Collaboration Continues on a National Level

I was fortunate to be chosen to facilitate a group for the National Education Association’s (NEA) new website – the Greater Public Schools Network.  The plan is for this to be the Nation’s largest Learning Community!IMG_20140425_034635

The NEA’s purpose is  to bring educators and stakeholders together through this site to:

“Collaborate, advocate, and organize to improve public education by leading a student-centered Association agenda.

The Great Public Schools site has many components:

1. Collaborate on professional issues

2. Search for resources to enhance lessons plans and share ideas

3. Read educational blogs and up-to-date educational news

4. Share your opinions through a feature called Today’s Poll

5. Explore Practical Tools provided by NEA and other partners

6. Join events of interest that are announced via the GPS Network, i.e., webinars, podcasts, etc.”

I spent a long weekend training in Washington DC at NEA Headquarters just 4 blocks from the White House:

IMG_20140425_154519 IMG_20140425_155713 IMG_20140425_170426 IMG_20140425_170439 IMG_20140425_192236I also got to meet and work with some amazing and enthusiastic educators from across the country – as well as some of NEA’s staff. It was an inspiring, yet tiring, weekend.NEA GPS Network Facilitators Training with staffWe did get a chance to do a little sight seeing too…White HouseI look forward to our second training and networking this summer in Denver, Colorado at NEA’s Representative Assembly (RA) where I will also get to participate in NEA’s Empowered Educator Day! Can’t wait to reconnect with this amazing group!

And if you’d like to join my group, anyone interested in education is welcome (parents, grandparents, etc…) I’m facilitating the CCSS Math 8th Grade group.



Common Core Seminar – Oxnard/CTA

Yes! Even near the end of the year, 200+ dedicated educators are working on a beautiful Saturday to better themselves and their schools.


I was happy to attend a technology session with Danesa Menge where I learned about a lot of new apps to engage students and encourage them in CCSS.

CCS 2Afterward, I led a session on Lesson Study. What a fantastic group! Some really great questions and discussion going on as to how we can work collaboratively in our schools to improve our instruction. Here’s a photo of my group watching a clip from The Teaching Channel called “My Favorite No.” It is one of the strategies we can use to encourage and normalize mistakes – because we learn SO much from them.

CCS 3Some of my participants wanted the link to my Prezi presentation so here it is here:

And then it was lunch! A beautiful spread poolside. That’s the thing about CTA’s conferences: great educators, great presentation, and great food! And so low cost! Check out those desserts!


Finally I attended George Cheung’s presentation on building a technological ecosystem. After having an iPad and “Reflector” in my classroom for over a year NOW I finally can see how I can use it! I am also taking steps toward flipping my classroom so I’ve got a lot of great ideas from Danesa and George to try out.


If you want more info on attending or presenting at these conferences – visit CTA’s Conference website!