Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Monday, January 16, 2012

Great Upcoming Webinar on Teaching Diverse Learners

Our upcoming webinar series, headlined by renowned psychologist Carol S. Dweck, is designed to provide background and actionable tips to help teachers better identify and respond to students' diverse learning gaps and capabilities. 

Reaching All Learners: 
Tools and Strategies for Teaching Diverse-Needs Students

Many teachers today feel overwhelmed by the wide range of their students' learning needs and levels of preparedness. This webinar series is designed to provide background and actionable tips in key pedagogical areas to help teachers better identify and respond to students' unique gaps and capabilities. All sessions will highlight concrete strategies for managing diverse-needs classrooms, developing knowledge and skills, and maximizing students' learning potential.

Choose one of these vital webinars for just $49, or select all three and pay only $129. View them live or on-demand!

Making Differentiated Instruction Work for You 
Register for this Webinar 
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, 4 p.m. ET 
Differentiated instruction—the practice of accommodating and building on students' diverse learning needs—is often prescribed as a key to effective pedagogy today. But as many teachers know, it can be extremely difficult to implement successfully and—to make matters worse—is often subject to varied, sometimes perplexing interpretations.
In this webinar, two educators with direct experience in working with diverse-needs students will seek to demystify differentiated instruction and offer actionable strategies to help teachers make this practice work in their classrooms. Topics to be discussed include classroom management, effective grouping, formative assessment, and skills development. 
Vicki Gibson, Ph.D.Vicki Gibson, Ph.D., is a nationally known education consultant and trainer. A former kindergarten teacher, learning disability specialist, and school leader, she is the author of a number of books on effective pedagogy, including Differentiated Instruction: Grouping for Success. Ms. Gibson is the chair and president of Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates, a consulting group focused on providing research-based and skills-focused professional development. 
 Katie Hull SypnieskiKatie Hull Sypnieski, recognized by peers as a master of differentiated instruction, is an English and English Language Development teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif. In her 15 years as an educator, she has taught English-language learners at all grade levels. She has also served as a teaching consultant in writing for the University of California-Davis School of Education and a district lead trainer for the WRITE Institute. 
Moderator: Anthony Rebora , managing editor of Education Week Teacher 
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Reading Interventions: When Core Instruction Isn't Enough 
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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, 2 p.m. ET 
In this webinar, two instructional intervention experts will provide research-based guidance for planning and implementing reading interventions to meet the varying needs of students.
Jeanne Wanzek, a leading researcher on literacy development, will describe strategies for pinpointing—and subsequently addressing—core instructional problems in reading. School district consultant Amanda VanDerHeyden will discuss how to identify students in need of additional support, match them with the "right" intervention, and monitor progress. Both experts will highlight websites with free resources and intervention protocols that teachers can begin using right away.
Amanda M. VanDerHeyden, Ph.DJeanne Wanzek, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Florida State University and is on the research faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research. She is a former special educator and elementary teacher. Ms. Wanzek conducts research examining effective reading instruction and intervention for students with reading difficulties and disabilities.
 Katie Hull SypnieskiAmanda M. VanDerHeyden, Ph.D., is a private consultant and researcher who has worked as a researcher, consultant, and national trainer in a number of school districts and published more than 60 scholarly articles and book chapters related to response to intervention. In 2006, Dr. VanDerHeyden was named to a National Center for Learning Disabilities advisory panel to provide guidance related to RTI. She co-authored Essentials of Response to Intervention and also serves as research advisor to iSTEEP, a web-based data management system.
Moderator: Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher 
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Changing Mindsets, Motivating Students 
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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 2 p.m. ET 
In this webinar, renowned psychologist Carol Dweck will discuss how teachers can use new discoveries in cognitive development to improve student motivation and engagement.
Through her intensive research, Dr. Dweck has found that students who believe intelligence is a fixed quality are more likely to avoid challenging tasks, while students who believe intelligence can be developed with effort tend to be more successful. She'll discuss some of the most common mistakes teachers make in trying to motivate students and detail strategies for promoting a "growth mindset" rather than "fixed mindset" in the classroom.
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.DCarol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., author of Mindset: The New Science of Success, is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities and has lectured and worked with schools and other organizations all over the world. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association—the highest honor in psychology. 
Moderator: Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher

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