Budgeting for Technology & Free Professional Development Opportunity

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Now more than ever, technology has become a necessity in education! With so many schools using a hybrid approach of in person and online learning, school leaders are under increasing pressure to purchase new technology or upgrade the existing materials. As you begin to work on your school’s budget and look forward to the future technology needs of your school, we hope the resources below can help guide your thinking and planning.

Consider this:

Not sure where to begin with budgeting?

Looking for more details and examples?

Free Building Inclusive Schools Professional Development options through Step Up for Students:

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings. Click here to register.

 

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Free Professional Development, Remote Learning Support, Giveaway, and More!

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Free Training through Step Up for Students (Giveaway Alert!):

Learn about how you can live out your commitment to creating psychologically safe and inclusive spaces. Explore the links below to learn about multiple FREE virtual training opportunities coming up for you and your staff.

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings.

Giveaway Alert! – Register for any of these trainings before December 18, 2020 to be entered into a giveaway for a set of books for a diverse classroom library!
Click here to register.

Do your teachers need support facilitating online learning?

You can empower your teachers to engage students and families, improve achievement and create vibrant learning environments through a partnership with Educate LLC.

Educate will provide your teachers, families, and leaders with ongoing support navigating the intersection of technology and instruction. See opportunities for Virtual Coaching and Workshops  here. Contact Julie Emory-Johnson for more information: jjohnson@educatellc.com

Free Technology Conference for Educators:

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)-  January 26 -29, 2021

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive FREE virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology. Hear from top experts and innovators in education technology, experience AI-based networking, and explore the cutting edge FETC Virtual Expo to see the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to support your teaching in this new era. Click here to learn more!

Looking for a good book over the break?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

 

 

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Free Professional Development, Giveaway, Resources, and More!

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Free Training through Step Up for Students (Giveaway Alert!):

Learn about how you can live out your commitment to creating psychologically safe and inclusive spaces. Explore the links below to learn about multiple FREE virtual training opportunities coming up for you and your staff.

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings.

Giveaway Alert! – Register for any of these trainings before December 18, 2020 to be entered into a giveaway for a set of books for a diverse classroom library!                    Click here to register.

Free Technology Conference for Educators:

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)-  January 26 -29, 2021

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive FREE virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology. Hear from top experts and innovators in education technology, experience AI-based networking, and explore the cutting edge FETC Virtual Expo to see the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to support your teaching in this new era. Click here to learn more!

Looking for a good book over the break?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

Planning Resources for the Break:

We know you’ll most likely be doing some planning over the break. Here are a few resources to help keep your plans organized!

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What does your online presence say about your school?

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5 Questions You Should Consider When Reviewing Your School’s Online Presence

With COVID-19 temporarily moving much of our lives online, now is the perfect time to review your school’s online presence. For many families, the first impression of your school is just a click away. It’s not enough to simply list your school’s mission, vision, and values anymore. Instead, a good online presence will demonstrate the overall philosophy and culture of your school. What does one click reveal about your school?

  1. What is the purpose of your site? Is it a learning hub or hub of school information?
    • A hub of information- make sure to include easy to update calendars and important dates, downloadable newsletters, photos of activities and celebrations, and links to community resources for parents and families
    • Learning hub for students- provide password protected links to the school’s e-learning platform as well as links to other resources for students and families to access at home. Find a list of resources here!
  2. Does your website reflect and respect the diversity at your school?
    • Check out these articles from the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education on Diversity in Christian Schools; specifically discussing diversity in handbooks and retention and the environment you create.
    • Ask your families how they feel your school is bridging racial, class, and cultural differences. Consider the survey on page 12 of this document from the Nebraska Department of Education.
  3. How well does your website foster two-way communication with parents & families?
    • Make the link to communicate easy to find on your website.
    • Link your social media pages so that families can follow along with school events and interact in a way that is easy for them.
    • Ask your parents and families how they feel about your school!
      • Click here to find surveys for parents & families, checklists, needs assessments for new families, and more.
  4. Are you staying current with the times?
    • Given our current national situation, consider how out of touch it might seem to have no mention of virtual learning plans, technology, contingency plans, or virtual communication on your school’s website.
    • For ideas on what to include in your learning plan click here!
  5. What does your school’s social media say about your culture and philosophy?
    • Remember to demonstrate your mission, vision, and values. If collaborative learning is important to your mission, reflect this by sharing photos of group science experiments, posting videos from daily classes, or tweeting about the activities of your debate team.
    • Be sure your images and videos are current and show off what makes your school unique. Stock images and photos from other websites do not have the same effect as snapshots from a day in the life of your students.
    • Maintain consistent branding between your website and social media sites. Parents looking to learn more about your school should be able to easily identify your school from the matching branding.
    • For tips on how other administrators are using social media at their schools click here!

