Professional Development

Lesson 2: Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Pollution l Managing Excess Sediment- LGREI

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The second video in the Groundswell Communities for Clean Water series discusses sediment pollution and its impacts on water quality.

Where Do Novels Come From? | In Search of the Novel: Workshop 4

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Explore the genesis of characters, plot, themes, and interpretation from the novelist's point of view in this one-hour workshop from In Search of the Novel. Help students go beyond the standard answer to the question of where novels come from—experience and imagination—to explore how experience and reflecting upon experience give birth to a novel. Lesson plans, interviews with well-known authors, and educator roundtable discussions complete this professional development workshop series.

School-to-Prison Pipeline: Dr. Victor Rios | Dropping Back In

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Dr. Victor Rios dicusses his research in juvenile justice, the policing of America's schools, and the school-to-prison pipeline in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Rios also talks about youth who are "pushed out" of school, rather than dropping out, and outreach efforts in that area. In February 2012, the PBS program Frontline aired a follow-up story to one they had done more than a decade earlier that featured Rios as a teenage gang member who left the streets, returned to school, and eventually became a college professor. Dr. Rios is featured in Dropping Back In, both as a former dropout and as an author and expert in issues involving the education system failing poor black and Latino boys.

 

Teaching Students About Credit

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Now more than ever, it’s essential that young people know how to use credit cards wisely and manage their debt, before they learn the hard way. This video features Lauren Popkoff, a teacher at Brooklyn College Academy in Brooklyn, New York. As Lauren lifts the veil off of credit, she outlines a lesson she teaches her high school students to arm them with the knowledge they need to make wise financial decisions. In this lesson, Lauren presents the advantages and disadvantages of credit, compares credit card offers with her students, discusses ways to establish credit, and highlights the credit card act of 2009.

Social and Emotional Learning: Video Clip | Inside the Minds of Black Rock Students

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Students from Black Rock High School share their inner thoughts in this scene from The Bad Kids. This clip can be used with the professional development training around social and emotional learning in safe and inclusive schools, and the aligned classroom lesson on social-emotional learning.

Trusting Relationships: Video Clip | Staff Meeting: Adopt a Student

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This Black Rock High School staff meeting is a scene from The Bad Kids, in which educators check-in with each other around the students they are working with. This clip can be used with the professional development training around building trusting relationships.

Connecting Students to College

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Meet Corey Marchand and Tyler Ashton, two student workers advancing their careers through work-based courses, in this video from Jobs for the Future (JFF). As their stories demonstrate, work-based courses are a gateway to community college education for manufacturing workers. Community colleges work with individuals who want to “skill up” to advance their training and have a better career. Employers like OMICO Plastics consider sponsoring workers in their continuing education “a perfect way” to build company loyalty among employees. This resource is especially useful for employer supervisors, college program administrators and faculty, incumbent workers, and technical high school faculty and students.

Click on Support Materials for background information, discussion questions, and follow-up information about the Work-Based Courses Toolkit. This resource is part of the Work-Based Courses: Bringing College to the Production Line collection.

Find out more about the Work-Based Course Model.

Creating a Community of Learners

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In this professional development video from Getting Results, Dr. John Bransford, professor of education at the University of Washington School of Education, and two science instructors discuss the effect a positive classroom environment has on student success. Bransford points out that much of learning is social. Watch as students build knowledge through a “think-pair-share.” In another class, the instructor creates an environment of trust where students can make mistakes. Finally, the learning scientist explains that building community celebrates individual contributions and that people liberate their minds through learning from diversity.

PBCL: Teamwork

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With Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL), students work in teams to develop and present solutions to real-world problems. In this video from Making Learning Real, students in an IT class and their instructor talk about teamwork. The students discuss how team projects teach them to communicate and to learn from one another. The instructor values teamwork because it allows students to deal with potential real workplace issues, such as team members who do not do their work. He also states that, through the team approach, students can generate many different ways of solving problems.

PBCL Stage 7: Test Points

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In Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL), students work in teams to develop and present solutions to real-world problems. In this video from Making Learning Real, the business partner for an architectural design class rejects the students’ initial plans for a college wellness center. He gives the instructor feedback, which the instructor relays to the students. The students then work together and with their instructor to revise their plans for further review by the client.

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