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July 21, 2019

Child Care Being Offered At 2019 AECT Convention

Note this information for an up-coming Fall conference.


The AECT Board of Directors has approved a pilot program for offering child care at the 2019 AECT convention in Las Vegas. AECT will share the cost with those members using the service. The parent’s out-of-pocket cost will be $15 an hour per child. A minimum of 12 children will be needed to proceed with this program and contracted services.

Please contact AECT (email, or phone, 812.335.7675) to let us know of your commitment, number of children and their ages, plus the approximate number of hours and days you will be using the service. AECT will require a deposit no later than August 30th to guarantee your space and the balance will be due at convention registration. You will also be required to sign consent forms for the child care/kids camp which will be provided byCorporate Kids Events, Inc.

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Toll Free: 877-677-2328 | Phone: 812-335-7675

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Coming Up | 5 New edWebinars For Educators

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edWebinars for Every Educator
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Upcoming programs on literacy, science, SEL, leadership and more! Learn how to earn your CE Certificates.
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Math Milestones: The Path (and Mindset) for Proficiency
Wednesday, July 24 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Jan Bryan, Ed.D., National Education Officer, Renaissance
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Top 10 Facts About Handwriting
Thursday, July 25 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Amy Prechel, OTR; and Diane Eldridge, RN, COTA
Coming up Next
Engaging Women in STEM: Adolescence Through Adulthood
Monday, July 29 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Jane Kubasik, Social Impact Innovator, Founder and Board Chair for the 114th Partnership; and Laura Paxton Hassner, Professional Innovator
Effective Strategies for the Paraprofessional in the Autism Classroom
Tuesday, July 30 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services
Keep Calm and Teach! Managing Emotions and Stress in and Out of the Classroom
Thursday, Aug. 1 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Ginger Welch, Ph.D., IMH-E©, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Oklahoma State University
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EBSCO Alerts

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ebscoFirst, I also the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

Finally, I also did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

July 20, 2019

The Next Phase Of Fuse RI

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  • Announcing a shift in the Fuse RI Fellowship
  • Highlighting our first summer book club meeting
  • Our Leadership Institutes are coming up
  • Catch up on the latest episodes of the Be Education Podcast

The Next Phase of the Fuse RI Fellowship

In 2014, we launched Fuse RI as a means to recruit, train, and support educators as leaders beyond their own classrooms and school buildings. Across Rhode Island we identified a large number of teachers who could manage change efforts with their own students in their own classrooms, but we needed them to do this work with adults, moving their energy and ideas around the state in a way that would catalyze a bigger conversation.

We are proud to say that five years later, you cannot go anywhere in Rhode Island without bumping into a Fuse Fellow, a Fuse Classroom teacher or coach, a Fuse Leader, or a Fuse Professor. We are a system of roads and bridges allowing ideas to travel from school to school, classroom to classroom and most importantly, teacher to teacher. We could not be more proud of our Fellows and the work we have done together.

Now, as we come out of our first spring in five years without a new cohort of fellows, there is a tinge of sadness that we all feel. After hitting our initial goal of running five cohorts through this fellowship, we have elected to sunset the Fellowship in its current form. We believe in this model, but we also recognize the importance of reflecting on program impact, and adapting to accommodate the evolving needs of school stakeholders. It is for this reason that we are shifting Fuse to become a building-level initiative wrapped around our Pathway to Personalization Framework.

Starting next month, we will once again be hitting the road to talk with educators about their most pressing challenges as we redesign the Fuse RI Fellowship around school-based design teams looking to enact change. We are eager to reconnect with our Fellows in their home schools and meet new teacher leaders in classrooms and schools that we have yet to reach. We will be sharing a one pager with more detailed information in August. If you are interested in guiding us as we build this new model, reach out to Program Manager Maeve Murray who will continue to drive this work.

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Our Summer Book Club Begins!

