Watching a group of twenty educators from across the country and in all kinds of different classroom and administrative roles come together over the span of just two days is a cool experience. Before this group parted ways, we asked them to reflect on a question that we frequently think about within the Educator Network—Why connect? Here’s what they had to say.
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Read on to hear from Sarika Simpson, former social studies teacher and secondary-level principal who has recently been named Edmentum’s Services Program Manager, to learn more about what she’s doing to keep us honest on our #EducatorFirst commitment.
Get to Know Our PLC: Read These 10 Exclusive Articles from the Edmentum Educator Network on Education Topics That Matter
Check out these blog posts to see all of the learning that is taking place in our PLC—and yes, we realize these topics are a little bit all over the place, but isn’t that every educator’s day-to-day reality?
“Educational Game Day” at my school began with a vision to decrease student trepidation specific to standardized reading assessments, increase assessment reading self-confidence, increase celebrations for assessment reading achievements, and diminish the fear associated with test taking. To accomplish the goals, I envisioned students competing against me in various indoor and outdoor kinesthetic games.
There are four components to the Circle of Courage: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. Each of these areas provides important values, lessons, and concepts for students.
You never know when or from whom you will find inspiration. Staff members at Orleans Community Schools thought they were coming into another mandatory training session. They had no idea they would see familiar faces who they had spent years trying to inspire. They also did not realize these familiar faces would be the ones doing the inspiring. Read on to see how I achieved a surprising and inspiring staff session.
Making leadership a community-wide effort is key to building a positive school culture that supports every student. But, in order to successfully move toward this kind of leadership and professional development style, establishing a true culture of collaboration is one of the most important prerequisites.