
A recent report from CompetencyWorks — an online resource that shares information about competency-based education — chronicled some of the steps that have paid off in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. And it noted that while competency-based learning started in Alaska and Boston around 1995, Massachusetts hasn’t embraced it statewide, though some individual school districts are moving forward. Continue reading
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Competency education is expanding across the country as a means to ensure all students are mastering the skills and knowledge to be successful in college, career and civic life. This paper explores the core concepts of competency education, provides insights in policy and practice across six New England states, and analyzes the impact of competency education on quality, equity, scaling and sustainability. This report draws lessons learned and insights from educators and policymakers in New England and is intended for district leadership and policymakers seeking to introduce competency-based education within their states.
Today, CompetencyWorks released a new report: Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England. This paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Continue reading
The ISTE Standards for Students have been refreshed and the 2016 Standards are now available. ISTE will next be refreshing the Teacher standards.
This past June, ISTE published the report: “Redefining learning in a technology-driven world. A report to support adoption of the ISTE Standards for Students.” The report includes:
- Workforce readiness: The case for the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students
- The refresh methodology
- Research basis for the 2016 standards
- Connections to national initiatives like the NETP, Common Core, CS for All, etc.
- Crosswalk between 2007 and 2016 standards
Webinar Thursday, October 6, 2016
1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT
Julie Evans (and some special guests) held an introductory Speak Up webinar on September 27th at 3pm ET / noon PT. The session was for anyone new to Speak Up, anyone still considering getting involved and anyone who just needs a refresher ahead of this fall’s surveys.
October 6 Webinar information.
Register for the Webinar.
- Overview of Speak Up 2016
- What’s new for 2016
- Why schools and districts participate
- How to get started
- How to promote and boost participation
- How schools will access data
- And, more!
Julie was live and welcomed questions during the webinar! Tweet your questions using the #speakupintro hashtag or email them to Amber at email@example.com.
Video Recording on You Tube
- The White House released an online interactive resource package called a Safe Place to Learn. The package provides materials to support school efforts to prevent and eliminate peer-to-peer sexual harassment and sexual violence. They are also putting guidance out for districts to consider when developing a sexual misconduct policy.
Department of Education News:
- The Department of Education awarded the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) a contract to develop Future Ready Technical Assistance for States. SETDA will engage state education technology leaders in this work at the Leadership Summit Oct 16-19.
- The Department of Education released new guidelines on how states and school districts can better serve English-language learners. The guidelines include information about using the funding for related technology uses. More broadly, the guidance includes information on using ESEA, Title III funds to serve English Learners; design and delivery of language instruction educational programs (including for educators of English Learners); information on parent, family, and community engagement; information on distinct populations of English Learners, former English Learners, immigrant students, and students with disabilities; and publications and resources for administrators and educators who work with English Learners.
- The Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance titled “Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments” to help stakeholders make more effective education investments using relevant, rigorous evidence to improve outcomes for students under ESSA.
- The Department of Education posted a series of fact sheets which highlights the nation’s educational progress over the last either years. The fact sheets cover the following: