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Connected Educator Month Closing Sessions

August 22, 2012
at 11:41 am PST

The U.S. Department of Education declared August Connected Educator Month (CEM), and more than 140 of the nation’s leading education organizations, communities, and companies (including Cisco) have come together to celebration and explore the power of professional online communities to advance the field of education. Throughout the month, educators have been participating in 400+ webinars, guided tours, live chats and forums, as well as blogging and tweeting using the #ce12 hashtag,  to explore how online communities can enable educators to take control of their own professional development

Through the Connected Learning Exchange, Cisco provides an online community of educators from schools, colleges and universities to foster collaboration and showcase innovative and practical strategies that can dramatically improve education everywhere. We are also pleased to host, via WebEx, seven of the concluding CEM webcasts on August 30th and 31st, on a range of important topics including Personalized Learning, Teacher Led Change, 21st Century PD and the concluding session on Connected Educator Month: What We’ve Learned. Descriptions and registration links are included below.

Please also check the CEM calendar and continue to participate in all of the remaining CEM activities.

Topic: It’s Personal: Personalized Learning for Students & Educators
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderator: Darren Cambridge

There’s a revolution afoot in education, and at its core are two interrelated concepts—connected education and personalized learning. Personalized learning was the focus of one of our kick off panels, a month-long forum, and a number of CEM events and activities created by participating organizations. Drawing on discussions in the It’s Personal forum on personalized learning, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources,  this panel and open discussion will generates takeaways and action items on the subject for the Department of Education and the field.
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Topic: Beyond Top Down: Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led Change
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderator: Steve Hargadon

Connected education provides unique opportunities for educators to take the lead in the redefining of the profession that’s going on, to insure it meets our needs and the needs of our students.  Distributed leadership and teacher-led change was the subject of another CEM kick-off panel and a month-long forum; it’s also been implicitly in the DNA of the entire Connected Educator Month endeavor.  Drawing on discussions in the Beyond Top Down forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, this panel and open discussion will generate related takeaways and action items for the Department of Education and the field.
Register today.

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Topic: Knocking On The Door: Connected Education & New Technologies
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderator: Steve Hargadon

What tools do we have available to us today to begin the re-imagination of education, and what’s on the horizon for us?  New technologies and innovations were the subject of one of our kick-off panels and a month long forum; the CEM calendar has also been chock-full of events and activities showcasing new platforms, offerings, elements, and techniques.  Drawing on discussions in the Knocking on the Door forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, this panel and open discussion will generates takeaways and action items related to new technologies and innovation for the department and the field.
Register today.

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Topic: Systems Conveners In Education
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Speakers: Etienne Wenger, Beverly Trayner, Patrice Linehan, Nancy Movall, Leisa Gallagher, and Sylvia Currie
Moderators: Darren Cambridge, Julie Duffield

Getting better at doing things across different geographies, departments or other silos is an increasing challenge for many of us. It calls for a new kind of leadership, which we are calling systems convening. Who are these systems conveners and what are the challenges they face? Join us to look at some early work on systems convening and to hear from people who have taken up this role.
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Topic: Professional Learning & The Learning Profession: 21st Century PD
Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderator: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

So the revolution is underway, but so is the school year, or it’s about to be.  What we can and should be doing to develop ourselves as 21st century educators was the focus of another CEM kick-off panel and month-long forum, and many, if not all, CEM events and activities created by participating groups were focused on professional development in one form or another.  Drawing on discussions in the Professional Learning forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, this panel and open discussion will generates takeaways and action items for 21st century PD and share them with the Department of Education and the field.
Register today.

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Topic: The First Six Weeks: Getting 2012-13 Off To The Right Start
Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderator: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Even more immediately upon us are the critical first six weeks of the school year, which so often set the tone for what we can achieve throughout.  For this reason, the first six weeks was a final CEM kick-off and forum focus, and an implicit target of many CEM events and activities.  Of all the main CEM themes, this is the one we most fully control ourselves today, and as result this panel and open discussion, drawing on the First Six Weeks forum and other relevant CEM events/activities, will be about generating takeaways and action items not for the Department or ‘the field,’ but for ourselves, to begin to put in place today.
Register today.

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Topic: Connected Educator Month: What We’ve Learned
Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Moderators: Karen Cator, Darren Cambridge

Beyond the explicit themes of CEM, there have been a huge range of events and activities during the month.  And even within the areas most explicitly covered, there has probably been more learned than we can all assimilate right away.  In this final CEM session of the month, we consider the entire expanse of CEM activities and seek to distill them down to a handful of the top takeaways we can and should all carry with us into the school year and beyond, as well as the top policy implications of the month.
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