Friday, October 24, 2014

Fwd: VAMLE E-News

Some excellent resources for bullying prevention from Vermont. 

-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Sue Gee" <director@vamle.org>
Date: October 23, 2014 at 8:12:07 PM EDT
To: "Schoolwires Alert Recipients" <alertrecipients@schoolwires.com>
Subject: VAMLE E-News

Call for Beyond Bullying Action Plan feedback We have heard from two of the 19 schools—thanks to Essex Middle School and Barre City Elementary. We know action plans are happening – let us in on the good news! We'd like a few schools to make presentations at the March 10, 2015 Annual Conference. Contact Sue Gee at director@vamle.org 802-522-7180 and share an update on these important projects for creating a culture of respect and inclusion and a safe learning environment for all students.

PSB Resources: October is National Bullying Prevention Month Vermont PBS now offers PBSLearningMedia,™, a free media-on-demand service that gives educators, parents, and students FREE access to the best of public media. Explore the 87,000 plus research-based classroom-ready digital learning experiences, aligned with National and Common Core Standards. Sign up is free and easy. Visit: http://vermont_pbslearningmedia.org/  Contact: Chuck Pizer at 802-654-3688

• Resources on bullying – what it is, how to prevent it, and what to do if you witness or take part in it. Not In Our Town/NIOT/ Ages 6-13+; Bullying/Self-paced lesson, Grades 5-8; NFL Bullying Case Sparks Debate/ PBS NewsHour, Grades 7-12.
 
Vermont Education Law Institute Workshop: Bullying and Harassment Workshop to look at the rapidly changing legal issues related to bullying and harassment, especially student behaviors off campus and in cyberspace. Real case scenarios will be discussed.
Audience: teachers, administration, interested members of the community
Presenters: Sam Abel-Palmer, Esq. Ph.D., Director of Vermont Law Help at Vermont Legal Aid Bernice Garnett, Sc. D., Assistant

Call for Beyond Bullying Action Plan feedback We have heard from two of the 19 schools—thanks to Essex Middle School and Barre City Elementary. We know action plans are happening – let us in on the good news! We'd like a few schools to make presentations at the March 10, 2015 Annual Conference. Contact Sue Gee at director@vamle.org 802-522-7180 and share an update on these important projects for creating a culture of respect and inclusion and a safe learning environment for all students.

PSB Resources: October is National Bullying Prevention Month Vermont PBS now offers PBSLearningMedia,™, a free media-on-demand service that gives educators, parents, and students FREE access to the best of public media. Explore the 87,000 plus research-based classroom-ready digital learning experiences, aligned with National and Common Core Standards. Sign up is free and easy. Visit: http://vermont_pbslearningmedia.org/  Contact: Chuck Pizer at 802-654-3688

• Resources on bullying – what it is, how to prevent it, and what to do if you witness or take part in it. Not In Our Town/NIOT/ Ages 6-13+; Bullying/Self-paced lesson, Grades 5-8; NFL Bullying Case Sparks Debate/ PBS NewsHour, Grades 7-12.
 
Vermont Education Law Institute Workshop: Bullying and Harassment Workshop to look at the rapidly changing legal issues related to bullying and harassment, especially student behaviors off campus and in cyberspace. Real case scenarios will be discussed.
Audience: teachers, administration, interested members of the community
Presenters: Sam Abel-Palmer, Esq. Ph.D., Director of Vermont Law Help at Vermont Legal Aid Bernice Garnett, Sc. D., Assistant Professor at UVM November 21, 2014 For more information: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1617296  
 
Professional Development Opportunities:
The Inspired Educator, The Inspired Learner – A change in dates! Now on November 19, 9:00am-4:oopm, Jen Stanchfield, Author and presenter.
Exploring a variety of brain-based approaches to engage and motivate students The Vermont Learning Collaborative, Dummerston, http://www.learningcollaborative.org/stanchfield_fall2014
 
Strategies to Transform Peer Aggression Among Girls Sponsored by "Vermont Works for Women: Change the Story" Workshops that teach educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents—all adults—how to identify, address and prevent peer aggression among girls. Cost: $50.
Monday, October 27, 12:30-5pm, Rutland
Tuesday, November 11, 12:30-5pm, Brattleboro
Thursday, December 11, 12:30-5pm, St. Johnsbury
Contact Kelly Walsh at 802-622-0400, ext. 105 http://vtworksforwomen.org/peer-aggression-workshops
 
Common Core Implementation Sessions, St. Johnsbury
Sponsored by The Vermont Professional Learning Network, http://www.vermontpln.org/December
December 9 – Springfield College, St. Johnsbury, Facilitator: Judy Carr, Ed.D. Cost: $50 (includes breakfast and lunch) 9am to 3:30pm
Audience: School and SU Leadership, Curriculum Directors, Superintendents, Principals and Leadership Team members
 
NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) Announcements The NELMS publication, MidLines is now open to all. Be sure to read this informative newsletter which is solely focused on early adolescents. If you have some special middle level "magic" to share at the 2015 Annual Conference (March 23-24), fill out the Call for Presenters on the NELMS home page. http://www.nelms.org/
Upcoming Workshops:
• Middle Level Scheduling, November 14, Hampstead Middle School, Hampstead, N.H. December 5, Littleton Middle School, Littleton, MA
• Essential Literacy Instruction for Middle School Teachers Workshops cover four instructional routines: Comprehension, Close Reading, Constant Writing, and Argument Writing. For more information, go to: www.nelms.org Day One: December 8 and January 7, Wyndham Andover Boston, Andover, MA
 
