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February 21, 2017

Notice of VLN Primary AGM

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Notice of VLN Primary AGM  by Rachel Whalley

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Nau mai Haere Mai! All are welcome to join our VLN Primary AGM online Thursday 6th April 4.00 pm. Agenda & Connection details are: Read more

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Webinar: 2/22 at 2pm EST – Choice, Cyber Charter Schools and the Educational Marketplace for Rural School Districts

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New podcast and webinar sessions from MVLRI!
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This session will highlight findings from a study on enrollment patterns of students in brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and how these enrollment patterns differ across geographic locale.

Login at https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri at the time of the session to participate!

In our latest episode of Virtual Viewpoints, we talk with Bi Vuong of Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research about the Proving Ground Project, which provides rapid-cycle research services to schools and states on educational technology software implementation. Listen here.
Digital Learning Day, an initiative from the Alliance for Excellent Education, will be celebrated on February 22, 2017. The campaign is designed to celebrate the innovate work that is taking place in classrooms across the country and “ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.” Read more about the program here.
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February 20, 2017

New Guide For Trauma-Informed Teaching, Revamped 6+1 Trait Writing institute, Research On Impact Of School Vouchers, #BlackHistoryMonth

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Latest News from Education Northwest
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Honoring African Americans Working to Improve Education in Our Region

In honor of Black History Month, Education Northwest is recognizing the contributions of African American educators and community leaders in our region who are doing exceptional work to improve public education and make a difference in students’ lives. Learn more about the four leaders we are honoring for 2017.

Study Finds Oregon Promise Influenced Students’ College-Going Decisions

Education Northwest has released a study that shows Oregon Promise, a new state grant program that covers most tuition at Oregon community colleges, appears to already be having an impact on the college-going decisions of students—particularly first-generation college students.

New Guide Provides Strategies for Educating Traumatized Children

Teachers have dealt with the impact of trauma on students for years, and research suggests that educators can moderate the effects of trauma by forging strong relationships with traumatized children and providing a safe and supportive learning environment. Education Northwest has published a free resource, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatized Children,” that provides insights drawn from the latest research, as well as a set of trauma-informed classroom practices for educators.

Study Looks at Academic Prep of Spanish-Speaking Students, Addresses Gaps in Advanced Coursetaking

A new study by REL Northwest found Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners. Differences in advanced course enrollment and performance disappear when students have the same grade point average and test scores in the prior school year.

Learn How to Scaffold 6+1 Trait Writing for Diverse Learners

Come to our June 21–22, 2017 institute in Portland, Oregon. Want to learn more on how to improve writing for your English learner students, students with special needs and gifted and talented students through the 6+1 Trait Writing model? Come to our summer institute in Oregon to learn new approaches to scaffolding that will help you teach all students to become stronger, more confident writers. Find out more and register to reserve your spot today.

Ask A REL Response: Research on the Impact of School Vouchers

As more states are implementing or considering vouchers that provide private school funding for students with disabilities, low-income students, students in low-performing schools, or students in rural areas without public schools, more attention is being paid to the impact of vouchers on the students they are designed to assist. What does the research say? Check out our Ask A REL librarian’s response. If you want more information about this or other topics, contact Jennifer Klump for free, customized answers to your research questions.

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Top 10 MindShare Report Canadian EdTech New Stories February 2017

Note that there are two items in this newsletter that focus on the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report that I lead.

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Dear Thought Leader,

I hope you enjoy our stellar February Top 10 News Stories of the MindShare Report as crowd sourced by you our much valued readership.

Special thanks to our valued podcast and blog contributors who helped make our February Online Learning special edition one of our best ever! The explosion of online learning in Canada has many benefits and serious implications for teaching & learning. It creates demands on educators, infrastructure, technology and best practices. We welcome further dialogue and would be happy to provide insight and engage in deeper discussion with our readers and listeners. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note!

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us next month! I’m humbled and honoured to share that our March edition marks a HUGE milestone — our 10th Anniversary of publishing the MindShare Learning Report. I look forward to sharing a retrospective of the digital evolution that we’ve shared during our journey, thanks in part to your valued contributions as leaders and learners.

Watch for our new and improved MSL Report design! We’re also embarking on our annual reader survey to get a deeper pulse of what’s vitally important to you to garner insights in the EdTech space!

We look forward to charting our course with our valued MindShare community for the next 10 years; building on a foundation of innovative learning practices in support of student success across the Canadian landscape. Whether you believe we’re immersed in an evolutionary or revolutionary time, that is up for healthy debate. The great news is that Canada continues to be at the forefront of innovation and learning on a global scale.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Classroom of the Future Challenge!Qualify to WIN a MakerSpace for your school!

