From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

September 12, 2017

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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TECH TALK - Nepris: Real World Delivered to the Classroom

Nepris, an online platform for students and teachers, connects classrooms with professionals to invite them in for video lectures and other real-world application lessons. It connects teachers and students with the right industry experts, virtually without having to spend much planning time or leaving the classroom while providing an effective way for companies to extend education outreach and create equity of access. Its a tool teachers can use to help students see real world connections to what they are learning in the classroom. Nepris is free for teachers, but some features are only available via a subscription .

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Fostering Civil Discourse - Part 1

Facing History

Tuesday, September 12, 3:00 PM EDT

Part 2 is scheduled for September 28

Student Engagement Tips and Strategies for K-12 Readers

Big Universe - Monica Burns

Wednesday, September 13, 2:00 PM EDT

Close Reading with Doug Fisher

edWeb - Doug Fisher

Wednesday, September 13, 3:00 PM EDT

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Facing History

Thursday, September 14, 3:00 PM EDT

Timesaving Strategies for Selecting Interventions for Struggling Readers

edWeb - Cindy Kanuch

Thursday, September 14, 3:00 PM EDT

Building Engaging Schools and Classrooms

edWeb - Dr. Tim Hudson

Monday, September 18, 3:00 PM EDT

Fractions as Numbers: Unifying Representations and Interpretations

edWeb - Drew Corley

Tuesday, September 19, 3:00 PM EDT

The High Impact Learning Experience: Great Classrooms by Design

edWeb - Kevin Baird

Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 PM EDT

Everyday Strategies to Build a Sustainable Culture of Kindness

edWeb - Christa M. Tinari

Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 PM EDT

Formative Assessment with Mathematical Models

edWeb - Dr. Julie McNamara

Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 PM EDT

Introducing Amplify Science for Grades K-5

Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science - Jacquey Barber

Tuesday, September 26, 2:00 PM EDT

Growth Mindset - Not Just for Kids: Why Educators’ Mindsets Matter and What They Can Do

edWeb - Brian Smith

Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 PM EDT

Introducing Amplify Science for grades 6-8

Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science - Jacquey Barber

Thursday, September 28, 2:00 PM EDT

Training Webinar for Listenwise


Thursday, September 28, 3:00 PM EDT

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FOR TEACHERS: Generating Effective Questions

Teachers ask an average of 400 questions a day, or 70,000 a year, according to The Guardian. While many of these questions are generated on the fly, asking effective questions by using questioning techniques (QTs) like those described in this article prompts deeper answers and engages students in a wide range of critical thinking tasks.

FOR TEACHERS: Building Trust with Parents

Here are a some great suggestions for how to make Back-to-School night a hit for you and your students’ parents.

FOR TEACHERS: 20 Whole Class Rewards That Are Not Food

Looking for class rewards that won’t break the bank and aren’t food based? Check out these 20 ideas from Catherine Reed, a classroom teacher in Kentucky who shares the favorites of her class.

K to HS TEACHERS - 2017 Global Read Aloud

It’s not too late to sign up your class for the 2017 Global Read Aloud which will run from October 2 - November 10. The premise is simple; from the list of 2017 selections you pick a book to read aloud to your students during the 6-week period and during that time you try to make as many global connections as possible. You determine how much time you would like to dedicate and how involved you and your students will be. Some teachers choose to connect with just one other class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past teachers have used Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, our wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and any other tools to make these connections. But you choose which tools you want to use. Twitter hashtags are used for each book selection as well as a Facebook group. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year. You can learn more from this FAQ sheet or visit the Global Read Aloud website. Teachers who have participated in the past share some of their ideas here. The selections are appropriate for students from Kindergarten to High School. This project is a great way to build students understanding of being global citizens.

FOR PARENTS: NY Times - Book Reviews

Here you can read brief reviews of the following five books on parenting: 1) The Myth of the A.D.H.D. Child by Thomas Armstrong 2) Gentle Discipline by Sarah Rockwell-Smith, 3) Ignore It by Catherine Perlman, 4) How Do I Explain This to My Kids by Sarah Swong and Diane Wachtell, and 5) The Grown-Ups Guide to Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp.

Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids - Podcast

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FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: 4 Ways Every Non-Profit Should be Using Landing Pages

As a nonprofit organization, you likely use email marketing to stay in touch with constituents and encourage them to stay involved with your cause. Landing pagescan support and boost those efforts by spurring visitors to take action. Because a landing page is such a versatile tool, it can be adapted and optimized to fit your goals. Here are four ways that landing pages can be used for social good.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: 200 Tips for Effective School Leaders

People love to read lists. Especially lists of “tips” that can help an individual accelerate their understanding of a given topic. Daniel E. Bauer thought it would be a great challenge to write an exhaustive list of tips for principals. School leaders will certainly find value in this list which is broken down into different segments and includes a few sentences describing each of the tips for principals.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Helping Teachers Thrive

Here’s the most important question for a school leader to ask as a new year starts: “How can I cultivate emotional resilience in teachers?” Resilience is about not just surviving but thriving in life. And school leaders should be committed to creating the conditions in which teachers can thrive. It requires resilience for teachers to remain dedicated to growing their practice, cultivating warm and inviting classrooms, and volunteering to support and guide new teachers. Read more . . .

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SCIENCE TEACHERS: Christian School Educators Science Academy

Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00:00 PM EDT - 5:30:00 PM EDT

Join Ken and Susan, leaders and participants in the 2016 CSESA, for a live, interactive conversation about the academy and how it can prepare you as a teacher of science.

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