What Is Future Ready? Webinar/EventJanuary 16, 2015
On January 27, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education kicked off its Future Ready leadership series. Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.
This webinar focused on the intersection of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and equity. In 2014, the Alliance began documenting—through a series of video monographs—the stories of schools, districts, and states across the country as they implement the CCSS. Specifically, educators shared what they are doing to ensure that struggling secondary students are prepared for college, a career, and life. Their insights from the practitioner level serve as a valuable resource for other schools, districts, and states as they implement the CCSS.
Personalized Professional Learning in a Digital Age Webinar/EventDecember 23, 2014
On January 8, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar in its Project 24 leadership series. For years, the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to professional learning has been prevalent in schools across the nation. Educators are often brought into large group rooms and a “sit and get” model of professional learning is utilized. Quite often, educators are left feeling frustrated and districts wonder why there is little evidence of impact in a traditional model. In recent years, the concept of educators being empowered to take charge of their own professional learning has gained momentum.
On December 16, 2014 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar in its Project 24 leadership series. Project 24 is a systemic planning framework around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of "career and college readiness" for all students. The Google Hangout explored how the Dysart Unified School District in Arizona built a twenty-first-century collaborative network to support digital learning implementation.
The Students’ Voice: Empowering Transformation Webinar/EventOctober 29, 2014
Are we really listening to the voices of those who go through our educational system or are we excluding them from the debate? Classroom teacher and author, Pernille Ripp, discusses how to empower students, give them a voice, and make changes that will directly affect them every day. The time for student empowerment is now, and the myriad of tech tools available are making it easier than ever.
Closing achievement and high school graduation rate gaps requires comprehensive school reform that includes a positive school climate that meets and develops the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. Teachers are a vital part in creating a school climate that meets these needs and prepares students for college and a career. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, schools with the largest populations of students of color are twice as likely as schools with smallest populations of students of color to employ teachers who have only one to two years of classroom teaching experience. In addition, numerous studies indicate that students of color, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families have less access to teachers with the proper credentials and subject-area expertise.
Branding Your School: Effectively Communicating Your School’s Story to the Community (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series) Webinar/EventAugust 15, 2014
This Google Hangout will explore why branding schools is important; discuss the benefits of branding a school; and provide leaders with an action plan for branding. Branding is a way for leaders to make students’ learning visible to the entire education community in order to share best practices, celebrate achievements, and make sure that the education community is focused on the most important person: the student.
Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series) Webinar/EventAugust 14, 2014
Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent technology innovations, such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools are run and structured to achieve college and career readiness in today’s competitive global economy. Digital leadership in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to its fullest.
Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released at the event—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system.
American teachers participated for the first time in the 2013 round of TALIS, which focuses on teachers’ professional context and the conditions of the learning environment in which they teach. TALIS captures the perspectives of practitioners on key topics, including the degree to which teachers’ professional development needs are being met, insights into the beliefs and attitudes about teaching that teachers bring to the classroom, and the role that school leaders play in fostering an effective teaching and learning environment.