The Engaged Connector

Great Resources & Info for Family Engagement Coordinators

Bologna and Cheese

As I type, the snow is coming down and my daughter is making me a grilled bologna and cheese sandwich. For whatever reason, to me, snow means childhood comforts and with weather like this, writing is also one of those things I feel compelled to do.

It's been a busy month on my end of the world. Learning new tools, taking on new functions and "living the learning curve."
But today I wanted to get this EC out to you with some great resources that I've been saving for you. Please DO take the time to check them out.
Be well,
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Take Time Out of Your Work Day feed your professional soul.

The last team I worked with at K12 had a great rule of thumb.
Take 30 minutes out of your day and read... read professional material that can keep you learning, discovering and asking questions.

I enjoy those 30 minutes a great deal. I find things to share, ideas to explore, tools that help and goodies to inspire. Sometimes I read online and sometimes I read real (or Kindle) books.

On my desk right now you'll find:
  • 101 Ways to Create Real Family Engagement (Constantino)
  • A Cord of Three Strands (Hong)
  • Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences (Duarte)
  • Preparing Educators to Engage Families (Weiss)
  • Driven by Data (Bambrick-Santoyo)

And on my Kindle:
  • Victimproof (Thelen)
  • Reading in the WIld (Miller)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (Kahneman)
  • Play (Brown)
  • David and Goliath (Gladwell)
  • (among so many others)

I challenge you to read.
.. online...offline... on Kindle... and feed your professional self.
Share what you're reading with others. Whether it's a quote, an idea, something you agree with or vehemently disagree with; talk about it. Share it. Don't keep learning to yourself. 30 minutes.
So, what ARE you reading? (Click the link. 2 minutes tops!)

If You Create Presentations, You Need to See This.

I think you'd agree with me that TED talks are some of the most engaging things out there today, and their in-house experts put together a great Blog entry with their best tips for creating presentations. When the experts speak, we should listen. Check it out.
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Share Your Strategies HERE!

I've Got a Strategy to Share!

Have you found something valuable? Have a strategy that makes your life easier or your product better? Please, share!

This Month's Professional Learning Community & National Professional Development

MANDATORY- February 9- PLC Topic: Retention and the FAST Model

Retention is really what FAST and Engagement is all about. If we do it right, we retain more. If we do it inconsistently, we retain fewer. This PLC will focus on what it takes to retain.

Please come prepared to share your strengths and places for growth with retention.

IMPORTANT: Registering for this in makes it easier to be sure you get credit for attending.

February 18- NPD on One Note for the Overwhelmed
Do you find yourself staring at your monitor because you just don’t know where to begin? Ever wonder if you really have free time or if you’ve forgotten everything you need to do? If so, please consider joining me as I share how I've gone from overwhelmed to organized with the help of One Note.
Participants attending this session will walk away with ideas using One Note as a 'one stop shop' for: program planning, time management, and sharing school wide resources.
IMPORTANT: Registering for this in makes it easier to be sure you get credit for attending.

Workshop to Share


Thursday, February 11, 2016

1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern | 10:00am-11:30am Pacific

"Inclusion, or the lack thereof, continues to permeate the national conversation in education. The vision of inclusion has not been achieved, particularly for students of color. We kick off our spring webinar series, “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” with Dr. Frances Stetson, who challenges the notion that inclusion is for every learner. In this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Stetson will discuss the big questions such as: What can we do to reduce instances of inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services? How can we learn to use a cultural lens to examine our current attitudes and practices for our at-risk students? What new approaches will open doors for them to succeed? As always, there is no charge for PresenceLearning webinars. All attendees will receive a professional development certificate of attendance. Registrants with a valid ASHA ID membership are eligible for CE credits. School psychologists will receive National Association of School Psychologists continuing professional development (CPD) credits. NASP credit awards are contingent upon a passing quiz score and completed feedback survey."

Check out this Seminar HERE

Tool(s) to Share

5 Things You Can Do with Google Sheets

And the article begins: "Spreadsheets can be intimidating to a lot of teachers and students. I have to admit that at one time working with spreadsheets was a daunting task for me too. Fortunately, Google Sheets has made it much easier for the average computer user to work with spreadsheets. Once you get the hang of working with Google Sheets there are a lot of great ways to use spreadsheets as a teacher or as a student. Here's a run-down of some of my favorite things to do with Google Sheets in the classroom."
TED Talk of the Week

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How you present yourself matters.

Thanks for Reading!

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