Education Department warns of new hacker threat to school districts

This post is an FYI post. It seems as though ‘Dark Overlord’ claims credit for attacks on school districts. Here is a link to the Washington Post story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/26/education-department-warns-of-new-hacker-threat-as-dark-overlord-claims-credit-for-attacks-on-school-districts/?utm_term=.4e7805d92a78

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November ROE 41 Workshop/Academy Reminders

Hello,

This is just a reminder about our upcoming workshops and academies for November.

Administrator Academy – Leveraging Cultural Differences to Promote Diversity and Equity – AA #1860 – Thursday, November 9, 2017

By acknowledging and valuing diverse cultural backgrounds, educators can devise instructional lessons and activities that contextualize critical content and skills within students’ everyday lives. Through this process, educators and students learn more about one another in safe, respectful environments that promote pro-social behavior, reduce bullying, spark intrinsic motivation, increase home-school connection, and close opportunity gaps through personalized learning. This session offers strategies school leaders and teachers can transfer immediately into their buildings and classrooms to reach and engage learners of all cultures, ages, and abilities.
Click HERE for a flyer and click HERE to register.

The Art of Communication – Body Language and Other Essential Skills – Monday, November 6, 2017

This workshop will explore essential skills educators need to effectively communicate with both students, parents and colleagues. Using the “Super Six” as a base, this highly interactive workshop combines theory, activity and the opportunity for participants to examine their current skill level and those areas in need of practice.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

Guest Blog: Triad Community Unit School District #2

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Like many schools in Madison County, Triad CUSD #2 is working hard to keep up with the high demands placed on public education today. We’ve kept our focus on 21st Century Learning Skills, personalized learning and student growth while maintaining a balanced budget. Triad is fortunate to have supportive parents, teachers and communities that place a high value on education.

Triad’s enrollment continues to grow. The current kindergarten class is the largest in Triad’s history, and this year’s total enrollment is the highest since 2007. Keeping students on track to graduate is one of our district’s goals. The Illinois School Report Card, which will be released to the public on October 31st, shows data of our continued growth and improvement in several areas.

As technology devices have become more mobile and affordable, the district’s plan to increase the number of tablets and laptops in each building with the goal of becoming one-to-one in grades 2-12 by the 2020 is on target. Starting the 2017-18 school year, students third grade through 10th grade are one-to-one with a Chromebook. Teachers are using technology to be more creative in their lesson planning, to increase student engagement, and to assist students in taking more ownership of their learning. See if you know any of our 34 Google Certified Educators.

The Triad Staff embraces innovation and creativity in the classroom by taking part in atriadsmallerimage self-directed professional development program called TRIADvances. #TRIADvances is our new technology-infused professional development program that represents a shift toward more individualized support aligned with the Danielson Evaluation Framework and the SAMR Technology Model for teachers.

A digital badge system rewards teachers for going above and beyond commonly held standards for personal and professional learning. Five instructional coaches and two technology instructional coaches have been added to support our professional development goals this year. Please take a look at the badges and teacher lessons that have been earned during initial pilot.

Within our classrooms, students have opportunities to gain 21st century skills above and beyond the three R’s. Beginning in 4th grade, students have access to computer coding classes which continue through the middle grades and culminate at Triad High School with Project Lead the Way courses in engineering & computer science.

Beyond the school day, our communities, staff and parents generously support the district’s extracurricular programs. Starting at the elementary level, students can participate in STEM programs and a coding club. At the middle school level, teachers encourage students to expand their day by joining teams and groups that add experiences in the areas of academia, the fine arts and athletics. When students reach the high school, they have even more opportunities to showcase their talents or develop more interests by joining one or more of the 21 athletic teams and 48 clubs, some of which are created and led by students.

Reading about Triad initiatives, staff and student highlights are one thing… seeing it is another. We encourage you to reach out to our district & school social media accounts on Twitter (@triadnews) and Facebook (facebook.com/TCUSD2) and see the pictures and videos that are shared on a daily basis. If you ever want to know what is happening at Triad on any given day, you can log on to Twitter and follow #TriadProud. That is where our students, staff, faculty, and administrators provide a wealth of information about the great things happening here every day.

Thanks to Triad CUSD for this great blog!

Next up (December): Collinsville Community School District #10

October & November Workshop/Academy Reminder

Hello,

This is just a reminder about our upcoming workshops and academies for October and November.

Administrator Academy – Leveraging Cultural Differences to Promote Diversity and Equity – AA #1860 – Thursday, November 9, 2017

By acknowledging and valuing diverse cultural backgrounds, educators can devise instructional lessons and activities that contextualize critical content and skills within students’ everyday lives. Through this process, educators and students learn more about one another in safe, respectful environments that promote pro-social behavior, reduce bullying, spark intrinsic motivation, increase home-school connection, and close opportunity gaps through personalized learning. This session offers strategies school leaders and teachers can transfer immediately into their buildings and classrooms to reach and engage learners of all cultures, ages, and abilities.
Click HERE for a flyer and click HERE to register.

The Art of Communication – Body Language and Other Essential Skills – Monday, November 6, 2017

This workshop will explore essential skills educators need to effectively communicate with both students, parents and colleagues. Using the “Super Six” as a base, this highly interactive workshop combines theory, activity and the opportunity for participants to examine their current skill level and those areas in need of practice.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards (K-12) with Networking and Integration of ELA & NGSS – Thursday, October 26, 2017
Participants will be provided with an overview of the New Illinois Social Studies Learning Standards. Practical tips on implementing the standards will be shared. Additionally, ideas on integrating Social Studies with ELA and science will be provided.
Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

WP: Talking less, listening more: TED Talk inspires Va. Teacher of the Year

A TED Talk shaped Michelle Cottrell-Williams’ perspective as a teacher.

The talk, led by scholar Brene Brown, delved into how vulnerability and shame influence people’s connections with one another, Cottrell-Williams recalled.

The 35-year-old teacher took the lesson to heart and, since then, has made it a point to talk less and listen more to her students, to let them be the guides for their own learning.

“I learned how important empathy is,” she said.

Cottrell-Williams, a social studies teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington County, was named Virginia Teacher of the Year on Monday. She was selected from among educators representing eight regions across the state.

She said advocating for students of color and those who learn English as a second language is one of her priorities. That’s important, she said, because public schools don’t do enough for those students.

Chris Willmore, Wakefield’s principal, said Cottrell-Williams challenges her students and encourages them to consider different perspectives.

Read the rest of the story HERE and please share!

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Enjoy great educational news, information about upcoming workshops/academies, and much, much more!

Thanks for being educators!!

EdWeek: Add Money Smarts to the Skills Illinois Students Must Now Be Taught

bank_financiallitBeginning this year, Illinois schools are required to teach financial literacy to students in first through 12th grade.

The state’s new personal finance standards are based on the Council for Economic Education’s National Standards for Financial Literacy. A task force made up of classroom teachers and groups like Econ Illinois, which provides training on how to teach money concepts, revised the social science standards to include financial literacy benchmarks for the first time. Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unanimously adopted the new standards in June 2015, and the state approved them in February 2016.

Illinois is one of 45 states to factor financial literacy into its standards. The thinking behind the effort: students need practice making decisions about spending, saving, budgeting, and investing.

Read the rest of the story HERE and please share!