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Local Teachers Featured Ed Talk Speakers for the Better Together: CA Teacher Summit July 31

By Pamela Van Halsema on July 24, 2015 4:12 PM

The Better Together: CA Teachers Summit is only one week away. More than 14,000 educators across California will gather next Friday, July 31 to learn, share ideas, dive deep into discussions and work to build and strengthen their professional networks just in time for back to school season. 

Sonoma State University is one of the 33 host universities for this inaugural event, which will include keynote speakers, an Edcamp conference and more. One exciting feature of the day are Ed Talks at each site, in which three local teachers will offer inspiring and thought provoking perspectives about their successes and challenges as teachers, offering personal narratives related to their work with implementation of the California Standards. We are pleased to announce the three featured Ed Talk speakers who will be on stage at Sonoma State next week:

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Catlin Tucker: Connect Students to an Authentic Audience

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher currently teaching at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. She is the bestselling author of Blended Learning for Grades 4-12 and Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (Corwin) She authored a blended learning course for ASCD and writes a monthly column for Educational Leadership. Catlin is an experienced professional development facilitator, trainer, speaker, and blogger (CatlinTucker.com)



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Ruth Moore: Making Every Voice Matter

Ruth Moore has taught middle school English and history for 26 years to a full spectrum of learners, and has served as a BTSA mentor, department chairs and Teacher on Special Assignment. Ruth chairs as a district-wide committee of Board of Education members, district personnel and teacher representatives from K-12 to support constructive dialogue about issues of concern. She is also currently serving on the newly formed Instructional Leadership Corps, a joint venture of Stanford University and CTA to provide quality professional development around CCSS implementation.



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Glenn Corey: How I Get My Students to Not Listen to the Teacher

After being a toy designer, documentary film-maker, engineer, executive and researcher, Glenn Corey followed his life-long dream to become a teacher. He teaches design and physics at Novato High School where he helps students pursue their curiosity to create value in the world. Corey is one of the first recipients of a new award presented by the Allen Foundation designed to recognize and support K-12 teachers who promote innovation and entrepreneurialism in the classroom.


The Better Together: CA Teachers Summit, is a collaborative event organized by New Teacher Center, and California State University (CSU) and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more, visit the event website at www.cateacherssummit.com and follow it all in real time on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@CAteachersummit, #cateacherssummit

Education Groups to Sponsor Unprecedented Convening of California Teachers

By Pamela Van Halsema on June 8, 2015 3:17 PM

Unique partnership of California education groups assemble to celebrate teachers across the state at Better Together: California Teachers Summit
  
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On July 31, California teachers at 33 locations across the state, including Sonoma State University, will come together to share innovative strategies that empower our PreK-12 teachers and build powerful teacher communities to positively impact our students. New Teacher Center (NTC), in partnership with California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions, will co-host Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which is designed to help teachers learn from each other, share best practices in implementing the new California Standards and celebrate their work. The events are supported by $3.5 million in grants to NTC, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"California teachers know that the time to impact the lives of students is always going to be now," said Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center. "This event will allow 20,000 teachers to celebrate in classroom successes while building a powerful and lasting support network." 

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, Better Together: California Teachers Summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers and give teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and proven best practices led by teachers and for teachers. Teachers will come away with concrete tools and strategies for navigating recent changes in implementing the new California Standards, and a network of colleagues from their home region to support future collaboration. 

"California's teachers work tirelessly every day to make sure our students thrive," said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. "This gathering celebrates their achievements and brings them back to their AICCU campus community to equip them with research based practices to ensure their continued success in a changing environment."

"With roots extending back a century to its teacher college origins, the CSU is honored to host this special day of professional collaboration," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "Through peer learning and exchange, California teachers continue to be at the forefront of classroom innovation - further igniting the spark of learning in their students."

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All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in this summit. Events will be held at 33 locations throughout California and registration is free. For more information or to register online, please visit www.cateacherssummit.com, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

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ieSonoma annual event to feature Emily Pilloton, Dan Pallotta, and Adam Braun: June 7-8

By Pamela Van Halsema on May 12, 2015 2:20 PM

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A young woman whose first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem-solving and tinkering and led her to found Project H Design, a nonprofit teaching youth to design and build their future with heart, hands, and hammers.

