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Get Financially Empowered at NY-area Trainings

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on May 21, 2010

Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72  is offering a financial training series for all parents! Learn how to become your own financial planner, the different types of investments as well as improving your credit! Come join the following companies and experts while they give financial advice for the future.


New York Life Insurance

ING Direct and ING Sharebuilders



Registration is required.

Please Click Here to review the flyer and learn more about these empowering events sponsored by MS 72 in Queens, NY!


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Education Podcast Roundup

By Lauren on February 25, 2010

Make time today for two informative webinars about SEL and School Climate:

  • How Does Improving School Climate Support Student Achievement?
    Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    Join the Education Alliance for a one-hour, online briefing about school climate as they explore the question, “Which factors, among the many that constitute school climate, are more likely to support increased student achievement?” Specific examples of urban, rural, and suburban district efforts to improve school climate and their outcomes will be provided.
  • Social and Emotional Learning: Making a Case in an NCLB World
    Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. (Eastern)
    In this session provided by Edutopia, two pioneering educators and a national education leader explain why social and emotional skills deserve time and attention—SEL has been shown to raise test scores—and how they provide it effectively in their schools.

And if you haven't heard it yet, take a minute to check out ASCD Whole Child's most recent podcast: School Climate: Developing the Quality and Character of School Life. Listen to Dr. Jonathan Cohen, President of CSEE and co-chair of the National School Climate Council, and Marvin Kreps, director of Curriculum and Instruction for Rhinebeck (N.Y.) Central School District, discuss how school climate standards can help educators and communities improve the quality and character of school life.

Last but not least, our friends over at WINGS for Kids have recently launched a Listen Lab, where they'll be sharing live and archived podcasts about their SEL initiatives and after school programming.

Stay tuned to the blog for news and updates about forthcoming podcasts.

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Free Toolkit from Edutopia

By Lauren on September 15, 2009

Edutopia is giving away a new resource to help educators integrate new technology into the classroom: 10 Top Tips for Teaching with New Media. It's full of suggested activities to give your students varied opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in ways that are creative, fun and challenging.

For example, Tip #4 (Think Globally) mentions, an easy-to-manage, classroom-matching penpal service with an online language translator. We've worked with schools who have used penpal activities to build empathy and respect for diversity — how cool would it be to incorporate this activity into a foreign language class, and manage it all online?

Tip #3 (Get Off to a Good Start) touches on the benefits of helping your students manage their work online through an intranet or school-based website. An online classroom hub is great for keeping you and your kids organized as you can post calendars, extra resources and assignments, and keep connected with parents. (An example of this outside the toolkit is Doug Hart's Teen Connections, an online community empowering students to continue conversations outside the classroom. Check it out in addition to Edutopia's featured examples.)

To download the kit, click here:

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Webinar: The Nation’s Dropout Crisis: The Educators’ Perspectives

By Lauren on July 01, 2009

If you're at the computer next Tuesday at 2pm EST, tune in to Ed Week's webinar about the rising tide of high school dropouts. You'll hear from teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members and have an opportunity to share your thoughts about all the stats, controversy and steps for change.

The Nation’s Dropout Crisis: The Educators’ Perspectives
When: Tuesday, July 7, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time
Click here to register

On a related note, if you'll be in New York next week, we'd love to see you at our annual Summer Institute at Fordham University. There's still some space left, so click the link below to learn more and register for the 3-day event of workshops, expert keynotes and networking sessions:

Comprehensive School Climate Reform and Bully Prevention:
Promoting Healthy and Democratic K-12 School Communities

NEW YORK CITY—July 7 - 9, 2009 at
Fordham University, Lincoln Center

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Engaging the Whole Child

By Lauren on April 27, 2009

Keeping our kids engaged in learning is a major focus of our work with schools, so we at CSEE were very excited to download ASCD's new e-book, Engaging the Whole Child: Reflections on Best Practices in Learning, Teaching, and Leadership. Engaging is 300+ pages filled with inspiration and practical advice for keeping kids engaged in learning, and if you haven't grabbed it yet, I recommend doing so now while it's available here for free download.

The e-book contains articles culled from past issues of Educational Leadership, spanning subjects such as engaging the whole child, inspiring trust and confidence, deepening students' thinking, instilling the desire to achieve, empowering students, and more. As part of their Whole Child initiative, ASCD is also releasing a new podcast on May 7th. They'll be talking about the importance of student voice and how schools can actively engage their students in the community.

For more resources about student engagement, check out the last edition of School Climate Matters for articles from Howard Adelman (UCLA) and a page of recommended resources... and, of course, please share any of your own resources in the comments below!

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