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Leading With Intention: 8 Areas for Reflection and Planning in Your PLC at Work covers how to enhance professional learning communities and the importance of focusing on student success and creating an equitable learning environment.

EDUCATION ALLIES—CSU-Global’s headquarters will be built by Aurora Public Schools on district-owned land outside of Denver. CSU-Global President Becky Takeda-Tinker (third from right) and Superintendent Rico Munn (second from right) call the partnership one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Colorado State University-Global Campus partnered with Aurora Public Schools to build a headquarters for the fully online university on district land. The university will leverage lease payments to make college possible for more Denver-area students.

CLEANING UP ATTENDANCE—Thanks to commercial partner programs, such as Care Counts, at-risk students can wash their clothes and are less likely to miss school.

Districts have been installing laundry facilities at schools in low-income neighborhoods, since many at-risk students from these areas often do not have regular access to clean clothes, and as a result, skip school.

The Teaching with Dungeons & Dragons website offers ELA-oriented lessons that teachers can use to make the fantasy game a part of instruction.

A group of educators has revived the nondigital adventure game as a fun way to teach students decision-making and critical-thinking skills, while they work collaboratively and creatively. 

The Project Tomorrow report, “A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying,” found that students believe their parents are doing a good job addressing cyberbullying, but teachers and others could improve.

The Project Tomorrow report, “A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying,” found that students believe their parents are doing a good job addressing cyberbullying, but teachers and others could improve.

Increased student attempts to hack into the Kahoot game-based learning platform have led the company to be more proactive in preventing the disruptions.

PD OPPORTUNITIES—Educators improve their competency on digital citizenship, active learning and other subjects linked to ISTE’s educator standards.

Through new partnerships, the International Society for Technology in Education will increase its in-person and online training certification program for teachers.

How can mathematics educators benefit from professional learning?

It’s helpful for teachers to develop a shared image of what instruction looks like in mathematics. Classroom videos are really helpful; when teachers are preparing to teach a module, they are making sense of the standards for that module, they’re looking at the learning arc for that module, they’re seeing how concepts are linked to procedures within that module.

From top to bottom: Danielle Bleecher, Education Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company; Doreen Bergman, Program Coordinator, School Library System, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES (N.Y.); Jeff Craig, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Cortland Enlarged City School District (N.Y.)

The most effective district PD initiatives are characterized by four distinct attributes: They are personalized, job-embedded, tied to evaluations, and ongoing and sustainable. These qualities will ensure PD efforts are successful.

In this web seminar, presenters discussed these four pillars and how to ensure a district’s PD aligns with them. Two New York school administrators described how they are incorporating PD content from leading publishers to build equitable, effective and sustainable PD programs, and offered strategies and insights for doing the same in any district.

Following are resources and links for K12 civics education.

WE THE PEOPLE—Students in Washington state participate in simulated public hearings as part of the civics education curriculum.

Civics—a mainstay in public schools for generations, but widely sidelined in recent years—is making a comeback with bills at the federal and state levels pushing for mandatory classes.

Nongongoma Majova-Seane, principal of Stanton College Prep School, has boosted reading scores by combining instruction for students in grades 9 and 10, and then splitting them into AP or IB classes in their junior and senior years.

Nongongoma Majova-Seane has led Stanton College Preparatory School to rank in the top 10 percent of U.S. schools.

Michael Cohen is director of innovation at Yevisha University of Los Angeles Boys School in California

Michael Cohen, printmaking and design expert turned educator, says district leaders can use design thinking to address systemic issues such as high dropout rates and poor student engagement.

 Andrea Gabor is author of After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform (The New Press, 2018).

Andrea Gabor, author of After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform, discusses how corporate philanthropists have hurt, rather than helped, public education.

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