Online Events for Teachers, Students & Administrators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 Nominations are open for PBLWorks’ 2022 PBL Champion and John Larmer Lifelong Learner Awards

Submissions are being accepted through April 1, 2022

PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), is accepting nominations for its 2022 award programs – the PBL Champion Awards and the John Larmer “JL” Lifelong Learner Awards. The awards honor teachers, schools, districts and individuals for their work to support high quality Project Based Learning.

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 18, 2022 for both awards. It’s free to nominate, and the honorees will be announced on June 30 at the 12th annual PBL World conference June 27-30 2022 at American Canyon High School in Napa, California.

“Our PBL Champion and John Larmer Lifelong Learner awards recognize the amazing work and commitment of those who are championing Project Based Learning,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “We look forward every year to honoring these recipients and sharing their stories at our conference. If you’re in a school and community where great PBL is happening, we encourage you to submit your nominations.”

About the awards

The 2022 PBL Champion Awards recognize an individual,  school, or district who has done quality, lasting PBL work that has positively impacted students.  Recipients are invited to share their PBL story during the final day keynote at PBL World. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit https://www.pblworks.org/pbl-world-2022-pbl-champions-awards.

The John Larmer “JL” Lifelong Learner Award is presented to three educators for their work in PBL. The award is named after PBLWorks’ former director and editor-in-chief, John Larmer, and recognizes his significant contributions over three decades to PBLWorks and the field of education, advancing high quality PBL for all students. For more information and to nominate an educator for the award, visit https://www.pblworks.org/pbl-world-2022-jl-lifelong-learner-award

All honorees for both awards receive complimentary registration to attend PBL World and a conference workshop of their choice.

PBL World is a multi-day conference for teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who are ready to begin or advance their Project Based Learning practice and connect with a community of their peers. For information and to register for PBL World 2022, visit https://www.pblworks.org/pbl-world-2022. All participants will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

ALAS to host free webinar Nov. 12 about the use of data in schools

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting a free webinar at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 featuring a discussion with experts about the use of data in schools. Jesus “Chuy” Escarcega, founding member of the Colorado ALAS, and Dr. Carlos M Beato, co-director of Next Generation Learning Challenges, will lead a discussion with featured guest Dr. Abram Jiminez, Vice President of Curriculum Associates, on the topic “Using Data for What We Know and Don’t Know.”

The Nov. 12th event kicks off ALAS’ 2021-22 Connecting Compadres  webinar series. The event is open to all and is a great introduction to ALAS and the programs the association offers. Future Connecting Compadres events are open only to ALAS members. The series is a companion series to ALAS’ Linking Latina Leaders webinars which focuses on the organizations’ female members and leadership development.

For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/30iawvJ.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

Toyota and Discovery Education Launch Initiative Inspiring Student Innovation in STEM

Launches Keys to Connect to inspire creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving to address transportation challenges and imagine the future of mobility

Discover the Power of Mobility in a New Virtual Field Trip on October 12th

Toyota’s mission of Mobility for All is at the core of a new education initiative by Toyota and Discovery Education called Keys to Connect. 

Designed for wherever learning takes place, Keys to Connect includes a variety of no-cost, standards-aligned digital resources that immerse learners at all levels to address transportation challenges and imagine the future of mobility.  Visit: toyotakeystoconnect.com

Keys to Connect features:

  • A youth engagement challenge designed to motivate and inspire original approaches to societal issues such as transportation.
  • Career profiles to introduce innovators working behind-the-scenes at Toyota to deliver Mobility for All.
  • Virtual field trips and an educator guide, with the next event premiering October 12th at 1 PM ET with a behind-the-scenes view of the supply chain.

“The aim of Keys to Connect is encourage students to explore what Mobility for All is about,” said Sean Suggs, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “Through exploring transportation challenges in their communities and creating potential solutions, students apply critical thinking skills to improve access to opportunities, connect people in new ways, and build a more inclusive society.”

Keys to Connect builds on a decade partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, beginning with a teen-focused driving safety program called TeenDrive365

“Building a more inclusive and connected world starts in the classroom,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “Inspiring students and empowering educators with STEM resources focused on the evolving world of mobility directly fosters the development of the next generation of solution seekers needed to help make a better world for all. We are proud to partner with Toyota on this new educational initiative.”

Learn more about Keys to Connect at toyotakeystoconnect.com and in Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform.

Upcoming Virtual Field Trip

  • What: Moving to Market Virtual Field Trip
  • When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 1pm EST
  • Visit: https://toyotakeystoconnect.com/virtual-field-trip
  • About: Celebrate the dynamic movement of the supply chain as students follow the lifecycle of automotive parts travelling from manufacture to their final destinations all over the country. Along the way, a variety of real-world professionals will show students how their everyday passion and problem-solving help to support Toyota’s mission of providing Mobility for All. Find out how the many moving parts of the auto supply chain come together through a combination of complex machines, ingenious processes, and the commitment of a talented team

Additional Resources

A series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more can be found at Toyota’s virtual education hub. The hub also provides visitors with an immersive experience and a chance to visit many of its U.S. manufacturing facilities.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

9/22 Webinar Featuring Expert on Workplace Culture Shares Strategies for School Leaders

Vector Solutions’ webinar “Becoming an Ally: How School Leaders Can Support an Inclusive School Culture” discusses allies, microaggressions, codes of conduct and more 

Helping students and staff feel respected and protected can go a long way toward creating a positive school environment where learning can thrive. To support schools in doing this, Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions to help schools make their operations and communities safer, smarter and better, has partnered with workplace culture expert Catherine Mattice for a free webinar on how to build inclusive school environments.

The webinar “Becoming an Ally: How School Leaders Can Support an Inclusive School Culture,” takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. To register, visit www.vectorsolutions.com/resources/webinars/webinar-support-inclusive-school-culture/. The webinar will also be available on demand.

“It’s up to everyone – teachers, school staff, principals and administrators – to help create school environments that are welcoming and support inclusion,” said Vector Solutions Director of Product Management John Abner. “This webinar is a great opportunity for schools and districts to get actionable strategies from a leading expert on how to do this to help make their schools safer places for both students and staff.”

Catherine Mattice is founder and CEO of Civility Partners, an HR consulting firm focused on helping organizations create respectful workplace cultures. Mattice is an award-winning speaker, author and blogger, and has authored numerous Vector Training courses for K-12 educators and staff in the areas of Human Resources, Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion, and more. In the webinar Mattice will discuss ways to be an ally in creating an inclusive school environment, including becoming aware of one’s own personal communication style and how it affects those around them.

The webinar will provide actionable strategies, including how to:

  • Identify the various roles that allies play (e.g. advocate vs. sponsor), and reflect on the roles they play
  • Define the origins of bias and the four different types of bias
  • Define risk factors that increase our likelihood to engage in bias
  • Combat microaggressions using tried and true intervention methods, including asking questions, relying on basic human values, and organizational core values
  • Facilitate and participate in inclusive meetings by creating a code of conduct, starting every meeting with it, and ensuring all measures are taken to ensure inclusivity (accommodating disabilities, diverse speakers, etc.)
  • Identify resources for educating themselves on inclusive behaviors

The webinar is just one example of the resources Vector Solutions provides to support diversity and inclusion in K-12 schools. The company also offers a Diversity & Inclusion Program for K-12 teachers, school staff and high school students, as well as numerous courses in its staff safety and compliance library that touch on diversity and inclusion.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

The 2021 National Literacy Summit Presents a Distinguished Lineup of Experts Addressing What’s Next for Literacy Instruction

For the third consecutive year, the 2021 National Literacy Summit will take place virtually Tuesday, November 9, 8:30 am until 7 pm. Presented by Achieve3000 and Successful Practices Network, this year’s National Literacy Summit will bring together more than 20 leading experts sharing research, strategies, and insights on the challenges of literacy today in K-12 schools. This popular professional development event for learning and networking has attracted more than 4,000 educators since the Summit was first held in 2019.

Recognized educational thought leaders and expert practitioners including Drs. Pedro Noguera, Doug Fisher, Gabi Bell, Anthony Muhammad and Bill Daggett will explore how to draw on the lessons learned in the 2020-21 school year to help shape the vision of tomorrow. Feature sessions include Coping, Adjusting, and Transforming in Disruptive Times, Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap, The Science of Reading, Equity Focused Leadership, and many other critical literacy topics.

“This year’s Summit provides an opportunity to reexamine what we thought we knew about literacy through the lens of our experiences in 2020,” said Ray McNulty, President at Successful Practices Network. “Our school communities will continue to face difficult challenges in the days ahead, and this event is designed to provide them with the tools and strategies they need to meet them.”

Sessions will be delivered on a state-of-the-art virtual platform that promises to provide a robust experience for Summit participants. As always, this unique learning experience will include the ability for participants and presenters to interact via live polling, Q&A’s, and by direct chat. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with other educators and education professionals.

National Literacy Summit attendees will have access to their choice of 19 one-hour live sessions on November 9th. In addition, all registrants may access all sessions, on-demand, for up to one year following the event. Participants may earn up to 19 CE certificates.

The cost to participate is $99. Register today.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with a New Virtual Field Trip hosted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager from 9/11 Day & Discovery Education

To honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Discovery Education and the 9/11 Day nonprofit invite students to join the engaging new 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds virtual field trip (VFT). Premiering September 7th at 1 PM ET, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds VFT shows students how good deeds can honor the past and build a brighter tomorrow. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Developed for students born after September 11, 2001, this experience highlights ways people in the United States came together during and after the terrorist attacks. During this event, students will meet Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of NBC’s Today with Hoda & Jenna, in a town-hall-style session at the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Students will hear from their peers about the power of good deeds, as well as from other leaders. These leaders include Jay Winuk, a 9/11 family member of a first responder and co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”); Terri Tobin, the Chief of Interagency Operations for the New York City Police Department, who was injured in the line of duty on 9/11 and is also a 9/11 family member; and Hillary O’Neill, a college student who was born on September 11, 2001.

To learn more about this powerful event and to register, visit the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds homepage here.

The 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds VFT builds upon 9/11 Day, a national observance that is now the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement and is one of only two days of service recognized under federal law. This year, the nonprofit hopes to inspire citizens everywhere to collectively perform millions of good deeds in honor of those who perished, were injured, and rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks. The partnership with Discovery Education adds a new and exciting dimension to the education resources currently available to teachers and students at www.911day.org.

“Students know and understand the power of collaboration,” said Jay Winuk co-founder & executive vice president of 9/11 Day. “From collaborating in school projects to connecting through virtual classes, togetherness is a defining factor of learning. We’re pleased to work with Discovery Education to help inspire a spirit of collaboration by discovering the compassion and unity that arose out of the tragic events of 9/11.” Winuk’s brother, Glenn Winuk, was an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty when the World Trade Center South Tower collapsed.

Accompanying digital materials created by Discovery Education’s expert curriculum and content designers help educators integrate the virtual experience into any lesson plan. Included in the resources is a collaborative activity encouraging civic engagement and self-reflection that demonstrates for students how to map out good deed goals. The partnership is also adding to the 9/11 Day collection of lesson plans that help students unlock the power a good deed can have to shape a better tomorrow.

20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds is part of a new series of virtual field trips welcoming students back to school. Every month, Discovery Education adds hundreds of new resources—from ready-to-use activities to immersive videos and Virtual Field Trips to podcasts and curated channels found in its recently enhanced K-12 platform. Each resource is culturally authentic, reflects the diversity of today’s world, and includes embedded supports, such as closed captioning, text-to-speech, and language translations. Discover resources for all grade levels at www.discoveryeducation.com.

“I can think of no better way to learn about and honor those affected by 9/11 than by focusing on the value of good deeds and diversity,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “We are proud to work with 9/11 Day to present this engaging virtual field trip to students across the United States.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

New Virtual Field Trips from Discovery Education & Partners Welcome Students & Teachers Back to School

To welcome K-12 students and teachers back to school, Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art K-12 digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—and leading corporate and community partners proudly introduce four new engaging, no-cost virtual field trips (VFTs). Debuting this September, these unique VFTs connect classroom learning to the people, places, and ideas shaping the world we live in.

