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When most people hear “Finance Director” they think of spreadsheets, budgets and audits. And, that is an important part of the job. But, my NewSchools colleague also sees her role as Senior Director of Finance through a broader lens – she is part of the team of folks supporting educators and education entrepreneurs who are making students’ most ambitious dreams and plans a reality. Like all of us at NewSchools, Amy fundamentally believes every young person has the right to a high-quality public education.
Innovative educators understand that when posts have images they receive more views and provide a better experience for the reader. What they may not realize is that is only the beginning. You also should describe your images. There are two primary reasons for that. 1) Search Image Optimization (SEO)2) Accessible to those who can't see images because they are visually impaired or because of bandwidth issues.Here is how to do that on Twitter and blogs.1) Alt text tagsDescribe your image with short, concise, descriptive language like Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda is doing now that .
A client recently asked me for book recommendations and so I passed these brochures along. I thought I would share them on my blog. You can download the brochures here. For Kindergarten For First Grade 1 For Second Grade For Third Grade For Grade 4
Everyone likes to give their predictions at the start of a new year. And, while those prognostications are often fun and sometimes even accurate, our CEO Stacey Childress has a different idea. How about if we start by asking the right questions, instead? In a blog post out this morning, on , Stacey asks: “Which forces and trends will drive the next 20 years of K-12 education innovation?” She added, “We’re asking this question at NewSchools Venture Fund as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.” Here’s what she thinks we should be asking: Stacey has an uncanny knack for probing on a kernel of an idea that eventually grows into something we’re all talking about.
Moon Over Field (M.A. Reilly, 2012) For the first 18 months I was very, very careful. It wasn’t as if I understood the care I took. Rather, it was something that felt essential. I lived by some adages those first months after Rob's death: Ensure Devon is well protected, well loved. Stay healthy. Minimize risk.Avoid drama.Be positive.Fill life with what is most good. I avoided mishaps
In a world where so many right-hearted people spend so much time and money on social interventions meant to help, doesn’t it make sense to figure out which ones work and which ones don’t?That’s the question economist explored on an episode of his Freakonomics radio show called “.” Dubner took a look at a longitudinal study that began during the Great Depression and is still going on today. Back in the 1930s, Dr. Richard Clark Cabot commissioned what came to be known as . The study looked at the effects of common interventions such as mentoring, counseling, homework help, and summer camp.
Roland and his mom, Myra Gregory. from The Takeaway. 16% of US children live in poverty. That may shock you as you begin to compute the millions of children that percentage represents. Keep in mind this: this percentage represents a ten percent decrease largely created during President Bush's tenure and President Obama’s tenure. Why the decrease? What happened? Government happened.
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge (M.A. Reilly, 1.10.18) "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday. (From: The Washington Post, 1.11.18) Yesterday I
Pages Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Introducing Students & Parents to the @ISTE Standards for Students The names practices in which many innovative educators are already engaged. It gives a standard language for educators to speak to each other about their work. It also provides language and justification for doing this work when speaking with administrators. When implementing standards with students, it is also important to introduce them and their parents to the standards which you are working towards. To help with that, ISTE teamed up with Flocabulary to create this video.
Lake in Fog (Reilly, 2015) I. This year I want to keep in mind the benefits of reduction. Not only is less more, but so too is the act of reducing. My one little word to keep in mind this year is reduce. Two years ago my husband was alive. He began January in the intensive care and would undergo neurosurgery, rehab, a third staph infection, before returning again to the hospital where the
Pages Sunday, January 7, 2018 5 Ideas for Keeping Students At The Center of Learning #TLTechLive Personalize Learning, LLC designed Continuum of Voice adapted from "Motivation, Engagement, & Student Voice" by Toshalis & Nakkula from Students at the Center @StudentcCntrHub - Visual designed by Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth For those who work in the field of education, it seems obvious that we would keep students at the center of all that we do, but often this is forgotten. When it is forgotten students suffer.
is the City that never sleeps and if you can make it here you'll make it anywhere. We have a reputation to live up to. Perhaps this is why the snow day thing is so difficult for our mayor and chancellor to call. No matter what they decide, some people will be mad. We all know for the most part teachers and students celebrate snow days. But for others it's a headache!Childcare and MealsIn NYC, as in other places, a layer of difficulty is that parents depend on schools for childcare and meals for their children.
