From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

April 4, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.
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TECH TALK - Using Technology to Connect Students to Authors

Read how teachers are using technology tools like Twitter, Skype, and even Google Docs connect their students to authors. These conversations convey to students that authors are real people and gives them a “behind-the-curtain look at the writing, revising and publishing process. Learn more here.

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The Relationship between Vocabulary and Comprehension

edWEb - Isabel Beck, Ph.D. and Margaret McKeown, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 6, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Closing the Gender Gap in Computer Science Begins in Elementary School

edWeb - Sarah Judd

Thursday, April 6, 3:00 PM (EDT)

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)

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)

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FOR TEACHERS: 6 Hand Signals that Bring Learning to Life

Learn about a simple, visible, and nonintrusive way to gather feedback on student reasoning and comprehension instantly. Many teachers use hand signals for classroom management but they can also be an effective tool for providing instant feedback and valuable insight for teachers about students' moment-to-moment reasoning and comprehension of the content being discussed.

FOR PARENTS: What Your Kids Need Most From You

It costs nothing and takes only moments a day. It’s at the core of every relationship - we want to be seen - we want to matter. Read more here and take the “little p presence” challenge!

FOR TEACHERS: Strategies for Students with Scattered Brains

Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options. Children and youth can be taught to develop their executive functioning to become more successful self-directed learners. Explicit instruction about executive function and how to improve it is especially useful for students with learning challenges. Learn more here.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Principal of a School on the Edge

Ms. V, the principal of an alternative school opens up about the challenges and rewards of shepherding at-risk kids to graduation. She has heard countless stories of personal or familial alcohol or drug addiction, chronic truancy, and physical and sexual abuse from her 121 at-risk students. Over 90 percent of the school’s students live below the poverty line; most have a history of serious disciplinary issues and have fallen too far behind at traditional schools to catch up. Learn more here from an interview Edutopia had with Ms. V.

Recruit is a Verb - Advancement Workshop sponsored by CSI

Recruitment is an ongoing challenge for administrators in Christian schools. But with the right tools and a well-crafted plan, the job will be easier, more successful, and best of all, enjoyable.

The workshop is designed for development / advancement / admissions directors and up to two additional individuals from the school, such as the principal or a board member. Learn the basics (and more!) about recruiting new families to your Christian school.

Date and Time: Monday, April 17, 10:00 AM to Tuesday, April 18, Noon

Location: Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL

Cost: $50.00 for first enrollee, $25 each for second and third enrollees from the same school.

Learn more and register here.

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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.