July 01, 2016

Share My Lesson Offers Teachers Summer Online Professional Development

Source: American Federation of Teachers

Share My Lesson, which offers a comprehensive collection of free online lesson plans and professional development for teachers and parents, is hosting weekly webinars this summer on helping kids succeed in math, science, reading and other areas.

The American Federation of Teachers launched Share My Lesson four years ago to meet teachers high demand for support. Since then, it has become a leader in the online educational resources space and remains committed to providing free resources from educators and hundreds of other content providers as the demand continues to grow.

The content on Share My Lesson is teacher-reviewed; that's why nearly a million teachers and others frequently check in to get fresh ideas. Teachers are always thinking and working on honing their skills, said AFT President Randi Weingarten.

The Thursday webinars have about 30 minutes of content plus an interactive question-and-answer session and feature leading voices in education, like Michael Levine with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Lisa Guernsey with New America, as well as other sessions from CK12, PBS and MIT Blossoms. Educators can earn one hour of professional development credit for participating in each webinar.

Here's the Share My Lesson webinar lineup:

Thursday, July 7, at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Subject:        Curated collection of humanities professional development webinars
Presenters:    These webinars include Share My Lessons most popular content from: National Humanities Center, Student
                     Achievement Partners, Library of Congress, Reading Rockets and Global Oneness Project
Description:  This session features a variety of free resources for developing a summer reading program, understanding phonological awareness, engaging students through digital multimedia and using primary sources.

Thursday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Subject:          Curated collection of science and math webinars
Presenters:     These webinars include Share My Lessons most popular content from: MIT Blossoms, PBS
                       LearningMedia, CK-12 and the U.S. Department of Energy
Description:   These featured science and math webinars offer a fresh take on easy-to-use teaching materials on complex concepts, featuring interactive content like digital media and video lessons all designed to give educators new ways to involve students in their learning.

Thursday, July 21, at 1 p.m. EDT
Title:               Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens
Presenters:      Michael Levine with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and Lisa Guernsey with New
Description:    With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. In this webinar, Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, show how educators and parents can help children become strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds print, digital and everything in between.

Levine and Guernsey teach about tools and strategies for supporting literacy for all. Early childhood educators including teachers, librarians/media specialists, technology specialists, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists and parents will benefit from this webinar.

Thursday, July 28,  at 2 p.m. EDT
Title:              Creating a Flexible Classroom
Presenter:       Amber Chandler
Description:    One of the greatest challenges a teacher has is creating a classroom that meets the needs of all students, while also establishing a love of learning. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create a flexible classroom, one in which students are given choice and autonomy, while also taking risks and collaborating. The philosophy behind a flexible classroom is not just about differentiation, but instead an attitude of whatever it takes for student success. This webinar will provide practical tips, and help educators get ready for the new school year.

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