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MC: School Leadership - Session 7 - Conducting Effective Observations

Many effective coaches and leaders use observations to collect data, later utilizing them as a vehicle to deliver usable and sustainable feedback to their direct reports. What makes a good observation? What do you look for, and what do you do as a leader to coach teachers? This course will share various practices and techniques to support the growth and development of teachers and staff through observations.

Introduction to Restorative Practices

Using restorative practices in your classroom can be a game changer for building and maintaining positive relationships with challenging students. Join us for this course where we will lay a foundation for restorative circles, where they originated, and useful ways to integrate them into your practice.

Bye Bye Google Jamboard

This timely session, led by Alice Keeler, addresses the recent discontinuation of Google Jamboard and the urgent need for educators to convert their valuable resources. With the introduction of the FigJam converter, there's a limited window for teachers to preserve the work they've created in Jamboard. This workshop is designed to guide educators through the straightforward process of converting their Jamboard files to ensure they are not lost.

Alice Keeler is a former teacher, mom of five, expert in edtech integration & virtual learning, speaker, and author. She is passionate about student-centered teaching and using tech to build relationships, empower students, and make learning better. She is the author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and Stepping Up to Google Classroom.

MC: School Leadership - Session 6 - Creating an Effective and Sustainable PD Plan

Identifying and planning professional development can be one of the most challenging tasks we have as leaders. This course will share methods of using student data, the school improvement plan, family engagement, and several other sources to create a professional development plan to support your staff and school community.

MC: School Leadership - Session 5 - Goal Setting for Instructional Coaching

Goal setting is an essential part of every coaching relationship. In this course, we will discuss how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable (or Actionable/Assignable), Realistic (Relevant) and Timely goals for teachers. We will also explore P.E.E.R.S. – Powerful, Easy, Emotionally Compelling, Reachable, and Student-Focused goals to give you different methods for development.

Canva in the Classroom

Join us for this course where we will be exploring the digital design tool, Canva. Canva is perfect for both teachers and students to use in the classroom to create a wide variety of projects! We will explore the basics of digital design, photo editing, design layout, and more, all within this free and easy-to-use platform!

MC: School Leadership - Session 4 - Creating a Culture of Feedback

We hear the word feedback used every day, but how do we create an environment that welcomes feedback as a part of the culture of learning? Effective collection and the use of feedback tells your team that you genuinely care about their wellbeing and work performance. This course will share various methods of incorporating feedback as part of your school or district culture. We will also demonstrate multiple methods of delivering feedback and ways to ensure that feedback is being implemented with fidelity.

Using Read Along in Google Classroom

Check out this exciting new feature within Google Classroom - Google Read Along! Formerly called Bolo, Google Read Along is available to Google Workspace for Education Plus and Google Workspace for Teaching and Learning Upgrade customers. In this course, you'll discover how to get started using Read Along in Google Classroom, benefits and usage for students, best practices, and how you can design instructional tasks with Read Along. Learn how you can use this amazing Google app to help your students boost independence and build reading skills.

Teach Me How to Dugga

In five easy steps, you can create and conduct digital exams with Dugga! Dugga can be used for different subjects, levels of education, and assessments. This includes high-stakes exams, assignments, home exams, homework, tests, quizzes, and formative assessment - in-class or remote. In this session, you will get an overview of how to use Dugga as a tool for day-to-day assessment in your school.

Piper Basics

Welcome to the wonderful world of Piper! Join us for this session where we will learn about the basics of the Piper Computer Kit, a DIY computer kit designed to be put together like a wooden puzzle. Once assembled, students have the opportunity to learn and play through an interactive video game experience. Using Piper, students will learn the basics of engineering, coding, and computational thinking, all while developing the skills they need to solve larger real-world problems using technology.

MC: School Leadership - Session 3 - Building a Culture of Collaboration and Learning

Collaborative learning requires active and meaningful participation from members of our teams. It’s important to create a safe and supportive environment where our team members feel comfortable expressing their opinions, asking questions, contributing to planning, engaging in problem solving, and sharing their experiences. In this course, we will explore various strategies to build relationships with your team, create a space for collaboration, and develop a team vision.

Providing Personalized Support in Schoology

As teachers, we always strive to provide all our students with the best learning outcomes possible. In the digital age, it's easier than ever before to give every student the tailored experience they need with a few clicks. Join us for this session, where we're going to look at the different ways you can use your Schoology LMS to help provide your students individualized support. From small group to individual scaffolds, you'll learn some great strategies to use and how to put them in place in Schoology.

