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April 22, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: April 20, 2017

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April 20, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 5


Post-Conference Wrap Up

OLC Innovate | April 5-7 | New Orleans, LA

Thank you to everyone who joined us earlier this month onsite and virtually for the OLC Innovate 2017 Conference. Visit the wrap up page for photo galleries, award and contest winners, and more.

“I would scream it from the rooftops if I thought people could find the resources to attend! The first year I attended was life changing for me in my career and attitude towards teaching. This year was a more philosophical journey into the future of higher education.”
– Nicole Korzetz, Faculty, Lee College

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Missed the conference? No problem!Access the 95+ recorded sessions! Watch sessions at your convenience for one full year. Unlimited viewing for your entire staff!

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The OSCQR Rubric: Course Quality Review
May 2, 2017 | 2:00pm ET

Join us to learn about the OSCQR Course Design Review scorecard, brought to us through a partnership with the State University of New York. Based on online best practices, the rubric can be used by faculty, staff and instructional designers to evaluate the effectiveness of an online course and identify areas of opportunity.

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Scaling Digital & Open Educational Resources (OER)
May 17, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

Sponsored by Ed Map and Vital Source, this webinar includes a panel of experts that will discuss best practices for managing the complexities of digital materials and OER so that the digital and OER footprint within an institution can effectively grow.

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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Call for Submissions now open!

The Digital Learning Innovation Award 2017 call for submissions is open to accredited U.S.-based applicants in two categories:

-Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
-Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

The submission portal is open until June 30, 2017. Learn more in aninformational webinar.

Unique Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events!
May 31-June 2, 2017 | Montclair State University, NJ
June 6, 2017 | University of Nebraska Medical Center

OLC is traveling from coast to coast to bring you some unique professional development opportunities! Can’t join us in New Jersey or Nebraska? We’ll be coming to Alaska and Arizona later this year! See all OLC Collaborate events.


November 15-17, 2017 | Orlando, FL

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Present at OLC Accelerate 2017
CFP Open Until May 22, 2017

Do you have a research or evidence-based proposal to share with your peers? The OLC Accelerate 2017 Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice. Learn moreand get started today!

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Social Media Mastery Series
Starts May 3

Are you looking to integrate social media into your teaching practice? Learn more in our latest blog post,8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course. Join us for the Social Media Mastery Series beginning May 3rd if you are interested in strengthening your social media expertise for the online classroom.


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AERA17 Insider – April 2017

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AERA17 Insider
April 2017Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2017 Annual Meeting, AERA17 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 27–May 1 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

Opening Plenary on Higher Education Challenges

Join Us for AERA Fiesta!

Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips

Attend the Annual Meeting Virtually

Honoring Lives and Legacies

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Advance Your Skills On-Site and Online

The Off-Site Experience

Connect With Exhibitors

Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting is framed around historical and contemporary discussions about unequal educational opportunity, as they relate to four critical dimensions. Read more

2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
– Routledge

Gold Sponsor
– SAGE Publishing

Bronze Sponsors
– AccessLex
– National Institute of Education, Singapore
– NORC at the University of Chicago

Opening Plenary on Higher Education Challenges
Annual Meeting Kicks Off with Highly Engaging Session

The 2017 Annual Meeting will formally begin with an opening plenary of three university leaders discussing the premises and purposes of higher education during these challenging times. On campuses across the United States and worldwide, there are growing concerns about equity, justice, and civility that reflect broader societal tensions.Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University San Antonio; Michael A. Olivas, interim president of the University of Houston; and Jonathan D. Jansen, the former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa will address the many challenges and complexities facing higher education in a world that is increasingly facing racial, social, and political divisions.

Session Details
Opening Plenary: “The Challenges of Higher Education in a Diverse and Divergent World”
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening
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Join Us for AERA Fiesta!
Opening Night Celebration Is a Must Attend

Immediately following the Opening Plenary, stay for AERA Fiesta!, a celebratory and festive party for all AERA registrants and special invited guests. Meet your colleagues and enjoy live music and good food, as we kick off the 2017 Annual Meeting in grand style.

Session Details
AERA Fiesta!
Thursday, April 27, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center,
River Level, The Grotto

Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips
Download the AERA Annual Meeting Mobile App

The AERA Annual Meeting mobile app is ready for downloading. The 2017 app will keep your day much more structured all from the palm of your hand. With the app, you will be able to add sessions to your schedule and sync between your multiple devices; search speakers; stay up-to-date with real time alerts; and engage through social media. Download the app by searching your app store for “AERA Meetings.” Once you have installed the app, select the 2017 Annual Meeting program and click “download.”

