Monday, May 8, 2017

Relay Graduate School, Librarians, and the effort to make our public schools “Future Ready” | Seattle Education

Relay Graduate School, Librarians, and the effort to make our public schools “Future Ready” | Seattle Education:

Relay Graduate School, Librarians, and the effort to make our public schools “Future Ready”

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One of the biggest obstacles to the “charterization from within”* is getting teachers to welcome ed-tech into their classrooms – and even more critically – incorporate devices and software into their daily teaching.
What’s the ed-reform solution to this tricky problem?
Lots of professional development in personalized learning for teachers. If a superintendent wants to put their district on the fast track to digital learning, they couple teacher professional development with the strategic use of their school librarians as the onsite ed-tech adoption leaders.
Colorado, which rated a D from the Network of Public Education for the extent of privatization of K-12 education in the state, has dedicated money for statewide teacher professional development courses in personalized learning.  From State funding available for teacher training in personalized, blended student learning:
“iLC was so excited to see the governor recently increase our state’s investment in the one thing that makes the biggest difference to every students’ success — a teacher,” said iLC founder and CEO Judy Perez. “We can help districts around Colorado create equity in K-12 education by advancing the practice of personalized, blended learning. Our partnership with Colorado allows us to expand low-cost training from an expert staff.”
Perez said teachers are changing instruction to meet every student’s needs using a combination of technology, one-on-one coaching, and class instruction. “It’s all about the student; technology and training from our qualified staff supports teachers to improve, personalize, and blend their instruction,” she said.
Even Relay Graduate School of Education is teaming up with The Learning Accelerator to offer online classes “to help teachers make the shift to blended learning”.
“Figuring out how to use technology to reach every student is a tough task, for novice and veteran teachers alike. Educators need access to really high-quality, on-demand training that will help them learn about and translate ideas into actionable strategies for their classrooms,” said Beth Rabbitt, 
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