From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

September 6, 2018

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of the Center for Christian Urban Educators.

TECH - Applied Digital Skills

Engage your middle and high school students as they llearn practical digital skills using this free project-based video curriculum from Google.

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This padlet is a listing of resources to help teachers and school leaders understand childhood trauma and steps to take to create schools and classrooms that support children experiencing trauma.

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TEACHERS: Strengthening Student Engagement: What Do Students Want?

Students who are engaged exhibit three characteristics: (1) they are attracted to their work, (2) they persist in their work despite challenges and obstacles, and (3) they take visible delight in accomplishing their work. Engaged students are energized by four goals—success, curiosity, originality, and satisfying relationships. These four goals form the acronym for a model of student engagement called SCORE. Learn more here.
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TEACHERS: Extending the Silence

How long do you think teachers pause, on average, after asking a question? The average length is 0.9 seconds. By simply giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions— will improve their learning. Check out these strategies for giving students time to think.

TEACHERS: Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids' Creativity and Growth

Children are naturally curious and inquisitive but they need support to develop their creative capacities and reach their full creative potential. The key challenge is not how to “teach creativity” to children, but rather how to create a fertile environment in which their creativity will take root, grow, and flourish. Here are tips for creating that kind of environment.
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TEACHERS: Five Ways to Make Classroom Discussions More Exciting

Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching since Socrates. To be effective it's not enough for students to simply pay attention during a discussion -- they need to be active participants to generate one of those great discussions that end far too quickly for both the teacher and students. Here are five ways to design discussions in a dynamic and exciting manner.

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TEACHERS: 5 Ways to Strengthen Student Resilence

Resilience is the ability to effectively handle pressure and to overcome failure. It is a characteristic that many students do not have in the classroom, yet it is one that can be taught. Read what specific actions teachers can take to positively impact resilience in struggling students.

TEACHERS: How to Teach Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is an important factor in students' success, writes Nina Parrish, a special-education teacher and tutor. In this blog post, she shares several strategies she has successfully used to teach self-regulation, including setting clear expectations and maintaining a positive environment.

Elim EduChat

Elim EduChat is a once-a-month live streaming video discussion focused on important education topics. It's open to all education professionals in the hopes of increasing their professional learning networks, building their capacity to support the varying needs of students, and promoting opportunities for cross-school dialogue. Each session is offered at two different times and comes at no cost to participants! Learn more here.
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PARENTS: 12 Important Things You Can Teach Your Child by the Age Of 10

Every parent wants his child to be a model kid, honest, brave, kind and happy. These qualities are universally acceptable but difficult to ingrain because they develop only under good supervision, healthy upbringing and loads of personal examples that help a child to succeed later in life. While it is good to allow a child their space to explore and learn independently, guidance and showing what’s right from wrong is equally important. A healthy family and home atmosphere is also important to induce a sense of security in a child that builds confidence in them later. Here are 10 values to teach your child before they reach the age of 10 and how to do it.

PARENTS: 50 Questions to Ask Your Children - Get to Know Them Better

To enable parents to bring up their children to be as well-rounded and responsible as possible it is helpful for parents to understand how their children see the world. One way parents can do this is by asking children thoughtful questions which inspire conversation and a healthy curious mindset. Here is a list of 50 open-ended questions to get to know children better.

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LEADERS: When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline

As teachers and school leaders deal with children with behavior issues they often don’t think about the reasons behind behaviors. They look at children through the lens of, What's wrong with that child? versus What happened to that child? What changes when schools meet trauma with understanding and not discipline?

LEADERS: 5 Fabulous Strategies to Engage as School Leaders

The excitement and energy a new school year brings is invigorating; everyone comes to school with a great attitude and hope for a positive school year. School leaders must commit to harnessing the energy of the start of school and carry it all the way through to the last day. To do this, leaders must be strategic and intentional in engaging students, teachers, and parents. Check out these five strategies to engage as a school leader in your school.

LEADERS: Simple Ways You Can Support Your Teachers at the Beginning of the Year

Here are solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.

LEADERS: How Leaders Can Shift Mindsets and Create a Trauma-Informed Student Support Form

Read this white paper to better understand the intersection of Trauma-Informed Practice(TIP), Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and PBIS and discover the ways they complement one another. School leaders will learn how to shift current PBIS practices to reflect a trauma-informed mindset and support students. Identify ways to adjust referral forms and access the ready-to-use, trauma-informed Student Support Form.
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The Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Children’s Behavior

edWeb - Tuesday, September 11, 2:00 PM EDT

How to Take Control Over Your Own Professional Practice

ASCD - Tuesday, September 11, 3:00 PM EDT

Principles of True Engagement in Middle School ELA

Amplify - Wednesday, September 12, 3:00 PM EDT

Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media

edWeb - Wednesday, September 12, 4:00 PM EDT

What Dyslexia Red Flags Look Like for Different Students in Different Grades

edWeb - Wednesday, September 12, 5:00 PM EDT

Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice to Early Childhood Music Learning

edWeb - Thursday, September 13, 3:00 PM EDT

Visible Learning Feedback with John Hattie

Corwin - Monday, September 17, 6:30 PM ED

Why Reading is Like Driving a Car: Automaticity is Critical

edWeb - Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 PM EDT

Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy

Corwin - Thursday, September 20, 8:30 PM EDT

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