Click here for more details.

Attend the Annual Meeting Virtually
Find Out Which Annual Meeting Sessions Will Be Live-Streamed

If you are unable to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio or are simply trying to be in two places at once, take advantage of free live-streamed sessions. The number has doubled this year to 31. Registerhere.

Honoring Lives and Legacies
Memorial Sessions Held for Leading Scholars

As a tribute to their lives and contributions to the field of education research, memorial sessions for David Krathwohl, Donald H. Layton, Sam Stringfield, David Tyack, and Claire Ellen Weinstein will be held at the 2017 Annual Meeting. View more details about these sessions here.

Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Honoring Excellence in Education Research

The fifth annual AERA Awards Luncheon will be heldSaturday, April 29. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the field of education research and the accomplishments of AERA-wide awardees and those who receive special citations. Tickets are still available for the luncheon and can be purchased online at “My AERA” by all Annual Meeting attendees while seats remain. Free tickets are available to attendees who bring their own lunches. Go to “My AERA” to reserve.

Session Details
Saturday, April 29, 12:25 to 2:25 pm
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards
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Advance Your Skills On-Site and Online
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 27-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

Three courses will be live-streamed through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center.

To view more information about the professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, clickhere.

The Off-Site Experience
Registration Open for Off-Site Tours

Make the most of your trip to San Antonio and sign up now for one or more of four off-site visits exploring the best of the city’s culture and history. Space is limited for these tours, and interested attendees are encouraged to register in advance. If you are a registered participant wishing to add courses, off-site visits, or tours, you can log in to add events to your registration.

Connect With Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Exhibition Hall Friday through Sunday (April 28–30) to meet exhibitors. Visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology companies, and many more.

Enter to Win

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York (registration, hotel, and air fare included).

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“Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity”
Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1, 2017

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April 21, 2017

FLVS Corkboard: April Highlights

From yesterday’s inbox…

April Highlights

April showers may bring May flowers, but both months ultimately mean…we’re sailing into summer!

And speaking of cruising…

Shakespeare Fest 2017 was a great success! Want to catch up on a session you missed? Recordings can be found here.

Thank you to all of the teachers, sponsors, and student presenters who helped to make this such a spectacular event!

Teacher Appreciation Week

While we’re on the subject of thanking teachers, don’t forget that Teacher Appreciation Week begins Monday, May 1. If you have an outstanding teacher you’d like to give a shout out to, consider posting a personal message on the FLVS Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #FLVSTAW.

They appreciate YOU and your words of encouragement so much!

Another great event FLVS is proud to be part of is Teen Driving Day!

In support of National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness month, FLVS is hosting an educational Safe Driving and Family Day in partnership with Waterford Lakes Town Center on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature guest speakers and vendors providing safety tips to parents and students, family activities, treats, and more. FLVS volunteers will be on-hand with giveaways and information including our Driver’s Education/Traffic Safety course.

The Florida Highway Patrol will also be in attendance with a variety of activities, including the simulated roll over vehicle. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and enjoy the fun.

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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Various events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. Today, more than 193 countries participate in events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

Once again, FLVS STEM Club students had the opportunity to participate in the Sally Ride EarthKAM mission where students can choose locations on Earth and have a picture taken by the International Space Station as it passes over.

Students from around the world took more than 8,000 photos. View the full gallery here.

Here are a few simple suggestions for how you can make a difference on Earth Day:

  • Go for a bike ride or a long walk instead of using a car
  • Set up a recycling center in your home or school
  • Gather family and friends for cleaning up litter in your neighborhood or community
  • Hold a nature “scavenger hunt” and invite others to find specific items at a local park

We’ll be sharing more ideas on the blog this Saturday, so be sure to subscribe for updates!

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Look back at this year’s events and activities, student spotlights, and more in our annual yearbook created by the FLVS Yearbook Club, Unbound.

Orders for your print copy must by submitted by the end of April! Learn more here.

Order a Yearbook
Summer is just around the corner—time to register for courses at FLVS! It’s a great time for students to get ahead, make up a credit, take a course that isn’t offered at school, or satisfy their online graduation requirement.

Check out our featured courses for summer!

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IVS – We need your Feedback!

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Pinwheels for Prevention

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Pinwheels for Prevention

This post was written in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. My first realization that not all parents behave as loving parents was in the third grade with news that Penny’s mom had hit her over the head with a trophy. It was shocking, as child abuse was not a topic you typically heard of […]

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