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October 19, 2021

Classroom Technology, Teaching Profession, Student Well-Being

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The first of two items from the folks at Education Week.

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We personally invite you to join the 2021 Congressional Wed 10/20! Plus 2021 K-12 Surveys are out!

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Note this up-coming event that may be of interest to our readers.


Happy Monday!

Important news to share with you today includes:

Join us this Wednesday, October, 20 at 12pm ET for our Speak Up 2021 Congressional Briefing! Come hear authentic feedback from our student panel as we share Speak Up 2020-21 key data findings! Register now!

Student K-12 Speak Up survey questions are out! Download them now as you prepare to participate!

•If you have not yet registered your school/district to participate in this years Speak Up do so now at:

Congressional Briefing

Speak Up 2021 Congressional Briefing: Release of the National Research Findings

Wednesday, October 20, 12 – 2 p.m. ET/ 9 – 11 a.m. PT

Special Guests:
Christina Fleming, CMO at Blackboard
Dr. Daniel A. Domenech Executive Director at AASA

Student Panel:
7th grader from Albemarle County Public Schools, VA
11th grader from Arrowhead Union High School District. WI
11th grader from Buffalo Public Schools, NY
12th grader from San Marcos Unified School District, CA

American education has been forever changed by the events of the past two years. Beyond the obvious changes in school formats, there is also a new awareness in our schools and communities about the critical need to address inequities in education. This awareness is driving discussions about the quality of students’ learning experiences, their engagement in school, and how well we are preparing all students for future success beyond the classroom.

In this year’s annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing, we will share the latest research findings on student engagement and self-empowerment in learning today, and where opportunities exist to create more equitable learning experiences for all students. Of special note will be the focus on how the changes over the past two years have impacted our students and what that means for their future success.

The 2021 Speak Up Congressional Briefing will be a virtual event again this year enabling participation by a wider audience of K-12 education stakeholders. The research data comes to life with a panel of K-12 students from around the country who will respond to the findings and provide their own recommendations for improving American education.


K-12 Surveys are OUT!

Speak Up 2021-22 opens October 20, 2021 to April 30, 2022!

Speak Up is the largest collection of authentic education stakeholder voices: students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Over its twenty-year history, Speak Up annual surveys have gathered the input of over 5.8 million participants with its findings used by 30,000 schools.

Prepared by nonpartisan data experts, Speak Up:
• Provides useful, meaningful, comparative data to participants at no cost
• Informs decision making, with a framework for school and district planning to improve teaching and learning and identify challenges
• Participates in the policy discussions at the local, state, and national levels to shape policy
• Addresses timely issues that educators are confronting

K-12 survey questions are out, review them as you plan you Speak Up 2021-22 calendar.

▪ What do you think are the benefits of using technology as part of your learning experiences? As a result of using technology, I am …
▪ Which of these life skills do you think are most important for you to acquire to be successful in the
▪ future?
▪ Agree or disagree: Administrators and teachers at our school are sincerely interested in listening to and
▪ acting upon ideas from students about how to improve school and our education.
▪ How often do you engage in the following activities because you want to develop new skills or learn about something that interests you (but not just because it was an assignment or homework)?

2021 Speak Up Classic & National Surveys
• K-12 students in English, Spanish and Group Format for K-5.
• Parents in English and Spanish
• Teachers
• School Site Administrators
• District administrators
• Technology leaders
• Communications officers

Please contact Pilar Comparan, Education Program Manager with questions or to learn how to leverage your Speak Up data.


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DEADLINE TODAY for $25 off & FREE GIFT: TxDLA Fall Leadership Workshop: Virtual Camp Edition

An item from the folks at the Texas Distance Learning Association.

DEADLINE TODAY for $25 off & Free Gift at TxDLA’s Fall Leadership Workshop: Virtual Camp Edition
November 4, 2021  |  Online

You are invited to register today for TxDLA’s Fall Leadership Workshop, a one day virtual leadership training and networking event set for November 4.

Navigating your role as a leader in education and training can be challenging. Sometimes it feels like you need a map just to find your way around.

Let TxDLA be your guide! TxDLA Fall Leadership: Virtual Camp Edition, November 4, is the place for trailblazing education and training leaders to learn to find your way through a forest of ever-changing leadership trends, and climb a mountain of good ideas to give you a clear view of your leadership strengths and goals. While exploring how TxDLA runs and how you can put your talents to work, you will gather a survival kit of leadership tools that you can apply in your day-to-day professional role.

