Educator Alexander's Newsletter

April NEWS


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Here are some things that you should know! Click on the pictures or words to find out more information about these new things that have been announced.

APPLY to Present at ISTE's CCL by April 16

APPLY HERE TO PRESENT ISTE's 2021 Virtual Creative Constructor Lab


Have you heard about the 2021 Boomwriter Writing Bee?

It is the biggest writing bee in the world, and it is FREE for grade 3-8 classrooms!

This year’s featured authors are Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Jerry Kraft (New Kid)! We are expecting over 10,000 students to participate.

Teachers can sign up their classroom by April 30th:

Teaching Tolerance is now Learning for Justice

If you are looking for resources to learn from and use in the classroom, check out Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance).

Apply to Present at C.Re.A.T.E to Empower by April 15

Culturally responsive teaching in the 21st century requires educators, schools, and communities to come together to create transformative experiences that empower students and provide the knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and critical caring that they deserve.

July 8th, 2021, 9am-2pm CST

Virtual conference

Find More Information Here

Help Spread the Magic of Storytelling

The books Disney donates are distributed by First Book to educators in schools and programs exclusively serving children from low-income families around the United States.

More Information

Register for Free Books

Applications for 4.0’s Essentials and New Normal Fellowships DUE April 23, 2021!

Got an idea to make education better, but don’t know where to start? 4.0 is accepting applications for their Essentials Fellowship through April 23. The Fellowship invests coaching, curriculum, community and cash in people with the imagination to envision more equitable ways to learn and the desire to test those ideas at the earliest stage (without the fear of failure). Ideas can be anything from a school, product, service, program or edtech tool. Learn more at or register for a virtual recruitment event at

#StopAsianHate: Pear Deck Teaching Resources for Anti-Racism

Find resources about racial justice to use in the classroom from PearDeck Here.

EdChange Global is BACK!

The ORIGINAL 24-Hour, Global conference is back on July 23-24, 2021 from 12noon to 12noon central time.

Register for free, apply to present or apply to sponsor to promote yourself at

The New Directions in Education Conference

The New Directions in Education Conference is 100% online this year, with sessions to build your teaching and tech skills, as well as panels and speakers exploring the concepts of Equity of ‘What’s next in education?’

What have we learned from doing school during the pandemic, and what needs to change now?

Register and Information at

Group rates and PD Hours available.

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Hosted by Louisiana Educators of Color Collective (LECC)

Calling all current educational leaders and educators who wish to become educational leaders!

Here is a day just for you! Five outstanding sessions focused on relevant and current leadership issues in education. Come to one or come to all! Either way, you must register to attend.

Leadership Academy is hosted by A+PEL’s Louisiana Educators of Color Collective (LECC).


Date: June 7, 2021

Price: Free but you must complete this registration to attend

Time: 9am-3:30pm


A+PEL's Summer Conference is Back...Virtual and Free

This year Camp A+PEL is going virtual! Make memories and create connections with other educators around the state while you attend live, virtual professional developments, play virtual camp games, and win REAL prizes! Best of all, it's FREE! We can't wait to see you around the virtual campfire this year at Camp A+PEL!

June 8 (evening), June 9th and June 10th (half day)

Direct registration link:

Presenter application direct link:

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Creating with Littles with Debbie Tannenbaum
Trauma Informed Care for Educators with Tanya Chapman Griffin
DRIVE Faster with Katharine Applebee
Fostering Connectedness and SEL with Rachelle Dene Poth
Online Personalized Learning with Microsoft Immersive Reader with Jim Ekrut

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Windows Panel Missing (My Pictures, My Music, My Videos, etc.) Solution

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension helps you create quick QR Codes!

Click on picture below for more information.

💻 📱 Tech Certification of the Month

Click on the image to find out how to get certified with the featured tech certification of the month.


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Office 365 You Can in :90 Video Series

Have questions about how to use Office 365 Education in the classroom?

You Can in :90 video series is here to help!

Educators Can Get Office 365 for FREE

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. It’s not a trial – so get started today. -- Microsoft Website

Sign up here!

Flipgrid Newest Newsletter with Updates

Click Here to find the newest information on Microsoft's Flipgrid!

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

💡See Me Here

Here are all of the in-person trainings that are upcoming! Also, come see me at some of the following events.

Click on the pictures below for more information and to register and find more information such as dates, times, room numbers and links to register HERE.


Follow the directions for each Freebie!
A Bunch of Freebies from Companies for COVID19

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences globally.

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is a 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2015 Campus Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District and 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

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