5 Pinterest Collaborative Boards: Teaching & Education

I must confess that I am now an official Pinterest addict and I have spent more than an hour of my waking day to devote to building content of my awesome Pinterest teacher boards since its inception in November. The great news is that I'm now opening them up for collaboration!
What are Pinterest Collaborative Boards? They are actually boards on Pinterest that allow other pinners to pin content on the board. Yes, it's that plain and simple! I believe that I have great colleagues who are also Pinterest users (like YOU!) who would want to share pins centered around teaching and special education. Collaborative boards on Pinterest are a great way to share your information to other teachers and networkers, while also generating great back links to your blog or website.
My Pinterest boards are now open, please leave a comment on the latest post and I will certainly add you. Let's start sharing!
#1. Books and Reading Resources. This is all about the written word. Please leave me a comment on the most recent pin if you are interested in sharing your books and everything about books on this board.
#2 Great Ideas From Teachers. Need ideas for the kiddos? Get authentic teacher-made classroom resources, fun kid-friendly games, craftivities and more from our amazing teachers. If you want to share your awesome classroom pins, please leave me a comment on the most recent pin! We currently have 75 teachers collaborating on this board, join us!

#3 Social Media and Technology in Education. For social media savvy teachers, this board is for you! Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google + tips and tricks to make all of them grow and glow...follow this board! Let me know if you want to be a pinner to this board by leaving a comment on the most recent pin.

#4 100+ Education Quotes. Get your education quotes from the most political edreform sayings to the most inspirational wisdom laden and famous proverbs from this board! Same process, share your pins by leaving a comment on the most recent pin and I will add you as a collaborator.
#5 National Board Certification and Teacherpreneurship. When the going gets tough, what do you do? Here are some resources that you might need if you are going through the process of National Board Certification or are just looking for teaching standards and best practices for effective teacher leaders. If you have something to share about NBC or Teacherpreneurship, please leave a comment on the most recent post.


Professional Development '05-'08

I am hereby submitting to you my List of Accomplishments for this School Year 2008-2009. These are focused in promoting professional development and student achievement and have a positive and measurable impact.


--- Department of Education Teacher Workshops, July 22-23, 2008, Carlos Rosario International Career Center, Washington DC

* Engaging Reluctant Learners

* Maximizing Instructional Time Through Positive Behavior Strategies K-12

* Managing Differentiated Instruction: Why, What and How Grade:4-10

* Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning K-12

* Structured Collaborative Instructional Planning Grade: 6-9

* Differentiated Instruction Grade 6-12

--- Technology Tools for Teachers Training & Workshop, Kenmore MS, Arlington VA

* How to Create a Print Rich School Environment

* SMARTBoards Interactive Whiteboards

* Increasing Student Comprehension and Literacy Through the Use of Front Row Sound Reinforcement Systems


---- Engaging and Assessing the 21st Century Student with Progress Zone, January 30, 2009, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring MD (sponsored by the OSSE and Discovery Education)

----- DC CAS Alt Training, October 9, 2008, Maime D. Lee School

---- Special Education Data System (SEDS), June 17, 2008, Van Ness Elementary School

---- A Paradigm Shift for Special Education "Tools for Succeess", August 19, 2008, Kellogg Conference Hotel @ Gallaudet University Washington DC

* Using Assessment Data Effectively in Your School and Classroom (Tools for Success), Kennedy Krieger School Programs Washington DC, August 19, 2008 (Patricia Tenowich, tenowich@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-7800)

* Behavior and Learning

* UDL and RTI (Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention)

* Neurology of Learning

---- Differentiated Instruction: Principles and Perspectives, Grades K-12, Marriott Wardman Park Washington DC, August 18, 2008 (Shanika L. Hope, PhD Shanika.Hope@dc.gov, jcamerate@pecialedcoop.org)

* What Every Teacher Should Know About IDEIA( Bernadette Bullock OSSE, Dennis Martin PhD Osse, Paula Perelman OSSE)

* Classroom Management: An Essential Component of Differentiated Instruction Grade K-9, Rick Berry, Superintendent of Schools, Peace River, Alberta, Canada (Topics included: introducing a differentiated classroom to students, routines and procedures, the physical classroom, group work, managing different grops, choices, homework)