Discovery Education offers educators, students, and families hundreds of no-cost, on-demand VFTs that empower educators to provide all students with access to remarkable learning experiences without ever leaving their desks. Adding to the robust collection, the following virtual experiences—developed in conjunction with Discovery Education’s social impact partners—will be available this September:

20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds Virtual Field Trip with 9/11 Day
Premiere: September 7th at 1 PM ET

Empower students to do good deeds by observing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”). Designed for students born after September 11, 2001, this experience highlights the remarkable ways people throughout the United States came together, focusing on our common humanity in the aftermath of the attacks. Participants in this VFT directly affected by 9/11 discuss the event and its impact, the national and global unity that ensued, and the lessons learned which remain relevant today. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

9/11 Day and Discovery Education joined together to create this virtual experience to provide educators, students, and families positive ways to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, as well as those who served in response to the attacks.

Discover Your Happy: Happiness in Action Virtual Field Trip with LG
Premiere: September 16th at 1 PM ET

Addressing the important topic of mental health for youth across America, activate peer-learning by introducing students to other students bringing the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills to life by spreading happiness in local communities. Traveling the United States from the vantage point of a selfie video, students discover how science-based strategies can enhance mental wellness and how happiness changes the brain. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 7-12.

Discover Your Happy, a collaborative effort between Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA – and extension of LG’s award-winning social impact initiative, “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” – provides educators, parents, and students with hands-on resources to help America’s youth tackle social-emotional issues through the practice of six foundational “happiness skills”: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude.

Know More, Do More Virtual Field Trip with The Home Depot
Premiere: September 23rd at 1 PM ET

Empower students with greater appreciation for sustainability and conservation by discovering how materials impact our everyday lives. From meeting a forestry expert to a supply chain expert, students explore the actions they can take to build greater self-reliance and a healthier planet. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 6-12

The Home Depot and Discovery Education joined forces to help STEAM-power classrooms and homes across the country as students prepare for the careers of tomorrow through Science Fair Central. With 10 million students from grades K-12 participating in science fairs and STEAM events every year, Science Fair Central aims to give students the tools to take their projects to the next level.

Exploring Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence with Mastercard
Premiere: September 28th

Explore cyber security in a new multi-part digital learning video series and activities designed to inspire girls to pursue STEM. Students travel to a high-tech cyber forensics lab and fusion center, where a diverse team of MasterCard cybersecurity experts constantly investigates, safeguards, and innovates against threats like cyberattack and fraud. This virtual experience is appropriate for students in grades 5-9.

With the goal of providing five million girls with an engaging STEM education by 2025, Mastercard has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the latest phase of the award-winning, global Girls4Tech™ initiative. Girls4Tech is Mastercard’s signature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program geared towards giving girls in middle and high school access to STEM resources and career exploration tools with an emphasis on payment technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and cyber security.

Testing the Limits Virtual Field Trip with Boeing
Premiere: September 30th at 1 PM ET

Witness what goes on behind-the-scenes at Boeing to ensure safety and quality in all their programs while meeting engineers and seeing the labs where they test the limits of new aerospace ideas and materials. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

Created in partnership with Boeing and Discovery Education, FUTURE U. provides educators with the no-cost tools they need to inspire their students to use creativity, collaboration, persistence, and problem-solving to change the world.

Each virtual experience features accompanying educator resources and student activities making it easy for teachers to incorporate rich media into the learning experiences they design and deliver every day. Learn more and register for the new virtual field trips and find all the resources here.

“As I work with teachers to build out lesson plans, I always look for new and innovative ways to capture and maintain our students’ attention,” said Rita A. Mortenson, an Instructional Coach at Verona Area High School in the Verona Area School District. “The VFTs from Discovery Education and their partners give me a powerful tool that I can count on to engage my students as it shows them the world beyond the classroom.”

Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trips can be found within the company’s recently enhanced K-12 learning platform on the Virtual Field Trips channel or in the Corporate Education Partnerships channel. Every month, Discovery Education adds hundreds of new resources—from ready-to-use activities to immersive videos and Virtual Field Trips to podcasts and curated channels. Each resource is culturally authentic, reflects the diversity of today’s world, and includes embedded supports, like closed captioning, text-to-speech, and language translations.

“In today’s world, it is increasingly important to connect students to experiences that will help prepare them for life. As a new school year begins, we’re excited to collaborate with our industry-leading partners to provide students, educators, and families incredible digital experiences that help them explore the world and dive into innovative ideas, all from the safety of home or the classroom,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

Twitter Chat on Hiring SEL-Focused Educators

Trauma-informed work is critical to helping students navigate the events of recent years. Not all teachers have the capacity to teach with SEL in mind, however, and many haven’t even been formally exposed to it. We’re calling for school leaders across the country to make sure the teachers they hire are committed to developing these skills so they can:

  • Grow as educators and community members
  • Model SEL in interactions at school
  • Integrate SEL into the classroom

In this recent article, Joshua Bobrow and Brandon Frame of the Urban Assembly shared 10 questions that principals can ask potential new teachers to ensure that every space in their learning community fosters resiliency and emotional growth. Join Bobrow and Frame, along with ace-ed.org Executive Director Maia Appleby, to discuss how principals can prioritize social-emotional learning (SEL) during the hiring process.

Thursday, September 2 at 3pm ET/12pm PT
Follow the hashtag #Hiring4SEL to participate

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Brandon Frame, Director of Social-Emotional Learning, the Urban Assembly
Joshua Bobrow, Deputy Director of Social-Emotional Learning, the Urban Assembly
Maia Appleby, Executive Director, American Consortium for Equity in Education

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

Boerne Independent School District in Texas Discusses how to Support Student Resilience in Aug. 24, 2021 Webinar

New “Inside SEL” webinar series from Aperture Education features interviews with school districts about best practices for social and emotional learning (SEL)

As school resumes in 2021-2022, student wellbeing and resilience will be important areas of focus. Educators and administrators will hear directly from school districts about their successes with these issues in a new “Inside SEL” webinar series from Aperture Education, which kicks off at 2 p.m. EST on Aug. 24, 2021 with the Boerne Independent School District (ISD) in Texas.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/BoerneSEL

The “Inside SEL” webinar series features interviews with school district leaders about supporting student resilience, trauma informed practices, and more. In the Aug. 24 webinar, Boerne ISD Executive Director of Whole Child Services Lesa Pritchard explains the role social and emotional learning (SEL) plays in supporting student engagement in her district, the alignment between trauma-informed practices and academics, the district’s integration of the Aperture Great 8 Competencies, and how the district is building stakeholder engagement into its multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework.

All webinars in the “Inside SEL” series will be available on demand. Visit apertureed.com/resources and filter by topic: “Inside SEL.”

“For schools who want to implement SEL programs this year, one of the most helpful things they can do is talk to other districts that have done this well. That’s why we launched our new ‘Inside SEL’ webinar series,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “These webinars provide a great opportunity to hear directly from other school districts about their experiences and successes in implementing SEL programs, and Boerne ISD is a great way to kick it off.”

The “Inside SEL” webinar series is just one way Aperture Education supports educators, administrators, parents, and out-of-school time programs in promoting SEL in classrooms, homes, and after school programs. Additional resources and activities from the company include its free Back-to-School Guide, its SEL conference, and its EdSERT professional development program for teachers, as well as several free resources for families.

To learn more about Aperture Education, visit https://apertureed.com/

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Featured in 4 Live BYJU Webinars in July & August

With one full month remaining until the majority of K-12 students in the U.S. return to in-person learning, BYJU’S FutureSchool announces four remaining live webinars featuring NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, which are complimentary to students enrolled in its math and coding Summer Program. New students can also enroll for free in an upcoming webinar, provided they register for a free session at the FutureSchool Summer Program. Kelly’s most recent webinar on the theme “Mission to Mars” can be viewed here.

BYJU’S FutureSchool partnered with Scott Kelly to instill excitement about the space-focused math classes and coding courses focused on learning through the joy of creative thinking and problem solving. Coding can invite new ways of thinking to help children learn how to solve complex problems while providing a structure that allows children to foster persistence, collaboration, communication and social skills. The proprietary activity-based coding curriculum helps children learn concepts through creating and building applications, facilitated by a highly trained teacher. The math program is anchored on storytelling to help students learn in an engaging manner while learning real-life applications.

Kelly’s future live talks are scheduled for:

  • July 30 at 8 pm EST
  • August 9 at 10:30am EST
  • August 19 at 10:30am EST
  • August 29 at 10:30am EST

Parents can register their child via an easy, two-step process:

Open to students ages 6 to 18, BYJU’S FutureSchool Summer Program includes 6-week and 12-week coding courses and a 14-week math course, which result in the child creating either a space themed game, a space themed app or a math space mission. Some of the projects include simulating the docking of a real spacecraft on the international space station or joining astronauts and scientists on project NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), the world’s only undersea research station.

Students have the option to take one-to-one teacher to student or group classes. For a limited time, BYJU’S is offering their Summer Program classes at discounted prices starting $12 per class for a group class of up to four students and $25 per class for one-on-one instruction. The summer program runs through Aug. 31, 2021.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

Free July 10 Mission Mars space webinar for students featuring NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, astrophysicist Kamen Kozarev

BYJU’S FutureSchool Summer Program is offering a Saturday July 10 free morning webinar (7am Pacific Time; 10 am Eastern) called “Mission Mars” featuring Nasa Astronaut Scott Kelly, astrophysicist Kamen Kozarev, and educator Rajeev Jha, which is open to all students. Great for students interested in space travel, math and coding. While free to register, note, it is not a 1 step but 2 step registration process.

Objective: A unique convergence where coding meets outer space. Code and Decode your way to an outerworld journey.

Why Join Mission Mars?

  • Unravel the mysteries of the space for your child
  • Visualise and get answers to why earth is shaped the way it is
  • Journey Through The Life of a comet

What Takes Place

  • Live Q&A Session with NASA astronaut
  • Unlock the mysteries about Comets – Live demo
  • Exclusive video access to make your home a planetarium
  • Hackathon Access – Get a sneak peek into the Hackathon Finale

Registration is a 2-step process

STEP 1. Register for a free trial class at FutureSchool link (https://www.byjusfutureschool.com/). After that, you are eligible to participate.

STEP 2. Register here for event: https://creatorspace.byjusfutureschool.com/

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

BYJU’S FutureSchool Partners With Former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly to Kick off Math & Coding Summer Program

Online learning platform provides one-on-one live math and coding classes to build creativity and problem-solving skills in children ages 6-18

After a difficult year of online and hybrid learning, 67% of parents* are seeking summer enrichment programs; and to meet the needs of students, leading online education technology company, BYJU’S FutureSchool, is launching its first U.S. online math and coding Summer Program with a partnership with former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly.

BYJU’S FutureSchool is partnering with Kelly to instill excitement about the space-focused math classes and coding courses focused on learning through the joy of creative thinking and problem solving. Coding can invite new ways of thinking to help children learn how to solve complex problems while providing a structure that allows children to foster persistence, collaboration, communication and social skills. These skills may be needed more than ever with 63%* of surveyed parents noticing decreased engagement in schoolwork.

The BYJU’S FutureSchool Summer Program includes 6-week and 12-week coding courses and a 14-week math course, which result in the child creating either a space themed game, a space themed app or a math space mission. Some of the projects include simulating the docking of a real spacecraft on the international space station or joining astronauts and scientists on project NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), the world’s only undersea research station.

Students who join the summer program can attend live webinars hosted by Kelly where he will play the role of motivational coach while sharing his life experiences on endurance and perseverance.

Students have the option to take one-to-one teacher to student or group classes. The proprietary activity-based coding curriculum helps children learn concepts through creating and building applications, facilitated by a highly trained teacher. The math program is anchored on storytelling to help students learn in an engaging manner while learning real-life applications.

