Missed #BLC14? The Complete Guide to Catching Up

Missed #BLC14? The Complete Guide to Catching Up

Building Learning Communities is a fantastic conference put on by November Learning in Boston every year. It is truly a place where educators come to connect, share bright ideas, and move the needle in educational technology. This year, sessions ranged from Free and Open Source Curriculum to Digital Storytelling to Vlogging, Makerspaces, PLNs, and much, much more.

If you didn’t make it, be sure…

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Assessing 21st Century Skills

Assessing 21st Century Skills

Contributed by Laura Greenstein21st century skills

As you read the following statements, think about whether you agree or disagree.

  1. Education is not the same as it used to be.
  2. Children are growing up in a world that is different from the past.

If you agree, as many educators do, then why are we still measuring students with tests that originated in style and purpose during the Han Dynasty?

It is easy to cheat on…

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Moving From Speaking to Writing with ELLs

Moving From Speaking to Writing with ELLs

ELLsThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS) movement requires teachers to shift their instructional practices in several significant ways, which in turn necessitates practice and intentionality. Some of these key shifts include embedding language development across the curriculum; an increase in oral language and multiple opportunities for speaking and listening; and an emphasis on collaboration,…

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Fortunate Children

Contributed by Bob Sornson

Fortunate children start out with loving connections at home that give them a sense of safety and trust in people and in the world. Without a basic sense of security, children are much less likely to develop self-regulation skills, and to learn to be calm on the inside while dealing with life’s challenges.

With self-regulationcomes the ability to become calm enough to…

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Are You a Resilient Educator?

Are You a Resilient Educator?

Contributed by Bob Sornson

Are you a resilient educator? If being a teacher or administrator is part of your path in life, I hope you have the resilience and grit it takes to be a great one. Here are the five characteristics of men and women with resilience.

Resilient adults  know that we have the capacity to build a better world.

Resilient adults know that we have the capacity to build a better world.

Realistic thinking. Resilient adults understand that good outcomes…

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The Climate Science Students Bill of Rights

The Climate Science Students Bill of Rights

Contributed by Mark McCaffrey
Originally published on NCSE.com

Thinkstock_86489800We at the Science League of America and our host institution, the National Center for Science Education, are proud to be among the founders of the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights, which states that:


1. Receive the highest quality science education as determined by educators,…

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How are student voice and student aspirations connected?

How are student voice and student aspirations connected?

“When we start to connect [students’] efforts in school to their dreams, they excel and they achieve that academic, personal, and social success that we want all our students to have.”

—Michael J. Corso

Student Voice

To learn more about how students’ aspirations can drive school reform and improve achievement, refer to Student Voice: The Instrument of Change(Corwin 2014). Learn more about the work of Dr.…

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