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  • Voices and Choices Institute: 1-12-2011 | Teaching Matters
    01 10 2011 10 02am Voices and Choices Teacher Institute Wednesday January 12 2011 8 30 AM 3 00 PM 475 Riverside Drive New York NY 10115 http actevarsvp com event a0j70000000Bn4r Voices and Choices is a three unit series exploring the role of civics and active citizenship in a democracy The units are designed to complement sixth seventh and eighth grade middle school curricula in social studies This free one day teacher institute is open to all educators interested in implementing one of the Voices and Choices units and participating in a city wide culminating event Click here to register The sixth grade unit Democracy in Ancient Greece focuses on democracy and citizenship within the context of the western world s first democracy in ancient Athens The seventh grade unit Constitution Today focuses on current issues of public debate relating to the Constitution of the United States The eighth grade unit The Evolution of Civil Rights focuses on the expansion of civil rights and democracy throughout US history Teaching Matters also hosts city wide student events for Consitution Today and Civil Rights to celebrate student work and achievement Find out about these events and learn all that the units

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  • NYC Connected Learning: Creating the Digital Village in Urban America | Teaching Matters
    a key factor in extending learning time Much of kids extended learning time is not school driven Young people are online starting non profits posting to forums composing music and writing collaboratively in addition to socializing and sharing music These are all learning events For most American school children the ascendancy of mobile computing and the evolution of Web 2 0 has provided a vast array of learning tools which render old forms of classroom instruction quaint by comparison Kids are learning The question is what and from whom But the digital revolution has not expanded every child s access equally Even as broadband adoption accelerates the digital divide persists and many talk about digital exclusion A recent analysis by the Commerce Department noted that 94 1 percent of households with income exceeding 100 000 subscribed to broadband in 2009 compared with 35 8 percent of households with income of less than 25 000 More than 600 000 New York City households still do not have broadband internet connection The education gap mirrors the income gap in terms of broadband adoption The same study notes that 84 5 percent of households with at least one college degree subscribed to broadband last year compared with 28 8 percent of households without a high school degree Lack of access begets more lack of access What is the disadvantage to these have not children in terms of their education What are the economic social and educational costs to entire families It s safe to assume that the learning gap tied to socioeconomic status can only widen given these conditions Enter the New York City Connected Learning Project a broadband adoption project conceived by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Funded through the Recovery Act by Commerce Department grant NYC Connected Learning aims to place 20 000 desktop computers with broadband access in the homes of low income 6th graders throughout the city over the next two years 72 high needs schools in all 5 boroughs are participating The project is structured on the knowledge that simply placing connected computers in the home is not a transformational strategy Project partners are providing a host of support services which wrap around the home computer placement Computers for Youth CFY which supplies the computers preloads them with a suite of over 50 learning programs and tools called their Home Learning Center In order for families to take the computer home parents and their student must attend a Family Learning Workshop where they train together on how the computer works and how to use the software to enhance learning Common Sense Media is providing families guidance on selecting appropriate online content for their students and offering schools a digital citizenship curriculum which teaches kids how to be safe responsible and savvy navigators of the online world MOUSE is setting up student tech squads in participating schools to help support school infrastructure and to teach kids the technical side of 21st century skills The City University

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  • Please Join Us for a Special Forum for Principals | Teaching Matters
    and Families A Conversation with Karen Mapp Karen Mapp Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will guide us in strategizing new ways to foster a home school connection focused on student success The session draws on Dr Mapp s acclaimed book Beyond the Bake Sale The Essential Guide to Family School Partnerships Principals are encouraged to bring one school professional responsible

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  • Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities | Teaching Matters
    20 2010 12 30pm Kudos to John Clemente Teaching Matters Director of Educational Services On Thursday November 18 John facilitated an online session entitled Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities as part of the 2010 Global Education Conference Participants from around the world tuned to learn how Teaching Matters Rubric for School Innovation can be used to move schools toward becoming successful 21st century learning environments Click here to access a recording

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  • 2010 Global Education Conference, November 15-19 | Teaching Matters
    sessions from 62 countries Sessions will focus on teachers students curriculum policy and leadership and global issues On Thursday November 18 at noon John Clemente Teaching Matters Director of Educational Services will faciliate a session entitltled Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities Participants will learn how Teaching Matters Rubric for School Innovation can be used to move schools toward becoming sucessful 21st century learning environments The conference will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over five days There is no formal registration required for the conference as all the sessions will be free and online broadcast live using the Elluminate platform and available in recorded formats afterward Actual session links will be posted the week of the conference See the full hour by hour schedule in your time zone at http www globaleducationconference com schedule html Session Details Date Thursday November 18 2010 Noon Title Assessing your Innovation Capabilities Presenter John Clemente Director of Educational Services Teaching Matters Description Imagine a successful 21st century school in this flat world What does it look like Does it include a balance of core academic content and digital literacy Does it involve global collaboration Teaching students to be creative critical thinkers problem

