BloomBoard Blog

May 10, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Margaret Powers

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May 9, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Increasing Potential with Micro-credentials: An Interview with Teacher Katie Hoff

Micro-credentials are getting lots of attention lately as an alternative to traditional, one-size-fits-all models of professional development (PD). While a recent study by Digital Promise showed that few teachers know about them, some early adopters across the country are blazing the trail for micro-credential implementation. 

Kettle Moraine School District in Wisconsin, for example, is implementing micro-credentials as part of its personalized, competency-based PD plan with a direct impact on teacher compensation. We reached out to one Kettle Moraine educator who is earning recognition through micro-credentials for the skills she is learning and using every day in the classroom, and we asked her to share her experience.

Katie Hoff teaches 8th grade social studies in Kettle Moraine, is currently in her fifth year of teaching, and is dedicated to her professional growth. Not only has she completed her Master's degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout, but she is also working towards her 316 certification (Reading Teacher License program), and she has applied for—and earned—multiple micro-credentials during this school year.

Here's more about what it's like to earn a micro-credential from Katie, in her words:

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April 27, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Sheryl Place

Our new blog series, Curator Spotlight, takes a closer look at the expert educators who are creating resource collections, starting discussions, and making BloomBoard THE destination for more connected, more meaningful, and just-in-time professional learning!

This week, we're featuring Sheryl Place, a veteran ESOL teacher who has spent her entire teaching career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida - the 4th largest district in the United States. She began teaching in 1983 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in French Education from Michigan State University. Mrs. Place continued to grow professionally, receiving a scholarship from the University of Miami where she earned a Master’s Degree in TESOL in 1992. She then transitioned to teaching high school grades 9-12 instructing classes in French, Latin and ESOL. Mrs. Place currently teaches ESOL at Miami Killian Senior High in Miami, Florida.

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April 19, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Travis Phelps


Since launching the new BloomBoard, educators from all over the country have signed up to learn, share, and discuss the best teaching ideas with each other. We've learned that while teachers love exploring resource collections to power their professional growth, they also want to learn more about the educators creating these dynamic collections.

And they're completely right—these superstar educators deserve recognition! Which is why we're introducing a new blog series that showcases the experts who make BloomBoard the destination for more connected, more meaningful, and just-in-time professional learning.

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September 14, 2015   |   By Alicia Barnes

How to Increase Parent Engagement in 5 Simple Steps

As educators and students return to the classroom this fall, it's beneficial to examine the crucial role that parents can play in student achievement. One huge challenge for educators is coordinating and differentiating parent communication to reach all parents, taking into account a diverse range of parenting styles, preferred level of involvement and method of outreach, and the individual personalities of the students. 

In this article published on Edutopia, BloomBoard CEO Jason Lange shares five simple steps for garnering parent buy-in, support, and involvement, so educators can work side by side with parents to power student happiness and achievement.

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