Educator Alexander's Newsletter




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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.

Mini-Grants from EduMatch

EduMatch Foundation, Inc. is providing mini-grants to support the grassroots projects of educators and students located in the United States. These grants will be awarded on a one-time basis, until funds are depleted.

These mini-grants will be offered on a one-time basis, not exceeding $1500 per project. Grants will be awarded based on availability of funds. All submissions are due by November 1, 2021.

Click on picture to the left to see more information and find out more here:

Present at the First Ever Screencastify Conference--Videos DUE NOVEMBER 8

The Screencastify Squad is hosting our first virtual conference. We’re excited to talk about effective communication, collaboration, and any other best practices.

Presenting at the conference is as easy as recording a Screencastify video sharing your favorite ideas - PROPOSE A SESSION HERE

ISTE Certification Informational Webinars

Do you have some questions about ISTE Certification for Educators that you wish a human would answer? Here’s your solution … plus a couple of special deals from ISTE!

Attend one of the 30-minute info sessions with Certification Director Carmalita Seitz for real talk, and real answers to your certification questions.

Choose from these upcoming dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:00 AM EDT
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 AM EDT
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:30 PM EDT

For more information and to sign up, click here!

The Wakelet Certified Course is Out Now

The Wakelet Certified Course is out now!

- Become a Wakelet expert

- Supercharge your #WakeletPD

- Earn the NEW badge

Do you have what it takes to become Wakelet certified? http://

Want to be a Pear Deck Coach?

Are you interested in attending a Pear Deck Coach Training?

Pear Deck Certified Coaches are an elite group of educators from around the world who have been trained in the best practices of Pear Deck’s student engagement platform. This training goes beyond basic features and functionality and dives deep into the five pedagogical domains that inform Pear Deck’s Teaching Truths.

Are you interested in deepening your practice and showcasing your Pear Deck savvy to your community and beyond?

Fill out the Coach Interest Form Here!

Apply Now for the New Screencastify Coaches Academy--DUE NOVEMBER 3

At Screencastify, we’re on a mission to provide technology that will help educators make learning available to everyone.

In addition to providing simple tools for schools, we’re all about professional development (just check out Screencastify University 😉 ). And our arsenal of free professional learning is growing as we’re excited to announce 🥁 the Screencastify Coaches Academy 🥁 a free course designed to help you use video as an impactful part of your coaching!

‍👉Click Here to Apply Now! 👈

YALSA Members: Apply for Grants Due December 1

Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Please click on the individual grant for application information. YALSA also sponsors one Spectrum Scholar and an Emerging Leader each year, using funds provided by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA members are also eligible for scholarships, awards and grants from the American Library Association. New to grant writing? Check out these great tips!


Louisiana Educators: REVISED LEAP Connect Committee Dates

Our new committee dates have been REVISED!!!

The Louisiana Dept. of Education is currently recruiting amazing participants just like you for the upcoming LEAP Connect Content Bias Review committee. If you are still interested, please FILL OUT the interest survey using this link and SHARE SHARE SHARE thi email with other teachers and leaders you think would be a great addition to the committee!!! Survey closes November 28th!!!!


Leave a public comment about the new LA Social Studies Standards (and, of course, read them):


Free Elementari Licenses and PD

Engage your students to write, code, collaborate, and publish their own stories with Elementari.

The Storytelling through Coding grant is providing free Elementari Educator Licenses (35 student accounts) and PD/training.

Watch the short demo video on Elementari.

More Information Here

Learning for Justice Teacher Resources


Bring social justice topics to life with our classroom-friendly films and user guides. Learning for Justice film kits are FREE for use in K–12 schools, schools of education, public libraries, houses of worship and youth-serving nonprofit organizations. You can go to the website and click on films to order or stream online, based on availability.


These classroom-ready films align with Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery and the resources that support that framework. In these short, streaming films, historians and scholars explore the undertaught history of African and Indigenous enslavement, explain critical concepts, and share recovered narratives that can help students better understand the individual and collective impact—and the damaging legacy—of hundreds of years of American slavery.

Learning for Justice Magazine

Learning for Justice provides timely articles to make you think and publications that are perfect for sharing and discussing with colleagues. These resources are designed to help educators improve their practice and turn K-12 schools into strong communities where all students have the opportunity to learn.

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Using Seesaw for DigCit and Reflection with Leticia Citizen

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Getting Started with Canva in 5 Minutes
Using Mote with Google Slides
Zoom Updates, Filters, Backgrounds and Immersive Views
Remove Tabs from Facebook App Taskbar
Remove News & Weather from Windows Taskbar

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension lets you add a note to your Google Keep with the click of a button.

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.


Here is a great way to get support and tips from Microsoft and stay update by subscribing to their newsletter!

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 Blog with Updates

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

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

A Couple More Google Updates

To Stay Updated, Watch Here: EDU in 90: The Latest, September 2021

Google Admin Alert:

As a reminder, where applicable, parental consent is required (per the Google Workspace for Education Terms of Service) for students under 18 years of age to turn ON an Additional Service in Google Workspace for Education. If you do not have parental consent for users under the age of 18, these services should be turned off.

What does this mean for my organization?

In the coming weeks, you will be able to turn the following services on or off for users:

  • Google Arts & Culture
  • Google Translate
  • Google News
  • Voice Match and Face Match subsetting (when Search and Assistant is enabled)

What do I need to do?

See the corresponding help center articles to turn on or off:

If you wish to keep these services On, there is no additional action required.

💡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!

✏️ Commenting to Educator Alexander

If you have taken any professional development from Educator Alexander and/or have taken the SLLA test after attending any of her test prep classes, please click the picture below to leave comments.

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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