Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Parker-Varney Receives National Award for Innovation


Parker-Varney receives national award for innovation
Parker-Varney Elementary School is one of five schools in the nation to receive the 2016 School Innovation and Change Award. The honor recognizes schools which embraced new and innovative strategies to transform from underperforming to exemplary.
Members of the National Principals Leadership Institute will visit Parker-Varney to officially present the award, which includes a $10,000 grant to support the school’s ongoing transformation efforts. Members of the Parker-Varney community, and members of the Manchester Board of School Committee and Board of Aldermen, as well as other special guests will be in attendance to help celebrate the school’s latest major accomplishment.

The National Principals Leadership Institute created the School Innovation and Change Award in 1999. Since then, more than 900 schools have been nominated from 47 states, and just 86 schools have been selected.

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design: These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions: Introduce students to the concept of executive functions, put it to work, referring frequently to these learning tools in positive, productive classroom interactions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement: Spend the first five minutes of each class focusing on your students as people. Then keep them engaged through the agency of makerspaces, PBL, or Genius Hour/20 Time.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tech Resources from "Write to Learn"

Here are the resources teachers collected together:
Blendspace – create digital lessons easily
seesaw – student driven digital portfolios
Plickers –  real-time formative assessment in the classroom
Storyboardthat – digital storytelling storyboard
Stupeflix – make amazing videos using photos, music, and text.
Kaizena – fast personal feedback kahoot – on student work, using your voice
Edpuzzle – embed quizzes and check for understanding for classroom videos
Class Messenger — parent communication made easy – sync parents, students and teachers easily
Quizzizz – make formative learning easier for you and your students
Padlet –  colloborate easily digitally, keep a wonder journal
Symbaloo – simple start up page to keep track of all these links
Vimeo – large community of video makers
Screencast-o-matic –  create and share screenings
Formative –  create incredible online assessment, classwork, and homework
Lucidchart – make diagrams easily
kahooot – online games to make learning fun
wevideo –  cloud based collaborative video platform
emaze  – online presentation tool


Refme – free citation, citation made easy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking: Along with teaching students how to master design thinking, this five-step model of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test can also be used in running the school itself.

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit: Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, these curated compilations will help you plan different approaches to integrated studies.