Our Vice Principal, Lori Binder, didn’t want to wait for a staff meeting to share when she could send a little of the excitement our teachers’ way this morning. Here’s an email she sent to our staff.
I just returned from the edJEWcon conference in Jacksonville, Florida, along with Ashley, Karen and Judy. We went as a team to this conference sponsored by AVI CHAI and run by the Martin J Gottlieb Day School, accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. You can check out the edJEWcon website for amazing resources or check out the MJGDS school’s website. We were the only Canadian school present and were part of a learning community that included Community Day Schools (RAVSAK), Conservative Day Schools (Schechter) and Orthodox Day Schools.
There is so much to share and the learning community we were involved with really challenged our thinking about our students and 21st century learning. This was definitely an expansion of the work started by the Social Media committee (the result of my CAIS Change Project) and will hopefully help with the professional development we implement as we move forward. It has definitely expanded my thinking with the Social Media project and in a positive way has brought it to an important focus.
Please check out our blog to get a sense of what took place at edJEWcon – as well as links to amazing keynote speakers including Heidi Hayes Jacobs of the book Curriculum 21. We would love for you to reply to our blog after reading it.
Some of the amazing education leaders we met included Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (online known as Langwitches) who has amazing resources on her blog or through her website and Andrea Hernandez who has the EdTechWorkshop blog. Both are 21st century learning coaches at the Martin J Gottlieb Day School.
Below are a few videos to check out, as well.
21st Century Learning Reflection – Where the Martin J Gottlieb Day School Was (no staff emails in 2010) to where they are now (leaders in 21st century learning)