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Friday, April 24, 2020

4 Security Issues for Schools During Covid19 Distance Education



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 4 Security Issues for Schools During Covid19 Distance Education

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/4-security-issues-for-schools-during-covid19-distance-education/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

4 Security Issues for Schools During Distance Education




Schools spend time, resources, and focus on security. Now, that security is moving online. What was once relegated to the IT department is now everybody's business. In today's show, I share four security issues that are on my mind. First, video conferencing security. Second, encouraging parents to conduct a security audit in the content management or learning management system you are using. Third, I talk about increasing awareness of social media manipulation by countries. Finally, I share what I think will be the next attempt to steal information from your students and teachers through spearphishing.

See links to articles in the shownotes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e659 

Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

 

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/21-tools-i-use-to-manage-distance-learning/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning




Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. Check out the shownotes for the list of tools and links.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e658

Sponsor:See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio. It is her "birthday week" this week, so she's doing some solo episodes to share some up-to-date resources from how she's helping lead her school with instructional technology that works.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?



A new blog has appeared on my main site: The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/the-covid-19-education-question-is-this-really-learning/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?




As students learn from home, pundits and parents alike ask "is this really learning?" Yet, in every circumstance, students (and teachers) are learning something. What is it? 

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Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.


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6 Super Parent and Teacher Resources to Promote Social Emotional Learning at Home



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 6 Super Parent and Teacher Resources to Promote Social Emotional Learning at Home

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/6-super-parent-and-teacher-resources-to-promote-social-emotional-learning-at-home/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

All Systems Go – How We Went to Distance Learning without Missing a Day



A new blog has appeared on my main site: All Systems Go – How We Went to Distance Learning without Missing a Day

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/all-systems-go-how-we-went-to-distance-learning-without-missing-a-day/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

All Systems Go – How We Went to Distance Learning without Missing a day




On a Friday, we had school in our physical building. By Monday, we had more students in our online school that we had on the previous Friday. In this episode, 10 Minute Teacher host, Vicki Davis, talks to production editor Vicki Morgan about the story at her school as the students began distance learning due to #covid19 stay at home requirements. You'll learn the tips for onboarding, orienting, and teacher professional development that can help you as you also do this for your school.

Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and the Instructional Technology Director at Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany, Georgia. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.


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Friday, April 17, 2020

How a 17 Year Old Student in New York is Giving Back




High school junior Jameson Cohen was looking forward to Spring Baseball Season. When he found out he’d be spending it at home, he turned it into a season of giving back. Not only was he able to feed and connect with people in need, he created a special organization called “Circle of Friends” -- designed to encourage children of HealthCare workers right from his own home. This is one example of how students are giving back for National Volunteer Week April 20-25. How are you connecting?

www.coolcatteacher.com/e655 

Disclosure: Today's guest is also a guest on the Let's Volunteer now event from today's sponsor. All opinions are my own and that of the guest.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let’s Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Jameson Cohen - Bio As submitted

Jameson is 17 years old from New York City. He is passionate about taking action in his community and wants to ensure he is doing everything he can to continue to spread light and positivity in the world. In light of what is happening in the world and the high demand and pressure on medical professionals, Jameson is focusing his efforts supporting health care professionals who bravely work everyday to ensure the rest of us are safe and feel protected in our homes. He has been supporting a local restaurant package and deliver meals to hospitals around New York City.

As part of National Volunteer Week (April 20 - 25), Jameson is giving back thorough the WE Volunteer Now campaign (https://www.we.org/en-CA/our-work/we-schools/we-schools-campaigns-and-curriculum/service-learning-campaigns/take-action/we-volunteer-now) -- encouraging his peers to take action and volunteer in their communities . Jameson has started “Circle of Friends”, a volunteer program that provides virtual programming to medical professionals, educators and parents who need help keeping their children engaged and excited during this uneasy time. Circle of Friends pairs a family with a volunteer over the age of 16 and arranges a 30 minute session focusing on an array of activities. From helping with homework, partaking in a “private yoga lesson” or even having a fun conversation about sports. Jameson hopes this platform is a way to support parents whilst also instilling a sense of hope within young people to continue to pursue their passions and interests during this time.