“Students receive individualized attention and guidance to meet their specific needs, so they learn at their own pace while they learn creative thinking and problem-solving skills to help them in the classroom and beyond,” said Sajid Shariff, BYJU’S FutureSchool U.S. CEO. “Since the classes are online, they can be incorporated into a child’s current education and activity schedule, allowing them to engage from the comfort of their own home, which can help parents organize and simplify their lives.”

“It’s important for kids to be excited about learning; that curiosity and exploration will help them grow and find joy in their education or career,” said Kelly. “I’m excited to partner with BYJU’S FutureSchool and be a part of their unique approach that fosters the fun of learning by focusing on building and creating while letting kids chart their own path.”

Parents can book a free trial class by signing up at byjusfutureschool.com. For a limited time, BYJU’S is offering their Summer Program classes at discounted prices starting $12 per class for a group class of up to four students and $25 per class for one-on-one instruction. The summer program runs through Aug. 31, 2021.

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Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) Hosts Small School Symposium July 15-16, 2021

School districts can apply to attend the in-person event, which includes networking, workshops and a meeting with legislative staff and the U.S. Department of Education

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting “Small School Symposium: Your Voice in DC” July 15-16, 2021 to provide selected school districts with the opportunity to network and discuss challenges and creative solutions specific to districts of their size. The event includes keynotes, interactive workshops and a meeting with legislative staff, as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Education. School districts must apply to attend or be invited by ALAS. The event takes place in-person in Washington D.C.

To apply, visit alasedu.org/event/small-school-symposium.

“Small school districts have specific concerns and perspectives about issues ranging from funding to personnel to policy and they may not be able to get all of the answers they need at education conferences that are geared toward the masses,” said ALAS Executive Director Maria Armstrong. “We created the Small School Symposium to provide these districts with a much-needed, more personalized opportunity to have frank conversations with similarly-sized districts about issues that matter to them. We’re also giving them an audience with legislative staff and the U.S. Department of Education where they can discuss their unique needs and creative solutions.”

The Small School Symposium includes several hours dedicated solely to networking, as well as workshops centered around issues such as critical race theory, migrant students, and hiring ecosystems to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. There will be policy discussions and dedicated time for legislative staff, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education to hear directly from the school districts.

The Small School Symposium is among several events and programs ALAS offers. It also hosts a major education conference in the fall, weekly vodcasts discussing issues in education, and several other professional development opportunities throughout the year.

For more information about ALAS, visit alasedu.org.

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Learn How to Transform Learning Spaces Using COVID-19 Relief Funds

TUESDAY, JUNE 29 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Did you know COVID-19 relief (ESSER) funds can be used for design and furnishing services?

Investing in the right classroom furniture ensures schools will have ergonomic, agile furniture that supports the mental and physical well-being of students. And, VS America’s agile furniture can be instantly rearranged to allow for physical distancing when needed.

Learn how schools can use COVID-19 relief funds to purchase agile furniture for students and teachers in this session with a district CFO and school administrator.

All school personnel, architects, designers, and VS partners are welcome to attend.

Speakers

Steve Barr | Oak Park School District Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Steve Barr has dedicated 26 years of his career advocating for K-12 education. After working six years in public accounting after graduating from Michigan State University, Steve worked in the Utica Community Schools, Troy School District, Macomb Intermediate School District, Novi Community School District and also the City of Farmington Hills prior to his current assignment in Oak Park Schools. In addition to being a leader in school finance, he feels strongly about the positive impact that agile furniture has on teaching and learning. He co-led the implementation of flexible furniture in all classrooms in the Novi Community School District beginning in 2015, with Dr. RJ Webber.

Dr. RJ Webber | Novi Community Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. RJ Webber has been a passionate ally and advocate for students and teachers his entire career. He has a focus upon instructional design, curricular design, and social justice that creates space for all stakeholders to reach their potential. In 1991 RJ earned the Alma College Jerry Smith African Teaching Fellowship, committing to a year of teaching at the Mayflower Junior School in Ikenne, Nigeria. It was in Nigeria that RJ began to understand the importance of the educational environment and instructional design.

At Novi Community School District, RJ has led a community wide approach to social justice efforts that focus upon student and educator voice. He has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Oakland Schools, and the Novi Community to offer training in culturally relevant instruction.

Learn more about VS America at www.vsamerica.com or contact VS at 704-378-6500, info@vsamerica.com.

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KidWind Awards Top Student Teams in 2021 National KidWind Challenge

Winners were best of 58 teams to prove their renewable energy skills

A passion for exploring and learning about wind energy brought 58 teams and more than 200 students to the 2021 National KidWind Challenge. Over the course of the four-day virtual event, these students, who had previously won regional events, were tested on their knowledge of renewable energy and demonstrated their wind turbine’s performance to a panel of judges using a variety of virtual tools. The highest performing teams are:

Elementary School Division (Grades 4-5):

  1. Nature Wings from Cardinal Ridge Elementary School in Centreville, Va.
  2. Carrillo Ranch Reunion from Carrillo Ranch Elementary School in Indio, Calif.

Middle School Division (Grades 6-8):

  1. Auntie Anne’s from The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.
  2. The Georges from American Charter Academy in Wasilla, Alaska.
  3. Moderna from Bobby Duke Middle School in Coachella, Calif.
  4. Blade from Old Donation School in Virginia Beach, Va.

High School Division (Grades 9-12):

  1. Quilt Blockers from Darlington High School in Darlington, Wis.
  2. Mauston Golden Eagles from Mauston High School in Mauston, Wis.
  3. Underground Turbine from Exeter West Greenwich Regional High School in Greenwich, R.I.
  4. KidWin(D) from Mauston High School in Mauston, Wis.

Team scores were based on their performance on six tasks. Teams submitted performance data for their physical or simulated wind turbine through the KidWind competition site and each team presented their turbine to a panel of judges over Zoom. All teams also participated in a synchronous virtual quiz bowl and three challenges that had students building gearboxes, siting wind farms and creating wind focused PSAs.

In addition to top performance, the event presented additional awards for Blade Design, Rookie of the Year, Judges Awards, and Spirit of KidWind Awards.

“Everyone knows that doing anything in schools was really hard this year – especially hands-on competitions. I was so impressed with all the students that had the passion to participate in our virtual national challenge. Some students had even been out of school for weeks!,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “I look forward to taking what we learned this year and combining it with our more traditional programming in the 2021-22 season. It is going to be awesome!”

Since the first competition in 2009, the KidWind Challenge and its partners have successfully implemented events in 32 states, with roughly 40,000 students competing in 300 events across the country. The 2021 KidWind Challenge was made possible with the help of many volunteers and the generous contributions from national sponsors, including Vernier Software & Technology, Flinn Scientific, EDP Renewables North America, Orsted, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TPI Composites, and Siemens Gamesa.

For more information, visit kidwind.org/challenge.

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Registration Is Open for the <br>2021 National Literacy Summit

November 9, 2021 | [8:30] AM – [7:00] PM ET

In 2020, the pandemic forced us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about literacy instruction and education in general. In 2021, we’re exploring how we can draw on those lessons to promote equity, accelerate and deepen learning, and build a culture of literacy.

Join some of today’s most respected thought leaders for an informative and inspiring day of professional learning as they look at the challenges of literacy today and share their vision for how we can help shape tomorrow.

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Summer Learning Made Fun with No-Cost Family Resources from Discovery Education & Partners

To accelerate student learning and ignite their natural curiosity, Discovery Education presents parents and guardians an array of no-cost dynamic digital resources for the summer. This selection of content, created in partnership with leading corporate and community partners, inspires families to learn together by exploring the world around them during the summer break. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

The following selection of no-cost digital resources connect families to continued learning in essential topic areas like STEM, financial literacy, health, and social-emotional learning:

STEM Activities

From traveling the world to recycling water and cans, families can dive into the wide world of STEM and sustainability with K-12 activities from the STEM Careers Coalitionthe first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education.

Empower middle school students with the key components of computational thinking and gain a deeper understanding of problem-solving skills with these exciting, collaborative, and challenging activities from Ignite My Future in School, an educational partnership with Tata Consultancy Services.

Financial Literacy Resources

Get the entire family involved in creating a strong financial future with resources from Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids. Designed with Jackson Charitable Foundation for family fun, these activities and engaging videos for K-6 students are informal learning opportunities that provide the tools and knowledge for kids to grow up to be money smart.

Social-Emotional Learning and Social Awareness Resources

Explore how to leverage the power of story to teach middle and high school students about perseverance, resilience, and testimony through artistic expression using activities from Teaching with Testimony and The Willesden Project created in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation.

Build body and social confidence together through resources from Amazing Me – an initiative from Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education. Amazing Me delivers the best in social-emotional learning (SEL), health, and confidence-building content for students in grades 4-5.

Health Content

Parents and guardians can help keep their kids healthy by having thoughtful, factual conversations about the dangers of vaping. For help getting started, families can turn to the no-cost Be Vape Free digital tools. Be Vape Free is a nationwide initiative from the CVS Health Foundation, CATCH Global Foundation, and Discovery Education providing standards-aligned e-cigarette prevention resources for 5-12 grade students.

While federal and state governments wrestle with how and whether to legalize cannabis use for adults, the science is clear when it comes to youth: cannabis use among kids and teens can come with lasting consequences. Conversations are the keys to prevention; discuss the effects of engaging in risky behaviors with kids and work with the whole family to open the lines of communication with resources from Ask, Listen, Learn, a program empowering students in grades 5-7 to “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking and substance use.

“As a teacher and as a parent, I know I can lean on Discovery Education and their trusted partners for high-quality, relevant content,” said Shelby Graves, Library Media Specialist at Rebecca Boone Elementary in the Warren County R3 School District. “As the school year turns into summer break, I can make sure my students keep learning by connecting their parents to cool resources like these.”

Families, students, and educators can discover even more resources for any-time learning on Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform. The STEM Careers channel inspires students to dream big by meeting current STEM professionals from industry leading organizations. The Corporate Education Partnerships channel offers up a diverse array of multi-media activities designed to spark curiosity and launch learning into the world. The Social-Emotional Learning Coalition provides K-12 educators, students, families, and afterschool directors a no-cost library of digital social and emotional learning (SEL) resources supporting the integration of SEL into core instruction.

“We know that learning goes beyond the classroom. As students turn towards summer break, teachers and families can team up to ignite summer learning,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to stand alongside our partners to provide communities engaging learning experiences anywhere.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Upcoming Teletherapy Webinar Helps Districts Planning for Next School Year

Presenters will discuss how PresenceLearning’s Teletherapy Essentials can help school districts meet students’ needs this coming fall, no matter the setting

For school districts looking for solutions for providing support services to students for next school year, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, is hosting, “A Complete Teletherapy Platform Solution for District Teams” on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

PresenceLearning’s team will outline what districts need to know to plan ahead for a smooth start to providing support services to students this fall. Janna Piper, director of student support services for National School District in National City, California, will join the webinar to discuss how to incorporate PresenceLearning into the school district’s plan. Topics will include:

  • Ongoing use of remote therapy
  • Innovative staffing solutions and retention tools
  • Continuity of services – meeting the need no matter the setting

To attend the upcoming webinar, register here

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ALAS Supports its Kansas-Missouri Chapter’s National Education Summit for Aspiring Latino Administrators and Superintendents

Conference furthers the goal of ALAS to support Latino Education Leaders

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) supports its Kansas-Missouri chapter’s inaugural online education summit Conexión: The Summit for Latinx Education Leaders. The summit, which features keynote Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora who is superintendent of the Tomball Independent School District, takes place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Central. To register, visit https://bit.ly/33B7MaQ. Tickets are $25.

The summit, hosted in partnership with the Latinx Education Collaborative, brings together Latino leaders from across the country who are interested in becoming school administrators or superintendents. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with Latinos in positions of leadership in education and take away tools and practices to help them advance in their careers.

“Strong leadership is necessary to improve equity in schools and positive outcomes for students,” said Stephen Linkous, KANMO-ALAS member. “We created the Conexión summit to support education leaders, both in the Kansas-Missouri region and nationwide, along their career journeys so they can have an even bigger impact on the Latino students, schools and communities they serve.”

