Professional Development

Land Use and Your Watershed l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 6

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Students discover the direct link between land use and the water quality of streams, rivers, and lakes when they observe how pollutants from various land uses can be carried by runoff through the watershed. Best management practices (BMPs) are introduced as a way to protect water quality. (This video lesson highlights activity 4 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

Lesson 4: Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Pollution l Managing Excess Nutrients- LGREI

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

 

MEECS Air Quality l Particle Pollution: Video Lesson 7

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Students monitor particle and ozone pollution around their school/homes using homemade monitors. Go outdoors with MEECS in this lesson! (This video lesson highlights activities 4, 5, and 6 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

From GED® to PhD: Kellie Blair Hardt | Dropping Back In

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Learn about Kellie Blair Hardt, who overcame homelessness and discouragement at every turn to go from dropout to beloved teacher, in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Kellie overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles—homelessness, alcoholic parents, expulsion from school—to return to school, earn a GED® diploma, and ultimately earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She’s currently a special education teacher and is pursuing a PhD. In 2013, she was one of only five teachers nationwide to receive a National Education Association award for excellence in teaching.

 

Being You

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From big name CEOs to athletes, authors to scientists, to the capable and accomplished individuals you interact with on a daily basis, all sorts of people have learning and attention issues. They’re not only coping, but thriving—and many credit their learning and attention issues as the driving force that shaped their success.

That’s why Roadtrip Nation, Understood.org, and the Oak Foundation have partnered to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the country to interview professionals with their own learning and attention issues who have persevered through challenge to create fulfilling careers.

Use with the Being You viewing guide for activities, discussion questions, and resources. 

Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed | Dropping Back In

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Jesse Fuentes is an alumna of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School (PACHS), a highly successful alternative school in Chicago, Illinois. Jesse’s story was featured in the national KET documentary series Dropping Back In. In this segment, she shares her story of overcoming difficult odds and getting her life back on track through the help of the teachers at PACHS. She is now a college graduate and educator hoping to become a principal of one of the schools in her community.

Promoting Leadership in Students

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Learn about how empowerment organizations like Banister Leadership Academy are helping African-American young men in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. The Banister Leadership Academy in Omaha, Nebraska helps African-American young men in their community. Before Byron started the leadership program, he was just getting by in school and was using drugs. But mentors at Banister Leadership Academy helped him set high expectations for himself. Now, Byron is excited to continue his education and motivated to give back to his community.

Supporting Students and Giving Them Second Chances

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Learn how mentors from GearUp helped a student in trouble turn his life around in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. Hector grew up in a tough neighborhood, and was frequently in trouble himself until he started working with Emily Johnson, a mentor from GearUp. But despite having the support of a mentor and his coaches, Hector still did not believe in himself, and was arrested in high school. Hector had a transformative experience at Anytown camp and resolved to put more effort into school and achieving his goals. He now acts as an ambassador for GearUp and works to inspire young people.

Assessing Teaching and Learning

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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, as well as a community college statistics instructor and a course designer discuss assessment. Bransford explains that learning goals should include not only what is to be learned, but also how students will demonstrate knowledge and how they can be assessed throughout the course. The instructor is shown using questioning strategies to gauge her students’ learning. She explains that she measures her success as an instructor by that of her students. Bransford concludes, saying that the more knowledge teachers have, the more removed their level of understanding might be from that of their students. For this reason, building in assessments throughout the course, to monitor student understanding, helps improve instruction.

PBCL in the Field: Student Insights

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In this video from Making Learning Real, students describe their experiences with Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL). They explain how these projects model a real-world, work-like environment that actively engages them in the learning process. Students comment on the hands-on, practical nature of the projects, as well as the challenges of working in a group. They note how doing their coursework is similar to working in the real work world, and they value this realistic experience.

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