Reflecting on & Learning from a Chaotic School Year

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This year more than ever it is important for teachers to reflect on the year, celebrate their efforts, and let go of a very turbulent year. We’ve created a document to help you process the past school year and look ahead to a new and fresh start in 2020-21.
  • Download “The Year in Review” to walk through the ups and downs of your 2019-20 school year and shift your focus to a fresh start in 2020-21. Reflection helps, we promise!
  • Collaborate with other teachers by sharing a success you had during the “remote learning” this year. Share as much or as little as you like. Click here to share your thoughts!
Resources for Thinking Ahead!

Trauma-Informed Instruction: Many of our students will come back to us next year after having experienced rough situations at home. Check out the Trauma-Informed Instruction resources below to see how you can plan for students’ needs next year.

Additional Professional Learning

  • If you are interested in professional development through the North East Florida Educational Consortium and you are a non-profit school registered through the School Choice Office click here.

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Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway! Thank You Teachers!

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Update: Congratulations to Lisa M. from Dixon School of the Arts on winning our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway! Thank you to all the wonderful teachers who continue to support their students everyday!

We know this year teachers have been stretched and challenged more than ever in new and sometimes frustrating ways. We are so proud of all the hard work you are putting into your remote learning classrooms. This month’s resources are totally in celebration of you!

THANK YOU TEACHERS!

Many teachers have worked hard to develop new skills in the area of technology to continue to serve students from afar. In support of that growth, this month we are giving away a free Document Camera to one lucky teacher!

To enter to win a Document Camera for your classroom CLICK HERE! *Limit one entry per person, entries close on May 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., only complete entries will be accepted. The winner will be announced on Friday, May 15th on the Bulletin Board website.

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies & Deals
We know you are still hard at work teaching your students. Don’t forget to explore our lists of free grade level resources for distance learning!

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Tutorials & Set Up Help for Online Learning

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Many teachers have been asking for ideas, tutorials, and support in setting up their digital classrooms. We’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions below.
How can I send materials, lessons, & communications to students?
  • The following FREE online platforms are some of our favorite user-friendly options for setting up online learning. Click the link below for set up tutorials!
    • Schoology (attendance tracking feature)
    • Google Classroom
    • Zoom
    • Canvas (attendance tracking feature)
    • Class Dojo (attendance tracking feature)
    • Remind
    • Padlet

* Click here for tutorials & set up help for all of the above online platform options.

How can I record lessons or videos?
How do I find resources for the grade level & subjects I teach?
  • The links below are sorted by subject area and are broken down into elementary and middle & high school levels. Remember, you can link the resources you find here into a digital classroom (see tutorials above)!
  • The site, WideOpenSchool.org, was created by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that rates education and entertainment content for children, with help from dozens of partner educational companies. The site brings together content from some amazing companies to help students, teachers and families find free, quality resources while school buildings are closed.

Who can I reach out to about purchasing devices for my students?
  • Demand is high for devices at this time. We will update this section with more contacts as we find them. Check back in regularly to see what options are available.
    • HP®-Click here to join the Step Up for Students HP® Private Store. Fill out the registration information to gain access to exclusive offers on HP® Computers, Printers, Accessories and Original Ink & Toner. Sale pricing going on now!
      • Enjoy free standard shipping site-wide and a 30-day hassle free return or exchange policy.
      • For large order requests or unique inquiries please contact stepupforstudents@hp.com to be connected with a dedicated Account Manager.
    • Microsoft®- Email Dave.Patel@microsoft.com to inquire about devices & pricing options from Microsoft as well as free licenses for Office 365 Education that include Microsoft Teams!
Questions or Need Assistance?

Online & Remote Learning Options for Teachers

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Due to the unprecedented situation nationwide, we know you are most likely in the process of exploring & implementing online and remote learning options for your students in the coming weeks. To help with this planning, we’ve compiled resources that may help you to navigate these uncharted waters. Feel free to walk through the steps below as you and your school decide what plan will work best for your students & families.
*Please note: We will continue to update the links below as we find new information and resources. (Updated on 3/26/20)
Step 1: What should I know about online learning before I jump in?
Step 2: What platform do I want to use to communicate with my students?