About the speakers

Dr.  Martha Salazar-Zamora has been an educator for 28 years in South Texas, Houston and Central Texas. In addition to serving as superintendent for the Tomball Independent School District, she has held superintendent or assistant/deputy superintendent roles in the Round Rock Independent School District, Houston Independent School District, Spring Independent School District, and Kingsville Independent School District. Her educational leadership work began in the Bishop Consolidated Independent School District, where she served as principal and as director of special programs. She has also served as a teacher, educational diagnostician and speech/language pathologist. She is also vice president of the newly formed Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS).

Panel discussion: “Latinos in Leadership/The Power of ALAS” featuring:

  • Maria Armstrong, Executive Director of National ALAS
  • Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent of Edmonds Public Schools
  • Stephen Linkous, Chief of Staff, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

“The goal of ALAS and its State Affiliates is to help develop the leadership skills of our Latino-serving education leaders. The Kansas-Missouri Conexión summit is a great opportunity to do that,” said Maria Armstrong, executive director of ALAS. “We’re excited to participate in this event and encourage anyone who is committed to serving children while moving forward on their own career journey, to attend.”

Learn more & register here.

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National Constitution Center

BIG EVENT ON CIVICS FOR STUDENTS FRIDAY, MAY 28 AT 1PM WITH JUSTICE STEVEN BREYER

 Online Scholar Exchange for students live at youtube.com/ConstitutionCenter   

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Constitution, civil discourse, and the courts. The session will include Q&A from students.

This student-focused special session is part of the National Constitution Center’s schedule of 2020-2021 live classes on the Constitution and other course offerings for middle school, high school, and college students. The remote learning initiative featuring synchronous and asynchronous classes – the Scholar Exchanges –allows the Center to engage learners in the text, meaning, and history of the U.S. Constitution wherever learning takes place this year.

​Admission is free. Tune in live at youtube.com/ConstitutionCenter or register to attend here.

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How to Teach Phonics and Word Recognition to Older Students

To further support educators with their reading instruction, Curriculum Associates is hosting a free, full-day workshop led by Dr. Anita Archer, an educational consultant on explicit instruction and author. During “How to Teach Phonics and Word Recognition to Older Students,” which will take place virtually on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. ET, Dr. Archer will provide expert insights about the art of teaching phonics to students in Grades 3 and up and model principles from her PHONICS for Reading program.

“Ensuring students receive high-quality, in-person reading instruction as they return to the classroom is a top priority for schools and teachers across the country,” said Elizabeth Bassford, associate vice president for content and implementation at Curriculum Associates. “Dr. Archer is the architect of explicit instruction and will provide teachers with the practical strategies and impactful delivery they need to accelerate student learning.”

Dr. Archer serves as an educational consultant on explicit instruction and literacy to state departments and school districts. She has presented in all 50 states and many countries and is the recipient of 10 awards honoring her contributions to education. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of University of Washington, University of Oregon, and San Diego State University. She has also coauthored numerous curriculum materials, including PHONICS for Reading (Curriculum Associates), which is a three-level intervention program, and a best-selling textbook titled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching (Guilford Publications).

All attendees of Dr. Archer’s upcoming workshop will receive a free meal provided by Grubhub. The workshop culminates the Teach Forward: Innovations in Reading series showcasing a variety of timely, research-based practices around knowledge development, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the power of proven scaffolds that bring all students to grade-level text.

To learn more and to register for the upcoming workshop, visit CVent.Me/2K8rkr.

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PBLWorks Online Summer PD Sessions Now Open for Enrollment

Introductory and advanced workshops meet the needs of educators and administrators wherever they are in their Project Based Learning journey

PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), has opened enrollment for its summer professional development workshops which are designed to help teachers and instructional leaders implement Gold Standard Project Based Learning in their classrooms. A variety of workshops are available to support those who are just getting started on their PBL Journey and others support seasoned PBL educators looking to advance their PBL skills. All courses are offered online, making it easy for participants to attend, no matter where they are located.

To see the full list of upcoming workshops and courses and to register, visit: https://www.pblworks.org/calendar. This includes a variety of dates throughout the summer, as well as at the annual Project Based Learning conference PBL World, hosted by PBLWorks on June 21-24, 2021.

“Research shows that Project Based Learning is incredibly effective, but no one becomes a PBL instructor overnight. It takes practice to do it well,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “Our professional development programs provide both the training and the ongoing support every step of the way to help teachers get started with PBL and then build on those skills. We also help school and district leaders create a climate where PBL can thrive. Summer is a great time to get started and we’re looking forward to welcoming teachers and administrators into our workshops in Summer 2021.”

Upcoming workshops include:

Introductory workshops which provide a grounding in Gold Standard PBL, including the Essential Design Elements and Project Based Teaching Practices. Courses include:

Advanced workshops which are for educators and instructional leaders who have already taken PBL 101 and want to advance their PBL practice, include:

For those who need help deciding which to choose, PBLWorks has created a short guide. Visit: https://www.pblworks.org/blog/summer-pd-guide-choosing-your-next-pbl-workshop-or-course.

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Epson Creative Projection App

Recent Epson Survey Found 80% of Teachers Spend Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies; Would Leverage Technology to Enhance Teaching if They Had it

Teachers make a tremendous impact in the lives of millions of students every day, in the classroom and far beyond its walls. From navigating hybrid lesson plans to keeping classes engaged to providing emotional support to keep students motivated during this difficult time, teachers play a critical role in students’ personal well-being and educational growth. To better understand teachers’ needs, Epson surveyed Pre-K to 5th grade educators* and found that they heavily rely on technology to support critical learning, with 80% of respondents spending their own money on classroom supplies. 94% of respondents print documents to help them stay organized during the school week and help them remain productive, and 81% of respondents scan hard copy materials such as lesson plans or art project materials for their students to use.

Epson learned that teachers would use technology to enhance the learning experience if they had access to reliable solutions. From the survey, 63% of respondents would print more if they did not have to worry about running out of ink, 86% of respondents who did not bring a scanner home would use one if they had it and 80% of respondents agree that they would prefer to have a larger screen than their laptops to be able to see and engage with students. With a wide range of reliable and intuitive technology solutions that help teachers easily engage with students, Epson is celebrating teachers and giving back in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

“We are grateful for teachers and the important contributions they make every day to support  students and their communities,” said Mike Isgrig, vice president, North American Consumer Sales and Marketing, Epson America. “Epson is committed to providing teachers with reliable and high-quality educational technology solutions to help alleviate stress and enhance productivity so they can focus on what they do best – inspiring children and helping them reach for the stars.”

To honor teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, Epson is sponsoring an #EpsonTeacherAppreciationSweepstakes on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Epson is encouraging educators to respond for a chance to win an EcoTank® ET-4760 all-in-one cartridge-free Supertank printer, an extra set of replacement ink bottles, and a ream of EcoTank Paper. With the EcoTank ET-4760, teachers can wirelessly print, copy, scan, and fax thousands of colorful lesson plans, assignments, calendar pages, and more without worrying about running out of ink and with zero cartridge waste. The EcoTank ET-4760 features refillable ink tanks and low-cost replacement ink bottles,2 providing teachers with a cost-effective printing solution to stay organized and productive. With a wide range of voice-activated printing applications, the EcoTank ET-4760 enables teachers to stay on top of important tasks by simply asking Amazon Alexa™, Google Assistant™ or Siri®.

#EpsonTeacherAppreciationSweepstakes1 Details

Simply go to @epson on Facebook, @epsonamerica on Instagram or Twitter and enter for a chance to win by commenting on Epson’s sweepstakes posts using the hashtag #EpsonTeacherAppreciationSweepstakes. Five winners will be selected to receive an EcoTank ET-4760, an extra set of replacement ink bottles and a ream of EcoTank Paper, with one winner selected each day from May 3-7, 2021.

For full details and sweepstakes rules, visit https://epson.com/ecotank-teacher-appreciation-sweepstakes.

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Osmo For Schools Announces FREE June 16 Webinar “Shake Up Your Station Rotations, In Time for Fall”

Webinar Focuses On 5 Ways to Creatively Implement Osmo for Schools Learning Systems Into ELA, Math, and STEAM/STEM stations & Get the Most Out of Them

Osmo for Schools announces a FREE June 16 webinar for Pre-K to Grade 5 teachers addressing “Shake Up Your Stations Rotation, In Time For Fall,” to help those interested in updating their stations using Osmo for Schools learning systems and how to get the most out of their Osmo products. The webinar takes place via Zoom at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time.

The webinar will address changing up learning stations for English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and STEAM/STEM. It will be co-hosted by Kira Westbroek of Osmo for Schools, and Technology & Innovation Lead Teacher Micah Brown. Westbroek is a former special education teacher for K to 5; Brown works with students and teachers for Pre-K to 5 at Andover Public Schools in Andover, Kansas, and holds a B.S. in elementary education and a M.S. in curriculum and instruction.

“Osmo for Schools believes in helping educators understand how its proprietary educational technology can support their ELA, Math and STEM lessons and teach it in a more interactive and engaging way for students,” says Jan Richards, head of education sales and marketing at Osmo for Schools, the division of Tangible Play that promotes in-classroom usage of Osmo’s devices and recently received the 2021 EdTech Award for Curriculum and Instruction Solution. “This webinar will help those who are new to Osmo figure out how to maximize the technology for learning purposes, by taking a deeper dive into Osmo’s offerings.”

“Teachers will learn how to get the most out of Osmo, and use Osmo creatively,” says Brown, who also leads the Awesome Squiggles global art project that utilizes Osmo for Schools technology. “Educators will also learn where to find helpful resources for using Osmo in classrooms,” adds Westbroek.

To help teachers maximize their potential with ELA stations, the webinar will focus on creating an Albums Directory using the Osmo Words app, where a picture shows up on a tablet screen and students have to choose the correct letters tiles to spell the word, and place them in the right order in front of the tablet. Teachers will learn how to download word types to their ELA station, as well as create a custom album where they upload their own photos and download the relevant words assigned to each photo. Teachers will also learn to use Osmo Masterpiece app to support writing for book reports, where students use Masterpiece to draw the subject of their book report, as well as handwriting on worksheets via their student whiteboards.

For those using Math stations, the focus is using the Osmo Numbers app, where students creatively arrive at a solution, as well as discover multiple solutions to a math problem. Students will learn algebraic thinking, fact families, deductive reasoning, and develop a better understanding of the relationship between numbers. Teachers will learn lock/unlock modes for individualized instruction, and to help students buddy up with high/low groups together.

For teachers looking to enhance their STEAM stations, the focus is using Osmo Tangram and Osmo Newton apps, to showcase cause/effect relationship games, theme activities and brain teasers; it will also help students explore the foundations of coding using Osmo Coding Family apps (Coding Awbie, Coding Jam, Coding Duo). With Osmo Tangram, students use geometric thinking and spatial reasoning to solve puzzles with shapes; and with Osmo Newton, they practice the cause/effect relationship and experiment with gravity by guiding falling balls on the tablet’s screen to fall into targeted zones.

Last, the webinar will provide resources for teachers, including: the blog; a how-to guide for each app; how to connect with the Osmo community of educators on Facebook and Twitter; and how to get involved in the Osmo for Schools community.

The webinar takes place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time/5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Sign up here.

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51 Activities & Events to Help Educators and Communities Celebrate Earth Day

To celebrate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2021, Discovery Education and several content, corporate, and community partners present educators, students, and families 51 engaging, curated activities and events. Found online at Discovery Education’s 51 Ways to Earth Day website, these dynamic digital resources inspire students to explore the natural phenomena in the world around them as they observe the 51st Earth Day in the classroom or at home. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

The 51 Ways to Earth Day resources include live events, videos, podcasts, ready-to-use instructional resources, Virtual Field Trips, and fun family activities from Discovery Education’s robust collection of Earth Day content, as well as resources from trusted partners. Among the exciting no-cost events planned are:

Diversity in STEM Discussion:
Building a Sustainable Future Through Inclusion

4/20 at 2 p.m. ET

It’s no surprise that diverse perspectives and broader representation can play a significant role in solving the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. But how are we creating opportunities for tomorrow’s diverse change agents to explore interests, grow critical skills, and access real-world opportunities? During this interactive discussion, corporate and educational leaders will examine key actions and strategic programs that allow students to showcase their abilities and ideas, test-drive their interests, and gain valuable network connections.

