With the big news last night, many of you are probably still buzzing or are dragging from having to stay up so late for the President’s announcement. Either way, the week and month are ready to commence. Here are a few news items from the eMINTS National Center:
- Professional Development for Educational Technology Specialists (PD4ETS): If your district (either in Missouri or out-of-state) is planning to send someone to participate in Year 1 of the PD4ETS program beginning this summer, please email eMINTS. We are trying to assess the level of potential interest in the program so that we can plan accordingly. Several districts have already contacted us and we want to see where other possible participants may be located. For more information about PD4ETS, see our website at: http://www.emints.org/programs/pd4ets/index.shtml or call us at 573-884-7202. This is not a commitment, just a check point for planning purposes.
- Ever wish you could communicate more effectively with the people you supervise, work with or train? Do you find it challenging to help people solve complicated problems they are facing or to change how they are teaching or working with others? The Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar® is an eight-day professional development opportunity for instructional coaches, administrators, teachers, mentors, professors, supervisors, eMINTS PD4ETS program participants, certified Educational Technology Specialists and anyone who wants to encourage self-directedness of others. Participants will learn strategies to increase others’ thinking potential and mediate thinking when working with someone who is planning, reflecting or struggling with a problem. Cognitive CoachingSM – a research-based model – encourages the process of decision-making to achieve goals through metacognition. If you are interested in learning more about supporting people in becoming self directed please visit http://www.emints.org/programs/cognitivecoaching/index.shtml to learn more about our Fall 2011 Cognitive CoachingSM Foundations Seminar.
- eThemes Featured on Kathy Schrock Site: Many of you know of Kathy Schrock who is well-known for her website and blogs featuring great educational web resources. She placed eThemes on her SOS (Sites of the School Days) page: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/sos.html It is number 35. This is great recognition for eThemes and the wonderful resources you can find there.