Common Core. Who’s In? What Your District Needs to Know.

Common Core

Even as 36 states and four million students participate in Common Core field tests, three states drop out of the initiative, and a dozen more are considering legislation that would change or reject the “Core”.

Learn who’s in and who’s out. See how PISA is leaning behind the “Core” as the U.S. finishes no higher than 24th in worldwide student rankings.

And, whether your state participates in the Common Core, or develops it’s own standards, learn what your district needs to be in the game.

Free Online Professional Development

Budgets are tight for most if not all K12 School Districts these days. Quite often professional learning programs are moved down the priority list for more immediate needs. Are you looking for some quality and affordable professional development for yourself, your school or your district? The K12 Online Conference might be a good (and free) option to fit your needs.

The K12 Online Conference has been providing online learning opportunities for educators since 2006. In fact, you can view and learn from all the content dating back to that first year.  Check out the 2013 conference page to find videos, materials and resources to further your professional learning and growth this school year. The “official” 2013 conference ended on November 1st but all materials and videos will be available anytime and anywhere with an Internet connection.

We also mentioned this conference last year. You can read last year’s post here.

Attend a Flipped Learning Workshop

Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom but aren’t sure where to start? The Flipped Learning Network and Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology (PAECT) are offering 2 one-day workshops this fall. The workshops are being held on October 26th in Radnor, PA and November 16th in Pittsburgh, PA. Both workshops will be facilitated by Aaron Sams.

The cost to attend the one-day workshop is $135 for PAECT members and $170 for non-members (includes 1 year membership to PAECT). Group rates are available.

From the Flipped Learning website:

“One-day workshops are highly-participatory; not the traditional “sit & get” event, come ready to dive into the discussions, help create the agenda, and share your success stories and lessons learned. Prior experience in flipping your class is NOT required, but a willingness to be open to increased job satisfaction, increased student learning, and some classroom chaos is mandatory! Bring your wireless device.”

Learn More and Register

Transformation Truths: Technology Requirements of the Common Core

Don’t let tech woes affect how success of Common Core goes. Is your district ready?
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t just suggest that technology be used to engage students, they require it. And, unless your district is located in AK, NE, TX or VA you’re looking down the barrel of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation in the next two school years.

Look here for a one-page “primer” of Common Core resources, with a special emphasis on technology needs. This “Transformation Truth” attempts to give a glimpse of how other districts are wrestling with readiness for the Common Core. See proprietary research from national surveys, some concise reading resources, and the bottom line on what you should do now to get ready.

Click here to see a Cliff Notes-like primer on Common Core State Standards.

Transformation Truths: Paper to Digital Books in 5 Years

The U.S. Department of Education expects all books converted from paper to digital by 2017. Is Your District Ready?

Percentage of districts delivering over one-half of lessons digitally

Click below for a one-page “primer” on increasing your district’s digital textbook use. This “Transformation Truth” attempts to give a glimpse of how other districts are wrestling with the U.S. Dept. of Education push to digital learning. See proprietary research from a national survey of 146 school leaders, some concise reading resources, and the bottom line on what you should do now to get ready.

Click here to see a Cliff Notes-like primer on conversion to digital books.