A Harvard graduate who invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, events that altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference.

A college student backpacking across the globe who asked a small boy begging on the streets of India what he wanted most in the world and whose answer would lead him to found an organization that has built over 300 schools serving over 30,000 students around the world.

What do these three remarkable individuals have in common? Aside from being called to action through their personal life experiences, these innovative leaders will be the featured speakers at an important community event taking place in Sonoma County on June 7 and 8, 2015. The third annual ieSonoma: innovate | educate event is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa and on Monday, June 8 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Participants may choose to attend one or both days.

Get tickets from www.iesonoma.org

ieSonoma events are intended to provoke attendees' thinking and challenge previously held beliefs about teaching and learning in the 21st century. Over the past two years, some of the best thinkers in the world have shared their ideas for innovation in education at ieSonoma: Sir Ken Robinson and Dale Dougherty in 2013, followed by Sugata Mitra and Nirvan Mullick in 2014.

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This year, three dynamic speakers will take the stage: Emily Pilloton, Dan Pallotta, and Adam Braun. Each brings a unique story about how they have made a difference in their respective industry sectors by embracing innovation and challenging the status quo:

Emily Pilloton is an educator, architect, and humanitarian activist who believes that design and building can excite learning and citizenship. She developed and is now teaching a design-build curriculum called Studio H that engages the minds and bodies of high school students through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, Studio H is now based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California. Emily will be one of the keynotes for the Monday morning event.

  • dan_pallotta.jpgDan Pallotta is an entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian activist who is changing the way the public thinks about charity and change. He is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists, with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. His 2013 TED Talk, viewed by 3.5 million people, argued that "the way we think about charity is dead wrong." Dan will be the keynote for the Sunday evening event, and will also be one of the keynotes for the Monday morning event.
  • braun.jpegAdam Braun is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world. His book, The Promise of a Pencil, describes how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change. Adam will be one of three keynote speakers at the Monday morning ieSonoma event.
  • With the three speakers' stories in mind, ieSonoma is adopting "A Call to Action" as its theme this year. ieSonoma 2015 promises to be an important public gathering of education and community leaders who are interested in transforming education and rethinking the way we view the institutions and organizations that play a role in preparing students for success in the 21st century.

    Additional details on the speakers can be found at www.iesonoma.org. A sell-out crowd of 750 on Sunday and 1000 people on Monday is expected for the event.

    About ieSonoma

    ieSonoma is a partnership of educational institutions and the larger community dedicated to exploring the research, theory, and practice of preparing young people for success in a rapidly changing world. In 2013, the Sonoma County Office of Education joined with Sonoma Country Day School and Sonoma State University to spark innovation and collaboration in the local education community. More than 25 other organizations are also supporting ieSonoma through sponsorship of this year's annual event, including:

    Gold: 

    John Jordan Foundation

    Silver:

    Alexander Valley Vineyards, Community First Credit Union, Lake County Office of Education, Petaluma City Schools, Piner-Olivet Union School District, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Inc., Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma Academy


    Bronze:

    Bellwether Farms, Bergin Glass Impressions, CalStateTEACH, Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County, Community Foundation Sonoma County, First 5 Sonoma County, Girard & Edwards, Jardesca, Mendocino County Office of Education, North Bay Leadership Council, North Coast Beginning Teacher Program, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma County Human Services Department, Whole Foods

    Additional support from:

    The Press Democrat, Vintners Inn, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

    Call for Nominations for the 2015 Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

    By Pamela Van Halsema on January 13, 2015 8:59 AM

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    "He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars."
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    Inspired by London

    Local hero Jack London was a brilliant writer who pursued life with a sense of adventure much like the characters in his books. He took a non-traditional approach to living and learning, and embraced risk to spur his imagination.Tapping into those experiences, he was able to spin classic tales like The Call of the Wild, White Fang and dozens if not hundreds of other stories, novels, poems and plays.

    Here at Sonoma State it is London's rogue ambition and creative fervor that we memorialize in the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation program.  For 28 years, the award has celebrated exceptional programs and the creative people who took risks, energy and time to make them successful for the children of Sonoma County public schools. 

