PDkayitz

 

Who doesn’t love the summertime?  Longer days with bright and sunny weather somehow are just what educators need to return back to school refreshed and invigorated to take on the new school year.  At the YU School Partnership, we are so excited by the prospect of summertime growth and learning that we have created PDkayitz - daily recommendations for interesting and thought provoking professional development resources intended to help educators approach the new school year with fresh eyes and a renewed excitement for teaching.  Follow us daily on Twitter (@yuschoolpartnership) for updates or visit this page regularly for our running list of resources.
 
Plus- be sure to keep the learning going by checking out all our exciting year-round programs dedicated to the areas of the professional development that the field has been asking for:
 
 
…with more topics added regularly!
 
develop a working knowledge of educational technology standards and pedagogy, proficiency with fundamental technology tools and the ability to begin applying them to their classrooms.

 

 

Thursday, August 21st

Topic: PD
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Check out these 10 great ways to ensure BAD professional learning.
Resource: http://www.learningforward.org/docs/default-source/jsd-august-2013/thomas.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Wednesday, August 21st

Topic: Ed Tech
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: What are the components of a 21st century classroom? This infographic is a great illustration.
Resource: https://twitter.com/MsNextEd/status/364878493848309761/photo/1

Tuesday, August 20th

Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: See a teacher's perspective on the best way to learn about using new
tools to become a better teacher.
Resource: http://www.opendayschool.org/community/blog/entry/blended-learning-success-don-t-forget-the-teacher

Monday, August 19th

Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Three ways to make this the best school year ever.
Resource: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/best-year-ever-teachers-back-to-school-elena-aguilar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-prepforbestyear2

Thursday, August 15th

Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: "Confidence breeds competence."  Get ready for the first days of school with this back to school checklist.
Resource: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr360.shtml

Wednesday, August 14th

Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Resources and Downloads for Differentiated InstructionEducators
from Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these
resources for you to use in your own school.
Resource: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-differentiated-instruction-budget-resources-downloads

Tuesday, August 13th

Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: How do we cultivate creativity in our schools?  Sir Ken Robinson challenges us in this TED talk.
Resource:
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html

Monday, August 12th

Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Are you thinking about the variability of learners who will be in your class next year? Watch this video to learn about the myth of the average learner and why variablity matters.
Resource:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WClnVjCEVM

Thursday, August 13th

Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Are you thinking about the variability of learners who will be in your class next year? Watch this video to learn about the myth of the average learner and why variablity matters.
Resource:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WClnVjCEVM

Thursday, August 8th

Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Will your students be this
excited for the first day of school?
Resource:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWXOurnVTYg

Wednesday, August 7th

Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Integrate Universal Design into your lessons right from the start.
Resource: http://www.middleweb.com/7694/finding-time-for-udl/

Tuesday, August 6th

Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: How can blended learning help teachers integrate studying/learning?
Resource: http://www.edutopia.org/integrated-studies-research?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=article-ISresearchfact
 

Monday, August 5th

Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Discover what it takes to create a classroom culture infused with Jewish values with Sharon Feiman Nemser
Resource: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAkF2UhQuew

Thursday, August 1st

Topic: Educational Technology 
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Do you flip your classroom? Do your kids use iPads? Here are great app recommendations!
Resource: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/8-outstanding-ipad-apps-to-create.html

Wednesday, July 31st

Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: How can we use IPads to differentiate in our kindergarten classes?
Resource: http://www.adigitalkindergarten.com/2011/12/11-ipad-use-in-full-day-kindergarten.html
 
Tuesday, July 30th
Topic: Leadership
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Ten Big Ideas for School Leadership
Resource: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-maine-project-based-learning-ideas-principal-leadership
 
Monday, July 29th
Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: First time teachers: Are you getting ready for the start of school?
Resource: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr360.shtml
 
Thursday, July 25th
Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Is blended learning disruptive?
Resource: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2013/05/23/is-k-12-blended-learning-disruptive/
 
Wednesday, July 24th
Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: See this excellent presentation on how to prepare our students for the future in a differentiated classroom
Resource: http://www.caroltomlinson.com/Presentations/Brisbane_Aug2012.pdf
 
Tuesday, July 23rd
Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Maccabee Avishur
Tip: Are you interested in engaging in professional development, but not sure whether a certificate or degree is right for you? This article can help you clarify.
Resource: http://www.edutopia.org/integrated-studies-research?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=article-ISresearchfact
 