Cricut Basics

Cricut makes smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help teachers and students in all subject areas and all grade levels design and personalize almost anything. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using a Cricut and cover how to get started with your Cricut account and their design software. We’ll also discuss some cross-curricular activity ideas for you and your students so you can get started on creating unique projects. Let’s explore what this fun and easy to use machine has to offer!

Appsmashing with ChatGPT

In this session, participants will learn exactly what ChatGPT is, how to access it, and how to use it to assist with instructional tasks in the classroom. We'll start by sharing an abundance of use cases for classrooms of any grade level and content area, and then take it one step further by exploring the places you can take that content. There are so many websites, resources, and apps that teachers can use to appsmash. Plus, they can leverage the content produced by ChatGPT to streamline their teaching!

Mary Howard is a Nationally Board-Certified 6th grade ELA and science teacher who passionately believes in the potential that technology has for reaching and engaging all learners. She has spent the past 10 years presenting at dozens of technology conferences and has become a globally recognized speaker on AR and VR in the classroom, 3D design, QR codes, and AI. She authored the book, Artificial Intelligence to Streamline Your Teacher Life. Mary's accolades include NYS Master Teacher, NYS Teacher of the Year finalist in 2018 and 2020, ISTE Virtual Pioneer of the Year 2018, and is a Silver Presidnetial Service Award recipient. She is also a mother of 3 and an avid runner, cycler, and hockey volunteer.

MC: School Leadership: Session 2 - Defining Yourself as a Leader

In this second session of our Leadership Microcredential we will focus on the characteristics define you as a leader. We will explore several types of leadership and diverse ways to help you have a genuine and clear understanding of who you are, what you know, and how to understand your own tendencies and strengths. We will also discuss how to use this knowledge to develop as a role model and leader in your school community.

Classroom Projects to Inspire Creativity & Foster Social-Emotional Learning

Based on Dr. Haiken's book, this session is for educators who want to utilize creative classroom projects to foster content knowledge and social-emotional learning (SEL). Participants will be introduced to hands-on projects across disciplines that engage students, promote design thinking, and elevate learning while helping to build social and emotional skills.

Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator, author, and blogger. She has been teaching for more than 24 years and is passionate about empowering 21st century learners through educational technology and literacy so everyone can reach excellence. She is the author of Creative SEL: Using Hands On Projects to Boost Social-Emotional Learning and Personalized Reading.

Diving into AI in Education: 10 Things to Try and 10 to Avoid

Uncover the potential of AI to revolutionize teaching and learning while learning from real-world examples. AI offers new opportunities to enhance student engagement and personalize learning experiences. However, AI comes with both promises and challenges. We will explore 10 dos and don'ts when it comes to AI. For example, do learn how AI-powered tutoring systems can adapt to individual student needs and provide personalized learning experiences but don't overlook data privacy or the ethical considerations when using AI in education. Join us to explore some AI tools and essential considerations.

Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more.

Chromebook Accessibility Tools

Chromebooks have become a popular choice as schools look to provide students with digital devices. But did you know that Chromebooks and the Chrome browser have accessibility tools that can help make content accessible for everyone? Join us to learn about Chromebook accessibility tools and how they can benefit you and your students!

Starting Strong with Data

You've got a new class, but what do you need to know about them? This course will share different data sources that you can use to plan your initial instruction and differentiate right from the start. We will explore a variety of collection tools that are immediately usable, easy to implement, and sustainable, through the Lumio, Mircrosoft, and Google platforms. Start the year off by supporting and enriching your student's learning.

MC: Level 1 - Session 2 - Intro to SpacesEDU and Lingo

Within this session, we will familiarize you with SpacesEDU's terminology and fundamental features. You'll explore your teacher account to grasp the platform's functionality and successfully launch your first class.

MC: Level 1 - Session 1 - Getting Started with SpacesEDU

Launch your first Class and configure Space settings according to your teaching practices and classroom needs.

Using Microsoft Forms for Formative Assessment

Formative assessments provide teachers with valuable information to inform their instructional plans. You may be familiar with other polling tools, but have you tried Microsoft Forms? Microsoft Forms is available as part of Microsoft 365 and is a great way for teachers to assess students' understanding. Join us to learn how to use Microsoft Forms and how you can incorporate it effectively in your classroom!