From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

April 12, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.
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TECH TALK - 101 Free Tech Tools for Teachers

Are you looking for the best tech tools to use in your classroom? Look no further... Download Now. SimpleK12, meticulously scavanged the internet in search of the best free classroom tech tools. which you will find listed in this free eBook

"101 Free Tech Tools for Teachers".

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Supporting Parents as Learning Partners: Quality Use of Technology at Home

bloomz - Monica Burns

Thursday, April 13, 5:00 PM (EDT)

The New Art and Science of Teaching

ASCD - Robert Marzano

Thursday, April 13, 3:00 PM (EDT)

Bringing Coding and Creativity to the Classroom

LittleBits - Christopher Dunkel and Killt Knight

Thursday, April 13, 2:00 PM (EDT)

Worksheets Don't Build Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain

edWeb - Marcia L. Tate

Tuesday, April 18, 2:00 pm (EDT)

Sustainable Financial Aid: A Strategy for Growth

CACE Innovation Webinar - Chuck Evans

April 25, 2:00 PM (EDT)

Digital Learning Trends at Private Schools

Seven Star - Julie Evans

Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 PM (EST)

How Can Digital Badges and Portfolios Show Proficiency?

Richer Picture - Dr. David Niguidula

Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 P< (EST)

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FOR TEACHERS: Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Students' Understanding

Giving students choices in their assessments can help teachers better gauge what students know and what they need for differentiated lessons the next day, educator and author Mike Anderson writes in this blog post. Anderson describes choice assessments using fifth-grade classes and offers tips for implementation.

FOR PARENTS: Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you. Tweens' brains are simply too immature to use social media appropriately. Learn more here.

FOR TEACHERS: What One Teacher Learned by Watching Her Own Teaching

When math educator Michelle Russell made videos of her own teaching, reality turned out to be much different than what she had imagined was happening. In a refreshingly transparent voice, Russell describes what she's learning by examining herself and her students at work -- and what she plans to do to improve her practice. Read more.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Schools Worth Visiting

If you believe that school visits are the best form of professional learning, check out this list of elementary and middle schools that will give you a better sense of what’s possible in education. This list was compiled by Getting Smart and is based on a couple thousand school visits, and with help from educators. The list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results for underserved communities, create powerful learning experiences, and/or have innovative school models.
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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.