From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

September 26, 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 - Pixton

Pixton is a cartoon creation tool that allows its users to create awesome comics. Pixton has also a growing community that anyone can access to contribute with their own comics. This tool is very easy to use and does not require any artistic skills to work on it. You can introduce it to your students and let them create their own comics and share them with each other. Tap into the power of comics to capture your students’ attention and imagination. Over 4,000 backgrounds, 3,000 props, and 700 subject-specific comic templates. Besides the free individual accounts, Pixton offers a service designed specifically for schools called Pixton for Schools which is not free. This service enables teachers to create private rooms for their students in which they can collaboratively create and share their comics.

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Early Geometry Concepts: Making Connections to the Real World

edWeb - Jessica Boho

Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:00 PM EDT

Close Reading: Teaching Students to Read like Writers

edWEb - Teddy Redding

Thursday, Oct. 5, 4:00 PM EDT

Youth Suicide: Prevention and Postvention

CSI - Bob VanderPol

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1:00 PM EDT

Habits of Mind in the Early Childhood Classroom

ASCD - Bena Kallick and Art Costa

Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:00 PM EDT

Literacy Intervention for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

edWeb - Dr. Elmira Berry-Jones

Tuesday, October 10, 3:00 PM EDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Student-Centered Classroom

Center for the Collaborative Classroom - Dr. Sonia Nieto

Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:00 PM EDT

No More Slipping Through the Cracks: Identify Dyslexia and Improve Student Success

edWeb - Kathy Futterman

Thursday, Oct. 12, 3:00 PM EDT

Keeping Your Students Safe Online: The Toledo Model

edWeb - Shannon Bischoff

Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:00 PM EDT

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FOR TEACHERS: Developing Academic Mindsets that Foster Growth, Development, and Innovation

Why do some students willingly engage in academic tasks, persist in challenging tasks and want to learn more and improve? Camille Farrington, who has done extensive research and made the case for the importance of academic mindsets for deeper learning, identified four mindsets as critical to students' motivation and willingness to persist in academically challenging work.

FOR TEACHERS: 4 Misconception of Culturally Responsive Teaching

The term "culturally responsive teaching” has become common in the last year or so, but in many cases, it is being misused. Teachers believe they are practicing culturally responsive teaching and doing whatever they can to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds--but they're missing some pretty important ingredients, things that could really move the needle on their students' academic achievement. Learn the four most common ways people get culturally responsive teaching wrong, and what you can do to get it right.:

Dimensions of Equity Chart

This chart outlines the essential differences between three key areas: multicultural education, social issues education, and culturally responsive teaching.

FOR TEACHERS: Death to the Behavior Chart! 3 Reasons to Resist the Lure of Rewards and Punishments

Star charts and color cards create a negative classroom environment, writes Justin Minkel. To address the root problems of students' misbehavior, teachers need to toss the behavioral systems and focus on building relationships. Read more.

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FOR PARENTS: Music: A Superior Tool for Brain Development

Music is an excellent tool to increase your child's intelligence and his audio memory and discrimination, while enriching his enjoyment in life. It gives you, the parent, the opportunity to enjoy this activity with your children and strengthen your bond with your child. This article includes specific ideas on how to enjoy music with your children.

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FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: How to Be a Principal Parents Want to Talk To

They may be all grown up, but parents sometimes still fear the principal and hesitate to approach with questions or concerns. The problem with that is you need parent and family feedback in order to better reach your goal of helping children succeed. Are you an approachable principal? Here’s a quick checklist to find out and learn how to put parents at ease. Are you doing these 12 things?

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Are you Growing As A Leader

A successful leader should strive to grow through life experiences and new connections, writes Marlene Chism. She identifies seven ways to determine whether you are growing, including achieving more than you originally planned and trying to change bad habits.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: A Study of 36,000 Students Just Backed Bill Gates’ Favorite Style of Education

The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving 36,000 students just upheld it as a major driver of improvement in reading and math skills. Conducted by the education consulting company Education Elements, the study spanned five districts across the US for 2-3 years, tracking how students performed on the NWEA MAP test. On average, personalized learning led to 130% growth in reading and 122% growth in math.

Discovery Education: Virtual Field Trips offers free trips to some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required. You can sign up for upcoming live events or view archived events. Trips include background content, videos, interactivities, classroom resources, career explorations and Educator Companion Guides. Among the past events were a visit with the Navy’s elite sailors aboard the USS Nimitz, a Careers That Count exploration with the NBA and a visit to Auschwitz. Browse the Discovery Education Events Calendar or explore the archive events by subject, grade level or theme.
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This Visible Learningplus Institute is a two-day conference with John Hattie, Dave Nagel, Peter DeWitt, and Diane Wolf. Designed to operationalize Visible Learning principles, the institute will provide participants with the tools and practices to put theory into local practice.
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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted. Reading this article, Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens, will give you an overview of the book and what Alter suggests to address this problem.

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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.