Grants, Scholarships, and Student Engagement Actvities:
Mix It Up Day, sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, is scheduled for October 28, 2014. This national campaign encourages students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries by moving out of their comfort zones and connecting with someone new over lunch. Mix It Up offers free online resources at http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/
 
Educator Scholarships Available for Fall Conference on the Impact of the Civil War The Bay and Paul Foundations and the Vermont Humanities Council is offering full scholarships to 20 middle and high school educators to attend the Fall Conference, "A Fire Never Extinguished: how the Civil War Continues to Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America." November 14-15 at the Davis Center, UVM. For more information, go to the registration page at http://www.fireneverextinguished.org/ Contact: Max Matthews, mmathews@vermonthumanities.org
 
Save the Dates
VAMLE Annual Conference– March 10, 2015 at The Davis Center, UVM
VAMLE-NELMS Scholar Leader Dinner – June 3, 2015, Norwich University
Middle Grades Conference – January 10, 2015 at The Davis Center
Middle Grades Institute – June 22-26, Vermont Technical College, Randolph
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple TV as Content Stream

A perennial problem is schools today is how to generate and manage content for the television in the lobby. Over the years, I have tried several options and understand the issues: management from a distance, limiting access to only specific individuals, automating the stream so it runs with minimal intervention, and other problems.

Recently, I found an excellent television with HD capacity and an Apple TV in a school. (The Mac Mini that had been streaming to the Apple TV had failed, and the system was not being used. The Apple TV and television functioned perfectly, and there was no money to replace the Mac).

The principal hoped to stream news in the morning and at lunch... perhaps weather updates when bad weather threatened, maybe sports on occasion. We also wanted to feature video created by the students, art (especially from the digital photography class), and occasional slide shows with announcements and reminders.

Here is an overview of our solution:

1) The Apple TV connects to the administrative wifi (to limit potential hijacking for AirPlay) and the Apple TV is paired with one remote (the location is known by a few teachers and administrators). We also established AirPlay and other passwords to minimize the threat students can access it.

2) For news and similar content, we stream the content from the providers that partner with Apple TV. (Our opinion was that there was a collection that met our goals and that would provide diversity.)

3) For video and other content created by students, we upload content to YouTube.

4) For "PowerPoints," we either save the presentation in a video format and upload it, or save the presentation as a series of images and upload those as a video to YouTube, using the tools in YouTube.

5) Our YouTube content is managed through a playlist... once video is uploaded (using a GAFE account), the URL is sent to the person who manages the playlist. The Apple TV is then configured to play the videos.

So far, we have found this a good solution... our content is easy to manage... we can add content simply by adding to the playlist, then restarting the playlist on the Apple TV.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fwd: Rick Wormeli is coming back and more!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: September 4, 2014 at 7:25:50 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Rick Wormeli is coming back and more!
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

September 4, 2014 blast e-mail
nelms logo

Welcome Back!

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

Magic in the Middle Continues in NH
Celebrate the Magic of Young Adolescents!

SERESC
October 14, 2014

Click here to read the flier and/or to register.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415

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Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed : NPR

An interesting study. Seems to suggest we use technology when needed, but that we give plenty of face-to-face interaction between faculty and students and among students. Of course middle school teachers have long known that to be true!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fwd: Welcome back and what's happening at NELMS



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: August 27, 2014 at 11:59:00 PM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Welcome back and what's happening at NELMS
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

August 27, 2014 blast e-mail
nelms logo

Welcome Back!

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
To learn more
click here

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fwd: Rick Wormeli coming back in September!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: August 20, 2014 at 7:30:47 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Rick Wormeli coming back in September!
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

August 20 & 27, 2014 blast e-mail
nelms logo

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
To learn more
click here

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Fwd: Summer Literacy Institute is next week



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: July 31, 2014 at 7:30:35 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Summer Literacy Institute is next week
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

July 31, 2014 blast e-mail
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keys to literacy logo

nelms logo Summer Literacy Institute
NELMS & Keys to Literacy
Will be held at Keys to Literacy Office
Rowley, MA
August 4–7, 2014

The ANSWER Key Routine for Extended Response (Grades 4-12)
Monday, August 4, 2014

Participants will learn how to teach a student routine for answering extended response question prompts (i.e., constructed or open response) and how to use extended response writing as a classroom tool to help students learn and remember content. Students can also use the routine for writing extended responses to question prompts for on-demand writing assessments.

 

Keys to Close Reading (Grades 3-12)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Common Core literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading is figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, and unpacking or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely. Teachers provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons when they model through think aloud and provide guided practice.


Keys to Content Writing (Grades 4-12)
Wednesday & Thursday, August 6 & 7, 2014

The Common Core literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading is figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, and unpacking or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely. Teachers provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons when they model through think aloud and provide guided practice.

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415


NELMS & Keys to Literacy Summer Literacy Institute
August 4–7, 2014
Keys to Literacy Training Center
Rowley, MA
To learn more
click here
 

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
To learn more
click here

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