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We frequently attend professional development workshops and events to keep our readers current on major educational issues and trends. Below are some of the entries.
Rutgers News // Research and Learning
I am currently reading a book by Gerald Bracey, Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered. In the book, Bracey humorously reviews some of the most egregious ways in which data can be manipulated to tell the story that the researcher or author wants to portray. He challenges the practitioners to ask authors to show their data. He uses the pun, SHOW ME THE DATA! In all honesty, this is something we should always do. We aren’t looking at making “widgets” more effectively, we are looking to help our children and country grow through education, which is a much higher calling. Therefore, we should have the highest standard of integrity in the decisions we make.
Summer Conference // Differentiating Instruction
Having gone through the past three days of conferences, there was a serious change from previous ASCD conferences I’ve attended. The presenters came together more in what they were presenting. Each discussed the importance of a ‘guaranteed and viable curriculum’, essential questions, teaching for understanding, and the changes coming due to the Common Core. The conference was worth the 2000 mile journey as the presenters were exceptional.
If you are interested in books from ASCD, please visit the Professional Resources section. I have linked various ASCD books for purchase.
Summer Conference //
Mapping the Common Core
The first session attended was with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Alcock. They did not disappoint with an impressive array of 21st Century tools they used and modeled during the workshop. From using a dynamic chatroom to guide their instruction to the resources they provided, everyone was actively participating, posting feedback, and engaged. Of particular note was their thesaurus tool that evolved from mind mapping software. It was very dynamic and visual. I will never pick up a paper thesaurus again! Heidi would agree because she stated in the workshop, “anything made of paper is obsolete in schools!”
As for meeting the objective of the title of the workshop, they used concrete examples of how to use unit plans, the Common Core Standards, and curriculum mapping to design highly engaging lessons. The mapping software demonstrated was Atlas, but free samples were also shown.
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