Kicking off the 2019 Future Ready Schools® Institutes in Nashville

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September 24, 2019 11:04 am

On September 11 and 12, the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) team kicked off the fall event series in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 170 leaders from twenty-six districts and eleven states. During the next six weeks, we will lead five additional institutes across the United States, including today and tomorrow’s institute in Manchester, New Hampshire. We’ll also hold six one-day workshops about instructional leadership and our five-step planning process. All in all, the in-person events will influence, inspire, and inform more than 1,200 school and district leaders in 2019.

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Future Ready New Jersey Leverages Community Leaders and Brings Partnership to a New Level

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April 18, 2016 12:32 pm

Community partnerships is one of seven gears in the Future Ready Framework and recently I saw this gear in action. I joined a group of mayors from the New Jersey Black Mayors Alliance for Social Justice as they met alongside their superintendents to learn about the new Future Ready New Jersey certification program being developed by a consortium of organizations including the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

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Announcing the Winners of the Digital Learning Day Video Challenge: Best Middle School Impact Video

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April 12, 2012 02:07 pm

Over the next few days, the Alliance will be selecting the winners from its 2012 Digital Learning Day Video Challenge. Today, we’re happy to announce the winner of our “Best Middle School Impact Video,” Harry F. Byrd Middle School in Henrico, Virginia.

Before we show you the video, we wanted to share a conversation we had with Shannon Hyman, the school librarian and information specialist at Byrd Middle School.

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Tip of the Day: 2 days and counting…more than 1.7 million students participating so far!

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January 30, 2012 02:43 pm

Tip of the Day:

1.      Public-Private Partnerships Make A Difference In Schools Everyday and Especially for Digital Learning Day

2.      Check List for Digital Learning Day:  Plan a Lesson, Tune-in To The Webcast, Watch the Town Hall

Check out this amazing group of non-profit organizations and corporations that have banded together to make Digital Learning Day 2012 happen.

Visit the “Partners” page at http://www.digitallearningday.org/partners/ to see the broad array of companies and partnerships that were created through this national awareness campaign.  As you peruse that page, please know that these companies have invested in Digital Learning Day to support innovation and great teachers like you.  As you visit their pages, you will notice several partners are offering special offers and product pricing for Digital Learning Day participants.  There is no expectation to buy or sign-up for anything but we would appreciate you noticing their support and perusing their links as time permits.

Checklist for Digital Learning Day

1.      Tune into the morning webcast at http://www.digitallearningday.org. The full agenda can be reviewed at http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/national-events/dldwebcast.

2.      Plan a Lesson by viewing the resources in the teacher toolkits at http://www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/teachers/

3.      You are also encouraged to watch the live town hall meeting being streamed via the Internet on February 1, 2012.  You can view this on your own, with colleagues, or as a class. Please make sure to register at http://digitallearningday.eventbrite.com/ to get the directions, bookmark the link, and test your system before the live webcast on February 1 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
If you’d like to receive these daily tips by email, sign up to participate in Digital Learning Day at http://www.digitallearningday.org.

You can also “like” Digital Learning Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalDigitalLearningDay and follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #DLDay or @DLDay2012. Another popular hashtag for digital learning is #DigLN.

Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Tip of the Day: A Teacher’s Dream! Check Out These Edutopia Resources for Digital Learning Day.

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January 26, 2012 09:12 pm

Tip of the Day: A Teacher’s Dream! Check Out These Edutopia Resources for Digital Learning Day.

6 days and counting…1,655,375 students participating so far! You can see Edutopia’s Digital Learning Day Resources at http://www.edutopia.org/digital-learning-technology-resources. These resources include interesting and teacher-friendly videos, helpful hints, and new tools and resources on:

Integrating Technology into Schools

Online Learning and Blended Classrooms

Teaching with New Media Tools

Working with Digital Learners

Additional Resources on the Web

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Tip of the Day: 7 days and counting…1,455,000 students participating so far!

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January 25, 2012 05:30 pm

Tip of the Day:

1. Announcing a New Digital Learning Day Video Contest for Teachers and Students

2. Checklist for Participation: It’s As Easy As “I, 2, 3”

3. Generous Grant Opportunity

ANNOUNCING! Digital Learning Day’s Video Contest

We want to hear how digital learning is improving your school and how you celebrated Digital Learning Day! There are categories for Teachers, High School Students, Middle School, and Elementary Students. Go to Digital Learning Day’s website and click on “Contests” or go directly to http://www.digitallearningday.org/awards/ to view the categories, directions and rules. Submissions will be due on Friday, March 2nd.