Monday, July 22nd
Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen 
Tip: Are you already making a list of things that you want to be different for your classroom next year?
Resource: www.edutopia.org/blog/a-better-teacher-next-fall-richard-curwin
 
Thursday, July 18th
Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen 
Tip: Bnei Akiva schools Principal explains to parents why on-line courses will be part of the students’ experience next year.... classroom without walls
Resource: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6bP6G9dfvQ
 
Wednesday, July 17th
Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen 
Tip: Check out some examples of what D.I. looks like in writing 
Resource: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/22263/
 
Monday, July 15th
Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Thinking about how to start the school year off right? Larry Ferlazzo has resources for you.
Resource: http://bit.ly/mQ90BC
 
Make sure the next school year starts off well!
Click here to sign up for our 2-week online module in Back to School Prep!

Thursday, July 11th

Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: This teacher sent a video home to parents to explain the flipped classroom!
Resource:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rh75dfnaSw
 

Transform your classrooms into an Online/Blended Learning  environment with our 30-week long online Certificate Program. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, July 10th

Topic: Differentiated Instruction
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: How do students learn best? A Malawian student shares how he built electricity for his family in this inspiring TED talk.
Resource:
http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_on_building_a_windmill.html
 
Help your students learn in a way that speaks to their style and talents.  Click here to sign up for our 2-week online module on Differentiated Instruction and other great courses!

Tuesday, July 9th

Topic: Educational Technology
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Do you use technology as an effective tool in your classroom?
Resource:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/the-7-characteristics-of-teachers-who.html
 
Monday, July 8th
Topic: Back to School Prep
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Teachers using Responsive Classroom techniques -- such as relationship-building
morning meetings and engaging student-led activities -- to get students
focused and ready to learn.
Resource:
http://www.edutopia.org/stw-sel-classroom-management-video
 
Looking to begin the next school year on the right foot?
Click here to sign up for our 2-week online module in Back to School Prep!
 
Wednesday, July 3rd
Topic: Leadership
Contributor: Dina Rabhan
Tip: Schools need principals.  Check out this blog post from Shira Leibowitz that talks about why.
Resource:
http://sharingourblessings.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/why-we-need-principals/

Aspiring to become a leader in your school? Already an emerging leader and want to take your career to the next level? Click here to learn more about YU Lead and embark on the path to leadership success today!

 
Tuesday, July 2nd
Topic: Diffentiated Instruction
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: John Legend sings to inspire us to celebrate our students “True Colors”.
Resource:
http://www.ted.com/speakers/john_legend.html
 
Learn how to reach each and every one of your students!  Click here to sign up for our 2-week online module on Differentiated Instruction and other great courses!
 
 
Monday, July 1st
Topic: Positive Behavioral Support
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: Teachers, show you care.  Help your students learn.
Resource:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi38skNOZt4
 
Interested in promoting postive behavior in your classroom?
Click here to sign up for our 2-week online module on Positive Behavior Support in your classroom and other great courses!
 
Thursday, June 27th
Topic: Online/Blended Learning
Contributor: Dr. Eliezer Jones
Tip: What is the Academic and Financial Impact of Blended Learning? Check out
EduStart’s Emerging Blended-Learning Models and School Profiles.
Resource:
http://www.ghcf.org/default/Documents/Emerging%20BL%20Models%20and%20School%20Profiles%20FINAL%2009.21.12.pdf
 
Transform your classrooms into an Online/Blended Learning  environment with our 30-week long online Certificate Program. Click here to learn more.
 
Wednesday, June 26th
Topic: Leadership
Contributor: Shira Heller
Tip: Interested in learning about increasing teacher retention? A teacher's top factor in influencing them to stay in teaching is how well principal works with the staff.
Resource:
http://bit.ly/ZoYoPT
 
Take your leadership skills to the next level with our YU Lead online leadership development program.  Click here to learn more.
 
Tuesday, June 25th
Topic: Educational Technology
Contributor: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Tip: What is the difference between projects and Project Based Learning?
Resource: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/new-handy-chart-on-difference-between.html
 
Turn your classroom into the model for  Educational Technology Integration. Click here to learn about our  30 week online Certificate Program in Educational Technology.
 
Monday, June 24th