Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Engagement Strategy Toolkits on Project MASH

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Exciting things are happening at Project MASH!

Engagement Strategies and their accompanying toolkits are now available to teachers on Project MASH. The toolkits cover diverse topics from Design Thinking, Engagement Games and Problem-based Learning, and provide a framework for teachers to integrate unique teaching approaches into their classroom. Each strategy includes detailed instructions, steps and tips on how to implement the approach in the classroom, content connections, information on how it aligns to relevant standards, and case studies utilizing the practice. To check out these great resources on Project MASH please click here.

Anyone can access the great learning content and resources on Project MASH, but by joining Project MASH you can become part of an education community with new opportunities to engage and share ideas with peers, find out about new workshops, and be connected to other support and resources. To become part of the Project MASH community, join Project MASH today.

The Project MASH Engagement Strategies will also be showcased during the professional development workshops happening this week on July 15th at MASHCamps in the District of Columbia, the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, and in Redwood City, California. MASHCamps are part of a national professional development initiative for teachers interested in exploring new learning approaches. To learn more about MASHCamps, please click here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

More Inspiring Lessons on Five Thing I've Learned

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Currently featured on The Five Things I’ve Learned are our friends—Robert Becker, John Bridgeland, Claudine K. Brown, Dan Cardinali and Tom Carroll.

Below are excerpts from five essential lessons and ideas they have learned during their lifetime in education.

Robert Becker writes, “I am a huge fan of failure, and I do my best to get every one of my students to take risks and to fail on a regular basis.”

John Bridgeland believes, “Addressing our high school dropout challenge is a moral, social and economic issue.”

Claudine K. Brown says, “For those of us who work directly with the public, the gratification can be instant. There is no high greater than sharing someone's "aha" moment.”

Dan Cardinali states, “When education and community are unified, we create a much more comprehensive sense of what it means to be a fully integrated and productive member of society.”

Tom Carroll writes, “Yesterday we went to school to learn how to work—today learning is the work.”

To read more of their inspiring lessons on Five Things I’ve Learned please click here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Free Teacher Professional Development Workshops

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A great learning opportunity for teachers!

This summer Project MASH and the Pearson Foundation’s New Learning Institute are presenting free, teacher professional development workshops in cities across the country at their MASHcamps.

MASHCamps are part of a national professional development initiative for teachers interested in exploring new learning approaches. The camps will feature hands-on workshops and make use of the teacher resources and learning content found on Project MASH. Each workshop will highlight Project MASH’s many regional partnerships, including collaboration with the California Academy of Science, Newseum, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and others.

There is still room available in workshops in select cities. To learn more and register, please click the link below.

Boston on July 15: Play to Engage @ Building Learning Communities Conference: This workshop will help educators think through how playful community engagement can impact learning inside and outside the classroom.

Los Angeles with The Exploratory on August 2 & Sept 27: The Exploratory’s Tinker. Make. Innovate. approach incorporates discovery and encourages curiosity in the tinkering phase, skill-building in the making phase, and design thinking practice in the innovation phase. These teacher workshops will give participants hands-on experiences and provide a platform for integration into classroom lesson plans.

Redwood City with New Teacher Center on July 15-16 & August 12-13: Through a series of interactive and participatory challenges and activities, the Design Thinking Methods & Practices workshop with The New Teacher's Center will address these questions and offer educators a chance to better understand what the design process is and how it can be incorporated into the classroom in relevant and engaging ways.

Washington, DC on multiple days from July 15 and August 15: In one-day sessions, educators will gain first-hand experience with Project MASH activities and projects, explore new learning approaches, work with experts, and problem-solve using a variety of digital and social media tools.

To find out about the other workshops happening around the country this summer, please click here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We Give Books Read for My Summer

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There is a great opportunity to share books and celebrate literacy with young readers all summer long through We Give Books Read for My Summer program.

Designed for children up to 10, Read for My Summer highlights special books for you and your child to read from the We Give Books ever-growing library of digital books. The free, 10-week program encourages kids to read both online at wegivebooks.org and on their own with print books. Again this year we’ve partnered with ReadWriteThink to provide the very best free materials to build excitement around reading throughout the summer months and beyond.

Each week, We Give Books will send you an email announcing that week’s book, customized for your child’s reading level, as well as leading you to reading guides, activities and fun online surprises. At the end of the summer, students can create a custom log of the books they’ve read to share with their teachers and friends at school.

You can help foster the love of reading in your child this summer by joining Read for My Summer. To get started sign up to participate at http://www.wegivebooks.org/readformysummer.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Building A GradNation Report Released

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Some good news!

According to the 2014 Building A GradNation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report, the U.S. high school graduation rate rose above 80% for the first time in our nation’s history.

The fifth annual report, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, shows that the U.S. high school graduation rates are currently on track to meet the national goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020.

The report also reveals that the number of school were graduation is not the norm ("dropout factories") is decreasing. The largest gains in graduation rates were seen by Hispanic students who improved by 15 percentage points, from 61% in 2006 to 76% in 2012. African American graduation rates also grew significantly from 59% in 2006 to 68% in 2012.

The findings, which were released last month at the 2014 Building A GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C, are impressive and emphasize how important the work of Grad Nation is to our country.