Currently, Calexico Unified School District is offering a competitive grant for teachers. This year teachers across the district are encourage to apply for CUSD Innovator grant. For many teachers this is a dream come true. Thinking about a project that will improve your classroom? Are your struggling to get technology equipment for an awesome project? The CUSD Innovator grant is providing funding for innovative projects that will transform learning in the classroom. Additionally, one key element in your project is the ability to replicate. CUSD is looking for projects that can be used in other classrooms and school sites. Your application needs the following: 1 min teaser video, grant application form and an essay outlining project. CUSD Innovator opportunity is open for single or group applicants.
If selected, you will need to present your project to a panel and audience. Final grant recipient will be selected by panel of judges and audience votes. A grant recipient will be selected from K - 6 and 7 - 12.
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One of the amazing perks of being a teacher are professional learning communities. As a teacher, you are isolated from your colleagues during the day or busy weeks. Most of a teacher's day is spent in classroom or running in and out of the workroom. Making time for PLC's allow teachers to share ideas and concerns they have about their practice. Fortunately, my grade level meets informally several times through the week and formally once a week. In those meetings, our grade level team discusses many items. During our formal meets, we discuss a biweekly agenda sent by our principal. We prepared for events related to our grade level. During our informal meets, we plan schedules, interventions and discuss student data. As a team, we discuss new strategies or tech tricks that we are implementing. Since our grade level team has a range of teacher experiences, background and interests our PLC's focus on sharing strategies to improve our practice.
With the digital age there many ways to connect with educators around the globe. Connecting with teachers on twitter, google plus, pinterest, Google educator groups, blogs, and teacher sites are great sources for PLC's outside of your site. On twitter, teachers can follow hashtags or users to get latest strategies. You can join a conversation by following a hashtag. Check chat calendar to jump in on the conversation. Interested in a specific topic? Join a google plus collection or community. Want to lead or participate with local educators? Then Google Educator groups is for you. Lastly, pinterest helps you collect ideas, blogs, or sites in one central location. There are many perks to being a teacher but one of the best is having an awesome professional learning community whether it is a live one or a digital one.
Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.