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  • 04/28/2017 6:18 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)
    The NBA and Discovery Education announced “Careers That Count: A Virtual Field Trip with the NBA”, designed to show middle and high school students how math comes to life through careers in basketball.  Hosted by Miles Brown, star of ABC’s Black-ish and Jr. NBA Ambassador, the 30-minute virtual experience launches for classrooms nationwide Thursday, May 4, with a live Twitter chat featuring NBA guests at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT. We’ll go inside NBA headquarters and Madison Square Garden in New York to learn about real-world math careers through discussions with NBA professionals.

    Discovery Education is a CASCD corporate partner.

  • 04/27/2017 4:47 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    In this 4-minute video, Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo shares five ways teachers can help students make connections across subject areas and the world beyond the classroom.  It's a quick introduction to the topic and a nice reminder for experienced teachers.  To his five ways, I'd add:

    • Teach concepts to mastery.  Easier to transfer learning to situations if you really know it in the first place.
    • Simulate the environment.  Larry's tip about group work relates to this in a general way, but specific simulations can increase the chances learning will transfer.  Role playing is one method to accomplish this.
    I'd also have either omitted the annoying, repetitive sound track or chosen one that was not so boring.  It distracted me from what he had to say.  Good lesson for us when we create such presentations!  Nonetheless, he offers good ideas; if the sound track annoys you too, just try to ignore it.

    Watch the video.

  • 04/19/2017 10:24 AM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    Check  out this free "virtual field trip" co-sponsored by CASCD partner Discovery Education with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy.

    April 25, 2017 at 10 AM Pacific time

    Read more.

  • 04/13/2017 5:09 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)
    Technology, Leadership, and Innovation will come together next week at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium in Redondo Beach.  The premier "by administrators, for administrators" event, it will be held April 20-22 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel.  Keynote speakers include LeVar Burton and Candace Singh.

    Learn more.

  • 04/12/2017 3:10 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    With many changes being made or proposed in Washington, we face considerable uncertainty as to future funding for education, changes in immigration policies, and other issues.  Emotions run high and, if you're like me, you're receiving daily requests to sign petitions, contact your elected representatives, and participate in other advocacy efforts.

    Today, I came across some excellent advice in a blog post from Spokes, the non-profit resource center that serves San Luis Obispo County.  Here is a summary of the key points.

    1. Re-frame the conversation.
    2. Remember that all 502(c)3 organizations, like CASCD, are required to remain non-partisan at all times.
    3. Don't make decisions out of fear.
    4. Avoid responding to attacks defensively.

    Read the full blog post here.

  • 04/01/2017 8:40 AM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    Dr. Linda KaminskiDr. Linda Kaminski, superintendent of Azusa Unified School District, has been named CASCD's Outstanding Instructional Leader for 2017.  Given in recognition of pioneering educator Helen Heffernan, the annual award recognizes someone who has significantly influenced public education in California.

    Dr. Kaminski received her bachelor degree from Santa Clara University, Master of Science from Pepperdine University, and Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Harvard University.

    Learn more about Dr. Kaminski.

  • 09/28/2016 8:30 AM | butch owens (Administrator)
    Workshop Description 

    Dr. Kinsella provides an overview of the shifts in emphasis with academic speaking and writing instruction and assessment initiated by the Common Core Standards and the new ELA/ELD Framework. She will clarify the differences between merely assigning routine writing tasks and acting as an engaged and informed mentor who introduces and unpacks a writing model, explicitly teaches related language and rhetorical conventions, and guides drafting and revision. She analyzes the linguistic and rhetorical competencies required for students to adeptly respond to text when justifying an evidence-based claim with viable citations. She demonstrates classroom-tested instructional routines to integrate brief but potent doses of academic speaking and writing support. Participants leave with practical print and digital resources and model lessons to implement these instructional routines school-wide. 

    Participants will learn effective ways to:

    • Review well-written language objectives addressing lesson writing demands
    • Introduce and unpack a model paper exemplifying the elements of a CCSS-aligned writing type (narrative, opinion, informative, argument, summary-response)
    • Provide a student-friendly analytical rubric that specifies the attributes of the writing type 
    • Frontload rhetorical conventions and academic language for specific writing types
    • Structure brief, daily doses of academic speaking and writing to build foundational competencies for extended responses
    • Utilize pre-reading and post-reading questions to formulate brief academic writing tasks
    • Guide students in making critical distinctions between casual and precise word choices
    • Facilitate productive peer feedback sessions targeting appropriate rubric criteria
    • Provide productive feedback and targeted lessons on priority writing errors

  • 03/11/2015 5:33 AM | Anonymous

    Using the blog gadget, you can add a blog to your Wild Apricot site to provide timely updates and information to your membership.

    By using Recent blog posts, you can display a list of the most recent blog posts, with links to the full posts. The list will include the date of each post and the name of the poster – with the name linking to their profile if available.

    For instructions on inserting, moving, and deleting gadgets, see Gadgets.

  • 03/11/2015 4:36 AM | Anonymous

    You can create as many different blogs as you wish. You can limit access to a blog by placing it on a restricted page. If you make the page public, you can still use the blog gadget settings to control functionality for visitors and members.

    You can read more about setting up blogs on our Blog help page.

    If you are looking on more information on how to use blog, you can find it here.

  • 03/11/2015 3:37 AM | Anonymous

    This is another sample blog entry. Depending on your readers' access permissions, they can comment on your posts, and reply to comments.

    You can learn more about setting up blog pages on our Blog help page.

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