[Instead of just challenge-based learning, how about challenge-based leadership?] Sir Ken Robinson said in Creative Schools: Human achievement in every field is driven by the desire to explore, to test and prod, to see what happens, to question how things work, and to wonder why and ask, what if? Young children have a ready appetite […]
Want to get some new ideas for new tools or resources you can use in the New Year to make teaching and learning more effective? Then join us for our monthly Twitter chat at 7:00 pm EST where #NYCSchoolsTech educators will share the favorite #EdTech tools they've been using this year. #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. We will also be joined by some leading ed tech companies who will share what you can look forward to in 2018.You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:Q1 Share your favorite #edtech tool for this school year w/a link & why you love it.
from Counting Crows Anno, Mitsumasa. (1977). Anno's Counting Book. New York: Crowell. Appelt, Kathy. (2015). Counting Crows. Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atinuke. (2017). Baby Goes to Market. Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. Aylesworth, Jim. (1988). One Crow: A Counting Rhyme. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
[Instead of just challenge-based learning, how about challenge-based leadership?] Sir Ken Robinson said in Creative Schools: The principle of linearity works well for manufacturing; it doesn’t for people. Educating children by age group assumes that the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture. In practice, different students learn at different […]
Pages Sunday, December 31, 2017 7 Ways to Partner with Businesses & Other Lessons from @Puhsd_PCA Principal Seth Beute addresses tech leaders at the Phoenix Coding Academy The is an innovative school in Arizona that partners with businesses to ensure students are prepared to enter a job market where technology skills are a basic requirement. This is critically important because employment opportunities in technology-related careers are growing at a faster rate than other industries. A group of ed tech leaders from around the country had the opportunity to visit the school and see what works first hand as part of the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Arizona.
Maybe it’s the short solstice-adjacent days that darken my mood. Or maybe the holiday weather in Manitoba that’s colder than the north or south poles, or parts of Mars. Or staggering around my mother’s house, missing a father with whom I enjoyed my final fun memories this time last year. Whatever… some welcome space for […]
Crow Flying (M.A. Reilly, Ringwood, NJ) Winter BY DAVID ORR THE GRAVEST seasonAnd least understoodIs more than pale headsIn fur hoods More than the blackbirdsNo longer singingAbove the clearing they areDarkly ringing More than the snowEmbodied as menPosed in solitaryVigil again And equals the needTo live past recallingOut where the mercuryWon’t stop falling
I have not lifted my camera very much since Rob died. I forgot these images I made during the fall. Here are a few. Ringwood (M.A. Reilly, 2017) Ringwood (M.A. Reilly, 2017) Ringwood (M.A. Reilly, 2017) Arizona (M.A. Reilly, 2017) Arizona (M.A. Reilly, 2017)
The Familiar Falling Away (Devon running down a road in Ringwood, NJ. M.A. Reilly) I. I know more now and I know that knowledge comes with personal cost. After watching Rob die, I know that death is more labor than not; more late acceptance than hope. What I am learning nearly two years later is the nature of being alone. No matter how constant I held Rob’s hand between both of mine, he
Pages Monday, December 25, 2017 Don't Keep Holiday Photos Trapped In Your Phone: Create Home Movies on iOS or Android The holidays are here. You've taken tons of pictures and some video too. Once all the excitement dies down, you might want to capture those memories to look back upon in a home movie to look back upon in the future as well as share with loved ones who are unable to join you for the holidays. Today, doing that is a whole lot easier then it was even a few years ago. Here is what you need to know to get going.
On Grafton Street (M.A. Reilly, Dublin, 2009) It's been a challenging year. This breathtaking poem by Mark Doty fills me with hope. Change is always possible. Messiah (Christmas Portions) by Mark Doty A little heat caught in gleaming rags, in shrouds of veil, torn and sun-shot swaddlings: over the Methodist roof, two clouds propose a Zion of their own, blazing
When it comes to technology, sometimes it makes sense to welcome the concept of strategic abandonment. This means providing permission to stop doing things that have proved ineffective or inefficient. It doesn’t matter if you’ve invested millions of dollars and tons of time. If it’s not serving children, let go.This was one of the ideas that was discussed by a group of innovative district leaders who came together from around the country to explore important issues at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. What’s hot? Classroom Management & Tech ConsiderationsThe top post features infographics designed by innovative educator and graphic designer Eileen Lennon. She provides a visually pleasing way to think about management in the modern classroom. Next up is a post that provides ideas on some ways that are better than test scores to measure return on investment when it comes to tech in schools. Rounding out the top is a post where we look at defining the “Why” behind integrating technology into schools.
Pages Wednesday, December 20, 2017 When Short Term Thinking Is Key To #EdTech Success Schools and districts usually simply accept the fact that they are bound by antiquated rules, policies, and purchasing requirements that keep children stuck in the past. However, to prepare modern learners, districts must update outdated policies and purchasing practices by thinking short term. This was one of the key takeaways from a group of innovative district leaders who came together from around the country to explore important issues at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
Older generations love to bash the Millennials. But in many ways we are the problem. Here are a few quotes from Huffington Post’s recent article, Generation Screwed: Mention “millennial” to anyone over 40 and the word “entitlement” will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo. This is what it […]