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

How a 17 Year Old Student in New York is Giving Back



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How a 17 Year Old Student in New York is Giving Back

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-a-17-year-old-student-in-new-york-is-giving-back/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home




Research says that when students are engaged in service-learning, their immune system, heart rate and sense of well-being improves dramatically. Children are happiest when they feel a sense of purpose. Here are ten tips to help kids experience these positive benefits -- even while stuck at home.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e654 

Disclosure: Note that today's guest is an advisor for today's sponsor. All content and opinions are my own and that of the author.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let's Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl  - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Kim is known as a world-renowned, American expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) and sits on CASEL’s Board of Directors.  

    • Within the realm of SEL, Dr. Kim’s studies have covered the following topic areas: 
    • The correlation between social and emotional competence (SEC) and academic achievement in early adolescence (click here for 2018 research) 
    • The identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency in children and adolescents 
    • How volunteer action helps develop caring, altruistic behaviors and promotes emotional and physical well-being (click here for 2018 research)  
    • The use of mindfulness in the classroom to foster a stress-free environment (click here for 2016 research) 
    • Projects that examine the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs (i.e. Roots to Empathy, MindUp) 

Dr. Kim has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016 titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.” She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 300 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning.  

Dr. Kim’s research has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across the US, and internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Neurology Now, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Atlantic and many more. Her research on the Roots of Empathy was profiled on the PBS Newshour special, the American Graduate. 


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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/top-10-ways-to-give-back-while-at-home/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/helping-kids-be-healthy-and-whole-while-learning-from-home/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home




Students can sense and even internalize the emotions their teachers are feeling, especially stress, depression and worry. Not only do we need to help kids stay physically healthy, we need to help them stay emotionally healthy. SEL expert Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl unpacks the concepts of stress contagion, the importance of routines, co-rumination and other SEL topics to help us better help today's students.

Disclosure: Note that today's guest is an advisor for today's sponsor. All content and opinions are my own and that of the author.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let's Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl  - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Kim is known as a world-renowned, American expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) and sits on CASEL’s Board of Directors.  

    • Within the realm of SEL, Dr. Kim’s studies have covered the following topic areas: 
    • The correlation between social and emotional competence (SEC) and academic achievement in early adolescence (click here for 2018 research) 
    • The identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency in children and adolescents 
    • How volunteer action helps develop caring, altruistic behaviors and promotes emotional and physical well-being (click here for 2018 research)  
    • The use of mindfulness in the classroom to foster a stress-free environment (click here for 2016 research) 
    • Projects that examine the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs (i.e. Roots to Empathy, MindUp) 

Dr. Kim has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016 titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.” She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 300 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning.  

Dr. Kim’s research has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across the US, and internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Neurology Now, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Atlantic and many more. Her research on the Roots of Empathy was profiled on the PBS Newshour special, the American Graduate. 


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How to Use Wizer to Create Digital Worksheets that Differentiate Instruction



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Use Wizer to Create Digital Worksheets that Differentiate Instruction

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-use-wizer-to-create-digital-worksheets-that-differentiate-instruction/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

SEL and Physical Exercise - 8 weeks of Free Lessons




Social-emotional learning is a vital part of health and wellness. Today's guest has some free word of the day SEL workouts for students. As students stay home, learn some ideas to help students be healthier at home during this time with some videos you can share with the students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e652

Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Rupa Mehta - Bio As Submitted

Rupa Mehta is a teacher, entrepreneur, and author who has helped thousands of adults and youth become healthier individuals. She is the founder of Nalini Method and NaliniKIDS, both based on Rupa’s wellness philosophy that true health is achieved by being both emotionally and physically connected.