    Call for Nominations

    We now invite nominations for the 2015 Jack London Award.  Representatives from throughout Sonoma County are invited to nominate innovative programs for this honor. Nominated programs may serve early childhood, elementary or secondary education populations either as part of the school day or as an extra-curricular program. 

    Think about  what creative risk-taking is happening in the classrooms, labs, art rooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums and auditoriums at your schools. Have you launched any new and innovative  programs that build student engagement and advance learning? Tell us about them! Our advisory committee reviews all the applications and selects a few finalist programs for a team of judges to visit and evaluate in person.

    Nominations Due February 12

    Apply by Thursday, February 12, 2015; application is posted on our website at www.sonoma.edu/education/jack-london

    Direct questions about the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation to Pamela Van Halsema at 707-664-2132.

    Webinars Explore Making in Schools, Features Panel of Maker-Educators

    By Pamela Van Halsema on December 2, 2014 10:38 AM

    Making in K-12 Schools Webinars: Part 1, Wednesday, December 3 and Part 2, Wednesday, December 10, noon PST

    To join the webinars, go to http://educatorinnovator.org/webinars/

    2 webinars december 3 and 10 for Making in K-12 Settings

    Join School of Education Assoc. Professor Jessica Parker, along with several Bay Area maker-educators as they discuss the role of "Making" in schools.  Set up as a forum, these teachers will share stories from their own experiences in the classroom--from elementary up to high school--incorporating making into the curriculum and both creating and maintaining a culture of creativity

    In Part 1 of the two part series, on December 3, the panel will focus on how to set things up to foster hands-on, interdisciplinary maker projects and events which successfully support student learning.

    In Part 2, on December 10, they will discuss the kind of professional development that they themselves need as educators to implement these programs and adopt a 'maker mindset' as a teacher.

    The Maker Movement

    Making emphasizes learning-through-doing In a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Makers encourage taking risks and experimentation with materials from simple to high tech equipment, they set up opportunities to build and tinker and create. Robotics, woodworking, crafting, 3D printing, and machining are just a few examples of projects used in Maker Spaces all over the world top inspire through project-based learning.

    The notion of tinkering and Making has become popular world-wide and is now truly a movement capturing the imagination of young and old, across cultures and disciplines. Maker Media, based here in Sonoma County, has been the hub and helped build this movement around the world with their publications and their Maker Faire events.

    This global community consists of inventors, artists, engineers, and many other types of people with all kinds of backgrounds. This movement is taking many in the direction of successful independent creativity that is allowing for outside the box thinking and knowledge expansion and growth.

    This kind of thinking is a great fit for project based learning and creative problem solving curriculum in schools, as well as creative and artistic development.

    The Maker Educator Certificate Program

    This webinar is hosted and produced by the National Writing Project's Educator Innovator initiative (educatorinnovator.org), and is affiliated with the Maker Educator Certificate Program offered by The Startup Classroom at Sonoma State University. The certificate program offers a selection of mini courses to help educators of all kinds (not just school teachers) learn how to start and maintain MakerSpaces in their own setting, and become part of a network of Maker Educators.  

    To learn more about the Maker Educator Certificate Program visit www.thestartupclassroom.org/maker-course/ 

    Education Graduate Research Fair Thursday Highlights Current Work by Master's Candidates

    By Pamela Van Halsema on November 17, 2014 4:45 PM

    Grad-Research-PosterThe Master of Arts in Education Program at Sonoma State University is pleased to present the Fall Graduate Research Fair on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5:00-7:30 PM in Schulz 1121.  

    In this poster session style event, sudents who have just completed the program will present their findings related to their thesis and cognate projects Programs represented range from Curriculum, Teaching and Learning to Special Education to Educational Leadership and more. The Fair provides these students an diverse audience of faculty, local educators and fellow students to share and discuss their ideas and research.  

    For local people contemplating entering the Master's program, this a wonderful opportunity to get a closer look at the kind of in depth work that candidates pursue in the program. The School of Education is accepting applications now for admission to Master's programs to begin in Spring and Fall.  The application window for Spring closes on November 30.  To learn more see www.sonoma.edu/graduate/

    The event is free and open to the public.  