* Differentiated Intervention Strategies that Support Struggling Students in the Regular Classroom, K-1 (Jim Grant, Executive Director, Staff Development for Educators)


SY 2007-2008

- July 2007, Making Data Work for You (AFT)
- April 2008, National Board Certification (NBPTS) 90 recertification units

- August 2007, Presenter, Welcome Back DC Educators Conference
- April 24, 2008, Special Education Forum
* Pilot Case Management Program, Edith Coakley, OSSE SPED Reform Team
* IDEA & NCLB: An Intersection of Legislation, Lisa homas, AFT
* Introduction to Writing Effective IEPs, Dr. Phyllis Harris, DCPS OSE Deputy Chief

- May 14-16, DC Educators Service & Leadership Conference
- May 29, 2008, Special Education Forum
* How to Write & Implement Effective IEPs, Dr Phyllis Harris, DCPS OSE Deputy Chief

Staff Development days

Teacher Consultant/ Technology Liaison, DC Area Writing Project
Teacher Consultant, National Writing Project
Technology Committee, Council for Exceptional Children
DC ChapterVP for Special Educator, Washington Teachers Union
Jefferson Middle School Planning Committee

AWARD/ GRANT Received this year:
DonorsChoose.org, $500 educator's grant

SY 2006-2007
- Recognized by TeacherFirst.com in innovation and exemplary use of educational technology to facilitate students understanding of curriculum, encourage writing as expression, and promote good writing skills. (message here)

- Awarded a $5,000.00 grant by the National Writing Project for the DCAWP Technology Liaison’s proposal: “NetPals: Networking Education through Technology”

- Presenter for a Professional Development Institute at Mc Kinley HS for DCPS World Languages teachers, September 28-29, 2006.

- Trainor/ Presenter, 2005 New Teacher Orientation of the DCPS Induction and Mentoring Program, August 23-25, 2006

- Chico, CA National Writing Project Advanced Summer Institute for Technology Liaisons, July 18-23, 2006

- Presenter for the National Writing Project’s E-Anthology, during the DC Area Writing Project’s Summer Institute, July 19 and 26, 2006.

- Presenter for the DCAWP Summer Youth Writer’s Camp, July 14, 2006.


SY 2005-2006

- Recognized by DCPS as a Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Education (click here for the write-up)

- "Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art", 18 Seat Hours, August 9-11, 2005
- Trainor/ Presentor, 2005 New Teacher Orientation of the DCPS Induction and Mentoring Program, August 12-14, 2005. "Shining Stars" write-up and video presentation of my lecture, click here
- Delegate for the DC Area Writing Project to the Technology & Writing Retreat in Nebraska sponsored by the National Writing Project, August 5-7, 2005. Write-up of the retreat click here
- Assessor for Scoring National Board Certification, by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 76 Seat Hours, Summer 2005 (write up click here)

- Is a Professional Member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
- Is able to publish students’ poetry: http://www.digitalanthology.blogspot.com/.
- Is the 2006 DC Area Writing Project Technology Liaison/ Teacher Consultant.
- Is nominated for the 2006 Disney Teacher Awards.

- Attended the National Writing Project Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (November 18-20, 2005)
- Attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (November 18-20, 2005)
- Was trained for ENCORE, the new DCPS Special Ed Tracking System, was given a username and password.
- Is the committee head for the Jefferson Cyberjournalists Team who maintain the Jefferson website.

- Is able to collaborate for a CyberPals Project with a National Writing Project Technology Liaison based in Western Massachusetts.
- "Teacher On Call" in a mentoring program for the DCPS new teachers by the DCAWP Teacher Consultants
- Edtitorial staff of "Quill and Keyboard", an official newsletter by the DC Area Writing Project to be distributed locally (DCAWP Teacher Consultants, Howard University, George Washington University, DCPS) nationally (National Writing Project Teacher Consultants of every state) and globally (I am maintaining the Quill and Keyboard e-zine)
- Presented to the 9th Grades English Class at Mc Kinley Tech HS on online publishing of their research projects, and collaborated with them on the Martian Village: 2030 Thinking Classroom Blog at http://thinkingclass.blog-city.com/ where they add their voice to conversations about the future (March 17, 2006)

