EduPaths eNewsletter

December 2016

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As we approach the end of 2016...

Dear EduPaths Users,

We want to thank you for joining our site and for taking advantage of the professional opportunities provided in EduPaths. We really launched this resource to meet needs that administrators have been requesting for a number of years. Your participation in the courses and the feedback you've provided are helping us with future updates. Keep the feedback coming!

We hope that as you enter the holiday season, you take time to enjoy friends and family - those people in your lives who inspire and challenge you!

Have a wonderful break! We will see you in 2017!!

Very sincerely, The EduPaths Team

New Courses Published Since September & others in the pipeline

These courses will be waiting for you when you return from break...

Courses Published Since September -

  1. Student Goal Setting

  2. My First Personal Learning Network (PLN)

  3. Introduction to Minecraft

  4. Digital Math Skills

  5. Cyberbullying

  6. Organization and Assessment with Google Forms

  7. Student Self-Assessment

  8. Introduction to Sketchnotes

  9. Open Source and Amazing

  10. Using Desmos in the Math Class

  11. Vocabulary Strategies

  12. Putting the SAMR Model into Practice

  13. SAFARI Montage - Making the Most of Video Streaming and Custom Content

  14. Installing Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Structures in a School

  15. The Student Managed Classroom

  16. Become a PowerTeacher Pro

  17. MiSAYD Certificate and Credential Program

  18. CS First: Coding in the Classroom

  19. Practical Ideas for Incorporating Visuals into the Preschool Classroom

  20. Creating Comics with Google Apps

  21. Using Google Forms as a Formative Assessment Tool in the Math Classroom

  22. Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality Introduction

  23. Michigan’s Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for the Early Care and Education Workforce

  24. How Emotional Intelligence Affects Students and School Culture

  25. Developing Quality Classroom Discussions

  26. Learning Targets and Success Criteria for World Language Teachers

  27. Technology Integration and Higher Order Thinking in the Elementary

  28. SeeSaw: A Student-Driven Portfolio Tool

  29. Growing Up In the Digital Age

  30. Three Motivating Assessment Ideas

Courses in Development (published early January)

  1. Math Journaling to Stimulate Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

  2. An Interactive Math Workshop from Start to Finish

  3. Taking Oprah to the Next Level: Hosting an Online Book Club with Edmodo
  4. Forms, Limitations, and Improvements of Assessments
  5. Assessment in the Writing Workshop
  6. Analyzing School Initiatives for Impact

Our complete list of courses - those mentioned above and those yet to be developed - are included in this Google Doc.

A Brief Mention About Partnerships

EduPaths has partnerships with statewide organizations and is working with these groups to develop content that will serve several audiences. See highlights below of our current partnerships.

Michigan Department of Civil Rights & Cultural Proficiency
On November 1 & 2, MDE, the Office of Civil Rights and EduPaths teamed up to collaborate with social groups to create online training courses that will empower and equip educators to become proficient with each group. The groups that participated in the 2 day training for developing online content included Native Americans, Arab Americans, African Americans, Asian-Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, People with Disabilities, and Hispanic/Latinos. The training was productive. We await content from these groups.

Early Literacy Project
EduPaths is producing modules for Michigan Literacy Coaches. The modules tentatively schedule for development:
  • Early Literacy Module 1 - Overview of Essentials and Specialized Literacy Knowledge
  • Early Literacy Module 2 - Adult Learning and Building Relationships
  • Early Literacy Module 3 - Coaching Practices
  • Early Literacy Module 4 - Coaching Practices

Storyboarding and development for the first module is schedule for January with the rest of the modules being developed in February-May 2017.

Out-of-School Time/After School Parnership

Two courses are already published for After School / OST staff. These courses are:

Representatives from MDE are really pushing EduPaths as a platform for training for afterschool/OST staff. EduPaths has presented at the Afterschool Conference in November at MDE's request, and will be presenting the to Project Director Institute in January 2017. We are working with the David P. Weikert Center for Youth Program Quality (national organization) to develop courses around Family Engagement, due to be published in February/March 2017.

Early Childhood/Office of Great Start

A course for the standandards for early childhood professionals is published on EduPaths.

We are also working with the Office of Great Start at MDE on additional orientation trainings to be housed on EduPaths in Spring 2017.

LearningForward Michigan

LearningForward Michigan has partnered with EduPaths to develop courses around LearningForward's Professional Learning Standards that have been adopted by MDE. LearningForward MI is creating content that provides an overview of the standards, and then focuses on each of the standards in greater depth. There will be eight 60-minute courses associated with this series. We are in the preliminary stages of course development, and have some very good content. LearningForward will also be working through EduPaths to develop a short module that introduces Inquiry-Based Learning, and a Micro-Credentialing system.

Looking forward to the GIFT of 2017!

Be well! Be safe! ENJOY!!
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