    Math Educator Megan W. Taylor on KQED to Discuss Innovative Professional Development Models for STEM Teachers

    By Pamela Van Halsema on October 8, 2014 12:18 AM

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    Today's KQED public radio program Forum with Michael Krasny brought together education experts to discuss the best models and reforms in teacher preparation programs.  Sonoma State School of Education's Asst. Professor Megan W. Taylor was a featured guest on the program along with SFSU's former Dean of Education Betsy Keane, Stanford's Linda Darling-Hammond, and EdSource executive director Louis Freedberg. 

    The radio discussion was prompted by a new report from EdSource entitled "Preparing World Class Teachers". This particular report is intended to highlight the most promising reforms to create a more effective teaching workforce. The article suggests that such induction programs could benefit from innovation and reform.

    Listen to the Forum podcast from KQED


     Implementing Innovative Models for New Teacher Support

    Megan Taylor, Asst. Prof. of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Sonoma State is a sought-after expert in mathematics education, teacher development, and curriculum design in the Bay Area and beyond. Her recent work with Sonoma Valley School District is notable.  Taylor worked with Sonoma State University teacher candidates and ElevatEd fellows (undergraduate and graduate students in Math and Science) at Adele Harrison Middle School in early September as part of a year-long pilot of a professional development school partnership between Adele Harrison and the Sonoma State University School of Education. 

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    Megan W. Taylor, Asst Prof. of Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics, SSU

    In the program Taylor facilitated teacher candidates and ElevatEd Fellows as they observed lessons across the classrooms of the math teachers at the school, with an eye on rich classroom discussion, then participated in structured debriefs with each other and the teachers they observed. 

    Principal Mary Ann Spitzer, Director of Curriculum & Instruction Karla Conroy, and ElevatEd CEO Zach Levine observed and participated in the work as well, reflecting the belief that teacher education "takes a village." 

    As discussed on KQED's Forum on October 8, this experience is part of a long-term effort by SSU to strengthen the partnership between the mentor teacher and the student teacher candidate. The strong partnership is formed through key strategies, making the clinical experience for its students more effective and the return for mentor teachers more substantial. 

    Another new innovative initiative, the CalCorps program strives to be the "gold standard" in teacher education and professional learning for secondary STEM teachers in California, guiding new teachers for a full 6 years from pre-service to in-service teaching. (much longer than the standard one year credential program plus two years of induction that most teachers experience) 

    CalCorps focuses on creating the first, research-based, practice-focused, long-term program for the recruitment, education, support, retention, and development of outstanding STEM teachers. CalCorps is different from other models because it provides a cohesive trajectory of professional experiences for new a teacher that spans the moment they choose the profession to their 6th full-time teaching year. Find out more at: http://calcorps.squarespace.com.

    To learn more about professional, university and research based teacher credential programs visit us at www.sonoma.edu/education

    Alumna Kaki McLachlan selected as 2014 PBS Digital Innovator

    By Lina Raffaelli on June 20, 2014 3:15 PM

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    Kaki McLachlan shares an interactive project at the 2013 Teacher Technology Showcase at Sonoma State

    As education is rapidly running to catch up with today's digital advances, institutions have begun to acknowledge and reward educators who are helping pave the way through useful and creative classroom strategies.

    PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program is a year-long professional development program designed to foster and grow a community of ed-tech leaders. Each year PBS hand-selects 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators who are effectively using digital media and technology in their schools to further student engagement and achievement.

    School of Education Alumna Kaki McLachlan, graduate of the Single Subject Credential Program and Master's in Education in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, has been selected for this honor for the 2014-2015 school year.

    "When students use technology in the classroom it allows them to take ownership of what they are learning," said McLachlan. "It is also an engaging way for students to gather up-to-date information in a variety of ways and share what they have learned in more exciting ways then ever before!"

    Kaki McLachlanShe acknowledges that all the new technology can be confusing for teachers. "New amazing resources are available each and every day for teachers. At times, it can be overwhelming, but it's not necessary to know it all!" Trying a new technology with students can be a risk, and doesn't always work perfectly. She notes, "It's important to remember, as a teacher, that not every lesson is going to be a success. This is especially important to remember when you begin to implement new projects with technology in the classroom. It is okay to fail! We are students too."

