Education Leader Network Professional Development eBulletin
October 23rd, 2013
for Leaders in Education 

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In This Issue
Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction
Barbara R. Blackburn: Instructional Rigor and the Common Core Standards
A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...
Reading for Pleasure
The Leadership Challenge of a Lifetime

Michael Fullan presents Change: Making It Happen in Your School and District

Three-Part Online Webinar Series from the Alaska Staff Development Network

November 21,December 12, and December 16
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Achieving excellence begins with hard work at the ground level. There is no question that the stakes have been raised and that school leaders have more pressure-and more opportunity-to make a bigger difference than ever before. Award-winning author and educational reform expert Michael Fullan takes leadership to the next level by showing how to put change into practice at the local and systemic levels.

Create Powerful and Effective Professional Learning Communities Within Your District!
Deep Implementation: Change Practice, Get Results

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Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction

An expectation of the Common Core Learning Standards is that teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children. This includes special education and general education students, as well as English-Language Learners. One of my favorite technology tools, the QR code, can be used to meet the needs of a variety of students in one classroom. Teachers can create QR codes for differentiated instruction activities.

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Barbara R. Blackburn:
Instructional Rigor and the
Common Core Standards

Four-Part Online Webinar Series
Brought to You By JK Thomas

Joined nationally renowned speaker and expert Barbara R. Blackburn as she takes us through Rigor and the Common Core, Assessment in a Rigorous Classroom, Support for At-Risk Students and Students with Special Needs, and much more!

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A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...

Kids React to Viral Videos:
Lily's Disneyland Surprise...AGAIN!

Reading for Pleasure

The Common Core State Standards emphasize the importance of international benchmarks and that's one reason a new report from Great Britain on the importance of pleasure reading is interesting. This is especially true because the Common Core never acknowledges that students might read for pleasure.

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The Leadership
Challenge of a Lifetime

BLEgroup Thought Leadership Network

By the Spring of 2015 school district leaders across the nation will need to have achieved the most significant shift in educational practice in our lifetimes.

EVERYTHING needs to be revised . . .
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Instructional Practice
  • Assessment
  • Technology - Curriculum Integration

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