The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar on September 27 with special guest Tom Carroll, president of NCTAF. Mr. Carroll was joined by Alan Kostrick, a computer science and technology teacher in the Howard County Public School System (Maryland) who also participates in the NCTAF Learning Studios. During a conversation with Gov. Bob Wise, the panelists focused on how and why to build collaborative communities (face-to-face and online), as well as on the policy implications of increased teacher collaboration. The discussion covered a range of policy changes that are needed to support today’s learning, such as better scheduling, better teacher assignments earlier for next school year, consistent access to online resources, and ensuring access to a wireless network in certain schools.
The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar on July 26 which built on the Alliance’s recently released report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, and focused on what this learner-centered environment looks like and how teachers can be supported in these roles. The webinar featured video clips of Barnett Berry, founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality, with expanded live discussion from Patrick Ledesma of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Ken Halla, social studies teacher and department chair at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.
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