Arts-Infused Charter School will be a Game-Changer in Florida’s Glades Region

4 Oct

I am so excited to share about this school opening with you all!
Last summer, my consulting team worked tirelessly (literally several all-nighters pulled) to help write a charter school proposal for an arts-infused elementary/middle school in Florida’s Glades region, a more rural and underserved community in western Palm Beach County.
We took on this project because we believe Covenant Arts Academy’s unique, holistic approach to education will increase engagement, academic performance, graduation rates, higher-ed participation, JOY, and HOPE for students in this area… results that were already being seen through the school founders’ arts-based after-school program, Street Beat (http://streetbeatincorporated.org/about-us/).
 
This morning, we learned that the charter was approved unanimously! I am thrilled for the Glades community and for the students that will benefit from this innovative curricular model.
My biggest takeaway from this experience: If you have a vision for helping students in a unique or innovative way, share it, explore it, build a team around it. Diverse students need diverse solutions… maybe you’ll be the next one to bring hope to students who need it most!
 
“The [Palm Beach County School Board] considered a third charter, Covenant Arts Academy, vital to filling a need for some of the county’s most remote students.
 
“The nearest arts middle school option for students in the Glades region is 39 miles away and is an audition-based magnet school,” the school wrote in its charter application. “These geographical and access challenges significantly limit potential access for interested students in the Glades region.”
 
Board members agreed, approving the school unanimously.
 
The combined elementary and middle school is expected to open in Belle Glade and promises to integrate arts into all of its classes . It aims to enroll 590 students by its fifth year and would instruct students in music, dance and drama.””

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Where to Catch Nancye Blair Black at #ISTE18!

24 Jun

It’s a beautiful morning here in Chicago. The sun has been shining since 5:15 AM!

I, for one, am so excited for this year’s ISTE Conference! Learning, networking, fun… Plus, I had the chance to work on three incredible projects that ISTE is launching this year, so being here to share in this moment of powerful growth in the edtech field is incredibly meaningful as well. (More info on those to follow!)

This year at the conference, I’m most looking forward to two things — continuing to support my fellow edtech-ers through my presentations AND connecting with those who are passionate about transforming education.

A list of my sessions is below. If you can make it, I would love to see you there. Be sure to say hi!

And if you can’t make it to the sessions, don’t hesitate to say hello in the hall, at a reception, or to reach out via Twitter (@NancyeBlackEdu) to connect for coffee or a drink! These connections are what ISTE is all about!

 

My Sessions at #ISTE18

From Student to Author: Innovative Writing Instruction for the Digital Age (Workshop Code: WORKSP125)

Sunday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Discover free and innovative ways that web and mobile technologies can develop voice, focus, dialogue, figurative language and more in your budding elementary writers. With the ideas, student samples, rubrics and practical resources you need, transformational writing instruction is just a session away! (More info…)

 

Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers (Poster)

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 20

Centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation and independence in the elementary classroom. Certain types of centers, like podcasting or graphic design, also promote student voice through media creation. Learn to empower and showcase students’ voices through six types of dynamic centers. Lesson templates included! (More info…)

 

Flip Your PD: Top Tips and Tools For Creating PD Videos (BYOD – Sold out!)

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W194b

A Flipped PD approach to professional development provides personalized, just-in-time teacher education that works! Make the most of your PD efforts by learning how to create and integrate powerful flipped PD videos from a nationally recognized trainer who will share her favorite strategies and tools. (More info…)

 

Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level (15 min Showcase – 2 days!)

Tuesday, June 26, 5:25–5:40 pm
Wednesday, June 27, 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Location: ISTE Central Stage

The ISTE Standards cast a vision for learning. A vision that is student-driven, empowers student voice, and promotes connections across classrooms and cultures. Mobile learning – using portable technology to increase flexibility in the classroom and authentic learning beyond the classroom -uniquely holds the capacity to realize the entirety of this vision in the classroom. Learn more about strategies and opportunities to advance your school or district’s mobile learning initiative!

Can’t wait for FETC 2018!

21 Jan

It’s that time of year again. The time where teachers, administrators, media specialists, tech specialists, and other edtech gurus gather in Orlando for the Future of Education Technology Conference to connect, share, and learn. I am honored and excited to be one of the speakers featured at the conference again this year!

Here’s where you can find me:

Tuesday, January 23
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
15 Keys to Effective Classroom Management With Mobile Devices – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Ed Tech GO! 7 Ways to Maximize Learning With Device Mobility – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

Wednesday, January 24
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Using Tablets to Teach for Deeper Understanding – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers – Poster
Room: Booth 965

Thursday, January 25
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
How Media Messages Impact Girls in Computer Science – Concurrent Session
Room: North 220C

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
How to Turn Your Technology Initiative Into an Educational Movement – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 18

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Catch me at ISTE 2017!

