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How to Turn a Troubled District into One of the Top in the State: A Profile of Harrington Park, NJ and Superintendent Adam Fried

Posted by Zacc Dukowitz

Aug 20, 2015 6:31:00 AM

Recently we sat down with Adam Fried, Superintendent of the Harrington Park District in New Jersey, to pick his brain about the challenges he’s faced and how he’s overcome them in his 9 years at Harrington Park. Fried walked us through the situation he walked into when he first began, talked about his early strategies for creating district-wide change, and gave us some very actionable advice for superintendents facing similar challenges.

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Topics: Resources, Teaching & Learning, Webinars, State News, Leadership, Connected Educators

A Full Day of Learning "Better Together" at the California Teachers Summit 2015

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Jul 31, 2015 8:22:55 AM

The slogan is "Better Together," and that is precisely the vision for educators and other stakeholders as they come from all corners of the state to convene for the California Teachers Summit 2015. Concurrently taking place today at 33 locations throughout California, the summit will allow attendees to choose from a variety of college and university campuses.

This massive event is sponsored by New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and California State University (CSU), and has received grant support from Loyola Marymount University and CSU Fullerton via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as other sponsors.  

For teachers and others who wish to connect and discuss the Common Core Standards and other topics, or simply share teaching resources and strategies, this year's California Teachers Summit presents a prime opportunity. Teachers will, for a day, become learners with scheduled activities including keynote addresses by nationally renowned speakers, fellow educators, and other thought leaders throughout the field of education. Time will also be allocated for networking and small-group conversations in which educators can share ideas. 

A major advantage of having multiple locations rather than a single, central location is that this will allow attendees to network with colleagues within their own region. Not only that, but a .5 unit continuing education credit for attending and participating in the event will be available to teachers for only $27.50.

Since there are no plans to live-stream or record the summit, teachers will need to attend the event in person in order to get the full benefit of this unique opportunity. However, transcripts of the event can be ordered by visiting http://www.simpsonu.edu and clicking on "Transcript Request" under the "Resources" heading.  

There is little doubt that Common Core will be a primary focus of the summit, so the timing for this event couldn't have been better. As California educators are aware, the state has been testing their new Common Core assessment, the CAASPP, and the California Teachers Summit 2015 will present an ideal opportunity to inquire about the relevant data pertaining to this or any other aspect of the CAASPP.

Since the state assessment has been in a testing period no data has been released for a few years now, which means that educators and students have been left largely in the dark about student preparedness for the new standards. Teachers are eager to learn how far along their students are, and data is sure to be a topic discussed at these events today.

The size and scope of the summit can be gleaned from the fact that over 400 teachers are expected to attend the event at the Fresno State location. At this location, teachers Joe Marquez, Darrell Blanks, and Adam Ebrahim will speak on the topic of California's new education standards and their impact on classroom teaching and learning. Fresno State President Joseph Castro frames the event as "a bold opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate and create a better future for California students." 


Sharing best practices, meeting and collaborating with like-minded educators, and building a strong educational community throughout California are just some of the things that participants in the California Teachers Summit 2015 can look forward to. For more information on the event, contact Emily Davis at emily@cateacherssummit.com or (415) 742-8336.

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Topics: Resources, State News, Collaboration, Connected Educators

Show Me the Money: 6 Steps to Help Teachers Advocate for an EdTech Purchase

Posted by Chris Brida

Jun 29, 2015 10:11:00 AM

It’s that time of the year—budget time! Well, actually it’s not that time of the year because budgets are frozen, but it’s the time of year to start thinking about what you might want for your classroom next year. And I’m not talking about pencils and paper, I’m talking about technology.

You’ve gone to all the tradeshows, your colleagues have told you what’s good, and now you just need to convince your principal to make an investment in you and your classroom. I’m very purposeful about my use of “investment” here, because that’s what EdTech is. You aren’t just throwing money into a wishing well and hoping for something good. Instead, you’re going through a very deliberate process and asking your principal to make an investment in the success of your classroom.

So now what? You want it, but how do you get it? There’s a process that I think is tried and true (I’ve tried it once, and it worked!) that I want to share with you about going through the procurement process with your principal.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM


In alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which Missouri adopted in 2010, and the Missouri Show Me Standards, the MAP exams are intended to bring data-driven instruction to classrooms and increased accountability to the state's public education system.  

Given that the MAP tests are an integral part of schooling in Missouri, we wanted to share this list of five things you might not already know about the assessments.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 24, 2015 12:50:00 PM


North Carolina's State Board of Education has never backed down from the challenge of measuring student proficiency, and the state willingly raised its academic standards when it adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010 to work in conjunction with its own set of rigorous benchmarks. 

In developing standardized assessments with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, North Carolina became proactive in evaluating the academic progress of its K-12 public school students so that instruction could be adjusted and accountability maintained. The result is a suite of assessments known as the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests, and these tests are like nothing North Carolina has seen before. 

We can examine—or perhaps re-examine—how the state chooses to assess its students with the following five facts pertaining to the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

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