Robert Martellacci
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1. Exclusive Podcast with Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO Dr. Guy Tétrault Shares His District’s Journey to Successfully Transform Learning in the 21st Century through PeBL

Dr. Guy G. Tétrault started his career in education in 1976. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the U of Saskatchewan and his Ed.D. from the U of Toronto.

He taught French as a Second Language and French Immersion, was the principal of 5 different schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is now the Director of Education (CEO) for Sun West School Division No. 207. Guy is a member of the C21 Canada Board and Founding member of the CEO Academy.

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2. Exclusive podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report

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Michael’s research has focused on K-12 online teaching and learning. His research agenda is aimed at improving the design and delivery of these online learning opportunities to enable all students, particularly those in rural areas, the opportunity for success.

3. Trudeau joins campaign urging youth to study computer science

With potentially thousands of high-paying jobs going unfilled in Canada, Prime Minister Just Trudeau lent his voice Monday to a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to study computer science.

Trudeau joined the co-founders of Canada Learning Code and Code.org to mark the launch of Computer Science Education Week at an event called Hour of Code.

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4. Exclusive Podcast with Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB talks Edtech, FETC from a CTO Canadian perspective

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Peter brings 23+ years of K-12 sector technology know-how to his CTO portfolio. He has been at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies to the Toronto District School Board. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.

5. Last year’s Classroom of the Future Eastern winner Sadie Bradbury, Highland Park Junior High blogs her insights on creating a winning video & the positive impact the contest had on her students.

The impact was almost immediate, our students were thrilled and amazed and so very happy. Many had doubts when we said we were going to try the competition,and this really changed attitudes, that their small population competing against other larger schools in Canada could actually win a competition!

When the students asked what we had won, the belief in their abilities grew, as did their confidence and their joy. This was an amazing gift in itself, the school started with minimal technology and we now were moving into the future of technology!

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6. Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2016

9 out of 10 people (90%) in Canada aged 25 to 64 had completed at least high school, well above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 78%. Only the Czech Republic (93%), Estonia, the Slovak Republic and Poland (all at 91%) had higher proportions. The United States matched Canada at 90%.

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7. Approaches to E-Learning: Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada

“In contrast to the US where the idea is that we need to be proliferating this wave of the future in online learning,” explains Dr. Barbour, “Canada’s biggest question comes down to ‘Is this the best way for a child to learn at this time?’”

Both the US and Canada have seen similar levels of growth in the number students engaged in distance learning. But Canada primarily uses e-learning as a supplement to the classroom, while there is a much higher proportion of full-time e-learning in the US.

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8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 3: Personalized Learning

When you visualize educational transformation, what does success look like to you? How do you get there? One major component of transformation is the focus on Personalized Learning – a popular buzzword in the education space, and for good reason.

Education Transformation Framework

According to the OECD, Personalized Learning has the potential to overcome the socio-economic, time, and space limitations of traditional learning.1 So how have you and your school system been thinking about Personalized Learning?

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9. Canada’s University Libraries Are In Peril

Universities and colleges across Canada are having their budgets severely tightened for a host of reasons, some more rational than others. In this quest for slashing costs, libraries have found themselves on the chopping block. To many, this move represents an attack on the very idea of scholarship, and the undermining of the nation’s quest to be a leader in the knowledge economy.

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10. Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math.

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February 19, 2017

New Blog Post: Developing the Strengths of Students with Dyslexia: Six Teaching Strategies

Also from Friday’s inbox…

Students with dyslexia are intelligent but struggle to “crack the code” of written language. What can educators do to best support them in the classroom?

Developing the Strengths of Students with Dyslexia: Six Teaching Strategies

By Marybeth Flachbart

Many people think dyslexia is a vision problem that causes readers to see letters in reverse.

This is not the case.

When people are able to read quickly and effortlessly, their brains process the basic sound elements (phonemes) that come together as letters (graphemes) in words that ultimately make up written language.

People with dyslexia have difficulty translating letters into their corresponding sounds. As a result, correctly identifying words on a page is a challenge—which impacts a student’s ability to read and write.

However, as Dr. Sally Shaywitz of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity says, “Dyslexia is an island of weakness in a sea of strengths.”

Unfortunately, even though students with dyslexia usually have average or above-average intelligence. . . .

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Education Northwest works to transform teaching and learning in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. Our services to states, districts, schools, community-based organizations, and foundations include rigorous research and evaluation of new and existing programs; research-based technical assistance in areas such as equity, school improvement, and distance learning; widely acclaimed professional development in the fields of literacy and mathematics education; and strategic communications that maximize impact. For 50 years, our experts have worked side-by-side with schools and communities to identify and address their most critical educational needs. Education Northwest is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
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