APRIL 2017
WHEN ORDINARY IS EXTRAORDINARY; A PASSION FOR KINDNESS
Smartbrief brings us  winning blogger VA. Teacher Tamara Letter on teaching kindness in the classroom
 
 
 
 
TEACHING CTE… 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
AACTE authors  on their new book on becoming  a great CTE educator..and staying great!
Presented by iCEVonline
DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS FOR STUDENTS AND ASSESSMENT
Chris Besse, President of FRESH GRADE is my guest on how portfolios are changing education and assessment
Presented by EdCircuit
 
 
STEM IDEAS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Professor Billy Hix of Motlow College and The STEM Outreach Foundation returns
 , not only with great STEM ideas for teachers ,but also a look at teaching
 astronomy and the upcoming solar eclipse
THE ED TECH ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUMMIT , NEXT MONTH
SETDA, P21 and  ISTE have created this meeting to educate policymakers on Ed Tech. So important. Guests from all 3 organizations will join me and hopefully get you involved!!
 
 
 
THE NEWEST MARKET RESEARCH ON ED TECH
FutureSource’s Ben Davis reports on the latest finding in the US and UK
 regarding Ed tech usage for school administration and students.
Presented by MCH Strategic Data
 
“DRUMBEAT” IN SCHOOLS:
DISCOVERING AND BUILDING SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH MUSIC
Principal Beth Nave from Florida on how well its working in her school and 
Jessica Frederick, Drumbeat facilitator in Polk County Florida schools
 
 
DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING PRINCIPAL PIPELINES
with Jody Spiro of The Wallace Foundation and her guests,
 Prince George’s County Schools Associate Supt  Douglas Anthony and 
Professor Dr. Annette Campbell Anderson of Johns Hopkins
 
 
 
THE IMPACT OF…AND TEACHING ABOUT…FAKE NEWS
School Library “Mover and Shaker” Michele Luhtala of New Canaan,CT 
and a superstar talks about the role of the librarian…
and all educators in combating fake news and teaching news literacy.
 
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CELEBRATING SPECIAL EDUCATION
Dr. Bill Lane, an expert on working with parents and schools on IEP’s 
and Deerfield IL School District Superintendent Mike Lubelfeld  & his Special Guest
Parent Mrs. Patty O’Machel, Creator of  DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK 
 
 
ED TECH MEETINGS AND AWARDS WITH SIIA
SIIA’s Ed Tech Industry Network (ETIN) ha the May Ed Tech Policy Seminar,
 then  has an industry conference in July in San Francisco. Learn about the plans, 
The CODIE awards and the role of education thought leaders. 
Bridget Foster and Michael Jay guide us along
Presented by MCH Strategic Data
 
 
PARENTS AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS LEARNING

Learn about  Ed Leader 21’s “PROFILE OF A GRADUATE” process to energize communities of educators, students and parents around envisioning the essential competencies for success and provides tools and resources that support schools and districts in this process. The campaign’s goal is to have 1,000 schools and districts create and adopt a Profile of a Graduate by the end 2019.EdLeader21 has developed a free, online PoG Toolkit that helps education stakeholders define what student success looks like in their own school or district. 

LISTEN HERE

 
 
A SERIOUS LOOK AT CLINCIAL PRACTICE TEACHER PREPARATION
AACTE’S Dr Rodrick Lucero with, Monmouth U Dean John Henning, Ball State U Dean of Education John Jacobson and  Loyola Marymount’s Director of Clinical Practice Diane Fogarty.
Presented by EdCircuit.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
COLLEGE FOR EVERY STUDENT
Rick Dalton, CEO, & Leroy Nesbitt (a CEFS Program Director and former Howard U Law professor) of “College For Every Student” helping rural and 
low income students be College and Career ready
Presented by 7 MINDSETS
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING 
CULTIVATING EMPATHY FOR BETTER STUDENTS
 & BETTER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Dr. Michele Borba renowned educational author (her latest being “Unselfie“)returns.
Presented by Aperture Education
 
 
SCHOOL SAFETY IN MAKER SPACES, FAB LABS AND STEM LABS
We ain’t kidding. Save your district a lawsuit. Protect your students.
 The renowned National Maven of School Safety, Dr Ken Roy, 
Director of Environmental Health and  Safety in Glastonbury CT schools
FULL S.T.E.A.M AHEAD
 First time guest Dr. Leah Haines of  the “Two Bit Circus Foundation” on cultivating invention  and preparing children for the jobs of the future, whatever they will be.
 
SATURDAY APRIL 22nd IS EARTH DAY
THE ‘LIFE OF A CAN”  CURRICULUM PROGRAMS
 FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOVELIS
Novelis is the world leader in rolled aluminum products and recycling, 
and the largest global producer of automotive and beverage can sheet.
 Treat your students to this wonderful “Life of a Can” project in environmental education
 
 
HE IS THE ‘EDU-TAINER”…DR.DARRYL ADDAMS VISITS
One of my favorite folks, former nationaly recognized Superintendent of Coachella Valley in
 California, Dr. Adams shares his vision for  Effective 21st Century School/District Leadership in the Digital Age
 
 A CONTINUING SERIES FOR PARENTS NATIONWIDE 
GET TO KNOW A SCHOOL DISTRICT
April  19 at Noon ET or anytime after:
A look at Leyden High SchoolDistrict in IL with Superintendent  Nick Polyak & guests
So parents and community understand what’s going on in other districts around the country…
so they learn what educators outside their district are doing to improve their own.
 
