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Leadership and Adversity in Times of Crisis: Diamonds in the Rough

By Dr. Gregory S. Koons, Executive Director, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 The pandemic has posed numerous challenges on educational leaders, and consequently, the pressures faced have created opportunities for educators to shine brightly.  Pressure is “the application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it” (Merriam-Webster, 2021).  As a resident, educator,…

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The Tenets of Care: A Perspective from a School Crisis Responder

Abstract Crisis response work in our schools is a necessary service as an educational setting must be stable and free from disturbance in order for meaningful learning to take place. Now more than ever, our efforts to ensure that educational environments are fortresses of safety and acceptance have become a paramount concern within American schools.…

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Everyone is a Learner

One ESA reflects on 15 years of innovation in educator preparation By: Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse, Director of Licensure & Credentialing; Allisonn Church, Online Learning and Course Administrator; Liza Manchester, Student Affairs and Field Experiences Administrator. Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton, MA The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) offers 15 teacher licensure programs and two administrative licensure programs.…

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Cooperative Leads the Way with Alternative Teacher Preparation and Micro-Credentialing

Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Minnesota leads the way with alternative teacher preparation and micro-credentialing. By Troy Haugen, Director of Career and College Readiness, Lakes Country Service Cooperative with support by  Jeremy Kovash, Executive Director and Josh Nelson, Director of Educational Services, Lakes Country Service Cooperative Since 2011, school districts, charter schools, and education-related non-profits…

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Passion Based Learning

A Practical Way for Educators to Empower Learners By Andi McNair, Digital Innovation Specialist, Education Service Center Region 12 Advancements in technology have altered the way growing minds learn today.  With an average student attention span of eight seconds and instant access to information, it is critical that their reality drives our approach for how…

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Partnerships Create Culturally Responsive PD

Cross-sector partnerships result in technology infused, culturally responsive, professional development for teachers in Alaska By John Fitzgerald SERRC (Southeast Regional Resource Center) in Alaska has embarked on a three-year teacher education project that could have far-reaching effects not only for minority students across the state but also for students throughout the country. SERRC, Alaska’s education…

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