Save the Ocean with Patrick Dykstra

4/22 at 10 a.m. ET

Meet discovery+’s Chasing Ocean Giants host Patrick Dykstra and learn what inspired him to become an ocean explorer, adventurer and filmmaker, and what we can all do to make the world a better place for wildlife.

Green Goes Live!

4/22 at 12 p.m. ET

Don’t miss this live Twitter chat with Minnesota Twins player Nelson Cruz! Join the team @DiscoveryEd to hear from a real player and pitch in to the conversation.

Learn About Rising Sea Levels with a NASA Scientist

4/22 at 1 p.m. ET

Catch a Q&A session with Dr. Josh Willis, oceanographer, and lead scientist for the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) initiative.

“Connecting my students to real-world learning for Earth Day is made fun and easy thanks to the curated digital content from Discovery Education,” said Genny Kahlweiss, 3rd Grade Teacher at Saint Columban School in the Diocese of Orange, California. “These new resources ensure engaging learning experiences for all my students whether we are learning together in person or remotely.”

Included in the 51 Ways to Earth Day are resources on all things Earth. Students examine the impact of plastics and fast fashion, study polar bear migration, learn about sustainability efforts at Major League Baseball parks, and experience how fragile the Earth is through the eyes of astronauts. Students can explore the wide world with DE original content and instructional resources, as well as trusted content from Discovery Channel, Major League Baseball, World Wildlife Fund, NASA, Newsy, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Science News for Students, and more.

Also available to educators are no-cost resources from several corporate and community partner initiatives – including from Itron, Boeing, Chevron, AES, P&G, and Caterpillar – focused on sustainability and Earth-conscious learning. Covering topics from conservation and the STEM professions involved in going green to the future of cities and recycling, these engaging resources present communities with high quality, standards-aligned content exploring some of the most important topics of our time through engaging media. Find all the Earth Day content in Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on a specially curated 51 Ways to Earth Day Channel and on the 51 Ways to Earth Day resource page.

“Every year, Earth Day provides educators and students the opportunity to take a closer look at the world around them, and Discovery Education is proud to provide resources that ignite that curiosity and inspire learning,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s Chief Executive Officer. “By encouraging students to engage with their natural environment, we can inspire lifelong learning as we learn how to make our world a healthier place. Every action—big or small—helps to make a difference.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Diversity in STEM Discussion<br> Building a Sustainable Future Through Inclusion

Join Discovery Education for Diversity in STEM Discussions, a thought leadership series designed to bring leaders of industry together with district-level and classroom educators to engage in an honest and thought-provoking dialogue around building a magnificently diverse STEM workforce.

Tuesday, April 20th | [2:00]PM – [3:00]PM EST

This action-based conversation will dig into:

  • Why diversity is a key driver to successful sustainability
  • How diversity and sustainability can widen the talent pool
  • How we can open channels for our most underserved students in tangible ways

During this interactive discussion, our panelists will explore ways to open channels for under-resourced students through academic programs, community outreach, employee engagement and the diversification of our future STEM workforce.

REGISTER HERE

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Lexia Webinar: "Less Guessing, More Addressing: Tangible Steps to Close the Literacy Gap"

According to a Learning Counsel survey conducted in January, academic achievement has declined among 51% of students. The task now facing school leaders is figuring out how to assess students’ achievement gaps and how to adjust curriculum planning to address those shortcomings.

On April 22 at at [3:00] PM EST, teachers and educational leaders will learn best practices from Pulaski County SSD Deputy Superintendent Alesia Smith; Wenatchee Public Schools 246 Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon; and Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer for Lexia Learning, a Cambium company. The webinar will be moderated by Learning Counsel CEO and Founder LeiLani Cauthen.

The panel will discuss how thoughtful human response, combined with professional-grade quality technology and simple user experience, can accelerate student learning. The practices and insights that they will share can benefit the following types of schools:

  • Traditional schools needing quality interventions for onsite students
  • Hybrid schools needing asynchronous options
  • Hybrid-simultaneous teaching schools needing to personalize live classroom and remote options
  • Schools seeking equitable solutions for all students

Smith has been the Deputy Superintendent for learning services in Pulaski County SSD since 2017. Before that, she served as the school improvement officer for Pine Bluff SD, also in Arkansas, supervising more than 200 educators. In addition, Smith has been an elementary school principal, assistant principal and teacher in Cincinnati.

Dr. Gordon currently serves as the superintendent for the Wenatchee School District in Washington. His first superintendency was for a K-8 school district in the Western suburbs of Chicago. Prior to those experiences, Dr. Gordon served as the Chief Academic Officer in a large urban school district in Colorado, the director of professional development, a middle school principal, and as a teacher.  He and two co-authors will be publishing a book through ASCD this December on becoming an inclusive school system.

Cauthen is an author and media personality with a research, marketing and sales background in the high tech, government and education sectors. She is also the founder of Knowstory, a social media hub for education. Before that, she served as publisher and vice president of sales for the Center for Digital Education from 2003 to 2013.

As Lexia’s Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Liz Brooke, CCC-SLP, guides the pedagogical approach and research strategy for the company’s personalized literacy and language programs. Dr. Brooke joined Lexia from the Florida Center for Reading Research in 2010, where she served as the Director of Interventions. Prior to FCRR, she worked as a Speech and Language pathologist evaluating students with learning disabilities, a Title I reading instructor and a first-grade classroom teacher.

Register for this free webinar here

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Supporting Women in School Organizations: Lessons from the Private Sector

Former superintendent and education business executive discuss how districts can support, retain, and develop women leaders by creating working environments where they can thrive.

Women make up 77 percent of the workforce in public education, yet 73 percent of superintendents are men. The upcoming webinar Supporting Women in School Organizations: Lessons from the Private Sector on Thursday, May 6 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT will address how district leaders can create better working environments to develop and promote the women on their teams.

Kate Eberle Walker, PresenceLearning CEO and author of The Good Boss: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work, and will be interviewed by Dr. Robert Avossa, former superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County and Fulton County Schools, to discuss how leaders — men and women alike — can support women in education.

During the webinar, Eberle Walker will share the lessons from her book and Avossa will reflect on how to apply them to education organizations. Participants will walk away with practical advice including how to:

  • Develop and promote more female leaders
  • Create working environments that promote inclusivity
  • Bring women back to the workforce post-COVID

“When I first read The Good Boss it immediately struck me as important and necessary for school leaders. I wish I had this perspective and advice when I was a superintendent, and I’m excited to help bring these lessons to educators in this session,” said Dr. Avossa.

“I wrote this book to teach managers how to proactively support the women who work for them. The majority of managers are men, yet too often they tune out, thinking a book about women at work isn’t relevant for them,” said Eberle Walker. “So I was genuinely excited when Dr. Avossa approached me to share how much he had learned from the book and how it could help other school leaders be more aware of the experiences of women.”

To attend the upcoming webinar, register here.

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Series III: On the Shoulders of Greatness

Virtual event for ALAS members and guests will focus on “On the Shoulders of Greatness”

Civil rights activist and founder of the United Farm Workers union Dolores Huerta will join the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) for their April networking event, Linking Latina Leaders [L3]. The free event to ALAS L3 members and their guests, takes place from [5:30]-7:00 p.m. EST on April 15, 2021 and will address the theme: “On the Shoulders of Greatness.” The event is facilitated by ALAS L3 members Patricia Trejo and Dr. Patricia Ordónez-Feliciano.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Qxo417

“Our Linking Latina Leaders events focus on our female members and leadership development. And for those who lead schools for our most marginalized and students of color you may want to attend this event,” said Dr. Maria Armstrong, executive director of ALAS. “Dolores has been a powerful voice for social justice for more than 50 years and we are honored to have her be a part of this series. The work she has done to educate voters, advocate for education reform, and improve infrastructure in low income communities is truly awe inspiring.”

Dolores Huerta has worked in labor rights and social justice for more than 50 years.  In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union where she served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Linking Latina Leaders is one of several networking programs and events ALAS offers. The organization also hosts a major education conference in the fall, weekly vodcasts discussing issues in education, and offers several professional development opportunities throughout the year. For more information about ALAS, visit https://www.alasedu.org/.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

PBLWorks is Taking Nominations <br>for its 2021 PBL Champion Awards

School, district and individual winners will be announced at the virtual PBL World conference this summer

PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), is accepting nominations of schools, districts and individuals for its 2021 PBL Champion Awards. The annual awards program recognizes a school, district and an individual for demonstrating a commitment to Project Based Learning that has had a positive impact on students.

This is the first year PBLWorks has solicited nominations from the public for the award. The winners will be recognized at its PBL World conference which takes place online June 21-24, 2021.

“We started the PBL Champion Awards years ago, because we wanted a way to recognize those who are making a difference with Project Based Learning,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “Often, the people who have the best insight about this are those who are actually in these schools and communities where PBL is happening. So this year, in the true spirit of collaboration and learning, we have opened the nomination process to the public. We’re looking forward to hearing your stories as we look to select our next PBL Champions!”

The PBL Champions will have the opportunity to share their story during the keynote sessions at PBL World. They will also receive complimentary registration for a 3-day PBL workshop of their choice during PBL World.

To nominate a school, district or individual for the 2021 PBL Champion Awards, visit pblworks.org/champion-awards and share how your nominee has contributed to the advancement of PBL, how their work has advanced racial equity, and the impact it has had on students. Recipients will be selected by May 15, 2021.

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Learning Ally’s Spotlight on Dyslexia Virtual Conference Presents Leading Experts on Literacy and the Science of Reading

Building on the highly reputable and popular “Spotlight on Learning” Conference series, Learning Ally will host its 6th Spotlight on Dyslexia virtual conference on Friday, June 4, 2021, from [9:00] AM to [5:00] PM CT. Previously attended by over 9,000 educators, this year’s Spotlight on Dyslexia brings together leading experts in the fields of dyslexia, literacy and neuroscience to share new research, strategies, and insights for identifying and supporting students who struggle with reading. Participants can earn up to 12 continuing education certifications by participating live or on-demand through December 1, 2021.

After a year of pandemic related classroom disruption and learning loss, it is imperative for educators to be equipped with the latest research and resources to help their students. This year’s conference will explore the intersection of educational practice and dyslexia neuroscience, and how actively striving to create a culture of literacy in the classroom can not only benefit students who struggle with dyslexia, but all students, making this conference a great resource for both general and special educators.

Three keynote addresses

Andrew Lewis, 2-time Olympian and founder of the AL Sailing Foundation, will present Perseverance, Passion and Purpose: Finding My Way; Dr. David Kilpatrick, Professor of Psychology at CUNY Cortland, will present Embracing the Scientific Revolution in Reading and Dragging Your Colleagues Along with You; and Dr. Susan Hall, author and reading expert, will present What Does Structured Literacy Look Like in Practice?.

With the continued disruption to education over the past year, Spotlight on Dyslexia is an essential resource for educators, providing learning and actionable tools to help them reduce student learning loss. Dr. Terrie Noland, Learning Ally’s V.P. of Educator Initiatives, says, “We’re bringing together educators from all spaces within a school: specialists, generalists, and administrators, to help create a collective efficacy that positively affects all students who struggle to read. Right now, that’s more important than ever.”

This year, the live conference will be delivered on a state-of-the-art virtual platform that promises to provide a more robust experience for participants compared to previous years. As always, the unique learning experience will include the ability for participants and presenters to interact directly via live polling, Q&A’s, and by direct chat. It is also an amazing opportunity to network with other educators and education professionals.

Two ways to experience Spotlight on Dyslexia this year

For those who only want to participate in the event on the day of, Basic passes are available. For those who want to get more out of the event, Premium passes include everything past attendees have come to expect, like on-demand access to all sessions through December 1, 2021 and the ability to earn up to 12 continuing education credits for every session attended—even on-demand sessions. Continuing education hours for this event are approved by ALTA.

