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February 3, 2016

AERA16 Insider – January 2016

From Saturday’s inbox…

AERA16 Insider
January 2016The 2016 Annual Meeting, held in AERA’s Centennial Year, will provide an important launching point for the second century of the association and the future of education research. Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in a diverse 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 U.S. and around the world. Leading up to the 2016 Annual Meeting, AERA16 Insider will provide a monthly glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 8-12 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

President Oakes Announces Major Lecture Speakers

Advance Your Skills

The Off-Site Experience

One-Stop-Shop for Graduate Students

Connect with Exhibitors

Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12, 2016

About the Theme
The 2016 Meeting will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the US and around the globe. Read more

2016 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
– Routledge

Gold Sponsor
– SAGE Publishing

Silver Sponsors
– Teachers College Press
– Access Group Center for Policy &

Research Analysis

President Oakes Announces Major Lecture Speakers
Darling-Hammond and Simmons to Address Annual Meeting

AERA President Jeannie Oakes hasannounced the AERA Distinguished Lecture and Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture speakers.The AERA Distinguished Lecture will be given by Linda Darling-Hammond—Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University.The Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture will be given by Warren Simmons—Fellow and Former Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.More featured speakers will be announced in next month’s AERA16 Insider and will be immediately posted on the AERA website.Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Courses Now Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 31-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. Several courses emphasize international scholarship, including three organized by the World Education Research Association. Check out courses and learn how to register.

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

Space is available for only two of the fiveoff-site visits. The remaining events include “Response Abilities: Generating Arts-based Research with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King” and “Fighting for the Right to the City: Community Organizing for Public Education in a Gentrifying D.C.” Register or add one or both of these events to your existing registration.

One-Stop-Shop for Graduate Students
AERA Graduate Student Resources Page

With more than 7,000 graduate student members, AERA is pleased to offer our student attendees the Graduate Student Resources portal page to help navigate the Annual Meeting. This page includes orientation information, sessions, events, and more resources to help students get the most from their experience, connect to their research interests, and engage with others in the field.

Connect with Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Exhibition HallSaturday through Monday (April 9-11) to meet exhibitors. Visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology experts, 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 chance to win a daily iPad or a trip to the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

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2016 Annual Meeting
“Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies”
Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Yet another item from Monday’s inbox…

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February 2, 2016

Welcome back to ‘Virtual’ School!

One for my Kiwi readers…

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Welcome back to ‘Virtual’ School!

Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L.
Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L., by Rachel Whalley

Having a Say – Consultation on the NZ Education Act by Rachel Whalley

Here is the VLN Primary School’s submission on the review of the NZ Education Act.  We are looking forward to contributing to positive change in NZ schooling. An interesting road ahead … Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School for 2016! 

It is going to be a full on year for us all – in our own schools and in our collaborative, virtual school, the VLN Primary.

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes.

In this newsletter: 

We share our submission to the Education Act that advocates for changes to the Act that enables learning that is flexible, open and accessible for all our learners across a networked schools system. We welcome any feedback from our schools on this submission.

We start the year off with something that is an integral part of how we learn together online – internet safety. We are proud to support Safer Internet Day on February 9th. Find out more on how to participate and keep following us to share our digital citizenship resources #sid2016

Don’t forget to get in early with your registrations to participate. This enables Ginette to work out the incredibly complex job of developing a timetable that works the best it can for all of us; and gives us time to prepare you and your students to be successful online learners.    Geoff from Rosmini College, is still welcoming participation in Over the Back Fence, Environment Health Project – this closes soon so get in quick.

Our Asian Language (ALLiS) Project is well underway. We are looking forward to the arrival of our new Mandarin Language Assistant & have a range of programmes ready to run – Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Asia Inquiry; short tasters, small groups, whole classes. There is no cost to schools to join these programmes, but these are limited to our Project schools in the first instance, then first come after that (note there is still a modest VLN Primary administration fee). We are very interested to hear from anyone who can teach our Bahasan Indonesian class; and we would love to hear from children who want to learn Tagalog. Please offer this to your Filipino community.

The VLN Primary School doesn’t have a monopoly on learning online,  there are some very exciting & effective projects being developed by teachers around NZ. We plan to profile these over the coming weeks with our first two articles in this newsletter. Check out NZ Read Aloud led by Kerri Thompson from Tamatea Intermediate, and Re-imaging Sports Education by Tim Morgan from Bishopdale Primary. Get in touch with them to participate in their projects. If you have a project you want profiled here contact Rachel. If you have ideas from projects or programmes you want to run, contact us for support.

Finally a heads up for 14th Annual Sole Charge and Rural Teaching Principals′ Conference. A favourite conference for the VLN Primary – some great speakers & workshops; and a time to connect and have fun!

Coming up:

  • Safer Internet Day – 9th February
  • Governance Group Meet – 16th February
  • ALLiS Teachers PLD – 18th February
  • Online classes scheduled to start – 7th March
  • AGM – April – date TBC
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Get your registrations in for 2016!

