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Studies show that it is imperative to change from the “old way” of thinking about parental involvement to a “new way” of organizing district leadership and school-based programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Dr. Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University discussed key concepts, essential structures, and expected results of research-based programs of family and community involvement.
Civic life occurs on physical streets, and in community groups. Mobile media can help learners connect to local places, moving students through physical space in parks or at school. Often youth are particularly excited to engage with civic issues in their own communities and families. Games and play with mobile media provide one way to structure this kind of activity.
Second grade teacher, Erin Klein shared creative ways you can organize your classroom and create unique spaces, all in the service of helping children learn. Erin also shared ways she embeds technology within the curriculum to enhance current instructional practices and increase active engagement, while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
You don’t have to do it on your own! In this session hosted by the edWeb.net Implementing the Common Core State Standards community, presenter Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, provided educators with specific strategies to engage students in selecting their own stretch texts from electronic titles, as well as pragmatic tools and priority steps to evaluating your own resources and lessons.
Three proven programs for avoiding summer brain drain and strengthening home-school relationships were shared in this webinar. Learn more about High-Tech Educator Strategies: Using Social Media to Communicate with Families, High-Yield Student Learning Projects: Developing Student Experts on Chosen Topics, and High-Touch Community Strategy: Back to School Community Walk.
The Common Core State Standards place a special emphasis on reading informational text. Teachers often say how excited students are to learn about the world around them. Whether it’s the latest news from Mars or information about a typhoon that struck last week, kids want to know all about it. How can we harness that enthusiasm for nonfiction to help students become great readers?
Minecraft is a little indie game that has taken the world by storm and has many wondering why children seem to be “obsessed” with this game. Given the enthusiasm surrounding this game, it is no surprise that educators are exploring ways to bring Minecraft into the classroom.
In a time when budgets are tight and schedules are even tighter, educators must be creative and agile as we seek ways to connect with families and fortify the essential home-community-school relationship that best supports kids. Schools must differentiate outreach efforts to meet families where they are – in the same way teachers must differentiate for students with diverse needs.
One of the main ways to engage students in class projects is to let them pick a topic they’re passionate about!