The Spotlight on Dyslexia virtual conference is $69 for a Basic pass or $99 for a Premium pass. On-demand content will be available through December 1, 2021. Register now.

Learning Ally is a leading education nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allows us to support more than 2 million students and 650,000 educators across the United States. Learn more at LearningAlly.org.

Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame

Swing Education, a staffing application for substitute teachers, is now accepting nominations for its Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame which annually recognizes substitute teachers across the country for their outstanding work as educators and their notable contributions to the students, teachers, and schools they serve. This year’s class of inductees will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

“From remote to hybrid to in-person teaching, substitute teachers have played such a vital and supportive role during every phase of this challenging school year,” said Mike Teng, CEO of Swing Education. “The Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame will highlight three of these truly exemplary educators who continue to make a real difference and go above and beyond for their students, yet so often don’t get the recognition they deserve.

All nominations, which will detail the substitute teacher’s impact in the education setting, are due by April 25, 2021. Any individual who is a substitute teacher who works at a district, charter, private, or parochial school in the United States and its territories; who has been teaching for one or more years; and who has subbed for at least one day during the 2020-21 school year is eligible for the Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame.

Substitute teachers may be nominated by others – including students, parents, fellow educators, or administrators – or they may nominate themselves for this recognition. Administrators submitting a nomination will also have the opportunity to upload a short thank you video to their substitute teacher which could be featured on Swing Education’s website and social media channels.

All three of the 2021 inductees will receive a prize package that includes a $500 cash award, $250 for professional development or school supplies, and a commemorative plaque.

To learn more and nominate a substitute teacher, visit teachers.swingeducation.com/hall-of-fame-2021.

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Urban Assembly Hosts 4th Annual SEL Symposium on May 5

The 4th Annual Urban Assembly Social-Emotional Learning Symposium takes place on Wednesday, May 5. The virtual symposium, SEL is Here to Stay: All Learning is Social and Emotional, features panels, workshops, and interactive presentations from leading SEL experts from around the country, including a keynote speech from celebrated author and advocate Heather McGhee.

The Urban Assembly SEL Symposium brings together important and diverse perspectives around social-emotional learning and development in K-12 education. This year’s theme focuses on integrating and maximizing the power of SEL in all learning methods and platforms.

Panelists and presenters include:

  • Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education
  • Dr. Byron McClure, founder of Lessons for SEL
  • Lucy Herz, CEO of the Student Success Network
  • Clark McKown, President of xSEL Labs
  • Dr. Terrell M. Hill, Superintendent of Windsor Public Schools
  • Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent of Guilford County Schools

“This is a time where social-emotional well-being must be prioritized,” explains Brandon Frame, Director of Social-Emotional Learning at the Urban Assembly. “Families across the country are dealing with a lot right now, and our communities and institutions have great incentive to prioritize SEL. By leaning in and listening to the needs of members of our communities, we, as practitioners and leaders, can better support the social-emotional needs of our communities.”

Experts will lead workshops and sessions that explore the equity, science, implementation, and creating sustainable social-emotional learning programs and supports which are vital to advancing outcomes at this time.

“Social-Emotional Learning is a paramount skill for students and staff, explains Urban Assembly CEO David Adams. “With fewer resources and increased constraints, program facilitators and educators are now tasked with rising to the occasion of providing high-quality experiences during a time of unprecedented need. This is the time for educators, program managers, counselors, students, families, and academics to lean into social-emotional learning. The Urban Assembly looks forward to working with practitioners and communities across the nation at the annual SEL symposium.”

The 4th Annual SEL Symposium, SEL is Here to Stay: All Learning is Social and Emotional will be held on Wednesday, May 5th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm EST.

Registration is $25 per person; register here.

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reDesign Launches Open Call for “Designers-in-Residence” to Reimagine Curriculum This Summer

50 Designers will be selected to create next-generation 7-12 grade student projects that develop key competencies and critical consciousness, and nurture deep connections to community 

reDesign, an educational design consultancy, is launching its inaugural Designers-in-Residence program, convening boundary-breaking curriculum designers to create competency-based, high-quality, culturally-relevant materials for middle and high school learners. These designers will join the growing global movement to engage the passions, interests, and lived experiences of learners, while simultaneously addressing the learning challenges that arise within an inherently inequitable, industrial system.

For the past 25 years the curriculum industry has been organized to support the high-stakes standards-based assessment system that has dominated education in the 21st century. This has not worked: between 2000-2017 postsecondary education graduation rates remained static at 48-50%  (ACT, Statista), while the percentage of jobs available to those without postsecondary degrees has continued to decrease (StatChat). It’s time to revolutionize the curriculum industry and time to transform the learning opportunities of all learners.

“The pandemic gave the adult world a peek into our classrooms, awakening a broad awareness of the deep inequities that have always been at the heart of our  K–12 education system,” said Antonia Rudenstine, reDesign’s co-founder and Creative Director. “Access to engaging learning materials that develop critical consciousness and key competencies, alongside a profound connection to community, is particularly scarce for a significant majority of 12-20 year olds and the educators who are committed to their design of thriving, satisfying lives.”

Now accepting applications for Designers-in-Residence

The program’s application period closes April 30, 2021, with selections notified on a rolling basis.

The 50 Designers selected to contribute will receive a $6,000 stipend, as well as an opportunity for  revenue-sharing on projects that become part of an upcoming equity-focused, curriculum marketplace. Designers can also earn up to two graduate credits from Southern New Hampshire University, paid for by reDesign.

reDesign seeks educators with deep pedagogical expertise, exceptional design and learning facilitation chops, and a passion for reimagining teaching and learning. Ideal candidates will have deep experience:

  • Working with tweens and teens (ages 12-20),
  • Designing and teaching using culturally responsive and/or culturally sustaining pedagogies, and a social justice lens,
  • Applying the learning sciences to pedagogy and curriculum designs, and
  • Connecting curriculum to young people’s communities, passions and interests.

To learn more and to apply, visit Designers-in-Residence.

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Math in the Middle: A Plan to Engage and Motivate Middle School Students

To support middle school math educators with their ongoing instruction, Curriculum Associates is launching a new, nine-part webinar series called Math in the Middle: A Plan to Engage and Motivate Middle School Students. The complimentary series, which kicks off on April 6 and runs until May 4, will provide both teachers and coaches with fresh ideas and practical ways to engage students, increase their motivation, and develop independent mathematical thinkers.

“Teaching is both an art and a science, especially when it comes to teaching middle school math,” said Elizabeth Peyser, National Director of Content and Implementation at Curriculum Associates—and one of the featured webinar presenters. “During this formative time in students’ lives, it is so important for educators to connect and engage with students during the learning process, while helping them build critical math skills. The upcoming webinars will provide educators with new and impactful strategies they can immediately put into action to help their students succeed.”

The Math in the Middle series includes:

  • Is Your System Working? Rethinking Algebra 1 Acceleration Practices in Middle School on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • Managing Middle School Math through Reading on Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • Moving Beyond Cross-Multiply and Divide on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Don’t Mess with the Middle on Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • What’s Your Angle on Angles? on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Success Leaves Clues: Five Lessons to Strengthen MS Math Implementations on Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Fraction Computation on Number Lines on Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Empower, Engage, and Excite Learning with i-Ready® ClassroomÔ Mathematics on Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • “Get Me Outta Here!” Escape Room Math on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

All webinars will be held at 3 p.m. ET and last for 45 minutes.

To learn more and register for the upcoming webinars, visit Cvent.Me/8wdYGG.

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Three New Virtual Field Trips From Discovery Education & Industry Leading Organizations

Discovery Education and leading corporate and community partners are offering K-12 educators and students three engaging new virtual field trips (VFT) debuting in April and May. Focused on an array of diverse topics, these new virtual field trips connect learning to the real-world through relevant and timely digital content that supports learning wherever it takes place. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Through its award-winning K-12 learning platform, Discovery Education offers educators, students, and families hundreds of on-demand virtual field trips empowering educators to take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving their desks. These new virtual experiences were developed in conjunction with Discovery Education’s corporate and community partners and include:

Identity, Belonging, and Legacy: How Testimony Makes Us Stronger Than Hate from USC Shoah Foundation

Premiere: April 15th at 1 p.m. ET

Explore the ways that our present continues to be shaped by our collective past through a powerful glimpse at the Armenian Genocide, an important and often overlooked chapter of history. The VFT will explore the legacy of the Armenian Genocide and analyze how family and identity histories – reaching back long before we were born – continue to affect people in the present day. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 6-12

Teaching with Testimony – a no-cost and standards-aligned educational initiative from USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education – empowers students to create a better future by listening to and learning from the testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

Be Vape Free: Just the Facts from the CVS Health Foundation & CATCH My Breath

Premiere: April 29th at 1 p.m. ET

Inspire students to become Vape Detectives uncovering the harsh truths about e-cigarettes for themselves in this exciting virtual investigation. The Be Vape Free initiative has at its core the proven-effective CATCH My Breath program which equips students in Grades 5-12 with the science-based background knowledge and practical refusal skills necessary to avoid risky behaviors like vaping. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 5-12.

Be Vape Free – generously supported by the CVS Health Foundation, and created in partnership with CATCH Global Foundation, and Discovery Education – is a nationwide initiative providing standards-aligned e-cigarette prevention resources at no-cost for educators teaching grades 5-12.

Nuclear Frontiers: Powering Possibilities from American Nuclear Society & U. S Department of Energy

Premiere: May 6th at 1 p.m. ET

Blast-off on an interstellar virtual journey that explores the amazing ways nuclear science is fueling human progress from Earth to outer space and beyond. Navigating Nuclear immerses elementary, middle, and high school students in the mind-blowing potential of nuclear energy and the exciting STEM careers driving its innovation. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades-3-12.

The Nuclear Frontier virtual field trip builds upon the American Nuclear Society, Discovery Education, and Department of Energy’s Education program, Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World. This Virtual Field Trip continues to engage students with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned resources focused on pathways to STEM careers, as well as the positive and future impacts of nuclear science.

Each virtual field trip features educator guides, student activities, and other resources.

“Virtual field trips are a unique way to engage all learners and ignite their natural curiosity about the world” said Cecilia Wilburn-Davis, a 5th Grade ELA Teacher at Oakbrook Elementary School at Dorchester School District Two. “With the digital content supports from Discovery Education and its partners, I have a set of powerful resources that take students beyond the classroom to explore the planet and discover new places, people, and ideas they might not otherwise have the chance to meet.”

Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trips can be found within its K-12 learning platform on the Virtual Field Trips channel or in the Corporate Education Partnerships channel.

“We are thrilled to continue offering exceptional virtual experiences, like those recently created in partnership with the American Nuclear Society, the CVS Health Foundation, and USC Shoah Foundation,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Corporate & Community Partnerships. “Through these exciting events, students can see first-hand the ’real world’ applications of what they are learning in the classroom.”

Learn more and register for the new virtual field trips here.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the “Equity & Access” journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

CrisisGo Announces New Mental Health & Behavioral Risk Platform

CrisisGo’s Safety iBeacon unites behavioral risk assessment, reporting, and intervention tools in a single solution.

CrisisGo, a leading provider in emergency communications, incident management, and student/staff health management, announce their industry-leading toolset for behavioral, discipline, and threat assessment teams, along with mental health staff management and human resources. The tool provides the ability to accelerate the early identification of those in need of support and allowing your teams to assess and manage many cases simultaneously quickly. Our easy-to-use platform expands your organization’s capacity to support your stakeholder’s mental health needs while proactively creating a safe, positive, and supportive school and organizational culture.

  • Survey students, staff, and employees to address the root cause of concerns.
  • Early identification of those in need of mental health support.
  • Electronic scheduling of intelligent surveys and universal mental health screenings.
  • Simple dashboard to monitor progress, communication reports, and automatic report escalation.
  • Utilize all communication methods to collect tips via anonymous real-time two-way reporting, including in apps, webpage, emails, surveys, and others.

