Make the Most of the School Year with These Back to School Resources
The time has come for educators across the country to put away their flip flops and beach umbrellas and head back into the classroom. The beginning of a new school year marks a fresh start and an exciting time for students and educators alike. Along with the excitement and joy of starting anew can come new challenges and opportunities to innovate practices. We’ve compiled professional development resources to ensure all educators—no matter their experience level—are armed with strategies to take on a new school year.
For All Educators:
- Free Video Collections—EL Education’s video library is a free resource full of inspiring stories and practical protocols for educators in diverse classrooms across the country. The video collections are grouped by topics of interest including curriculum tools, leadership videos, deeper instruction, and more.
- Preview the Practices—Back by popular demand! In this FREE online course, attendees will explore 5 key practices in the EL Education model that empower students to be leaders of their own learning and see examples of these practices within the EL Education K-5 Language Arts curriculum. Register by September 9 to reserve your spot.
- EL Education 2019 National Conference—At this year’s expanded conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia from October 16th-19th, attendees will join thousands of fellow educators, experts, and innovators from around the country for professional development and community building to strengthen support for the whole child and celebrate remarkable student achievement.
- The EL Education curriculum Facebook Group—The Facebook group is the perfect place for educators from across the country to find support and ideas to successfully implement the EL Education English Language Arts Curriculum.
- Professional Learning Institutes—These diverse professional learning events are grounded in deep respect for teachers and school leaders as creative agents in classrooms and designed to help accelerate student success. Topics range from establishing respectful and collaborative classrooms to creating equitable classrooms.
- Models of Excellence— Models of Excellence is a dynamic open resource that answers the question: What does high quality student work look like? The Models of Excellence site is filled with videos, exemplary projects, and compelling writing to inspire and elevate teaching and learning in any classroom.
- Leaders of Their Own Learning PD Pack—Based on the book Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools through Student-Engaged Assessment, users learn how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning and build independence, critical thinking skills, and perseverance. Be sure to watch the short introductory video from author Ron Berger.
- Article: Common Administrator Mistakes & What to Do Instead—In this Education Week article, educators answer the question: What is the biggest mistake you’ve seen an administrator make (or, if you are an administrator, that you’ve made)? What should have been done, instead? Learn how you can avoid making the same mistakes and contribute to a positive school culture.
- Online Course: Leading Implementation of the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum—This course prepares leaders to successfully implement EL Education’s curriculum by providing a “playbook” to implementation including tasks, roles, timelines, scheduling ideas, and more.
- Leadership Development Institutes and Coaching—Shared leadership provides an opportunity for aspiring principals to learn and practice skills in the context of authentic leadership. These new offerings that develop future school principals and support leadership across a range of roles in schools: team leaders, coaches, assistant principals, and principals.