PBLWorks is Taking Nominations for its 2021 PBL Champion Awards

School, district and individual winners will be announced at the virtual PBL World conference this summer

Novato, CA (April 8, 2021) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), is accepting nominations of schools, districts and individuals for its 2021 PBL Champion Awards. The annual awards program recognizes a school, district and an individual for demonstrating a commitment to Project Based Learning that has had a positive impact on students.

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Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame

Swing Education to recognize three exemplary educators for their notable contributions to education and the community during this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 6, 2021 – Swing Education, a staffing application for substitute teachers, is now accepting nominations for its Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame which annually recognizes substitute teachers across the country for their outstanding work as educators and their notable contributions to the students, teachers, and schools they serve. This year’s class of inductees will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. 

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Vernier Software & Technology Recognizes Kansas Science Educator Tyson Vrbas with the 2021 Engineering Award

Educator wins $5,500 in prizes for creatively using Vernier sensors to introduce engineering and robotics concepts to students  

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 6, 2021 — Vernier Software & Technology recently announced science educator Tyson Vrbas of Manhattan Catholic Schools in Manhattan, Kansas as the 2021 Engineering Award winner. Vrbas, who worked with his middle school students to create an automatic watering system for the school garden, was recognized for his creative use of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering and robotics concepts or practices to his students. 

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Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ Inaugural Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

Casserly, Executive Director of the Council, to select an educator pursuing a graduate-level education degree to receive a $10,000 scholarship

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 31, 2021— Curriculum Associates partnered with the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) to sponsor the first-ever Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice. As part of the award, CGCS Executive Director Casserly will select an educator from one of the CGCS’s 77-member school districts who is pursuing a graduate-level degree in education to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

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reDesign Launches Open Call for “Designers-in-Residence” to Reimagine Curriculum This Summer

50 Designers will be selected to create next-generation 7-12 grade student projects that develop key competencies and critical consciousness, and nurture deep connections to community  

BOSTON (March 29, 2021) — reDesign, an educational design consultancy, is launching its inaugural Designers-in-Residence program, convening boundary-breaking curriculum designers to create competency-based, high-quality, culturally-relevant materials for middle and high school learners. These designers will join the growing global movement to engage the passions, interests, and lived experiences of learners, while simultaneously addressing the learning challenges that arise within an inherently inequitable, industrial system. 

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New Webinar Series Provides Expert Advice for Engaging Middle School Students in Math

Middle school math teachers and coaches invited to attend Curriculum Associates’ free nine-part webinar series kicking off on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 29, 2021—To support middle school math educators with their ongoing instruction, Curriculum Associates is launching a new, nine-part webinar series called Math in the Middle: A Plan to Engage and Motivate Middle School Students. The complimentary series, which kicks off on April 6 and runs until May 4, will provide both teachers and coaches with fresh ideas and practical ways to engage students, increase their motivation, and develop independent mathematical thinkers.

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CSDE Announces New Partnership to Launch Statewide K-12 Social-Emotional Learning Assessment System

Universal Screener Provides Data to Strengthen Social -Emotional Skills, Informs Instruction for Students Who Need Additional Support

(HARTFORD) – In honor of national Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day today, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announced it is entering into a partnership with Aperture Education to provide a statewide SEL assessment for K-12 schools. Starting in the fall of 2021 and after a thorough procurement process, CSDE will make Aperture’s research-backed social-emotional learning assessments, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) System and the DESSA-mini, available to all Connecticut districts at no cost. 

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Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities - SEL Day 2021

Join thousands of educators and community partners around the world in celebrating the 2nd annual SEL Day on March 26th

NEW YORK (NY), March 2021 - On Friday, March 26th, thousands of educators, community organizers, and individuals around the world will celebrate the second annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Spearheaded by the Urban Assembly and SEL4US, this year’s theme, Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities, recognizes and reinforces the ways in which individuals, schools, and communities have used social-emotional skills to remain connected and engaged during the pandemic.

