Administrators face similar challenges related to demands on their time and isolated work environments just as teachers do—and they have just as much (or maybe more) need for collaboration in order to share ideas and tackle important problems related to student outcomes, whether online or in person. So, why should administrators focus on being “connected educators” and prioritize collaboration with peers?
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At Edmentum, we’ve recently started offering educators the option to pilot our programs as part of our commitment to be a true partner. Basically, pilots offer schools and districts the chance to fully implement our Courseware, Study Island, or Exact Path online programs for up to an entire school year at no charge outside of the cost of training sessions.
SAMR is a professional development model, created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, that provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption. When used in teacher professional development sessions, you can help your teachers overcome some hurdles they may have in technology implementation, as well as learn some new strategies along the way.
Research has shown that when it comes to education, seat time equates to success. These results are causing many schools and districts to reevaluate their approaches to discipline, particularly any forms that remove the student from the classroom for an extended period of time. While there are certain behaviors that will always merit such a response, there are ways of instructing a child on appropriate school behaviors while minimizing disruption to the student’s educational programming.