    *Use the survey to let us know what you are looking for so that we can reach out with support!*

Step 3: Once I’ve chosen my communication platform, how do I find resources for my grade level & subject area?
Step 4: What resources can I share with parents to help support them with technology & many other issues during this difficult time?

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Resources to Leap into National Reading Month & Women’s History Month

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March is National Reading Month as well as Women’s History Month. This month we wanted to provide resources in celebration of both! We’ve also added a section this month with professional development resources & support for students with special needs. Check out the awesome resources below!

National Reading Month & Women’s History Month
PD Resources for Teachers
Resources for Students with Special Needs

 

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Engage Students with Critical Conversations during Black History Month & Every Month!

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Today is the first day of Black Lives Matter at School week and the first week of Black History Month. We know that teachers are working toward representation and inclusion every day in their classrooms. Here are some resources to help you foster critical conversations in your classroom and continue to create an inclusive environment in your school. We hope you can use these resources all year long!

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Start the New Year with Resources for Student Goal Setting!

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Explore these goal setting resources to start the New Year on the right foot:
Consider setting your own classroom management goal to help you start the year off right!
Don’t forget! Registration for the 2020 SUFS Choice in Education Conference opens January 28th. Click here to learn more.
Rising Stars Award Nominations close on January 31st! Click here to learn more and nominate today.

5 Time Management Tips & Resources for Teachers

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With holiday parties, parent nights, school-wide performances, and end of term exams coming up, it’s easy to get buried under a mountain of grading and planning this month! We’d like to share some strategies that will ease the stress of grading and help you make the most of your planning time all year.

5 Time Management Tips & Resources

  1. Plan at Least a Week Ahead
  1. Use a To Do List & Set a Timer
  • Create your to do list the day or night before. During your planning time, choose 2-3 items you know you can get done and set a time limit for each. Use the timer on your phone to keep yourself on task. Shut the door and get things done!
  1. Don’t Try to Grade Everything
  • There is a purpose for every assignment or activity in your class, but that does not mean every assignment or activity needs to be recorded for a grade. Consider checking some assignments for understanding, while grading and providing detailed feedback on others. Consider providing quick feedback via a sticky note rubric- click here to learn more!
  1. Utilize a Copy Box
  • Use a folder or an inbox on your desk to place the master copies of the pages you need for the next week. Resist the urge to go make copies as soon as you finish one lesson. Collect your copies during your planning time and then save 5-10 minutes at the end of your time to go make the copies.
  1. Choose One Day to Stay Late
  • As teachers we are notorious for coming in early and staying late. Consider choosing just one day a week to stay late. During this time, you can work after students are gone, distraction free, to finish any grading, planning, or copying that needs to be done for the following week.

Teachers: Have you heard about Algebra Nation?

Teachers, School Administrators and Principals:

You’re invited to join the Step Up For Students SuperFans program. Become a social ambassador for Step Up and help us spread awareness of our scholarship programs.

When you sign up, we will send you our most exciting news through email to share with your friends and followers. You choose where you share our content. You can share it through email, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or all of the above. Sharing our posts helps not only spread the word about Step Up to those who need it most, but it could also benefit your private school.

The best part? The more you share and participate, the more points you’ll earn towards a monthly giveaway. This month we’re giving away a $20 Target gift card and one Step Up’s new promotional items of your choosing (from a selection).

To join now, click on the link below and connect with one of your social networks.

JOIN STEP UP FOR STUDENTS SUPERFANS

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5 Easy Ways to Get Started with STEM

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For most teachers, tackling STEM in the classroom can be a daunting endeavor. What is STEM? Where do I begin? How do I find lessons, activities, and experiments? How long will it take?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. Three of the most important components of a good STEM lesson include:

  • Problem Solving or Challenge Based Learning
  • Real World Applications
  • Integration of Multiple Disciplines

The goal of STEM activities is to put students in the driver’s seat and encourage them to think critically to solve real world problems using ideas and concepts from many different subject areas while reflecting on their successes and their challenges.

