Articles in the Multimedia and Webinars category

Rural school gets national attention for their innovative learning techniques and high test scores

The U.S. Department of Education is currently filming a new documentary focusing on public school success at the Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center school in Walton, Kan. The school has high test scores and innovate learning techniques where students even care for the goats and cows housed on the school’s campus.

Tim Tuten who coordinates Special Projects for the Department of Education and is producing this documentary calls the school an “absolute gem.”

“There are great schools in this country that are unacknowledged and doing great things,” said Tuten to KSN about the Kansas school.

The documentary will be out next year, in the meantime check out KSN’s video news clip about the filming.

Alexis Rice|November 10th, 2010|Categories: Federal Programs, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Rural Schools|

Webinar: embracing technology and change in education

We all know that we’re supposed to be preparing our students to be life-long learners, but what does that actually mean on a leadership level? Join the American School Board Journal and Cisco for a free webinar: Embracing the Shift.

Globalization, accelerating technological change, and demographic shifts mean that all individuals need to learn new skills in new ways throughout their lives. Joseph P. Dragone, superintendent of New York’s Ballston Spa Central School District, will discuss how his district is embracing the shift that is driving change in its community, with key business leaders and partners, and how it is helping education leaders transform education and empower students to thrive in the 21st century.

This free webinar will be held Wednesday, November 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. To particate, all you need to do is register.

Alexis Rice|November 2nd, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Educational Technology, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, NSBA Publications|

Free webinar on embracing technology and change

We all know that we’re supposed to be preparing our students to be life-long learners, but what does that actually mean on a leadership level? Join American School Board Journal and our sponsor Cisco for our free webinar: Embracing the Shift.

Globalization, accelerating technological change, and demographic shifts mean that all individuals need to learn new skills in new ways throughout their lives. Joseph P. Dragone, superintendent of New York’s Ballston Spa Central School District, will discuss how his district is embracing the shift that is driving change in its community, with key business leaders and partners, and how it is helping education leaders transform education and empower students to thrive in the 21st century.

This free webinar will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3,  from 1 to 2 p.m., ET. Go here to register.

Kathleen Vail|November 1st, 2010|Categories: American School Board Journal, Educational Technology, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Publications|

Wes Moore shares his commitment to mentoring

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, business leader, and author. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University and became a Rhodes Scholar and later a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

In his recently published book, The Other Wes Moore, he tells how he overcame a troubled childhood to achieve success, while comparing his life to another person in his community with the same name, who ended up in a federal prison, serving a life sentence for murder.  Moore got to know the “other” Wes Moore through letters and prison visits, and found that they had much in common. BoardBuzz was struck by the parallel in these two men’s lives, and by the passion Moore shows in examining the roles education, mentoring and public service can play in the lives of American youth.

Take a look at this video, where Moore talks about his life, and the circumstances that put him on a positive path:

Wes Moore will share the inspirational story of his life and his passion for mentoring young people at the 2011 NSBA Annual Conference, where he will be the Fellowship Speaker on Sunday, April 10.

Barbara Moody|October 28th, 2010|Categories: Conferences and Events, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

Stopping bullying now

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying affects children’s physical and mental health and hinders their ability to perform well in school by making them feel unsafe and insecure.

With several recent high-profiling bullying deaths, President Barack Obama created an anti-bullying public video to encourage that harassment and discrimination in all its forms end in our schools and communities.

Obama noted in the video that  young people who are feeling depressed from bullying should reach out to people they trust including parents, teachers, or “folks that you know care about you just the way you are.”

Recently, a few new resources have been developed to help with bullying prevention in schools, check them out on NSBA’s website.

Let us know what you think. How is your community combating bullying?

Alexis Rice|October 25th, 2010|Categories: Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement, Teachers, Wellness|

Education technology leadership honored in this year’s “20 to Watch” list

From a school librarian who’s blog of book selections is read around the country to a kindergarten teacher turned top executive at a major digital education resources company who’s extolled the value of educational social networking along the way, this year’s “20 to Watch” list are movers and shakers in the education area who are as cutting edge as the technologies they utilize.

Check out these remarkable individuals and their impressive biographies.  They will be recognized at next week’s T+L Conference in Phoenix.

In the meantime, view Paul Andersen’s collection of instructional videos he posts on YouTube, called Bozeman Biology. No wonder he was also named the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Below is one of Anderson’s videos that has received 7,969 views. Clearly Anderson doesn’t have that many students, so it is great to know that so many other are watching!

Naomi Dillon|October 14th, 2010|Categories: Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement, Teachers|Tags: , , , |

The Daily Show takes on education reform

Who knew the debate on education reform could be so funny? What did you think of Lewis Black’s commentary from last night’s The Daily Show?

Here’s the video:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Back in Black – Education Crisis
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity
Alexis Rice|October 6th, 2010|Categories: Charter Schools, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement, Urban Schools|

VIDEO: NSBA’s Executive Director Anne Bryant shares her thoughts on Education Nation

National School Boards Association’s Executive Director Anne L. Bryant was a panelist today on Education Nation’s closing session, “Talking to our Policy Makers,” moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams.

The session aired live on MSNBC.com, but the full video of this session is not yet posted. BoardBuzz will let you know when it’s up.

Check out this video by the New Jersey School Boards Association of  Bryant sharing her thoughts and insights following the closing session of Education Nation:

Alexis Rice|September 28th, 2010|Categories: Charter Schools, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement, Teachers, Urban Schools|

Watch the closing session of Education Nation featuring NSBA

Update 9/28/10: This session is only on MSNBC.com.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is proud to be participating NBC’s Education Nation. NSBA’s Executive Director Anne L. Bryant and NSBA’s President Earl C. Rickman III are currently attending this event.

Bryant will be a panelist on Tuesday’s “Talking to our Policy Makers” closing session moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams. The session, scheduled for 11:30 am EDT (time subject to change), airs live on MSNBC and MSNBC.com.

The session will include teachers, students, parents, and engaged community members sharing their big ideas in testimony to local and national leaders (including NSBA) to assist in their crafting of education legislation and policy.

BoardBuzz hopes you tune in!

Alexis Rice|September 27th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Educational Legislation, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards, Student Achievement, Teachers|

American School Board Journal reviews Waiting for Superman

American School Board Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Glenn Cook posted a review of the new documentary Waiting for Superman.

Cook noted:

From an entertainment standpoint, and thanks to an almost unparalleled marketing campaign, Guggenheim has ramped up the debate about our nation’s public schools in a way that the best films do. He hitches the narrative to sympathetic, interesting characters and draws them into a sort of good vs. evil battle with the highest stakes of all — the education of our children. But in doing so, he also misses the mark.


By casting teachers, and more specifically, teachers unions as the film’s villains, Guggenheim goes for an easy target. Examples of school boards and traditional administrators are shown in films made in the 1950s and ’60s. And while the brush is not quite broad enough to paint charter schools as the be-all, end-all for public education — more than 80 percent underperform their traditional counterparts — the only success stories shown in the film are charters.

Check out the full review in School Board News Today.

BoardBuzz would like to know if you plan to see Waiting for Superman once it comes to your city?

Alexis Rice|September 26th, 2010|Categories: Charter Schools, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, NSBA Publications, Student Achievement, Teachers|
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