On Thursday, July 18, RI and CT educators joined Mike Miele from our Educational Strategies Specialist team at Riffraff bookstore & bar for a conversation about Chapters 1-4 of Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. The discussion centered around tips for getting started on the journey toward personalization, ways to bring both student and parent voice into the process of designing the vision for pilots, and anecdotes from each book club member’s own experiences. Attendees talked openly about challenges, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the prospect of failure and what it can teach us.

We’re looking forward to the next book club session where we’ll tackle Chapters 5-8, covering the Pilot & Refine phases of the framework. Join us at Riffraff from 11AM-12PM next month on August 22. Register for free using the button below.

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Leadership Institutes on July 31 & August 1

As part of our free professional development summer series, we welcome all educators to join us at the end of this month for one of our Leadership Institutes. Hosted at our office from 9AM-3PM, these sessions will foster cross-district learning about change management, structures for successful classroom pilots, and how to cultivate a mindset for continuous improvement.

Space is limited, so secure your spot today. Note: both dates will cover the same material, so please only register for one option.

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Catch up on the Be Education Podcast

Beach days and summer jogs are the perfect opportunity to listen to the latest episodes of the Be Education Podcast you may have missed! Subscribe through Apple Podcasts or wherever you access your podcasts, with special attention to the following new episodes:

  • How to Start Your Own Podcast: We’ve discussed engaging content, now we talk about the how-to. What tools, expertise, and gear go into the making of a podcast?
  • Student Ownership and Teacher Happiness: They are related! Let’s talk about engagement, entrepreneurial spirit, and sharing the cognitive load.
  • How Do I Use Adaptive Software to my Advantage? The Dos and Don’ts. Navigating tricky systems and making tech work for you and your kids.
  • How Do I Become a Great Digital Citizen? Digging through the buzzwordy phrase of digital citizen to pull out some actionable steps for personal and professional use.
  • The Magic Wand Episode! If you could wave a magic wand to change anything about your school/school system…what would it be?  Think big!

With almost 17,000 downloads, Be Education offers bite-sized conversations full of insights, ideas, and advice from our Educational Strategies Specialist Christina Corser and her co-host Nick DiNardo.

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Looking For A Reason To Visit Hawaii? Join Us At OLC Collaborate Maui

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Learn from regional experts as we discuss top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online, blended, and digital learning – and your career. Email not displaying correctly?
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Join us September 19 & 20, 2019
Kahului, HI
Creating Sustainable eLearning Communities
Hosted by the University of Hawai’i Maui College
OLC invites you to Hawai’i to meet with your online learning professional, educator, and administrator peers for an engaging professional development opportunity! OLC Collaborate Maui offers you an immersive cultural experience and opportunity to hear from subject matter experts addressing pressing challenges in online and higher education. Come join us for this educational event that offers an opportunity to also enjoy the beauty and history of the island of Maui.
OLC Collaborate Maui Program
The Collaborate program begins with our Thursday evening event at the Maui Ocean Center – a 15 minute welcome and blessing, followed by an immersive audio and visual experience in the new sphere introducing the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. The sphere presentation for September will be Polynesian Voyaging. The evening ends with a luau for Collaborate attendees.

In addition to the Thursday evening cultural and educational events, we’ve highlighted several other things to do in and around Maui on our travel page.

On Friday, our Collaborate event will include three presentations by subject matter experts.  Each presentation is followed by facilitator-led breakout sessions where small groups discuss related subtopics. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an interactive day learning from key thought-leaders and discussing trends, challenges, and solutions with your peers.


The presenter will share collaborative methodologies informed by culture and technology tools dedicated to collaboratively building and strengthening indigenous serving education systems.
Learn strategies to support student success in distance classrooms from an island university perspective.
Explore opportunities for higher ed to adapt to the interests and experiences of its students through integrating concepts related to online gaming, creativity and design through the lens of multicultural education and indigenous perspectives.
Each of the keynote speakers will address the day’s collectively-generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education.
OLC members save 30% on registration!*
*To receive your member discount, simply log in to your OLC account, and find your discount code in the sidebar of the page. Contact for assistance.  Not a member?  Join now!

Hope to see you in Maui,

Jennifer Mathes,
Interim Chief Executive Officer,
Online Learning Consortium

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