Summer reading time!

Summertime, and the reading is easy

Or is it? We checked in with a few of the folks here at the Tarrant Institute to hear about what they’re reading this summer.

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Dynamic Landscapes 2017: the power of authentic #vted student voice

Student keynotes, presentations, panels & partners

All with a side order of tech.

Dynamic Landscapes 2017Dynamic Landscapes 2017 is in the bag, and it was easily the best one yet.

Why? Because not only were there a ton of great tech-rich, innovative sessions for attendees to choose from, this year also featured authentic student voice.

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Profiles in Educator Excellence: Laura Botte

Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching

presidential award for excellenceLaura Botte, a 6th grade math educator at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington VT, was one of four recent recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from Vermont.

We’ve been lucky enough to partner with Botte as she constantly innovates new visions of student-centered, tech-rich middle school education.

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Innovative VT educators in the news

#vted = #vtexcellence

VT educators in the newsA number of Vermont educators have been in the news lately, achieving and being recognized for the amazing work they do inside the classroom and out.

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VT Secretary of Education speaks on equity in Vermont

“I don’t believe you can be an educator committed to student voice and not be a powerful advocate for equity.”

international student voice conferenceThis past August, the University of Vermont played host to an international conference focused on ways to amplify student voice and increase student partnership in the classroom.

Attendees were lucky enough to hear an address by Vermont Secretary of Education Dr. Rebecca Holcombe, who spoke powerfully on the need for intersectional equity in Vermont, in supporting students.

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Middle Grades Institute Reflections

middle grades instituteI’ve just returned from the Middle Grades Institute, and honestly, I am still reeling. My brain is finally slowing down and trying to process all that happened there.

The short of it: teachers, professors, Tarrant Institute staff, and students from across Vermont gathered to learn how to better personalize learning, engage early adolescent students, create flexible pathways to graduation, foster deep, authentic learning, and learn about all the transformative practices and opportunities around the state.

It’s like someone took the blinders off.

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Social reading tools for summer reading

Audrey’s 2016 summer reading list

Tarrant Institute tool tutoriallsI’ve been thinking a lot lately about where technology fits into reading. Not just the e-book vs print book discussion (spoiler: both choices are valid for any individual) but also how tech tools and platforms can bring readers together to talk about books. And I’m doing that by reading a lot and trying things.

So my summer reading list comes with a tool kit.

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Education reform, more education reform and David Foster Wallace

Mark’s 2016 summer reading list

reflection for educatorsThis past academic year was one of the busiest and most invigorating year I have had in my time as a student or teacher. As my role here at the Tarrant Institute has grown and focused more deeply on the research side of things, I have also been progressing towards my PhD. The summer doesn’t really provide a break, per se, but it does give me time to dive into some books I’ve been eying all year. Here’s a few things I’m making sure to get through.

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Education, funny families and international espionage

My 2016 Summer Reading List

reflection for educatorsThere are many thinks to look forward to as summer approaches. As an educator, I appreciate the calm I feel when school is out. You know that tense feeling thinking about what tomorrow’s class will be like. There is nothing like the first Sunday night when you realize you don’t have to be a teacher in the morning!!!!

I also look forward to a slower pace of life where I can stop adding items to my TO-DO LIST and finally start checking a few off. One of those things for me is my summer reading list.

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Summer: sun, sand and systems thinking

Announcing the 1st annual Tarrant Institute twitter read-along

#vted twitter chatSummer is a great time for camping, sunsets and creemees. A great time to relax.

It’s also a great time to sneak in some professional development — especially if you get to do it online and with your peers, while strengthening your professional learning network. Take time to turn off and tune out, or, read Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems. With us. On twitter!

Namaste, school warriors.

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