A Quick Checklist for your participation in Digital Learning Day:

  1. Make a plan to celebrate Digital Learning Day at your school with your students. Go to the Teacher Toolkit for idea from us and teachers like you. The Awesome Ideas link provides templates you can customize that may give you some ideas to get started.
  2. DONE!  If you are getting this note directly, you have already signed up to participate. So mark that off your list!
  3. You are encouraged to watch the live town hall meeting being streamed via the Internet on February 1, 2012.  You can view this on your own, with colleagues, or as a class. Please make sure to register to get the directions, bookmark the link, and test your system before the live webcast on February 1 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Generous Grant Offering from USA TODAY

In honor of Digital Learning Day, USA TODAY is offering participating teachers and their students free access to its electronic edition (an interactive digital replica of the print edition).

USA TODAY’s electronic edition helps you reinforce and bring relevance to the concepts you are teaching in your classroom by connecting them to events happening today. By using USA TODAY, students develop higher-order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis to arrive at new solutions. And “real world” information engages students and motivates them to learn.  For more information or to sign up for a free classroom subscription, go to the Grants and Contests Page on the Digital Learning Day Website.

If you’d like to receive these daily tips by email, sign up to participate in Digital Learning Day at http://www.digitallearningday.org.

You can also “like” Digital Learning Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalDigitalLearningDay and follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #DLDay or @DLDay2012. Another popular hashtag for digital learning is #DigLN.

 

Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Tip of the Day: Awesome Ideas from Teachers Like You!

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January 24, 2012 08:40 pm

We are getting great ideas from teachers like you about what they are doing to celebrate Digital Learning Day with their students. What an amazing groundswell of activities and ideas that have already been submitted! Take a look at a sampling of these ideas found at http://www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/teachers/awesome_ideas.

If you have a document that should be shared as a model for other teachers, please send it to digitallearningday@all4ed.orgin Word or a PDF (typo free with no personal information). Please also submit a two sentence description of the resource. We can’t guarantee to post your idea before February 1st, but there will be plenty of opportunities after the event to highlight your celebrations as well.

LIVE TOWN HALL: Registration is now open for the National Town Hall Meeting. Make sure to register at http://digitallearningday.eventbrite.com/if you plan to watch the live webcast on February 1 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

If you’d like to receive these daily tips by email, sign up to participate in Digital Learning Day at http://www.digitallearningday.org.

You can also “like” Digital Learning Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalDigitalLearningDay and follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #DLDay or @DLDay2012. Another popular hashtag for digital learning is #DigLN.

Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day: Check Out Two New Toolkits for Digital Learning Day

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January 20, 2012 10:27 pm

Check out, pass on, and Tweet the two new toolkits for Digital Learning Day!

Building upon the interest and resources in the Teacher & Librarians, School Leader, District Leader, and State Leader Toolkits, the Alliance has developed the following:

  • Beyond the Classroom Toolkit: The Alliance for Excellent Education encourages all programs that interact with young learners, both in and out of school, to explore and learn more about the power of digital learning. This toolkit highlights several programs from across the country.
  • Parent Toolkit: The parent toolkit provides resources, sample letters, and recommendations on how parents can participate in Digital Learning Day and learning more about technology and digital learning as it relates to their students.

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Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day: Learn from the Experts: Understanding How Students View Their Own Learning; Implementing Instructional Strategies; and Making Learning Relevant

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January 19, 2012 09:28 pm

Check out these thought-provoking and instructional video clips on instructional strategies and learning:

How Students View Their Own Learning
Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow, shares insights from the national Speak Up survey into how students view their own learning in contrast to how they learn in school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlwFKHFi9VA

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Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day– Check out the English Language Arts Resources, Lesson Plans, and Ideas in the Teacher & Classroom Toolkit

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January 18, 2012 10:22 pm

Literacy and language arts are often viewed as content areas that are addressed across the curriculum. We have added many new resources, tools, and links to the Language Arts Toolkits section of the Digital Learning Day website.

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