Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Conference Session Highlights: Proposition #5 Learning Communities


Proposition #5: Teachers are members of learning communities. We know that we learn better together and we can learn from others. Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) is so important for today's educators. We literally have a world of information on best practices at our fingertips. Here are a few concurrent sessions related to this proposition at this year's conference. 

1. It's What You Say and How You Say It: How Communication Builds Culture: (Room 116 10:15-11:15) Our daily interactions build relationships, create culture, and allow us to facilitate learning and lead change. The power of committed listening, effective questioning, reflective feedback, and partnership communication can be a game changer in your classroom, school or family.

2. Leaning in on Policy - Teacher Leaders, Advocacy and Outreach: (Room 106 11:20-12:20) It is critical that teacher leaders continually develop new leadership skills, work to create new partnerships and collaborations—both inside and outside the classroom-- and learn new ways to get involved in key education policy discussions and decisions.

3. Kick Start College: Room 112 1:45-2:45) Exposing students to college campuses builds capacity to create 4 year plans. The Kick-Start College program can exposes students to a college campus as early as 8th grade.

4. As Close as Your Device, and It's Free! Online Professional Development Opportunities: Free is a good word, especially when it involves professional development! Join Dr. Cordell for an online tour of free professional development opportunities for K-12 educators and library media specialists.

5. New National School Library Standards: The American Association of School Librarians is unveiling new national standards in November. This is an introduction to these new standards.

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