“There is an age-old question in education: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We continue to place increasing value—and pressure—on paving a student’s path to professional success. But I think there is an important question that we have to ask first, and it’s a question that we should be asking people of all ages throughout their lifetime: “Who are you now, and what can you teach us?” I believe that in order for students to truly succeed when they grow up, we need to teach them the subject of self in schools.” ~ Rupa


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SEL and Physical Exercise – 8 weeks of Free Lessons



A new blog has appeared on my main site: SEL and Physical Exercise – 8 weeks of Free Lessons

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/sel-and-physical-exercise-8-weeks-of-free-lessons/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Free Ideas for Teaching Middle School Math Online #RemoteLearning



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Free Ideas for Teaching Middle School Math Online #RemoteLearning

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/free-ideas-for-teaching-middle-school-math-online-remotelearning/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Free Ideas for Teaching Middle School Math Online #RemoteLearning




Math can be taught online. In today's show, Noelle Pickering shares free ideas for teaching middle school math online. These ideas will help you teach math no matter where you or your students are online.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e651 

Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Noelle Pickering - Bio

Noelle Pickering is a former middle school math teacher and instructional coach, and now can be found online at maneuveringthemiddle.com. Maneuvering the Middle seeks to support teachers through hands-on resources, standards-aligned curriculum, and practical teaching ideas. She has the joy of being called mom by two of the sweetest and busiest boys and has been married to her biggest supporter, Michael, for ten years.

 


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Monday, April 13, 2020

Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/community-and-remotelearning-conversations-with-brad-currie/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie




How do teachers share information quickly as they have had to move to distance learning amid coronavirus school closures? Brad Currie shares how teachers are sharing #remotelearning best practices as well as what is happening with him and his school in New Jersey.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e650

Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Brad Currie - Bio as Submitted

Brad is the Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the Founding Partner of Evolving Educators LLC. Brad was recently named the 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year and the 2017 NJPSA Visionary Assistant Principal of the Year. He is also part of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. Brad is a Google Certified Trainer, author, presenter and adjunct professor at Drew University. Brad has written four books including 140 Twitter Tips for Educators and Hacking Google for Education.

 

 


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How Montana Teachers Are Responding to Stay At Home Challenges




Montana State Teacher of the Year, Dylan Huisken talks about online distance education learning. He shares how he is connecting with students during the Coronavirus crisis as students and teachers stay home and work to connect for learning in Montana.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e649

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register here for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

About Dylan Huisken

Dylan Huisken is the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year and has been teaching social studies for more than a decade. His love for deep-dive history and student learning has led him to be an advocate for place-based education, especially when it comes to making sure all students are deeply educated about the tribes of their state and region.


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Sunday, April 12, 2020

What Montana State Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken Says Is Happening There



A new blog has appeared on my main site: What Montana State Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken Says Is Happening There

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/what-montana-state-teacher-of-the-year-dylan-huisken-says-is-happening-there/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

An Oregon Teacher on Distance Learning at his School – Tyler Cienfuegos



A new blog has appeared on my main site: An Oregon Teacher on Distance Learning at his School – Tyler Cienfuegos

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/an-oregon-teacher-on-distance-learning-at-his-school-tyler-cienfuegos/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

An Oregon Teacher on Distance Learning at his School - Tyler Cienfuegos




Oregon was one of the earliest states to have to release students to learn from home. How are teachers handling things during coronavirus distance learning? Today, Oregon teacher Tyler Cienfuegos shares what is happening in Oregon and how they are working through issues in his state and at his school. What is your school doing, please share with me at @coolcatteacher on Twitter or on Facebook.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e648

Episode Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

 

 


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Saturday, April 11, 2020

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/video-10-essential-online-learning-best-practices/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray



A new blog has appeared on my main site: US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/us-edtech-policy-conversations-amidst-coronavirus-concerns-with-tom-murray/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray




What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis? Today, US policy influencer Tom Murray, shares what he's seeing from the national level and the conversations that are happening as policymakers wrestle with the issues that concern us all.

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About Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the "2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year," by EdTech Digest, the "2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year," one of "20 to Watch" by NSBA in 2016, and the "Education Policy Person of the Year" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, was released in October of 2019.

Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today's modern learners need to thrive.

In addition to his role at Future Ready Schools®, Murray works directly with school and district leaders for administrative retreats, opening convocations, and professional learning days. He’s the husband of a school counselor and dad of two children, all of which are far more important to him than anything shared above.

As an author, Murray has released, or been a part of, five books:

Murray is also one of the cofounders of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum, where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss topics related to the effective use of educational technology. You can connect with Tom on social media.


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