Connected Educator Kumunidat Cohort 2 is in full swing!

Press Release- Feb 4, 2020

Connected Educator Kumunidat 2020 Begins:  Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Project Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT), in cooperation with services from the University of Guam Professional and International Programs (PIP), GDOE teachers and administrators will begin participating in the Connected Educator Kumunidat 2020.  

For two weeks, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will engage and motivate our teachers and administrators to learn about integrating technology tools with instruction in the classroom.  Sheryl has worked with the Guam Department of Education for several years collaborating with EETT in advancing GDOE’s goal of preparing students for college and career pathways.  Professional learning for teachers and assisting in the update of GDOE EdTech Standards has been this year’s focus.

The next two weeks will provide our staff with hands-on exposure and exploration in the use of technology in the classroom.  The first week will provide teachers and administrators new to the initiative a 4-day training.   The second week will provide three days for teachers and administrators already immersing themselves in the GDOE Edtech standards implementation.  Last month EETT was proud to kick-off of a 7 webinar series with Sheryl and her company Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) dedicated to the implementation of GDOE Edtech Standards.  Representatives from each school are participating in teams virtually connecting and have been asked to join Sheryl for continued learning in a face-to-face experience during the second week of the conference. 

“We hope the experience will create a collective understanding of what the newly refreshed GDOE Standards mean, look like in practice, and co-create activities for teachers to use in their classrooms and learning spaces”,  according to Neil Rochelle, Project Lead for EETT. 

Working with Sheryl, we have also created an online community platform to become an online professional learning space for teachers and administrators which will be shared during the conference and become a virtual space for learning and resources.  The virtual platform will be available via the web 24/7.  The information is there to support teams as they explore, learn and implement the standards.

“This workshop and the work our administrators and teachers have done with Sheryl is really helping us move our system in the right direction. As we have learned and continue to learn, technology is more than just the use of the latest equipment or devices. It affords us as educators and our students as learners so many more ways to engage with each other, the world and the vast amounts of information that’s available to us.” Said Joe Sanchez, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Improvement.      

This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and administrators to learn about EdTech Standards with the new virtual environment using best practices in professional learning for teachers.   The conferences will take place at the Fiesta Hotel on Tumon Bay on February 4-7, and February 10-12, 2020.

For more information, please feel free to contact Project Lead EETT, Neil Rochelle, narochelle@gdoe.net

  *EdTech Standards Implementation activity is an EETT Title V-B Funded activity and administered by the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) Federal Programs Division (FPO) and funded by the U.S. Department of Education Consolidated Grant to the Outlying Areas.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Connected Educator, please check out Sheryl’s book, “The Connected Educator”.

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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.
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