“EDUCATION IN AMERICA”
GET TO KNOW A SCHOOL DISTRICT
So parents and community understand what’s going on in other districts around the country…
so they learn what educators outside their district are doing to improve their own.
April  13 at Noon ET or anytime after:
A look at Fall Creek WI with Superintendent Joe Sanfelippo & guests
 
 
Friday April 14 9aET or anytime after:
‘ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS OF EDUCATORS
Many parents , particularly those from different cultures or high poverty areas feel uncomfortable when meeting with their children’s educators. We have guests from “rightquestion.org” to help them understand how to deal with the situations.
 
 
 
 
SIIA’s ETIN  with an update on FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICY
Brendan Desetti, Director of  Education Policy  at SIIA joins yours truly. 
This should be lively considering the state of The Feds these days.
Presented by MCH STRATEGIC DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEACHERS WORKING TO IMPROVE TEACHER ED &
 FILL THE TEACHER PIPELINE
Hope Street Group presents teacher fellows, Utah educator Meghan Everette 
and  California’s Lauren Stuart on their mighty efforts engaging with stakeholders
Presented by 
 
 
 
INNOVATOR GRANTS, STUDENT SCHOLARSHPS AND REASEARCH FROM
Foundation grant winner Peter  Srervideo Distance Learning Co-ordinator at
 Saint Dominic Academy , John Watson of the Evergreen Education Group
 and Foundation director Amy Valentine
 
PARTNERING FOR PERSONALIZED LEARNING
Elisabeth Stock, CEO of the organization “Power My Learning” 
on their innovative programs.
 
 
 
 NCTE ADVOCACY DAY IS APRIL 27
&
Oklahoma State University Professor Shelbie Wittee and
 Antero Garcia, Stanford U Professor, on their work and NCTE’s work in advocacy
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SKILLS
Smartbrief winning educator/blogger  Todd Clinton : his post on TWEET TUESDAY AND THE TWEET BOX
and thoughts on his work in his school’s TRAC’s Program
 
 
 
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION & FFA
Student Service activities are well supported and well funded by FFA. 
“Living to Serve” Senior  Team Leader Michele Sullivan is my guest.
Presented by iCEVOnline
THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL EDUCATION CUTS
From NASSP ‘s Advocacy Team,  Amanda Karhuse and  Zachary Scott, focusing on Title II
 
 
 
 
EDUCATION IN AMERICA
 
 
A VISIT WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION
Frank Edelblut was named to his position in February. He is a businessman and former NH House member who brings a business eye to education. Strong on competency based education and 21st Century workforce skills, it will be a very interesting excellent interview
Presented by iCEV
THE AASA NATIONAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR 
We welcome with congratulations  Matthew Utterback of Clackamas OR to speak about EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS. Joining Matt will be AASA’s Bryan Joffe,Project Director, Children’s programs
Presented by KNOWLEDGEWORKS
 ​CREATING AND BUILDING YOUR SCHOOL’S BRAND​
PR with Panache  Editorial Director Chris Piehler
 is joined by  Brianna Hodges, Director of Digital Learning at Stephenville TX ISD.
 This topic came up during a show last week with DC Public Schools as a real challenge.
Anxious to hear Brianna’s thoughts.
 
 
MEASURING SUCCESS IN DIGITAL TRANSITION
North Carolina’s Asheboro City schools have a team join Mark Edwards and I:
Supt Terry Worrell, Principal Julie Brady , Teacher Laura King 
Presented by Discovery Education
 
 
 
 
MAKING TIME A VARIABLE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Former Principal of the Year and now NASSP President Jayne Ellspermann 
explains how  use time in school to power learning
 
 
 
 
 
GIFTED EDUCATION:
 AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW FILM “GIFTED”  
Director Marc Webb will be joined by NAGC Executive Director Rene Islas 
to discuss the learning needs of gifted children and the struggles they encounter . 
The film stars Octavia Spencer, Chris Evans and Jenny Slate and opens in late April
 
 
USING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO EXTEND 
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING INTO THE COMMUNITY

7 Mindsets provides Social and emotional learning that empowering mindset-based programs that are proven to transform lives: This show features:

Dawn Huffman is the Assistant Principal at Cactus Middle School in Casa Grande, Arizona. She’s been the AP there for 5 years, where she coordinates the 7 Mindsets program in her school. Last year Dawn attended her first 7 Mindsets Universityand afterwards returned to Casa Grande with some very big ideas for how to take the Mindsets deeper into her school and community framework for social emotional learning

 and

 Jennifer Murietta, the Principal at Casa Grande Middle School, just down the street! Last year Principal Murietta was recognized as the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Distinguished Administrator for the Middle Level Division, in addition to numerous other awards and honors in recent years. Also a 7 Mindsets leader in her community, this year Jennifer will be a speaker at 7 Mindsets University in San Antonio July 11-12th.
 
 
 
 ITS SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH
We’ve got the top officers of AASL and Suzanne Dix ,an Upper School Librarian in OH,
 who is the  Chair of The School Library Month Committee
 
 
 
 
Authors Marceta Riley and Simon T. Bailey on their new book for school and districts leaders
 
 
 
FINDING GRANT FUNDING
with the founder of  Greater Good Consultants, Ashley Pereira, 
working to fund the work of educators and non profits globally
 
 
 
Edweb.net presents 
BALANCED LITERACY K-5
Lisa Schmucki and her guest Tina Posner of Abrams Learning Trends 
 
LISTEN HERE
 
 
 
 
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