quote of the week: "It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do." — Elbert Hubbard
Dear faculty and staff, I hope that you had a truly restful long weekend. As you gear back up, here are some compelling reads and great upcoming professional growth opportunities. Have you used your allocated funds yet? If not, let's chat and plan things out for you. Remember that funds can be used in the summer, too.
Here's what's coming up and looking great - the complete list with descriptions, registration info, and more (including through the end of the school year) is on the Professional Growth Upcoming Opportunities page
4.11: Educating Boys - Allen-Stevenson School
4.12: Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills
4.12: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count
4.14: iPad Publishing and Digital Storytelling
4.14: Courage Retreat
4.19: Facilities Management: From Good to Great
4.19: Emotional Brains and Education: Affect, Stress and Academic Achievement
4.20: The Department Chair's Mission: Managing Change Without Mayhem or Mutiny (Troy, NY)
4.24: Good Mirror, Great Teacher: Helping Children Reflect on Emotional Experience With Empathy
4.25: Admissions Directors Conference
4.30: Athletic Directors Conference
5.2: Business Affairs Conference
5.3: Spring Faculty and Staff of Color Dinner Meeting
5.5: Queering the Curriculum
5.11: The Bully Society: Making Schools Safe
5.11: Infusing Technology into Your Reading and Writing Curriculum: Making Learning Stick for All Learners
5.12: Developing a Collaborative Classroom with Google Apps
the full list is available on the Upcoming Opportunities page
Three Little Pigs in the age of open journalism - an incredible video reimagination in the era of social media.
Stop Stealing Dreams - visionary writer Seth Godin's latest, free book on education and its future. Read it on the web, download it, print it. Any format that works for you.
The Kids Should See This - a wonderfully curated site of short videos for kids on topics from science to nature, art to technology, and more.
Defining Moments - "Children's dictionaries have the power to shape how kids see the world." (Teaching Tolerance)
PE fun for everyone - there's a revolution in PE moving across the country, with educators figuring out ways to include everyone, focus on good health and cut down on bullying. (Teaching Tolerance)
The Mighty (Woman) Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of - "Scientists are a famously anonymous lot, but few can match in the depths of her perverse and unmerited obscurity the 20th-century mathematical genius Emmy Noether." (NY Times)
Want to Innovate? Feed a Cookie to the Monster - "When selling innovation within an organization, says Terry Tietzen of Edatanetworks, it’s best to do so gradually — in nibbles — so that everyone will want to buy in." (NY Times)
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter - "...in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter." (NY Times)
The iPad of 1935 - the Smithsonian looks back at what the technological future of 1935 looked like.