October is Connected Educator Month!
Teaching in isolation may soon be a thing of the past as individual educators, leaders, and organizations collaborate across schools, districts, and continents to co-create Connected Educator Month (CEM) 2014. Sponsored by the US Department of Education and many national education groups, CEM is chock full of webinars, simulations, virtual trips, podcasts, twitter chats, forum discussions and more on a broad range of education topics. Here are the themes running throughout CEM:
There are many ways to participate in CEM, and multiple events will be archived to access later if your virtual CEM interests conflict with real-world commitments in October! Register as an attendee or organization to create your profile, develop a customized calendar, interact with other attendees, and more. To get regular updates on all the latest CEM developments subscribe to the CEM blog, sign up for the CEM newsletter, or check in with Connected Educator Radio.
The Future of Learning
Thought leaders concerned about the future of learning have developed some exciting new tools and resources. Here are a few of our favorites:
Learning in 2025 presents short vignettes of students and “learning agents” of 2025. Ever think about being a Community Intelligence Cartographer? Or a Learning Fitness Instructor? Check out this great site by KnowledgeWorks for audio, video, and enhanced pdf resources.
Teaching 2030 by Barnett Berry and a team of 12 accomplished teachers offers a transformative vision for the future of learning and teaching. It’s also full of practical ideas to begin working on the future now. Put it on your fall reading list! For a short overview of the book, see the video here.
The Center for Teaching Quality is a national nonprofit focused on connecting the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers in the CQT Collaboratory. Join the Collaboratory to connect with others working to transform education.
The Future of CCTE
The work of the Facilitation PLC and CCTE Fellows from 2011-2014 has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education. See our latest program reports to review CCTE’s work to date. We are now in a transition phase, working with local districts and colleges to continue our networks and cross-sector professional learning communities in Greater Rochester. We will provide updates as they become available. Meanwhile, check out new blog posts on teaching and learning in biology, statistics, earth science, U.S. history, and education. Peruse the 2013-14 action research reports to see what CCTE Fellows discovered when they systematically tried and assessed new teaching practices in their high school and college classrooms. The video below features some of our 2013-14 members and facilitators sharing their impressions of the Fellows Program.