Check out what’s on offer for our students & teachers for 2016. Keep an eye out for updates as new programmes are starting up all the time. Get your registrations in now to ensure your students a place. Read more

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Over the Back Fence Project 2016

Check out the Over the Back Fence Project – Global Connections, Collaborative Inquiry, Reciprocal Teaching. Plan to participate for 2016!Read more


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Lead, Innovate, Educate: Creating Communities

Register Early for: 14th Annual Sole Charge and Rural Teaching Principals′ Conference: Lead, Innovate, Educate: Creating Communities Havelock North, 18-20 May 2015  Read more

A re-imagined approach to Sports Education

As school programmes shape themselves to be future focussed and reflect modern learning practises, physical education programmes continue to deliver game based learning aligned to an often narrow sporting endpoint. What if physical education programmes reflected a broader future focus? Read more

Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L.

Having a Say – Consultation on the NZ Education Act

Here is the VLN Primary School’s submission on the review of the NZ Education Act.  We are looking forward to contributing to positive change in NZ schooling. An interesting road ahead … Read more

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Asian Language Learning in Schools

Our students will soon be benefiting from the government’s investment in Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) funding initiative. Read more

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e-jobs Update From UW-Stout

From Sunday’s inbox…

E-Learning and Online Teaching
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in e-learning settings. Become an effective online instructor.

About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online.

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Teaching online is exciting but can leave you with many questions. Deciding to adopt the adjunctpreneur® lifestyle and teaching online is very rewarding but can leave you with many questions. You aren’t sure you can meet the expectations of hiring managers for your desired position. Do you have the education, skills and expertise to be considered a good fit at an institution and get hired?

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Solid advice on the mysterious and often mercurial process of landing an online job.  Lots of common sense can be found here. If even one tip is something new to you, it is worth your time!

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Minimum Qualifications
An earned terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in arts administration or an associated professional discipline (visual or performing arts)Significant professional experience in arts leadership and administrationExperience teaching arts administration at the collegiate level
Preferred QualificationsDemonstrated success in arts leadership of regionally or nationally significant organizations including (but not limited to) major fundraising initiatives, community engagement, facilities development or expansion, and/or audience developmentAbility to teach in more than one of the indicated areas of needExperience and/or interest in teaching in an online formatAbility to leverage professional relationships into internship opportunities for students in the program
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Make that MFA (and online teaching experience) pay!

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Online photography classes will take a combination of online teaching skills and technical wisdom. Is this right for you?

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Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Online nursing education is taking off.  Qualified nurse educators with e-learning experience are always in demand.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Minimum Qualifications
An MA or MFA in English or related field, demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, and a strong commitment to underserved student populations.
U.S. Citizenship or current residence status is required. Commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level is required.Preferred Qualifications
Teaching, experience, and/or scholarship appropriate to the course(s) needed. PhD in English or related field.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Online teaching is a natural extension of writing skills. Go on… apply!

Scooped by Maggie Rouman
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Maggie Rouman‘s insight:
I’m not sure if this was the first online course, but it’s a great narrative that gives some history of online learning. My how things have changed!
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching

Web 2.0 tools and online utilities have become more full-featured and useful over the years.

Here are some links to various online tools to help both teaching and learning. The online tools all work with laptops and Chromebooks unless stated otherwise. The ones that have Chrome apps available have a link to the Chrome Web Store link.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Kathy is a great Librarian, Media Specialist and content curator.  Let her insights be the filter for your cup of Online Tool Tea!

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
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Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Register today.  Learn the skills you’ll need to teach in the future.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
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Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

This is a terrific article from an expert in the field.  If you are looking for online work as a teacher read this article!

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching

Course-specific Qualifications:

1. Mathematical Modeling for Bioinformatics
Minimum of 4 years of experience in using biological data mining and prediction techniques in a cutting edge research environment.
Experience implementing various modeling and prediction techniques, including linear and nonlinear regression, principal component analysis, support vector machines, self-organizing maps, neural networks, set enrichment, Bayesian networks, model-based analysis, and geneset/ pathway/network analysis.
Strong statistics scripting/programming experience.
2. Biological Data Integration
Minimum of 4 years of experience in algorithms and techniques for integration of public and proprietary bioinformatics data in a cutting edge research environment.
Experience with public data resources (e.g., NCBI, Ensembl, UCSC, Broad), relational databases, and methods of data transfer and ontologies (e.g., BioPax, XMLs).

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Major school. Cutting edge content area.  Learn to teach this subject online and you can write your own ticket.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
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Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

This is a well filtered list of resources that will help you tune in to strong and grade appropriate YouTube content.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Don Clark says it well.  Online teaching can help you become a better teacher.  This nicely detailed article will tell you how that happens.

I’ve been teaching and learning online for 21 years and I’m still learning something new everyday.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
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Education and/or Experience

A master’s degree in Mathematics required. Doctorate degree strongly preferred.
Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a related mathematical discipline with at least 18 graduate credit hours in the math field may also be considered.

Experience in online university level teaching highly preferred.

A record of successfully engaging adult and/or nontraditional learners highly preferred.

The Institution will also consider competence, effectiveness and capacity, including related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Put your masters degree and 18 units in math to work teaching online.  If you have online teaching experience all the better.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
onto E-Learning and Online Teaching
Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

As you swim into the second half of the school year it might just be the right time to flip out!

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