- Tutor (Reading/ Language Arts), PLATO Learning Services after school tutorials.
- Co-Facilitator, "CHINATOWN PROJECT" sponsored by the Black Women's Playwright's Group after school program (April-May 2006)
- Attended the Spring Meeting of the National Writing Project Teacher Consultants at The Capitol, Washington DC (April 6-7, 2006)
- Was a facilitator during the 5th DCAWP Festival of Writing. (May 6, 2006)
- Created the E-Journal of the "Costa Rica Project", a DCPS Project where students were chosen from Coolidge, Banneker, Eastern, Dunbar and Luck C. Moore High Schools. They will spend approx 4 weeks studying and living with a family in Costa Rica for two weeks and then traveling for two more weeks throughout the country.
- Presentor to the Literacy 2006: Bridging the Divide Convention.
- 2006 DCPS Distinguished Educators and Grant Recipients for Excellence in Education Awardee (click here)


SY 2004-2005

- The only new teacher this year to be selected as one of the 14 Fellows to the DC Area Writing Project Summer Institute with $3,000 Scholarship Grant from the School of Education Howard University (post graduate courses); with straight A’s in the Howard University transcript.

- Was given the title “Teacher Consultant” after the DCAWP Summer Institute.

- Was trained for the effective use of Special Ed Tracking System (SETS), was given user name and password.

- Was accepted as a Professional Member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

- Successfully passed the PRAXIS II (Academic Skills Assessments), was given a Professional/ Standard License

- Earned 51 Seat Hours of Professional Development Training

- Conducted 13 IEP Meetings and finished 13 IEP Reports

- Was able to publish students’ poetry: http://www.digitalanthology.blogspot.com/

- Was highly trained for the Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Achievement

- Was a panelist for the ETS Standard Setting Study for Assessments in The Praxis Series

- Was nominated for the 2005 DisneyHand Teacher Awards

- Was appointed as the new DC Area Writing Project Technology Liaison

- Conducted a workshop with the DCAWP Teacher Consultants on Integrating Writing and Technology in the Classroom (Blog) at Eastern HS

- Attended the National Writing Project Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. (November 18-20, 2004)

- Attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana (November 18-20, 2004)

- Attended the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (April 9, 2005)

- Attended the Spring Meeting of the National Writing Project Teacher Consultants at The Capitol, Washington DC (April 6-8, 2005)

- Attended the Texas Instruments International Convention for Teachers Teaching Technology, Hyatt Hotel Washington DC (March 19, 2005)

- Was a lecture-presentor to the DCPS teachers enrolled in the DCAWP wrting and reading graduate course on "Integrating Writing and Technology Inside the Classroom". (June 15,2005)

- Was a lecture-presentor during the 4th DCAWP Festival of Writing on "Integrating Writing and Technology Inside the Classroom". (May 2005)

- Was a panelist with presentor Jerry Fluellen to the DCPS Conference at Mc Kinley School of Technology, June 23, 2005

- Attended the DCPS Conference on Literacy 2005, June 23-25, 2005 attended by more or less 2,000 DC Public Schools teachers at Mc Kinley School of Technology

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WELCOME SY 2014-2015!

Teachers & parents tell me that this blog is like a "One-Stop-Shop", here's why ---

There are tons of lesson plans, printables, activity sheets and other resources that special education teachers can find in this blog! It's all for you to get the lil ones engaged in their seats and lovin' what they're doin'!

This blog is also our class portal to communicate information about our class, to archive course materials, to publish the course curriculum, syllabus, class rules, lessons, homework assignments, rubrics, and presentations. Yes, everything is in this blog for our students to review our lessons at home!

Parents love the transparency and the ability to access class materials in this blog. It's easy for parents to follow along as my students post their work. This holds true for their psychologists, social workers, general education teachers, and other special ed providers. This is another way for us to collaborate with the Multi-Disciplinary Team members of our students!

This class blog also serves as our students' e-portfolio. Our students collect the work they want to consider highlighting and then publish those that represent their best work. They then reflect on their work as they share them to their parents and teachers for positive comments and feedback. It's very easy for them to look back over their work and see the growth they've accomplished!

We invite you to please leave a message to our students. Beside the tiny envelope just after each entry is the comments link. Your positive feedback will surely encourage our students to do their best in school.

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