“The launch of Safety iBeacon is an opportunity to continue our mission of getting students and staff safely to school, supported, protected, and returned home safely. iBeacon promotes proactive social-emotional engagement with stakeholders while also giving the school staff the tools for effective case management, assessments, and safety plans. Expecting social-emotional support needs will increase due to the pandemic, Safety iBeacon has never been more important,” said Jim Spicuzza, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at CrisisGo.

As we navigate the storm together and deal with the after-effects of COVID-19, student, staff, and employee mental health risks have never been higher. Safety iBeacon provides a comprehensive digital platform for all mental health risks, impossible with a paper-based process. Our digital tools help proactively communicate and engage in risk discovery from behavior and discipline issues to violent threats against themselves or others.

  • Supported by all national assessment models or available to build your own.
  • Integrated with district directory services and information systems to improve accuracy and ease.
  • FERPA and HIPPA compliant.

Join CrisisGo’s webcast on Wednesday, March 31st at [1:00] PM CT, “Permission Slip for a New Perspective: An Open Dialogue on Mental Health,” to learn about Safety iBeacon and how the vital tool is playing a role in defining the future around the mental health stigma using a positive, proactive, holistic approach.

Register to attend: https://bit.ly/3tEGX0x

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SEL Day

Join thousands of educators and community partners around the world in celebrating the 2nd annual SEL Day on March 26th

On Friday, March 26th, thousands of educators, community organizers, and individuals around the world will celebrate the second annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Spearheaded by the Urban Assembly and SEL4US, this year’s theme, Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities, recognizes and reinforces the ways in which individuals, schools, and communities have used social-emotional skills to remain connected and engaged during the pandemic.

“In these difficult times there are people who used their social-emotional learning skills to build community,” says David Adams, Urban Assembly CEO. “This year, it’s time to celebrate the people who help develop these skills and to also build the infrastructures of organizations to continue to uplift communities through SEL.”

On SEL Day, Friday, March 26th at 12noon EST, the Urban Assembly and SEL4US will join the Learning Policy Institute, America Forward, Harmony SEL, and Committee for Children for SEL Policy to Foster Connection after Trauma, a Congressional briefing featuring Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY- District 9). Congresswoman Clarke will be joined by students, practitioners, and experts in child development to discuss the importance of social-emotional learning in schools and communities, and how social-emotional learning and development can be advanced through federal policy.

“Social-emotional learning plays such a vital role in building communities. SEL competencies develop throughout one’s lifespan, and they shape how we show up at work, in school, and in everyday life,” says Congresswoman Clarke. “I believe in the power of SEL to empower young people to develop positive relationships, demonstrate empathy, and make responsible decisions.”

At 1pm EST on March 26th, the Urban Assembly and SEL4US are teaming up with CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) for The Graduate Profile: Imagine the Possibilities on #SELDay, a discussion on how graduate profiles can cultivate meaningful school experiences, and how social-emotional learning can strengthen the vision for future-ready high school graduates.

At 4pm CET on March 26th, the ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) is partnering with PROMEHS (Erasmus + Project Promoting Mental Health in Schools) and the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta to host Children of the Pandemic: The mental health and resilience of children during COVID-19The webinar features Professor Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University and Professor Helen Cowie of the University or Surrey in conversation about the mental health, well-being, and resilience of students during the pandemic.

On Tuesday, March 30th, the Urban Assembly will lead a training session for the Congressional Black Associates (CBA), a bipartisan collective of Black Congressional staff. During the Importance of Social Emotional Learning to Professional Development training session, the Urban Assembly’s SEL team will help the CBA understand social-emotional intelligence and its role in advancing public policy, and train them to utilize social-emotional intelligence to enhance their professional skills.

In addition to these events, more than 2,200 schools, school districts, government agencies, community groups, and individuals nationwide will be raising awareness for social-emotional learning through local and regional SEL-centered activities, events, and initiatives.

“Students, families, educators and communities have faced so many challenges in the past year,” explains Nova Biro of the SEL4US Leadership Team. “International SEL Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the importance of relationships, community, and foundational social-emotional skills to support each other through these challenges.”

SEL Day is on Friday, March 26th. Schools, community groups, and individual can sign-up to participate in SEL Day at selday.org/sign-up. SEL Day toolkits are available at selday.org/toolkits free of charge and provide resources to help partners activate their communities, stakeholders, and public officials on the importance of SEL on SEL Day and beyond.

Partners and members of the public can also register to join any of the Urban Assembly and SEL4US SEL Day events at selday.org/events.

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reDesign Seeks 250 Content Experts to Reimagine the K-12 Educational Content Map this Summer

Educators, academics, and industry experts are invited to apply or nominate others for a paid one-week Design Studio to create inclusive, future-oriented content maps across 25 discipline area

reDesign, an educational design consultancy, is launching an all-call for K-12 content discipline experts from diverse backgrounds and geographies to join together this summer to re-envision the “canon” of K-12 content.

Content experts will be selected across 25 discipline areas, and will convene for a virtual Design Studio the week of June 27th to reimagine a 21st century K-12 Content Map that defines essential topics and concepts, develops critical consciousness, and fosters deep connections to community. Selected participants will receive an honorarium of up to $2,000 for their contributions.

To learn more, and to apply or nominate colleagues, visit: K-12 Content Mapping.

This educational content initiative marks a shift away from long lists of factual knowledge, and toward disciplinary concepts and cross-disciplinary competencies that are in-sync with how the brain learns, and the rapidly shifting opportunities of the adult world, while centering inclusion and antiracism in subject area content choices.

“The current K–12 content map is both fragmented and over-generalized. It’s designed for a pre-Google world of limited information and closely-held, Eurocentric funds of knowledge that center the white experience” said reDesign founder and Creative Director, Antonia Rudenstine. “This moment in time—shaped by the pandemic’s global impact on schooling and the Movement for Black Lives—provides a unique opportunity for educators, industry experts, and academics to come together to create a content map that prepares young people to critically examine current global challenges, by listening to the multiplicity of voices and experiences that shape the world they are growing up in.”

Now accepting nominations and applications

The program’s application period closes April 30, 2021, with selections notified on a rolling basis. A stipend of $15,000 will be distributed across each team of 10 discipline experts; shares of the stipend will be awarded based on time invested during the week-long session. reDesign is seeking discipline content experts who are passionate about making school relevant and connected to the rich variety of communities and work contexts that today’s young people participate in.

Additional Program Details

reDesign will select and convene a total of 250 multicultural, disciplinary content experts, with teams of 10 experts engaging in a design process for each of 25 disciplines, under the umbrellas of physical and material science, life science, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and engineering and design. See the full list of 25 disciplines.

The week-long Content Mapping Design Studio will take place June 27 – July 1, 2021, in a virtual, blended format of team-organized design sessions and synchronous live meetings.

“We want to elevate often ignored, silenced, and invisible voices, and to tap into the growing network of passionate educators and professionals working to reinvent education,” said Rudenstine. “Join us to help build a better world for our students.”

reDesign’s Audacious 5-Year Plan to Build Learner-Centered Communities

The convening experts for the K-12 Content Mapping initiative is reDesign’s first step in its bold 5-Year Plan to co-create and support inclusive and equitable learner-centered communities for young people and adults that embrace every learner. Learn more about reDesign’s Big, Hairy, Audacious 5-Year Plan.

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SEL Day

On Friday, March 26th, thousands of educators, community organizers and individuals around the world will celebrate the second annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Spearheaded by the Urban Assembly and SEL4US, this year’s theme, Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities, recognizes and reinforces the ways in which individuals, schools, and communities have used social-emotional skills to remain connected and engaged during the pandemic.

“In these difficult times there are people who used their social-emotional learning skills to build community,” says David Adams, Urban Assembly CEO. “This year, it’s time to celebrate the people who help develop these skills and to also build the infrastructures of organizations to continue to uplift communities through SEL.”

The Urban Assembly and SEL4US, along with sponsors Harmony SEL, Inspire Teaching & Learning, Sanford College of Education at National University, Second Step, Education Development Center, Panorama Education, QuaverSEL, Quinnipiac University School of Education, Rethink Ed, and WINGS, will host a number of virtual events in honor of SEL Day. On Monday, March 22nd at 12noon EST, they are hosting #SEL4Equity, a live twitter chat discussing the intersection of social-emotional learning and equity and inclusion.

On SEL Day, Friday, March 26th at 12noon EST, the Urban Assembly and SEL4US will join the Learning Policy Institute, America Forward, Harmony SEL, and Committee for Children for SEL Policy to Foster Connection after Trauma, a Congressional briefing featuring Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY- District 9). Congresswoman Clarke will be joined by students, practitioners, and experts in child development to discuss the importance of social-emotional learning in schools and communities, and how social-emotional learning and development can be advanced through federal policy.

“Social-emotional learning plays such a vital role in building communities. SEL competencies develop throughout one’s lifespan, and they shape how we show up at work, in school, and in everyday life,” says Congresswoman Clarke. “I believe in the power of SEL to empower young people to develop positive relationships, demonstrate empathy, and make responsible decisions.”

At 1pm EST on March 26th, the Urban Assembly and SEL4US are teaming up with CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) for The Graduate Profile: Imagine the Possibilities on #SELDay, a discussion on how graduate profiles can cultivate meaningful school experiences, and how social-emotional learning can strengthen the vision for future-ready high school graduates.

At 4pm CET on March 26th, the ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) is partnering with PROMEHS (Erasmus + Project Promoting Mental Health in Schools) and the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta to host Children of the Pandemic: The mental health and resilience of children during COVID-19. The webinar features Professor Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University and Professor Helen Cowie of the University or Surrey in conversation about the mental health, well-being, and resilience of students during the pandemic.

On Tuesday, March 30th, the Urban Assembly will lead a training session for the Congressional Black Associates (CBA), a bipartisan collective of Black Congressional staff. During the Importance of Social Emotional Learning to Professional Development training session, the Urban Assembly’s SEL team will help the CBA understand social-emotional intelligence and its role in advancing public policy, and train them to utilize social-emotional intelligence to enhance their professional skills.

In addition to these events, more than than 2,200 schools, school districts, government agencies, community groups, and individuals nationwide will be raising awareness for social-emotional learning through local and regional SEL-centered activities, events, and initiatives.

“Students, families, educators and communities have faced so many challenges in the past year,” explains Nova Biro of the SEL4US Leadership Team. “International SEL Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the importance of relationships, community, and foundational social-emotional skills to support each other through these challenges.”

SEL Day is on Friday, March 26th. Schools, community groups, and individual can sign-up to participate in SEL Day at selday.org/sign-up. SEL Day toolkits are available at selday.org/toolkits free of charge and provide resources to help partners activate their communities, stakeholders, and public officials on the importance of SEL on SEL Day and beyond. Partners and members of the public can also register to join any of the Urban Assembly and SEL4US SEL Day events at selday.org/events.

Visit SELday.org

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Financial Literacy Challenge from Jackson Charitable Foundation & Discovery Education Now Open for Entries

Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale, and Discovery Education today opened the 5th annual Cha-ChingTM Money Smart Kids Contest. The contest enables communities to vote for their school to win $10,000 to use toward critical educator resources to teach kids how to earn, save, spend, and donate.

This national contest encourages elementary school teachers, families, and community members to show their commitment to financial education by voting online daily for their school to receive a prize package featuring:

  • A grant of $10,000 to build a brighter financial future at the winning school.
  • $1,000 to be donated to the charity of the school’s choice.
  • A fun, educational financial literacy event hosted by Discovery Education that brings to life Cha-Ching’s four pillars of financial education – earn, save, spend, and donate.

Participants may enter up to once a day on behalf of their school from now through June 10, 2021. Learn more and vote for your school.

“The economic consequences of the pandemic have shined a spotlight on financial fragility in our country and the need for continued financial education. With Financial Literacy Month coming up in April, we are thrilled to open the 2021 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest and provide communities with an engaging opportunity to help students and their local school make smart financial decisions,” said Danielle Robinson, Executive Director, Jackson Charitable Foundation.