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  • First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation | Teaching Matters
    Innovation Submitted by admin on Thu 11 04 2010 11 27am On Wednesday November 3 2010 Teaching Matters announced the first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation a 15 000 award to be given to a school that exemplifies an academically rigorous and technologically innovative learning environment Submissions will be open to all publicly funded K 12 schools in the New York metropolitan area The Prize will be awarded yearly beginning July 2011 The winner of the Rohatyn Prize will receive a one time award of 15 000 to support sustain or further an innovative school learning environment program or practice that has the potential to be replicated by other schools The award can be applied to equipment materials or human resources including staffing consultants release and or common planning time Submissions will be judged using Teaching Matters Rubric for School Innovation The application and criteria for the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize will be available online at www teachingmatters org on January 3 2011 For inquiries about the Rohatyn Prize please email Teaching Matters Director of Curriculum and Instruction Naomi Cooperman Ed D at ncooperman teachingmatters org Include the subject line Rohatyn Prize Click here to view the full press

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  • Middle Schoolers Take Action on Civil Rights | Teaching Matters
    on bias based bullying in NYC schools Then the students broke out into groups of a few dozen across the street at Pace University and made 5 7 minute presentations on a civil rights topic they had researched and developed a campaign about The professional activists in the room then had the opportunity to ask questions give the students feedback on their campaigns and share our on the ground experience With topics ranging from healthcare for all to women s rights the presentations were thoughtful and used many forms of media to build awareness campaigns What really blew me away was that one of the groups of five non Sikh middle school students chose Sikh rights as their topic Using a great website they created the students gave an in depth presentation about the barriers to freedom and equality Sikhs in the U S face from employment discrimination to hate crimes The front page of the site states We chose to discuss religious freedom concerning the Sikhs It is important for people to understand that people are discriminating against other s religion which is completely mistreating each other as an equal and through an internet campaign we d like to do our part to fight against this injustice that still exists today What is it that would motivate five non Sikh eighth graders who go to a school with a very small Sikh population according to their teacher to choose Sikh rights as their topic out of all the hundreds of civil rights issues they could have focused on I asked them and their response was they read an article about the discrimination against Sikhs in the U S Army They thought that it was really unfair and started doing more research and realized that discrimination against Sikhs is a

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  • Incorporating Innovation into Strategic Planning that Will Enrich Learning | Teaching Matters
    technology need to drive the plan Technology can help meet these desired outcomes but tech in and of itself is should not be the defining factor For example a school goal could be formatted like this School goal for learners Specific technology used How will this accomplish the goal in ways not previously possible How will this enrich student learning Here are some ideas on how your school can get started on the road to developing a strategic plan for learning DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR LEARNING Develop a school strategic innovation team Ideally this team is comprised of teachers school leaders students and family Take a simple assessment Have team members come together to take a simple assessment to see where the school lies on the continuum of 21st century success This measures a schools success in five dimensions Infrastructure Hardware Software Networks and Tech Support Human Capital Teacher Effectiveness Curriculum Coherence Learner Centered Instruction and Digital Content Leadership Student Achievement Outcomes Here is a sample simple assessment Start the conversation Doing this enables team members to start a dialogue develop common language and begin thinking about areas in which they want to grow Select a dimension of 21st century success on which to focus After taking the simple assessment discuss and select a the dimension s on which it makes sense for the school to focus Determine where you are and want to go Once the dimensions are selected the team should determine the specific areas of focus using the Rubric for School Innovation to determine where the school currently stands and strategically make a plan for moving to the next level in the continuum Fine tune your focus Once the dimensions of focus and plan are discussed the team can work to create an innovation roadmap You can see samples here by clicking on any model school and looking at their roadmap This will be the school s guide for moving along the continuum of 21st century success There should be a lead writer assigned to drafting the roadmap but all innovation team members should be invited to the document Google docs works well as it may make sense to have certain team members take the lead on various parts of the roadmap Ensure innovation road map has an educator and student driven hardware purchase plan Your school has a hardware budget That doesn t mean that those not in specific classrooms should determine hardware purchases Educators and students don t like to feel imposed upon Instead excite teachers and learners by inviting vendors to share various possibilities with classrooms and encouraging teachers to write hardware proposals with input from students Let teachers and students partner to use the technologies The educator as the pedagogical expert and the students could server as a partner in using the technology effectively In my district we did this by selecting ten commonly use technology tools and invited vendors to join us Each teacher wrote a proposal for 1500 worth of

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/122 (2016-02-13)
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