Wendy Gearhardt
TOSA, Curriculum
What you Learned – 21st Century Learning Connection?
Model Schools Conference:

rigor, relevance and relationship, empower teachers, we need to the money, Quadrant D - Read 180, Expert Space (lexile level), and I Can Learn, fewer standards with deeper level of learning, no more textbooks - instead netbooks, and programs like Read 180, look to innovators not experts, restrictions on free thinking and use of tech need to be lifted, leaders - mentors, facilitators, innovator and interdependent, don't throw away new things, revamp it. We need a 3 year transition plan that starts now.

Links: and USA Today online newspaper

D Quadrant learning: big 8 literacy, flexible grouping, graphic organizers, quick writes, plan with quadrants in mind.
How will you use it or apply it?
Birgitta Gustafson
CMS 8th grade LA

ISTE: free to teachers, (PBS Boston), free video clips from PBS shows with complete lesson plans by grade level, graphic organizers, rubrics, worksheets, Students can also log in and do the activities online.
Professional development
Literacy strategies (Home page->Curriculum Topics and Themes->Inspiring Middle School Literacy)

DCC HS, English


Grant writing workshop: - subscribe and get newsletter on available grants, $20/year - expensive but gives information on grants

Key to great grants: volunteer to read grants to learn to write them.
Integrated program elements: aligned components, high quality and continuous (PD evaluation) improvement, tied to high standards.
What will PD side look like?
Great grants include: Innovation, coordination of resources, ties to local needs, and buy in. Using tech in an innovative way. Tell them about what you are doing right now, what you've already accomplished with what you have, show that you have innovation and are a go-getter, addressing real needs and that stakeholders have buy in.
Letter from administrator needs to be specific and personal. Put the administrator stuff in grant narrative if not required. Include grant admins have rubrics to evaluate use of 21st skills. Team needs to write grant, delegate responsibility.
How will tech be used? See how tech improves student learning - super specific about what students will do and what students are already doing. How will this change student achievement. How will desired outcomes be developed? Have different avenues that will be explored depending on outcomes. Fully align outcomes and budget. Can your project be used as a model in a different setting? Does the proposal tap into other resources in the community? Be creative with how you are going to use the resources.
Reference research done. Show your passion. Don't waste time on grants you cannot get. You can rerewrite grants to fit the particular grant. Be a squirrel - save. Don't get discouraged by rejections. Be concise. Make sure you will stretch the dollar.

Marise DeKlerk

Mixed Ink - collaborative writing website - kids can write a collaborative paragraph, it shows who did what.

DCC HS English

Model Schools Conference:
Manor New Tech HS, Austin, TX - working class population, using project based learning;
students do presentations to panels of experts, who grade them. Principal is like a saleman looking for people to be on their panels of experts. April's Catcher in the Rye project on diagnosis of Holden Cauffield with panel of psychologists and professors.
Brain research sessions were really good on how boys and girls learn differently. -

Rhonda Spradling and Sona Loomis
LHS English

Shakespeare Set Free:
presenter - audio and video recordings to make Shakespeare come alive; movie trailers. using contemporary elements to remix Shakespeare. ISTE website on English Journal - "Our Digital Native" - and "Remixing Shakespeare" video This is on a blog that Sona did on the ning.