- how they developed and owned its own vision of educational and social change
- relies on high-quality, well trained instructors, with strong academic qualifications and master’s degrees
- has an inclusive special educational strategy
- has developed teachers’ capacity to be collectively responsible for developing curriculum and diagnostic assessments together
- has linked educational reform to the creative development of economic competitiveness and also the development of social cohesion, inclusiveness, and shared community within the wider society. (pg. xix-xx by Andy Hargreaves)
- Bus Duty for Jan 6 – Jan 17 Team 8: Erin Gate, Beth Siebels, Gina Taylor Upcoming bus duty: Jan 21 – Jan 31 Team 9: Kathy Palmer, Jennifer Nichols, Mackenzie Ritz
- UPDATE: Beck Dupre’s workshop is cancelled tomorrow, Monday1/13 for 3rd and 4th grade teachers. We will do the 1/2 day planning that was originally scheduled. Please adjust accordingly.
- Group 2 lesson plans are due Friday.
- We do have a DWIS scheduled for Monday, January 13 after school. Dee Cook will be here to work with K-2, SuperKids teachers will work with Bonnie Francis and Kim Carr, and 3-5 and Title/RR teachers with Donna Bushey. The meetings are scheduled here at East Side.
- The STLE Applications are a great way to provide help and leadership within our school district as well as get paid. I sent the email out to you and if you are interested, please see me because there is a process to be completed. We need your help!!
- Thank you for your help in creating the budget and thanks to Lisa for getting this all completed for us and turned around so fast. I’m excited for the plans for technology integration. This will be fun, work, but fun!! Thank you for the commitment!
- Please respond to my email by this coming Wednesday if you are interested in an Appy hour after school Once I get names, I will conduct a Doodle Poll to see what day would be the best.
- Please review the email I sent out about the STLE Grant and Application process. We are really looking to our teachers to step forward and being leaders. This is a great opportunity for you as well as getting paid for your time. Come see me if you are interested.
Things in the Blogsphere
- NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there is a Case for a Delay in the CCSS. Check out the blog.
- My friend Peter DeWitt writes about I Hate Technology and Other Lame Opinions. Peter also wrote a blog about No Name Calling Week to check out too. It’s in it’s 10th year!
- Eric Cantor takes on Bill de Blasio over school choice here.
- Dick Iannuzzi is asking the NYSUT board to consider a Vote Of No Confidence for State Education Commissioner John King. This is huge folks. I don’t think there was EVER a vote like this for a NYS Commissioner of Education. Sad. I wonder if other groups will be brave to follow, SAANYS, NYSCOSS, NYSSBA, etc.
- Carol Burris writes about the Offensive Test Prep and Common Core Chaos in the Washington Post.
- Please check the East Side Announcement page for updated dates, announcements etc. Lisa is updating this continually! http://gouverneurcentralschool.org/esannounce/
- What are the five things you are grateful for? Make a list daily. It does wonders!
- Be the change agent for kids! Be a champion for kids. Every kid deserves a champion!
- “Beware of those who love the data more than the children.” Carol Burris
Educreations, Touchcast and Doodlecast Pro three apps that give you and your students a great too to do Screencasting, where you can pre-record anything, using photos, videos, drawings, or illustrations and audio and save it. Lots of teachers are using these applications to “Flip” lessons, pushing them up to YouTube or the app service so students can access this to learn and homework help, just like Kahn academy. You can share these lessons among staff. Another benefit of these apps, is that students can use these apps to record their work in an audio-visual format. How cool would it be for kids to create things on these apps, share them and use the technology. It would be great for our “shy” kids as well and give them a tool for presentation. The benefit is that they are apps and that they are mobile or on a tablet. Can you imagine what our primary kids could do with this if shown how to create a screencast? Educreations and Touchcast have web-based or desktop versions, Doodlecast pro does not. Both Educreations and Touchcast are free in the iTunes app store. Doodlecast Pro cost $4.99 but worth every bit and more! These three apps only work for the iPad tablet. Maybe in the future the companies will open them up to Android and such. Check them out!
The most recent “Making the Common Core Alive” edition from Just ASK addressesacademic vocabulary. Academic vocabulary is explained and strategies are offered.