NJ ASCD believes in order to provide a full service experience where children and families needs are met on a daily basis, the entire teacher must be fulfilled, too. Perseverance must play a significantly central role in an educator’s life in order to meet the needs of the whole child. A healthy teacher becomes a lifelong learner and leader. A whole teacher better models and supports a whole child and their family. NJ ...more »
With the new NGSS, elementary science is at a turning point. Our 21st Century learners must be educated in a way that best meets their immediate needs and prepares them for careers of the future ~ careers that may have yet to be named! My focus in on integrating technology into my fourth grade curriculum in a way that will strengthen my students math and science skills. The Maker Movement employs many engineering concepts ...more »
I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in ...more »
Research is clear that using medium- (week-by-week) and short-cycle (day-by-day) formative assessments to adapt and differentiate instruction has a significant impact on student achievement (Wiliam and Thompson, 2007; Shepard, 2007). The challenge for the classroom teacher is that consistently collecting, organizing and analyzing this amount of data becomes overwhelming. As an NBCT with a programming background and ...more »
We propose a shift. School improvement efforts across the country are focusing on teacher evaluation, new student standards, and improved student assessment systems. We agree that each of these taken together has the possibility to improve schools. Their potential impact, however, is diminished greatly in the absence of work to also support concentrated teacher learning. We propose a shift from primarily examining student ...more »
Let's elevate the role of NBCTs by creating professional learning teams in every state. NBCTs would work with state departments of education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations to design and deliver professional growth initiatives for teachers in their state. NBCT teams, called Engines of Change, would consult with counties, districts, and school sites to support professional learning in America's ...more »
Though recent years have seen tremendous progress toward collaboration and sharing ideas between teachers, whether with grade-level teams, content-alike teams, district or personal learning networks, teachers still struggle with how they can implement what they learn in their room with their students. When teachers are practicing something new, whether it's an instructional practice, behavior management technique, technology ...more »
I have been in charge of piloting five iPads in my resource room setting for the past three years. Due to the testing scores my students received, my principal bought 40 more iPads. I have spent numerous hours independently investigating ways to best use iPads at the elementary level to reach the top of Blooms Taxonomy. As my iPad use has expanded so have my views on how to use iPads as tools towards higher level thinking, ...more »
This workshop is designed and created to demonstrate how to use technology tools to promote learning that is purposeful and relevant. Teachers will learn how to utilize these tools in innovative ways in to engage all learners. This workshop is structured around the individual needs of the teachers and their student population.
Why not harness today's technology to help talented teachers improve their practice? We are interested in designing an online platform to support educators pursuing National Board certification. Any teacher, regardless of geographic location, could participate in valuable candidate support through online communities, in addition to existing in-person opportunities. We hope to increase the number of National Board Certified ...more »
Lead STEM teachers by doing their own experiments and posting themselves on YouTube during summer monthly PD sessions to experience first hand. Teachers overcome their experiment fear and do simple demonstrations with confidences. The videos may also be used as open ended videos on demonstration steps. Confidence is the number one priority for STEM teachers do hands on experiments inquiry demonstrations along with time ...more »
Teachers will learn how to use technology with students to encourage self reflection. Students will use iPad apps for learning reflection. They will create presentations around metacognition. They will blog weekly around learning goals and successes. They will consider how their challenges helped them grow.