25 Jun

So excited for another amazing year at the ISTE Conference. This is a time to connect with friends new and old, learn from the best in edtech… and recharge for another year of transforming teaching and learning through education innovation.

I’ve been thinking about how to make the most of this week for months. You can check out my interview on the ISTE Blog to learn more about the presenters I’m looking forward to seeing, tips for #ISTEnewbies and those #notatISTE, and top ways to connect and collaborate at the conference. There is so much to do at ISTE, and you can bet I’ll be making the most of every moment!

As you plan out your #ISTE17 schedule, be sure to check out one or more of my sessions below. These sessions maximize the best of progressive professional learning strategies to provide an experience that you will not want to miss!

 

ISTE Bytes

Monday, June 26, 8:30–9:30 am
Lila Cockrell Theater

One hour of inspiring 2 minute showcases, featured with other amazing speakers like Monica Burns, Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo, Leslie Fisher, and more!

 

How to Turn Technology Initiatives Into Educational Movements (Workshop: WH213)

Monday, June 26, 12:30–3:30 pm
Grand Hyatt Bonham E
with Craig Black, IT Project Manager

Learn more and register here!

Start turning your tech initiatives into an educational movement with innovative, proven strategies for aligning your vision and planning, cultivating buy-in from stakeholders and showcasing the incredible results. We’ll share why initiatives drift aimlessly when technology is deployed with too little direction or planning, and help you avoid making those mistakes with your ideas.

 

Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers (Workshop: WH303)

Tuesday, June 27, 8:30–11:30 am
Grand Hyatt Presidio A

Learn more and register here!

Centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation and independence in the elementary classroom. Certain types of centers, like podcasting or graphic design, also promote student voice through media creation. Learn to empower and showcase students’ voices through hands-on experience with six types of dynamic centers. Lesson templates included!

 

Teach All the Memes!

Tuesday, June 27, 1:15–2:15 pm
216AB

Learn more here.
No registration need! Come laugh and learn with us!

Memes are a pervasive, dynamic part of digital communication. Join this award-winning educator and student duo to learn what memes are, why they are powerful tools for both teaching and learning, and how to make three forms of image- and GIF-based memes. Includes resources and adaptable lesson ideas!

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Will I see you at these Summer 2016 Education Conferences?

14 Jun

I am so excited about three upcoming conferences that I will get to be a part of this summer!

As you may know, I’ve done a lot less travel this past year since the arrival of my (totally adorable) baby boy. It’s been a wonderful year and true delight to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time home with him. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to get out to connect with and support my fellow educators more over the next two months!

So, in case you’re out and about, here’s where you can find me. And if you’ll be attending any of these conferences, let me know and be sure to say hello. 🙂

Superior Tech for Teachers: Education Technology Conference
June 15-17, 2016 in Clearwater, FL
More info: http://superiortech4teachers.com

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Friday, June 17 @ 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Room: Protagoras C104

It’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration
Friday, June 17 @ 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room: Sapho A201

ISTE 2017
June 25-29, 2016 in Denver, CO
More info: https://conference.iste.org

Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students: Workshop
Saturday, June 25 @ 12:30–3:30 PM, Room: CCC Mile High Ballroom 2A

Innovative Elementary Writing Activities for the Digital Age: Workshop
Sunday, June 26 @ 12:30–3:30 PM, Room: CCC Mile High Ballroom 2C

Taking Your Mobile Learning to the Next Level: Interactive Lecture with ISTE Faculty
Monday, June 27 @ 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Room: CCC 601

How to Turn Your Technology Initiatives into Educational Movements: Workshop
Tuesday, June 28 @ 4:30–7:30 PM, Room: Hyatt Regency, Capital Ballroom 2

ISTE_2016-Digital-Badge_presenterIt’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration: Interactive Lecture
Wednesday, June 29 @ 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Room: CCC 401

I will also be with the 3D Network Leadership team at the
Networking Fair on Sunday from 3-5 PM in CCC Lobby D
and the
3D Network Gathering on Tuesday from 10-11 AM in the PLN Lounge.

NAF Next Conference
July 18-20, 2016 in Orlando, FL
More info: http://naf.org/event/naf-next-2016

Take Your Mobile Learning to the Next Level
Monday, July 18 @ 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Effective Classroom Management with Mobile Devices
Monday, July 18 @ 1:15 – 2:30 PM

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