“The challenge empowers schools with the financial literacy and technological resources needed to educate students and close the equity gap,” said Dr. Mark Andrade, Principal of Rhode Island’s Potter-Burns Elementary School, 2020 winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest. “Winning the contest exemplifies the power of community collaboration in coming together virtually to support Potter-Burns Elementary School and all its students in their pursuit of a secure financial future.”

The annual contest builds upon a Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education educational program – Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids – which provides no-cost resources that build critical life skills in K-6 students through high-quality financial literacy education resources. Launched in 2017, the engaging and fun program offers millions of students the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed financial decisions to reach their goals.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Kidskintha Announces World Early Years Summit with High-Quality Learning for Teachers & Parents

Free registration is now open for the 2021 summit, taking place March 23-24, which will feature more than 30 expert presenters on a range of educational topics

Kidskintha, a global parenting and educator collective, has announced the first World Early Years Summit (WEYS 2021), an online event designed to connect the parent and teacher communities for relevant learning around early childhood and elementary education. The Summit is in collaboration with The Early Childhood Association of India, and will go live from March 23-24. The event will feature 30+ expert presenters covering topics including pedagogy, social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, leadership, technology, and more.

“It takes a village to raise a child, and in 2021 that ‘village’ is truly global in nature,” said Devishobha Chandramouli, founder of Kidskintha. “With this in mind, we are convening the World Early Years Summit to help educators and parents make connections, building meaningful relationships, and gain confidence in their ability to create a better future for kids.”

The past year has led people around the world to face new challenges, adopt new lifestyles, and test new technologies. In education, the post-COVID classroom will require seamless cooperation, communication, and upskilling on both sides of the educator-parent relationship to make the most of each child’s formative years. Therefore, as one of India’s largest, most influential, and trusted sources of information and resources for parents and educators, Kidskintha has seized this opportunity to provide a timely content program for the education community.

More than 23,000 participants from around the world have attended Kidskintha’s previous two virtual summits, and through a partnership with India’s Early Years Association ― which will see WEYS 2021 distributed to more than 18,000 schools ― it is expected that this year’s event will engage even more attendees.

The group of presenters includes experts in early childhood and elementary education, digital learning, cognitive development, music, drama, parenting, pediatrics, and more.

Some of the presenters include:

  • Sashwati Banerjee ― Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Central Square Foundation and Former Founding Managing Director of Sesame Street Workshop – India
  • Tara Beteille ― Senior Economist, World Bank Leader – World Bank’s Teachers Thematic Group
  • Erik Fisher ― Genius Expert for The Genius of Play, child psychologist and emotional dynamics expert
  • Audrey O’Clair ― Education Specialist for Soundtrap at Spotify and former special education teacher
  • Wendy Oliver ― Chief Learning Officer of EdisonLearning, digital learning pioneer, author and host of the Building the Bridge podcast for educators and parents
  • Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. ― Author of Bottom Line for Baby and co-author of New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline
  • Pooja Rai ― Founder and CEO of Anthill Creations, TEDx Speaker, and Ashoka Changemaker awarded by Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus
  • Falu Shah ― Grammy-nominated Musician and Ambassador, Indian Music- Carnegie Hall
  • Emma Turner ― Author of books including Be More Toddler: A leadership education from our little learners, early childhood educator, research and CPD lead, and co-host of the Mind the Gap podcast

“Participants in the Summit will gain many practical skills to help in their role as a teacher or parent,” said Chandramouli. “From a core understanding of neurodevelopment to foundational knowledge about social-emotional learning, or strategies to use technology to scale learning, there is a wide range of subject matter covered by our expert presenters.”

Registration is free for all participants who attend the World Early Years Summit on March 23 and 24. Participants can also purchase an all-access pass, which will give access to the content for a full year, plus bonuses including all content from previous Kidskintha summits.

Interested educators and parents can learn more by visiting www.kidskintha.com/weys2021.

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Upcoming Webinar: How Physical Spaces Impact Well-Being as Students Return to School

America’s Promise Alliance’s National Survey of High School Students during COVID-19 finds widespread negative impact on learning time, emotional health, and social connection.

  • More than half are much more concerned about the present and the future (self and family physical and emotional health)
  • 38% worried about current and future education
  • 30% worried about basic needs
  • 25% trouble sleeping because of worry, unhappiness, depression
  • 29% don’t feel connected to others

Join VS America on March 19 for a conversation with diverse practitioners – including a school administrator, clinical officer, social justice specialist, learning designer, as well as students – to dive into the opportunities and obstacles for students and staff, and discover how schools can create spaces to allow for the healing and connectivity needed.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

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DEN VirtCon: Spring 2021

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) invites teachers and administrators around the world to participate in VirtCon: Spring 2021 on March 23rd and 24th. A no-cost, virtual, professional learning conference designed expressly for users of Discovery Education’s digital resources, VirtCon provides a unique opportunity for educators to learn new strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments that keep students and educators connected to what matters most.

This Spring, the DEN is taking an innovative approach to the VirtCon by presenting this extraordinary professional learning event through a combination of flexible, on-demand sessions during the day and live, community-driven sessions at night. Among the exciting on-demand sessions planned for the mornings and afternoons of March 23rd and 24th are:

  • Curating Resources for Meaningful Learning Experiences—During this session, participants will discover new, relevant, and engaging learning content from Discovery Education’s partners including Discovery Channel, Newsy, Learning for Justice,  BeSe, World Wildlife Fund, and more. In addition, they will explore curated channels in Discovery Education’s K-12 platform and review exclusive learning opportunities for students, such as Virtual Field Trips, career explorations, at-home challenges, and more.
  • Creating Learning Experiences with Discovery Education Studio—In this on-demand session, educators will learn to customize ready-to-use learning activities in Studio and build their own Boards and Slideshows. Participants will learn how to differentiate content and interactives within assessments and assignments, as well as monitor student progress and create opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding in multiple formats.

Then, during the evenings of March 23rd and 24th, VirtCon goes live, providing opportunities for participants to connect with the Discovery Education team and educators from around the globe to learn best practices for designing digital learning experiences focused on what matters most.

For details and to register, visit the VirtCon: Spring 2021 homepage.

A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable professional learning, idea sharing, networking, and inspiration. The DEN is supported by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

“Discovery Education understands that making time to work on improving as an educator can be a challenge,” said Jannita Demian, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Learning Communities. “So, we designed VirtCon: Spring 2021 to provide attendees new teaching strategies that they can immediately apply in the classroom in a flexible format. Each session will help educators at all levels better integrate their Discovery Education resources into instruction, so we invite all teachers and administrators to join us for what will be two inspiring days of learning.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit  discoveryeducation.com  and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media  through  Twitter  and  LinkedIn.

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Water Conservation & Sustainability: <br>Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge 2021

Join Xylem, a leading global water technology company, to tackle our world’s most pressing water conservation and sustainability challenges! Xylem Ignite is looking for students ages 13 to 23 who want to learn, have fun and make a difference.

The 8-week virtual hackathon, which takes place from April 5 to May 28, 2021, gives students an opportunity to create innovative solutions for water sustainability. Seven prizes will be awarded from a $20,000 prize pool.

Learn more & sign up here

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Thorndike Press Partners with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to Sponsor ‘Level Up’ National K-12 Summer 2021 Reading Challenge 

Schools Invited to Join the Challenge This Coming June 2021; Winnings Include Cash Prizes, Large Print Book Collections and Virtual Author Visit

Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, has teamed up with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to bring schools a national K-12 summer reading challenge, ‘Level Up.’ The challenge was designed to lessen the impact of summer slide and keep students engaged and reading all summer long. Schools can win cash prizes, book collections or a virtual visit from Newbery award-winning author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The challenge is free, but schools must register to participate. It will run June 1, 2021 through July 15, 2021.

“We recognize the impact of COVID and remote learning on student literacy and want to give educators a turnkey way to support young readers,” said Felix Lloyd, Zoobean Co-Founder. “The Level Up reading challenge is a great way to keep students motivated, engaged and reading throughout the summer and we are excited to partner with Thorndike and Mark Cuban who share our vision and commitment to helping students achieve their reading goals.”

Students can choose to read books from any genre or format to participate. Large print books will be among the formats featured in the challenge, which studies show improve reading speed, boost reading comprehension and work especially well with readers who are below their grade level.

In order for books read to count toward the challenge, readers must track their reading progress using the Beanstack app. Students can access the app via web or mobile to log their reading, earn virtual badges, track stats, engage with friends and discover their next favorite book. Additionally, parents can download the app and link directly to their child’s school.

“Schools and parents are always searching for ways to better engage with students during the summer,” said Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality. “The Level Up reading challenge is a great way to keep students reading, even when they’re not in the classroom.”

Winning schools will be determined by the most amount of time their students spent reading. Cash prizes are being provided by Mark Cuban with Thorndike Press awarding prize packs of large print book collections to winning schools as well as a virtual visit from Newbery award-winning author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 and $1,000 of large print books and a virtual author chat with the school.
  • Second Place: $2,500 and $500 of large print books.
  • Four (4) Runner Ups: $2,500 and $250 of large print books.

“During the summer, many students lose up to two months of learning, and with the disruption COVID has caused, reading programs are even more critical,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Public libraries have seen great success in retaining and building literacy skills through summer reading programs. The Level Up challenge gives schools an amazing opportunity to support student literacy this summer and we are thrilled to partner with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to make it happen.”

Gale and Beanstack will host a live webinar on the Level Up Summer 2021 Reading Challenge on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3pm ET/12pm PT. To register, visit the webinar registration page.

For more information, visit the challenge webpage.

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ALAS & NABSE Co-Host “Ed Fest 2021: Through Adversity WE Are Stronger Together”

Free virtual event features U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona, superintendent panels, and awards for students and teachers

The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE) are hosting a free four-day virtual event March 9-12, 2021 to highlight accomplishments of the past year and set the stage to tackle top education issues in the year ahead. The conference, “Ed Fest 2021: Through Adversity WE Are Stronger Together,” takes place from [4:30]-7:30 p.m. EST March 9-12, 2021.

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona will give opening remarks at the event, which features multiple stages and is open to parents, teachers, students (from PreK-college) and community members. Additional highlights include a keynote address from educational evangelist Jaime Casap, five plenary panels featuring superintendents at some of the largest districts in the country to small urban and rural districts, multiple breakout sessions addressing the biggest issues in education, an awards program for teachers and students, and giveaways. Teachers are invited to have their classes join the conference live if they are in session during the event.

“This has been an incredibly challenging year in education, but it has also been remarkable in the way that our leaders, school support personnel, teachers, parents, students and communities have risen to these challenges,” said Maria Armstrong, executive director of ALAS. “Ed Fest is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the past year, and to dive into some of the biggest issues in education, and to provoke all of us to think differently about the year ahead.”

Ed Fest 2021 will have eight stages for featured speakers, panelists and breakout sessions. It will focus on the following topics:

  • Cradle to Pre-K
  • Pre-K-12 Education
  • Post-secondary Education
  • Teaching and Learning for Today and Tomorrow’s Students
  • Equitable Services
  • Technology
  • Innovation in Education
  •  Federal, State and Local Education Funding and Policy Updates

Additional speakers include Richard Carranza, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education,  David Banks of the Eagle Academy Foundation in New York, Comedian Ernie G., and data scientist/author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz author of Everybody Lies.

The conference will include performances and on the closing night there will be interactive activities, entertainment, and give-aways for those in attendance, as well as a special “Honoring our Own” awards program to recognize students and adults nominated by their school or district leaders for innovative work in their schools or communities.

“NABSE is honored to partner with ALAS in organizing and hosting this Educational Festival. The first of what we hope will be an annual occurrence. We do this at a time during which our society is experiencing a health emergency, the likes of which we have never previously experienced,” said Fadhilika Atiba-Weza, Executive Director of NABSE. “That is compounded by the social policies that severely impacted our schools and students. The current period provides opportunities for rebound and recovery.  Thus Ed Fest 21 provides much needed opportunity to celebrate the successes of our students and those who work with them.”

To register, visit https://www.alasedu.org/event/ed-fest/

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