Cost is $150 and includes a free membership in TxDLA through March 2022.

**SPECIAL: Register on or before TODAY Monday, October 18 and get $25 off registration PLUS a free “Box of Delights” mailed to you prior to the event.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
7:30 – 8:30 pm
TxDLA After Dark
Invite your partners, spouses, pets, or pals to join in on a fun virtual happy hour, the TxDLA family way!

Thursday, November 4, 2021
9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome and Ice Breaker

9:30 – 10:30 am
Management, Leadership, Change, and Influence: Competencies for Educational Technology Leaders
Presented by Dr. Anthony Edwards, Director, Tarleton Online, Tarleton State University
This engaging and insightful workshop will give you tools to excel in your leadership position or enhance your leadership greatness!

In addition to his role as Director of Tarleton Online, Dr. Edwards serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology at Tarleton State University. Dr. Edwards has also served as a professor of Biology at Panola College, Senior Vice President of Talent at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Science Department Chair at Granbury High School. Dr. Edwards has taught in Fort Worth ISD and Huckabay ISD. Dr. Edwards’ research interests include online teaching and learning, enrollment management, STEM Education, racial equity, transfer students, community colleges, and educational leadership.

10:30 – 11:00 am
Break & Optional Fun!

11:00-11:30 am
Management, Leadership, Change, and Influence: Competencies for Educational Technology Leaders, continued

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch Prep/Break
Take a quick break to warm up or eat your lunch and join us at noon for our Lunchtime Fun!

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Fun!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Strategic Planning for a Big Future
Strategic planning is the path we take from why we exist (our mission) to what we want to become (vision and goals). TxDLA has done the hard work of brainstorming and creating strategic initiatives for the association, but now how do we take these great ideas and use them to move our organization forward? How do we implement NOW?Choose your own adventure to work on the project that sparks your interest the most! (You will be able to vote on the project choices during the registration process).

2:00 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 3:30 pm
Diversity in Your Leadership
Presented by Dr. Michelle Singh, TxDLA Chair of the Board; and Assistant Commissioner of Digital Learning, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
It is safe to say that we are all leaders; however, each one of us has a different experience when it comes to what leadership means, or looks like, in our professions. In this session, you will get key examples and insight from Dr. Michelle Singh, TxDLA’s long-standing leader extraordinaire, about the key differences between leading in work and leading in a professional organization. In addition, you will learn about current leadership opportunities in TxDLA.

Michelle has 20 years of experience in higher education, and in her current role she and her team are responsible for the THECB’s OER grant programs, the OERTX Repository, and the future Digital Learning Clearinghouse. She currently serves as TxDLA Chairperson, is a past board member for the United States Distance Learning Association, serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas A&M University System Council for Academic Technology and Innovative Education and is a Past Chair of the Learning Technology Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Closing and Wrap-Up

Register Now
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EDEN Webinar series – Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 – 25 October 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

This webinar will introduce participants to the basics of micro-credentials including emerging definitions, the drivers of micro-credentials, affordances and challenges, types of micro-credentials, development of competency-based approaches for learning, minimum levels of performance and skill level domains for certification.  The panel will also share practical examples of micro-credentials from their respective institutions and professional networks.

The new webinar of the series #onlinetogether Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 is organized on Monday, 25 October 2021, 17.00 CEST.
Register for the webinar
Add to Calendar
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.
Mairéad Nic Giolla MhichílFellow of EDEN
Director of Micro-Credential Strategy and Innovation and Head of DCU Studio, Dublin City University, Ireland
Deborah Arnold

Senior Fellow of EDEN
French Digital University for Economics and Management (AUNEGe), France

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Senior Fellow of EDEN
Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany

Rebecca Ferguson

Professor of Learning Futures in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) ,The Open University, UK

Add to Calendar
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Monday, 25 October 2021,
17:00 CEST

EDEN 30th Anniversary – Three decades of serving modernisation in education

EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
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Early View Alert: European Journal of Education

Note that the article below on parental involvement may be of interest to some readers.

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Sustainable development goals in the English language high school curriculum in Turkey
Sezen Arslan, Samantha Curle

Version of Record online: 29 September 2021

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Parental involvement in remote learning during the COVID‐19 pandemic—Dominant approaches and their diverse implications
Tomasz Knopik, Anna Błaszczak, Renata Maksymiuk, Urszula Oszwa

Version of Record online: 28 September 2021

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