Learning Gets Personal

May 4, 2016

Empowering Student Voice... What does that mean?

As I work with school teams to help them develop their instructional models, I get a lot of questions about how they can help to encourage opportunities for student voice. It seems that many people just aren't clear about what that looks like. If you're feeling cloudy on this issue you're not alone. Recently, I came across this infographic about the continuum of voice by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey. As you can see, there are many ways that we can help students to develop their voice and develop ownership of their learning. You can read more about the Continuum of Voice and what it means for learners here.
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KSU ITeach Spotlight Mimosa
On February 24, 2016, students around the globe participated in World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). This annual event strives to call global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Ms. Callie Harcrow is a fourth grade teacher at Mimosa Elementary in Fulton County. She and her students participated in this event in a truly unique way. By using Microsoft's video-conferencing software, Skype, they were able to participate in a Mystery Skype with another classroom celebrating WRAD. Click here to read more...

Education Elements Survey closes Friday... please respond.

Education Elements is conducting a survey of school and district leaders we’ve worked with over the past year to implement personalized learning. We’d like to ask you to take 10 minutes of your time by Friday to fill out the survey here. This survey will help us to better understand how personalized learning impacts students, teachers, and district leaders and gauge how effectively we support schools and districts in their personalized learning transformation. We value your feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Your responses are confidential, and we will only share the results of this survey in aggregate.

Update: 2016-2017 Device Permission Slips

The device permission slips for 2016-2017 are being revised. School principals will receive the updated version by July 15th. Please do not send out device permission forms to parents before that date.

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

VanCon is Coming May 31, 2016!

The Vanguard team would like to invite all principals to attend VanCon 2016 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday, May 31. Please click here for more information and to register for this FREE event. Spaces are limited, so please register as soon as possible if you're interested in attending.

In addition to our incredible Vanguard presenters, we will feature Steve Dembo from Discovery Education, Leslie Fisher, and Tony Vincent.

Please contact Heather Cox (heather@ksuiteach.org) with any questions.

Evaluating Effective Technology Use

Wednesday, June 1st, 8:30am

Georgia Tech Hotel

PD Opportunity for All Principals, Coaches, and CSTs (anyone responsible for evaluating or coaching teachers)


Fulton has made a significant investment in technology to support personalized learning. Come learn more about how you can maximize the potential of this technology to transform learning. Technology use exists on a continuum. Naturally, when we first use a tool we tend to use it as a substitute for more conventional paper and pencil tasks, but the potential of technology goes far beyond substitution measures. This interactive session will provide you with strategies and a framework (Technology Integration Matrix) to follow for defining and evaluating effective technology use. Students in Fulton County currently have greater access to technology than ever before. See the possibilities of how teachers/students can use that technology in unconventional ways to transform learning activities.


June 1 (2 Sessions)

  • 8:30-11:30 (buffet lunch will be available after the session)
  • 12:30-3:30 (come early to enjoy lunch

If interested, please complete this form to register.

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