It turns out incorporating STEM in the classroom can happen in all kinds of ways, not just in the form of complex experiments. November 8th is National STEM Day and we’ve dedicated this month’s post to helping you get started with STEM using 5 easy to implement ideas.
1. Start with a Book or an Article
  • Unsure of where to begin? Find a short book or an article that touches on a problem or STEM career you wish to highlight. Reading this story aloud with students can be a wonderful starting point to get students in the problem-solving mindset.
    • For Elementary Students- Consider books like Rosie Revere Engineer, by Angela Beaty, or The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.
    • For Secondary Students- Consider starting with this PBS article about a 15-year-old student who invented a new test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.
2. Create Maker Time and Maker Space
  • Set aside an area in your classroom for students to build and create. STEM Bins are an easy way to organize materials for students to build with.
  • Create your own STEM Bins from many everyday items found in your house. Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, straws, plates, magnets, etc. Click here for a step by step to create your own!
  • Feeling more ambitious? Consider a STEM subscription kit like this one! You’ll get new age appropriate STEM activities in the mail each month for students of any grade level!
3. Promote Challenge Based Learning & Activities
4. Plan a Field Trip
  • No budget for field trips? Try Skype in the Classroom! You can take your class on a digital field trip to museums, national parks, laboratories,and even to the ocean floor!
  • Do you have hands on learners? The National Park Service offers “Traveling Trunks” that are filled with artifacts and hands on materials to learn about over 100 different topics and locations!
5. Expand on Careers & Real-World Workplaces
    • Have you heard of EVERFI? Step Up for Students is excited to share our continued partnership to bring EVERFI’s digital learning platform to your school at no cost. These Lessons are student-paced, grade themselves and come with supplemental lesson plans.
    • The courses address topics such as Character Education, Financial Literacy, Bullying Prevention, STEM education and many more.
    • Your school is already set up and has full access. 1) Visit EVERFI.com/register 2) select Florida 3) type in the first part of your school name to get started. EVERFI also provides training and support to your teachers cost-free. Contact Liam Obrien at lobrien@everfi.com or 241-886-0690 with questions or to schedule a training for your staff.

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Solving Your Parent-Teacher Conference Headaches with Student-Led Conferences

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Student-Led Conferences offer an opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning and lead the conversation about their progress. Though these conferences require a little more preparation, the student-led approach solves some of the biggest headaches and pitfalls associated with parent conferences.
  • Will they even show up?– Attendance improves when parents are encouraged to attend with their children.
    • Parents are more likely to attend knowing their students are the stars of the show. Not only will parents get to see their child shine in a leadership role, but they will also receive valuable information about success and opportunities directly from their child.
    • Watch this video to see Student Led Conferences in action!
  • Lack of follow through – Knowing they must discuss their successes and challenges with parents encourages students to take ownership of their learning all year!
  • Defensive Parents – When students lead the conversation, parents are more likely to show support and encouragement rather than anger and defensiveness.
    • When students are responsible for explaining their growth and progress, teachers no longer need to justify the areas that students are struggling. Parents hear directly from the student and are able to brainstorm solutions with the teacher and student to become a part of their student’s growth.
    • Still nervous about discussing a difficult situation? Read this article from Edutopia on providing difficult feedback.

Want to learn more? If you are interested in trying Student-Led Conferences at your school, consider attending one of our online webinars or contact your regional coordinator to schedule an in-person session at your school!


Check out these exciting free resources for the month of October!

Reading Eggs through Edmentum: Looking for support for your struggling readers aged 2-13? Reading Eggs is an award-winning program that uses games to engage students in learning to read. Reading Eggs is offering a FREE 4-week trial through October 31st.

Book It!:  BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza from Pizza Hut. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Lead4change: Lead4Change is a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The ready to use lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free.