Professional development no longer comes from the top down, educators Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters write in this blog post. They highlight how teachers can use social media to find resources and connect online, and share tips to help sift through the abundance of online professional-development opportunities.
Educators can take control of their professional development by leveraging professional learning networks as well as online resources, educator Monica Burns writes in this blog post. Burns suggests educators connect on Twitter, join a Twitter chat, watch a webinar, access video tutorials and start a Google Hangout to connect with fellow educators. "With so many great resources on the web, teachers are realizing that they can learn just as much (if not more!) from their personal learning network (PLN) as they can from traditional professional development (PD)," she writes.
Lawmakers in Rhode Island have introduced legislation that would prevent employers and schools from demanding social media information from students and employees. Under the proposal, educational institutions and employers could not penalize employees or students for refusing to provide social media or contact information, or refusing to divulge information about their personal social media accounts.
It is important to engage students prior to the reading of literary nonfiction required by the Common Core State Standards, writes Todd Finley, associate professor of English education at East Carolina University. Finley gives the example of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and suggests letting students see copies of the speech, explore interactive resources and perhaps watch a clip from the film "Lincoln" to boost interest.
Common Core State Standards for education were rolled out in Indiana's first-grade classrooms this year. Teachers in some elementary schools have been charged with explaining these changes to parents. One group of teachers shares information with parents in a weekly newsletter where they present the standards in parent-friendly language.