From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

August 30, 2017

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet J. Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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Canva is a simple drag and drop image graphic design platform that allows students to create beautiful info-graphics, magazine covers, post cards, facebook headers, book covers, etc. It has built in designs for text, and even has a design school for students to learn how to create better graphics.

Visit Canva for Education to get how-tos, lesson plans, and teacher-oriented advice. Or check this blog for 13 Ways to Use Canva in the Classroom.

A Simple Video Guide to Canva
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Shifting the Lift in Math - Who Is Doing the Work?

Achieve the Core

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:00 pm EDT

Mitigating the Impact of a Disaster in Early Childhood Education

edWeb - Dr. Cathy Grace

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2:00 pm EDT

Text, Twitter, Email. Call - What do Parents Say About School Communications?

edWeb - Dr. Julie Evans

Monday, Sept. 11, 3:00 pm EDT

Visible Learning MIndframes: A Deeper Dive

Corwin: Kristin Anderson

Monday, Sept. 11. 6:30 pm EDT

School Culture Rewired: Proven Strategies From an Expert

edWeb - Steve Gruenert

Monday, Sept. 11, 4:00 pm EDT

Finally - A Guide to Parent Engagement That Works Every Time

edWeb - Sarah M Rich

Monday, Sept. 11, 5:00 pm EDT

Advocating for Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

edWeb - Brian Mowry

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:00 pm EDT

Engagement By Design: How to Create a Learning Environment Where Students Thrive

Corwin - Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Dominique Smith

Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 EDT

Everyday Strategies to Build a Sustainable Culture of Kindness

edWeb - Christa M. Tinari

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1:00 pm EDT

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FOR TEACHERS: Why Gentleness is a Strong Classroom Management Strategy

There is a common misconception that you must have a big presence to be an effective leader. It is certainly important that teachers have classroom presence but it isn’t born of overconfidence, forcefulness, or aggression. It’s born of gentleness. Learn why here.

FOR TEACHERS: 4 Approaches to Building Positive Community in Any Classroom

Building positive community starts with the first day of school and remains a priority throughout the school year. Here are four groups of ideas to help students feel welcomed and comfortable. They are not one-shot deals. Rather, they benefit from frequent (i.e. almost daily) repetition, particularly during the first six weeks of school, and then regularly thereafter as ongoing reminders.

FOR PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS: Top 25 Educational Toys for Preschoolers

Here are the top 25 picks of toys that one preschool teacher suggests should be in every preschool classroom. When choosing the toys for preschool classrooms remember that simple is best. Children learn better in an environment that is not cluttered with toys, but instead in a space that is clean, simple, and with room for their imaginations. This list includes toys for every area of learning.

WEBSITE FOR TEACHERS: TeachThought: Tips for Teachers

TeachThought is a great website for practical information and thought pieces. Their mission “is to grow teachers,” and this is reflected in the site’s content. TeachThought organizes its content into four main categories—Critical Thinking, Learning, Teaching, and The Future of Learning—which offer everything from theoretical think pieces to practical tasks for application

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FOR PARENTS: Teen Cell Phone Contract

What guidelines have you established for your teen in using his/her cell phone? Take a look at this Teen Cell Phone Contract to establish an understanding with you teen appropriate use of a cell phone.

FOR PARENTS: One Secret to Make Embarrassing Talks Easier for Kids

It’s no secret that many tweens and teens don’t talk to their parents about their struggles because of the shame and embarrassment they know they’ll feel. But that isolation and secrecy only keeps them in bondage to their addiction and sin, something all parents wish they could help their children understand. So how do we break down that barrier and help them find freedom? Take 3-5 to minutes to read the post and glean practical insight from a mom in the thick of it.

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FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Leadership Matters

Download this free report from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It outlines what research says about the importance of principal leadership and is a good reminder that great schools don’t exist without great leaders.
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Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.

Parenting and educating teenagers can be challenging. Teenage girls can take that challenge to a whole new level. In this book, "Lisa Damour discusses seven transition phases that girls experience as they progress from childhood to adulthood. The phases are relatively self-explanatory. They are 1) parting with childhood, 2) joining a new tribe, 3) harnessing emotions, 4) contending with adult authority, 5) planning for the future, 6) entering the romantic world, and 7) caring for herself. These phases aren't necessarily experienced at specific ages in one specific order, but Damour's outline of them does offer a general guide for how most girls mature.

Here is a link to a review of the book and a podcast where the participants discuss the book.
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Center for Christian Urban Educators

The Center for Christian Urban Educators seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators as they impact the lives of the children entrusted to their educational care.