By leveraging social media, educational leaders can connect with experts across their communities and the world to expand their perspectives, build relationships, and create opportunities for student learning. Face-to-face networks provide leaders with opportunities to engage local peers in deeper conversations about the educational landscape. Understanding the social media landscape will also equip leaders to help professional staff as they integrate these powerful tools in their instruction. This course will provide the knowledge and skills required to become connected leaders by focusing on multiple social media platforms (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) and productive face-to-face networking opportunities (EdCamps, PLNs, etc.) to help them leverage the power of social networks for professional learning and community engagement.
With remote learning, educators, administrators, and learners are attempting to navigate a new, shifting educational landscape. EVERFI provides digital resources to schools covering topics like social-emotional learning, financial literacy, career exploration and more. The resources are student-driven, standards-aligned and something that will create time for teachers and provide them with a plan for remote learning. The resources, training and ongoing support are FREE due to state and national sponsors.
During this webinar, you will learn about EVERFI’s resources, see the qualitative and quantitative impact the programs had on the 100k+ students in Illinois that used EVERFI’s resources in 19-20, and learn how administrators and educators can use the resources to prepare for next school year. To learn more visit everfi.com/k-12
Holly Pantle is the incoming Technology Director for the Charleston (IL) school district. During much of her career, Holly spent time supporting students, teachers, and administrators as a Library Information Specialist. In this episode, Holly discusses the changing role of the Library Information Specialist, how she has supported students and teachers during remote learning, and some of the challenges she plans to tackle in her new role.
Contact Holly via email.
Author, brain research expert, consultant, trainer, and teacher LaVonna Roth shares her thoughts on culture and climate in our schools. LaVonna also shares some hands-on minds-on ideas to use during remote learning activities. Learn how LaVonna’s ideas can help educators stretch their comfort zones and recognize the value that each of us can bring to the world.
Contact LaVonna Roth
Twitter Handle: @igniteyourSHINE @LaVonnaRoth
Mike Lubelfeld discusses his district’s transition from in-person learning to e-learning and then to remote learning. In this candid interview, Mike talks about the things that went well, the things they could have done better, and the phenomenal work that his staff is doing to support learners wherever they are.
Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott was part of the team that created the Illinois Remote Learning Recommendations. In this special episode, Jodi returns to our show to discuss the differences between Illinois’ current Remote Learning Recommendations and the earlier legislation. Listen as Jodi provides critical clarifications and insights. /p>
When I first became an administrator, I was overrun with new experiences and challenges each day. Everything was new, and I had just not lived through enough past experiences to assist myself with basing future decisions. This was a challenge, but as time went on, and about ten years of administrative experience passed by, I had reached a point of comfort with the various issues that also arise at any other given district. In other words, nothing surprised anymore. I had lived through enough various human resource, financial, and professional development related issues, that although very challenging at times, were aspects of educational leadership that I had come to expect.
Unprecedented. This is a term with a definition that accounts for an extreme assessment of a situation. It has now become a term that has also lost some of its emphasis and impact because it is a term that has been used so much to describe the reality of our world and education system right now. This is a truly unprecedented situation.
The best educational leaders, and the ones I look up to and try to learn from the most, are the ones that take on any situation with confidence and a plan. Confidence and a plan are the most important thing a leader can offer right now. This does not mean you need to predict the future, or hide that you are also scared. Rather, confidence and a plan show that you are willing to lead in a crisis because you understand that you are far from perfect yet know also that you must help others.
In light of our current situation, virtually all school districts in our nation are navigating to online learning for students. While it is inspiring to see educators embrace this, despite their different levels of readiness and varying degrees of preparedness, it has also put a spotlight on an issue that we as a collective educational society need to address. The discrepancy between technology and internet access for students equates to nothing less than unequal access to educational opportunities. In places where school buildings are closed, as in Illinois, there is not a single teacher that does not miss and want to help their students. The difference for so many students on whether learning is occurring, or the quality of engagement and instruction, is not based upon desire, but a lack of access.
Technological resources and internet access needs to be ubiquitous for all, and this need has come to the forefront right now. If all schools are being tasked to prepare students for 21st century skills, then 21st century access for all is a must. I am not going to pretend that I have the universal answer and solution on how to make this happen, but I do know this: the first step to solving any problem is identifying that the problem exists.
I have seen firsthand lately that being a leader has nothing to do with a title. Being a leader has everything to do with action. I am witnessing kitchen workers, bus drivers, and educators working tirelessly to positively impact students in the face of severe challenges. These are the true leaders in a crisis, and they deserve our recognition. Leadership is about actually doing something. Based upon this realization, I would now task our society to lead through action, as well. We need to ensure no student lacks access to learning due to a lack of resources. We need to do better, and the unequal technological state of our education system right now proves it.
Who do you call when you have news to share? Your parents? Spouse? Friends? Often, when something ‘big’ happens we have a core group to turn to for support.
This is incredibly important during these uncertain times with the COVID-19 outbreak. While we no doubt are talking to those close to us (probably more than we should be) there are times when we need to talk to others who understand us in a different context.
Educators around the world have been catapulted into online learning. Some are prepared and welcoming the opportunity while others are going in kicking and screaming. Although I am no longer school-based I am in the “thick of things” just like educators- only in my role, I’m supporting multiple counties, districts, and coaches. Who do I turn to for support?
The following is a list of groups I’ve leaned on during these chaotic times. All are free and welcoming of new arrivals. Perhaps they will work for you too.
- Online Learning Collective: A Facebook group of higher education professionals sharing and planning together.
- The Ultimate E-Learning Support Group: A Facebook group of e-learning educators that support each other.
- Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning: A Facebook group started as a group for international educators who were quarantined and has evolved into a much larger group of stakeholders that are affected by Coronavirus.
- Twitter: Connect with educators around the world who are tackling similar problems.
- The Daily Connect with Lucy Gray: Educators from around the world have the opportunity to jump on a Zoom call daily to connect and share information.
- LTC “Office Hours”: The Learning Technology Center is holding open Zoom meetings daily as an opportunity for educators to connect and share.
- “Women Leader Exchange”: A colleague started a “chain mail” opportunity in which we have the chance to send an uplifting quote or email to a female colleague we admire. I was grateful to be added to the list.
How are you connecting with supports to get through COVID-19? Let me know on Twitter so we can support each other.
Ben Sondgeroth, a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC, joins the Learning through Leading hosts at a critical time in Illinois’ history to speak about leveraging video in online learning. He shares tips for teachers and administrators on how to find your tool, find your content, have fun, be visible. Ben also discusses the importance of educator self-care during these times of change.
Some of the tools Ben mentions:
You may also want to check out the webinar that Ben recently conducted for Nick’s teachers on these and other topics to help them prepare for e-learning. View the webinar on demand.
Janelle McLaughlin discusses the importance of student-driven learning on this week’s episode. Janelle is a consultant and instructional coach who works with schools supporting student choice and voice. Janelle also shares her views on professional learning, technology integration, and the role of the coach in schools.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Technology Integration Progression (TIP) Chart, from Henrico County (VA) Public Schools