Tag: professional development

How Bilingual?

World language departments around the globe are continually faced with the task of advising and placing freshmen and transfer students into the appropriate courses. This decision is often based primarily upon the number of classes the students have previously taken in the language. However, placement on this basis does not take into account several important factors which determine a...

Webinar: Distance Learning—English Language Development & Dual Language Instruction

Recorded webinar on Distance Learning: English Language Development and Dual Language Instruction from the California Department of Education on May 14, 2020. This video is part of the CDE Distance Learning Series. This video is 52 minutes and 51 seconds in length. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5N6cTtszUA&feature=emb_logo source: California Department of Education

Bill to Support Distance and Blended Learning for Children in Need

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Act would include $2.25 billion for professional development U.S. Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have announced their plan to introduce the Learning Opportunity and Achievement Act (LOAA), which would “improve distance and blended learning in U.S. public schools during the coronavirus pandemic.” LOAA is intended to combat instructional loss, particularly for at-risk and marginalized students, by...

Benefits of Routine on Virtual Teaching

With only a month of virtual teaching under my belt, this year is already the wildest year I’ve ever taught. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to overcome challenges at the beginning of a school year, but it is the first time I’ve burned the candle at both ends without even a solid grip on the candle. Like...

Facilitating Sustainable Virtual PD

Whether teachers are instructing entirely online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid capacity, the one constant this school year will be instructional technology. Even in a classroom setting, health guidelines will dictate that students not sit side-by-side sharing math manipulatives, creating posters, or handling science lab equipment. Instead, students will be collaborating through online platforms and may even be interacting asynchronously...

Needs Attention

When we have a chance to look back, many in education will recognize 2020 as the year that learning radically changed. The impact of quickly pivoting the entire industry to an online environment has only begun to truly sink in. It is clear technology will play a role in learning in more conscious and thoughtful ways for the foreseeable...

Free Five-Day Virtual Teaching Academy For K-12 Educators

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Attendees will create a personalized Blueprint for virtual learning to guide plans for the next academic year, including equitable access The Alliance for Virtual Learning – a coalition of online learning experts spearheaded by University of Phoenix and Blackboard – will host a free Virtual Teaching Academy, June 26 through July 1, 2020 to help educators prepare for success in...

Online Courses Help Teachers Learn Strategies for Supporting DLLs

Sarah Jackson, in partnership with Early Edge California, explores California’s professional development for adults working with dual language learners (DLLs). Mattie Mendez, executive director for Community Action Partnership of Madera County, runs Head Start Centers for children from migrant families in Madera and Fresno counties. Almost all of the children who come to these Head Start centers are learning two...

Thinking Critically

Today it is more important than ever that students know how to think critically and display traits that provide evidence of strong thinkers. These traits, which Mentoring Minds calls the “9 Traits of Critical Thinking,” appear in students who exhibit skillful thinking and deeper levels of thought. The nine traits, when explicitly taught, modeled, and practiced, can guide students...

Meeting Teachers’ Needs to Help Dyslexic Students Succeed

The beginning of a new year always brings new education policies and strategies. U.S. educators currently find themselves in a rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, and many schools are in the process of transforming the type and level of support they offer to these students. In 2015, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services created a policy...
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