 

Frameworks of Tampa Bay is a nonprofit organization that empowers educators, youth services professionals, and parents and guardians with training, coaching, and research-based resources to equip students with social and emotional skills. Read more about the courses they offer here. For more information please contact:

Saima Qadree- Program Development Officer
sqadree@myframeworks.org
813-924-7563 (Cell)

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4 Live Virtual Field Trip Options You Don’t Want to Miss!

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We know that with all the adaptations teachers are making this year, there is not much time to search for interesting activities or engaging field trips. For many teachers, in-person field trips are not even an option right now. That is why this month’s resources are designed to provide you with easy to access, free, exciting, live field trips and virtual tours that you can experience with your students. We hope these resources can help engage both the in-person and remote learners in your classroom!

  1. Skype in the Classroom
    • By far the best option for virtual field trips, guest speakers, tours, and virtual connections. This completely free resource offers personal tours and conversations with experts in any field! Check out their library of virtual field trips, join a special live event, or schedule a scientist or a best-selling author to be your next guest speaker.
  2. Live Distance Learning from the National Parks
    • The National Parks have gone virtual! Chat with a Ranger or join one of their many educational live events. Two parks with excellent live distance learning options are Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
  3. National Pro-Football Hall of Fame’s Free Youth & Education Video Conferencing Programs
    • The NFL Pro-football Hall of Fame’s Youth & Education Center offers free video conferencing programs on a whole host of topics.
  4. Free Virtual Tours & Live Programs from the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration
    • Tours and programs cover topics such as Art, Nature, History, STEM, and so much more!
Don’t have time to schedule a live session? Try a Virtual Tour!

Let Educate help provide your faculty with personalized pathways of support. There is more to Educate than technology. To view support pathway options, click here.

Hispanic Heritage Month       
  • The deadline for the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida” has been extended to 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, October 15, 2020. In addition, students, parents, teachers, and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. Click here for more information!

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Literacy in the Time of COVID-19

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Today, September 8th, is International Literacy Day.  This day was founded in 1966 to keep the importance of literacy in the forefront of local communities. Tremendous progress has been made in the years since, however, illiteracy remains a world issue. This month’s resources aim to help teachers continue to close the literacy gap even in their new virtual roles.

  • Check out Storyline Online to stream videos featuring celebrities reading children’s books.
  • Explore Kids National Geographic for access to a wide variety of reading material.
  • Browse the CommonLit Library with over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12.
  • Engage your audience with Magic Blox’s large and growing collection of eBooks.
  • Trying to grow your classroom library and not sure what to buy? Seek advice from The Children’s Book Review who publish reviews and curated book lists among other great resources.
  • Acquire excellent reading comprehension skills using Into the Book’s eight research-based strategies.

Mapping out your back to school plans? Join us on September 10th at 4 PM ET for the EVERFI Back to School Webinar. Come explore the latest digital resources, best practices for supporting student learning, and methods to build a strong classroom culture, whether remotely or in-person.

The new school year is here and that means so is the annual Back-to-School Educator Giveaway! To celebrate all that educators, do, Edmentum is giving one lucky educator a $500 Target gift card.  Click here for your chance to win.

The Educate Team had a great time at the EdCamp with many Step Up schools in August.  Please check out the participant feedback to see what teachers and leaders are saying about their experiences.

Through EdCamps, Educate develops learning opportunities to prepare teachers going back to school with essential skills for online and hybrid learning. These learnings are flexible for participants and all webinars are curated into a site for participants to review and revitalize with all resources provided. Some of the services include school-wide transformational coaching, workshops and webinars for teachers and leaders, EdCamps, parent webinars, and school leadership development.

Contact Lisa Lawrenz, llawrenz@educatellc.com or Julie Emory-Johnson, jjohnson@educatellc.com to set up customized coaching opportunities, go over the feedback from the EdCamp, walk through a needs assessment for your school, and plan the next steps of support for your school this year.

Still Curious?  Watch our Who We Are video

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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 9/10/20)
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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3 Simple Actions to Improve STEM at Your School

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Improve Technology at Your School without Breaking the Bank
  • Microsoft has partnered with many of our schools to offer affordable options for purchasing or leasing devices & software.

– Questions? Want to talk with someone about technology at your school? Contact Wildaliz Ramos, our Education Expert from Microsoft at wiramo@microsoft.com.

– Microsoft is offering a Minecraft Cart Bundle complete with 30 laptops, the Minecraft STEM aligned educational program, and Microsoft 365 for Education. Click here to learn more!

Find Quality Curriculum at a Lower Cost
  • 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 free courses 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.
Offer Free STEM focused Professional Learning Options for Interested Teachers

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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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