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reDesign Seeks 250 Content Experts to Reimagine the K-12 Educational Content Map this Summer

Educators, academics, and industry experts are invited to apply or nominate others for a paid one-week Design Studio to create inclusive, future-oriented content maps across 25 discipline areas  

BOSTON (March 23, 2021)reDesign, an educational design consultancy, is launching an all-call for K-12 content discipline experts from diverse backgrounds and geographies to join together this summer to re-envision the “canon” of K-12 content. 

Content experts will be selected across 25 discipline areas, and will convene for a virtual Design Studio the week of June 27th to reimagine a 21st century K-12 Content Map that defines essential topics and concepts, develops critical consciousness, and fosters deep connections to community. Selected participants will receive an honorarium of up to $2,000 for their contributions. To learn more, and to apply or nominate colleagues, visit: K-12 Content Mapping.

This educational content initiative marks a shift away from long lists of factual knowledge, and toward disciplinary concepts and cross-disciplinary competencies that are in-sync with how the brain learns, and the rapidly shifting opportunities of the adult world, while centering inclusion and antiracism in subject area content choices.

“The current K–12 content map is both fragmented and over-generalized. It’s designed for a pre-Google world of limited information and closely-held, Eurocentric funds of knowledge that center the white experience” said reDesign founder and Creative Director, Antonia Rudenstine. “This moment in time—shaped by the pandemic’s global impact on schooling and the Movement for Black Lives—provides a unique opportunity for educators, industry experts, and academics to come together to create a content map that prepares young people to critically examine current global challenges, by listening to the multiplicity of voices and experiences that shape the world they are growing up in.”   

Now accepting nominations and applications

The program’s application period closes April 30, 2021, with selections notified on a rolling basis. A stipend of $15,000 will be distributed across each team of 10 discipline experts; shares of the stipend will be awarded based on time invested during the week-long session.

reDesign is seeking discipline content experts who are passionate about making school relevant and connected to the rich variety of communities and work contexts that today’s young people participate in.

Additional Program Details

reDesign will select and convene a total of 250 multicultural, disciplinary content experts, with teams of 10 experts engaging in a design process for each of 25 disciplines, under the umbrellas of physical and material science, life science, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and engineering and design. See the full list of 25 disciplines.

The week-long Content Mapping Design Studio will take place June 27 - July 1, 2021, in a virtual, blended format of team-organized design sessions and synchronous live meetings. 

“We want to elevate often ignored, silenced, and invisible voices, and to tap into the growing network of passionate educators and professionals working to reinvent education,” said Rudenstine. “Join us to help build a better world for our students.”

reDesign’s Audacious 5-Year Plan to Build Learner-Centered Communities

The convening experts for the K-12 Content Mapping initiative is reDesign’s first step in its bold 5-Year Plan to co-create and support inclusive and equitable learner-centered communities for young people and adults that embrace every learner. Learn more about reDesign’s Big, Hairy, Audacious 5-Year Plan

 About reDesign

reDesign is an education design lab committed to meaningful, positive, joyful learning for all young people, with a goal of building inclusive learner-center communities so that education becomes a pathway to liberation. Founded in 2006, reDesign partners with schools, districts, and states throughout the U.S., reimagining what teaching and learning can be. For more, visit https://www.redesignu.org/.

 

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Wins Leading Education Awards

Award-winning online program, which has recently added new features and hundreds of lessons to support student learning, recognized by Tech & Learning and THE Journal

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 23, 2021—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready recently took home three leading education awards—a Tech & Learning 2021 Best Tools for Remote and Blended Learning Award, a Tech & Learning Best of Show at ISTE 2020 Award, and a THE Journal 2020 New Product Award—for its innovation and impact on education. Today, the online program, which is continually being updated with new features and resources to support the teaching and learning process, serves more than 9 million students nationwide and is currently being used by 25 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states.

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