    McLachlan teaches science and technology to 6th-8th graders at White Hill Middle School in Fairfax. In addition to teaching life science, this year she took on two brand new technology elective courses focusing on digital citizenship and media.

    Throughout the year McLachlan will participate in various virtual trainings in educational technology. As a Digital Innovator, she is expected to lead several professional development activities in the 2014-2015 school year to share her innovations with other educators within her school and district 

    The PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Summit was held in June, hosted at the PBS headquarters in Washington D.C. You can learn more about Digital Innovators by following the event on Twitter at #pbsdigitalinnovator and #pbsdisummit.

    Why Learn About Being an Entrepreneurial Educator--an #Edupreneur?

    By Pamela Van Halsema on June 13, 2014 11:38 AM

    Guest Blogger Dr. Paul Porter, SSU Professor of Educational Leadership

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    Educators + Entrepreneurialism = Edupreneurialism

    "Edupreneurialism?"  Just another term or something meaningful?  As an instructor in this course The Entrepreneurial Educator, of course, I lean towards the term having great meaning.  For too many years educators have avoided any ties to business, and business has criticized education's graduates.  This artificial separation has led to neither side being able to benefit from the depth and wisdom of the other.  Every business must see itself as a learning organization.  Every school and student must see themselves as a bit more like a business. 

    If we are to truly move to 21st century learning and embrace the concepts of the Common Core, our students (and teachers) must begin to think of themselves not as passive recipients of knowledge but as finders and shapers of their own future.  In the course we explore the concept of every student and teacher seeing themselves as an "economic unit of one,"  not in just a financial sense, but with the belief that each student must, early in their education, begin to see themselves as responsible for developing themselves, for marketing themselves, for discovering their passions and for aligning these passions and interests with the realities of today's world.  This is not a task for a career project as a senior in High School, but a way of thinking that needs to be nurtured at an early age.

    Come and join us in exploring this concept. Begin looking at yourself as an entrepreneurial educator. Our course begins on June 23 and is hosted on Canvas.net.  Enrollment is free.

    ieSonoma Event June 9 Features Design Thinking in Education

    By Pamela Van Halsema on May 21, 2014 10:00 AM

    Sonoma State School of Education is pleased to be a co-host of the 2014 ieSonoma event on Monday, June 9, 8:30am-12:30pm at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa.  The event is focused the changing demands of the 21st century and how our community, and its schools, must respond to meet those demands. Two keynote speakers will be featured, Dr. Sugata Mitra and Nirvan Mullick. A discussion on "Design Thinking in Education" will include a panel of experts, including Greg Bamford, Kristen Swanson, and others to be announced.


    Sugata MitraDr. Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. His 30 years of research spans a wide range of disciplines, but he has earned the greatest recognition for his creative experiment known as the Hole in the Wall, which showed that children can teach themselves and each other when they're motivated by curiosity and peer interest. This work inspired the book and award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. Dr. Mitra received the 2013 TED Prize and was named one of the Top 10 Thinkers of 2013 by CNN.

    Nirvan MullickNirvan Mullick is a filmmaker, creative consultant, speaker, and entrepreneur. His animated short films have screened in festivals worldwide. In 2001, he began an ongoing collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which was one of the first crowd-funded films. In 2012, he directed Caine's Arcade, an 11-minute film that became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 8 million views and sparking a global movement of "cardboard creativity." Mullick subsequently founded the non-profit Imagination Foundation to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children. He has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and Innovation in Action award.

    Registration is free for teachers and students using the promotional code innovate14 on the registration form, but tickets are limited.  General admission is $40 for non-teachers.  To register, see this registration page

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    About ieSonoma

    ieSonoma is a partnership of educational institutions and the larger community dedicated to exploring the research, theory, and practice of transforming education for the 21st century. The partnership was initiated by SCOE in collaboration with founding partners Sonoma Country Day School and Sonoma State University and is aligned to the Cradle to Career Sonoma County goal of ensuring that every child succeeds academically