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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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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."
Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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.

Mary Collins School to Host 13th Annual Symposium: What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century

By Pamela Van Halsema on January 12, 2015 10:57 AM

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What does it mean to be 'literate in the 21st Century?  Teacher educators, Dr. Jennifer Roswell and Awele Makeba will consider this question at the 13th Annual Mary Collins School Symposium on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9:00-3:00 PM.  These two engaging presenters will share their work in language arts through authentic contexts, student discourses and multiple viewpoints.  

About the Speakers

Jennifer Roswell is the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.Her research explores the ways of broadening literacy education, policy and theory so that it meets the challenges of multi-modal, digital and trans-cultural environments.

Awele Makeba is an award-winning and internationally known storyteller, teacher, recording artist and performer. She is an artist for social change. She currently serves as a Literacy Specialist in Oakland Unified School District.

The full day of professional development will involve presentations Dr. Rowsell and Ms. Makeba, teacher-facilitated break-out sessions, and a final "rocking chair" session in which the two presenters have a dialogue and address our most pressing questions.  A local, organic lunch is also included.*

Mary Collins a Partner with SSU for Teacher Preparation

Mary Collins School partners with the Multiple Subject Credential Program in the training of new elementary school teachers. As a CORE site pre-service teachers observe and ain field experience in the classroom, working closely with expert elementary school mentor teachers for the two semesters they are working toward a Multiple Subject teaching credential.  

Mary Collins is known for their Constructivist approach to learning and offer specialized learning in the arts and enviornmental education. In Constructivism the emphasis is placed on the learner or the student, rather than the teacher or the instructor. Learning is also affected by the context and the beliefs and attitudes of the learner. Learners are encouraged to invent their own solutions and to try out ideas and hypotheses. They are given the opportunity to build on prior knowledge. 

***Bring a friend (2 or more) and receive $5 off each ticket.  Please email us at marycollinsschoolsymposium@gmail.com and we'll send you the discount code!***

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.  

Looking Through the Camera Lens: A Videographer's Nostalgic View of the Sonoma State's Global Cardboard Challenge

By Casey Sears on October 27, 2014 2:38 PM

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Guest Blog Post by Russell Brackett, Sonoma State University Communications Major and Multimedia Communications Intern in the School of Education


When I saw the Caine's Arcade video for the first time, I couldn't help but smile uncontrollably. Flashbacks to my childhood washed over me as I watched this amazing kid use his imagination to build something incredible out of nothing. This video tells the story of a creative kid from East LA who built an incredible pretend arcade out of cardboard boxes. It was heartwarming to see especially in this world of video games and nonstop technology.

When I heard we were putting on our own Global Cardboard Challenge at Sonoma State, in response to the Caine's Arcade video, I instantly began thinking of ways to contribute to this movement to get kids to be creative and have fun in the process. I not only thought about ways to film this event, but also the things that I could build with cardboard! This was a great opportunity to help not only the kids, but myself as well by taking me back to my childhood days of imaginative play.

Growing up, I was the type of kid who had to be told multiple times by my parents to get in the house for dinner. I'd always yell back "Just a minute!", but one minute often turned into fifteen before they physically would come and get me. I was often wrapped up in some imaginative scenario using random objects to build forts, cars, or weapons to fight battles to save a damsel in distress. This is why I was so excited because I remember getting lost in play on a daily basis as a kid and always having a blast! I waited in anticipation for the day of the Cardboard Challenge as I was hoping to relive some of something from my childhood.

October 10th finally arrived and I woke up excited and ready. Our plan was to build a village out of cardboard. Once the first wave of children began pouring in with their amazing creations built out of old boxes, I again found myself smiling and feeling happy in the same way I did when I watched the Caine's Arcade video the first time. 

Our event included preschoolers, elementary kids and college students who built houses, hospitals, and even trees for the village, made colorful with the splash of poster paint. Sounds of laughter and happiness could be heard throughout the makeshift village all day as more and more people poured in with their projects. 

Rocket ships, hotels, buses, ice cream shops, and all kinds of imaginative ideas built by people of all ages filled the quad. I was focused on filming, but there were a couple moments where I had to step back, put the camera down, and just enjoy what was taking place.

As a videographer, I film all day in hopes of capturing those moments that not only look good on camera, but most importantly evoke emotion in my viewers. Those moments were not hard to find that day as everyone who participated seemed genuinely excited to be there, and it showed in their body language and finished projects. 

At the end of the day, I was exhausted but couldn't help smiling as I knew we had accomplished something great. That day will always serve as a reminder that no matter your age, it is important to step away and be creative just like when you were a kid.

To read more about the event visit The Startup Classroom website. Check out my finished video story here: Global Cardboard Challenge Video