The #MakeTheMostOfIt Challenge | Edutopi

The #MakeTheMostOfIt Challenge | Edutopia #YouEarnedYourSummer

There’s still time to register for Crit

There’s still time to register for Critical Skills this summer. (Bonus: some financial aid is still available!)

Dear Teacher Thinking About Taking a Chance on Critical Skills…

Dear Teacher,
I’m a faculty member at The Riverside School in Lyndonville and a Critical Skills Master Teacher.  I’ve been working with the Center for School Renewal at Antioch New England to facilitate Critical Skills Institutes, a week-long summer professional development experience for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.  I know you’re thinking about taking a chance on an institute this summer and I wanted to give you a little more information about what you’d be getting into.
In essence, the Critical Skills Classroom about reworking your lessons to intentionally teach skills and dispositions (like quality, critical thinking, self direction, organization, community, etc) in a way that is problem-based, experiential,  standards-based, and collaborative.  Facilitators are really expected to walk our talk, so the week is designed to be experienced by participants in the same way we want our students to experience it.  This isn’t sit- and- get professional learning, you will feel engaged and challenged and part of a community as the week goes on.
This summer, I’ll be facilitating with Bill Vinton, who is a science teacher at St Johnsbury Academy during the Riverside Institute in August and  there are two great teachers- Allison and Danika- running the Keene Institute in July.
Here is a little more info:
1) The website for critical skills includes all kinds of additional specific information
2. A couple of videos (you can find more of these on our YouTube channel, if you’re interested)
3) The registration pages for the Vermont and Keene  Institutes
It really is a fun and inspiring week.  No one has ever told us they were sorry they came, so I hope you’ll decide to join us!

This post has no title because no mere title can capture the awesomeness of this post. Seriously.

One of the unexpected joys of working at Antioch is our monthly Education Department meeting. I know most people don’t put meetings under the heading of “joys,” but most people don’t work where I work.  The people I work with spend an incredible amount of time in the field, supervising student teachers, researching, and meeting with colleagues, so we don’t spend much time together. Our monthly meetings are half family reunion, half professional development and academic sharing (and okay, realistically, probably 20% the same administrivia everyone has to manage).  After 13 years here, I’m still learning new stuff about our programs, our students, and my colleagues.

Today, though, I learned something really, really awesome.  About a year ago, we launched a new concentration in our Integrated Learning program (our initial certification program for pre-service elementary teachers).  It had become really clear to us that beginning teachers everywhere weren’t well prepared to work with students with special needs- or to work well with Special Education teachers in Co-teaching situations, so we reframed our IL program so that all students would be better prepared and those who wished to do so could leave us with dual certification in Elementary and Special Education. We knew this was a good idea, but we’re not naive enough to believe that all good ideas work out as well as we imagine.

In this case, we nailed it.  At a time when new teachers are struggling to find jobs, of our dual certification students who wanted to go into the classroom, have positions lined up for the 2015-2016 school year. In fact, even though they finished in December (not usually a great time to pick up a teaching job) many of them were able to start working right away.

Let me say that again.

All of our dual certification graduates who wanted jobs, have jobs.

The teacher of the future needs to be prepared for all the kids coming to us. They need to be facile with all kinds of pedagogies and nimble enough to work in a whole bunch of different structures. I’m pretty jazzed to find out that not only are we creating these kinds of teachers, but that administrators are snapping them up.

Congratulations 2015 Integrated Learning grads.
Welcome to the profession!

Caring for ourselves is our professional

Caring for ourselves is our professional responsibility. @AntiochNewEng #innovation #MindfulSelfCompassion

Getting to 21st Century Skills Using The

Getting to 21st Century Skills Using The Critical Skills Model

From our friends at Black Public Media:

From our friends at Black Public Media:

:Nothing matters more to the long-term success of our country than the quality of our public school system.

We are pleased to release the 180 Days Game, an interactive experience that was designed in conjunction with the “180 Days: Hartsville” documentary, to help more people accurately understand the state of public education today and the challenges and opportunities that come with trying to support the holistic development of children.

Choose a user, accept the challenge, and see how you do. The future of the country is in your hands.