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Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks
As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners.
First ISTE’s refresh of its Standards for Educators impacts our practice as educators as well as the practice of our classroom teacher partners. It should absolutely fuel your professional development efforts. As you examine the standards and their indicators, you will see clear resonance with our work as teacher librarians so so many opportunities for collaboration.
You may want to encourage your faculty friends to order this free poster about stretching their ed tech practice and breathing into the new standards.
This slideshow explains the shifts and offers strategies to Invigorate Teachers with the ISTE Standards for Educators.
The ISTE EdTekHub offers a variety of ideas, content, and resources for leading-edge educators, including featured videos and infographics. The open ISTE Standards Community offers a space for conversations and resource sharing.
The ISTE Seal of Alignment catalog showcases the products and services that support best practices for technology-driven learning and teaching aligned to the ISTE Standards.
And relating to the Standards for Students), you may want to share 7 Ways: The ISTE Standards for Students Music Video, recently produced by our friends at Flocabulary.
Shifting gears (literally) . . .
There are some new Future Ready Frameworks in town as well.
You likely already know about Future Ready Schools and the Future Ready Pledge. And, you are likely already very familiar with the Future Ready Librarians framework released last year. (See my post and check out Shannon Miller’s template for setting Future Ready goals for the coming school year.
Recently, two new frameworks launched, expanding FRS’ role-based components which, of course, began with district leaders and the Future Ready pledge. The initiative has grown and now individually recognizes the future-ready roles of librarians, principals, instructional coaches and soon, technology leaders. Social media hashtags, as well as webinars, meet-ups and face-t0-face events support the conversations around each of these groups.
1. According to the new FRS Framework, Future Ready Principals
are building level innovators who believe in:
- Creating a vision that supports personalized teaching and learning that maximizes the potential of digital learning.
- Modeling the type of professional learning by empowering staff to lead, learn, fail, and repeat.
- Making anytime, anywhere learning a reality.
- Developing a plan to ensure ubiquitous connectivity in and out of school.
- Advocating for the use of multiple strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
- Working to build partnerships to communicate and agree upon a shared vision for student learning in their community.
A Future Ready Principals Facebook Group has been started to support discussion.
2. According to the new FRS Framework, Future Ready Instructional Coaches
are innovators who believe in:
- Supporting instructional personnel by providing customized coaching and professional learning experiences
- Modeling and delivering differentiated professional learning
- Encouraging educators to connect and collaborate
- Supporting school leadership and developing teacher leaders
You may also want to share news of the free, two-day Future Ready Institutes which begin around the country this coming week.
These hashtags facilitate the conversation for the FRS Frameworks on FaceBook and Twitter
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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