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September 20, 2012

Digital Learning Day Webinar: Building a Culture that Supports Teachers in a Student-Centered Environment

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Digital Learning Day - Engaging Students. Celebrating Teachers. Creating Better Schools.
Dear Digital Learning Day Participants:
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s

Invites You to Attend a Free Webinar
In Our Digital Learning Day Series – Sign Up Today!Building a Culture that Supports Teachers in a Student-Centered Environment

Thursday, September 27, 2012
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Tom Carroll, President, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
Alan Kostrick, Computer Science Teacher, Hammond High School (Howard County Public School System, Maryland)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

In its recently released paper, The Culture Shift, the Alliance for Excellent Education states that it is imperative to continue to shift the culture of teaching to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. Currently, nearly half of all teachers leave the profession in their first five years; this turnover rate costs school districts $7 billion annually and negatively impacts school culture and learning. The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) finds that this chronic churn can be ameliorated with the support and professional development that increased collaboration can provide. Teaching and teachers are at the center of the culture shift, which responds to student-centered learning and meets the needs of each student. As instruction shifts from teacher-directed to instruction that is more engaging, interactive, and personalized learning, teachers need support, encouragement, and professional learning that helps them move toward student-centered learning.

NCTAF specifically focuses on a team approach to teaching that draws upon the strengths of teachers, but also from experts in the community, to provide meaningful instruction. NCTAF finds that support, professional development, and collaboration all improve teacher retention and help with the shift to a more student-centered environment.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, September 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET), for a conversation with special guest Tom Carroll, president of NCTAF. Mr. Carroll will be joined by Alan Kostrick, a computer science and technology teacher in the Howard County Public School System (Maryland) who also participates in the NCTAF Learning Studios. During a conversation with Gov. Bob Wise, the panelists will focus on how and why to build collaborative communities (face-to-face and online), as well as on the policy implications of increased teacher collaboration. The discussion will cover a range of policy changes that are needed to support today’s learning, such as better scheduling, better teacher assignments earlier for next school year, consistent access to online resources, and ensuring access to a wireless network in certain schools.

Panelists will also discuss ways to leverage technology to better engage and support teachers and students with examples of relevant content, useful online tools, and lessons learned about how face-to-face collaboration drives and provides content for online collaboration. Panelists will also address questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at:

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at approximately one or two days after the event airs.

For More Information, visit our website at

©Copyright 2012. Alliance for Excellent Education

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