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June 5, 2017   |   By Janet Larsen Roberts

Changing Mindsets: Dormancy May Lead to a Super Bloom

This post was written by Janet Larsen Roberts, a senior education consultant for the Knowledge Group and a cooperative learning teacher trainer and coach for Kagan Arabian Region. It was originally published on LinkedIn and the Knowledge Group blog at http://bit.ly/2qWV7ck.

A principal at an educational seminar made this comment, “Our teachers are lazy. They don’t want more training.” I think he’s dead wrong. Teachers may feel like they are stuck in a rut, but I believe that what appears to be a barren desert may actually be a super bloom waiting to happen.

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May 17, 2017   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Earn Micro-credentials Throughout the Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and it's a great time for educators to develop new skills through micro-credentials. While many micro-credentials require educators to provide evidence of their learning through work with students, there are several other micro-credentials that can be earned without students in the classroom. We've put together a list of these micro-credentials that are perfect for earning throughout the summer. Some are even eligible for graduate-level credit! Choose the one that's right for you and get started by visiting bloomboard.com/digitalpromise.

Download the full list or check out some of the most popular micro-credentials below.  

Essential Spreadsheet Skills
Issued by: Relay Graduate School of Education

Quantitative data often come in forms that require work to make them meaningful to an educator. Spreadsheets (for instance, Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel) are a critical tool for working with quantitative data as a classroom educator. Learn more about earning this micro-credential and download the submission requirements and scoring guide.

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 

Establishing a Virtual Community
Issued by: Center for Teaching Quality

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must guide a group through a process that builds relationships through engaging in common meaningful work, sharing stories, identifying individual team member strengths, and establishing the shared expectations of the community. Download the submission requirements and scoring guide to get started

Why Use Tech in the Classroom?
Issued by: Digital Promise Journey

Technology can have a strong impact on student learning. The use of digital devices has been shown to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation. To learn how to prepare for and earn this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit!)

Developing Educator Digital Portfolios
Issued by: Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Learning at USD

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must document their growth, and reflect on how their role as an educator has changed over time, by examining their work. To learn more about earning this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit! )

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 
 

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May 9, 2017   |   By Ray Huang

‘13 Reasons Why’ Your District Needs Suicide Prevention Training

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The hit Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’ is getting a lot of attention on how it irresponsibly romanticizes teen suicide. The series is about a high school student who leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says contributed to her suicide. The show has been both praised and panned by viewers and has prompted discussion about depression, bullying and suicide.

The series has also prompted many schools to send home letters to parents to make them aware of the show and the sensitive subject matter. Schools have also addressed this among their staff, however talking about it is just the beginning.

Here are 13 reasons why your school or district needs a competency-based professional learning program on suicide awareness and prevention:

  1. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.1
  2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.1
  3. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.1
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April 20, 2017   |   By Ray Huang

4 Components of District Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning

As interest grows in the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) for students and staff, a growing number of districts are adopting systemic strategies that embed SEL into every aspect of school life.

In a recent BloomBoard webinar, Kori Sanchez Smith, SEL Coordinator at Atlanta Public Schools, spoke about the four components of implementing SEL across the district:

  1. Explicit Instruction
  2. Integrating with Curriculum
  3. Integration with Instructional Pedagogy
  4. Beyond the Classroom

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By considering all four components of SEL implementation, leaders are able to:

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January 17, 2017   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Meet the BloomBoard Educator Support Team

Every week our support team interacts with over 300 educators to offer responsive, accurate, and approachable support and help you make the most of your BloomBoard experience. As the friendly faces of BloomBoard, we wanted to take a minute to introduce each of them.

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