The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown welcomed guest Dr. Ann Coffman, Manager of Teacher Quality with the National Education Association (NEA) to discuss the organization's supports of schools and educators in an era of virtual learning.
The conversation also focused on how micro-credentialing, and other professional learning opportunities, could enhance competency-based learning opportunities to accommodate learning needs for educators and paraprofessionals. Resources mentioned by Dr. Coffman may be found at NEA.org. Dr. Coffman may be contacted at ACoffman@NEA.org.
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On November19, 2020, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative's Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown welcomed guest Kareem Farah, Chief Executive Officer of the Modern Classroom Project. The Modern Classroom Project empowers educators to meet every student’s needs through blended, self-paced, mastery-based instruction. The goal is to help change the way teachers teach, thus helping all students learn. For free resources visit www.modernclassooms.org.
On November 18, 2020, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative's Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown, with co-host Jennifer Carroll, welcomed guest Raymond (RJ) Rodriquez, Licensing Specialist with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board to discuss the state's progress in assisting with virtual learning for educators due to COVID-19. The conversation also focused on how micro-credentialing, and other professional learning opportunities, could enhance competency-based learning opportunities and strengthen or create networks of educators across the islands. An example of the created networks is the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board use of the Educator Ethics professional development course made possible only through the collaboration with HSTA (linked here
) and NEA Micro-credentials (linked here
On October 28, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative's Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown welcomed guests Dionne Bates and Chasity Craft to discuss their new podcast series for the Exceptional Educator's Playbook. The purpose of this series is to develop a network of SPED teachers across the region and provide the opportunity for them to share strategies, ideas, and techniques with each other. Educators who join the podcast can expect to receive the following:
1. Strategies from teachers for virtual learning and assessment.
2. Access to resources from other teachers.
3. Real talk from real teachers
4. Opportunities to share your strategies and resources.
The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s Digitalachia Podcast series hosted by Robert Brown, welcomed guests, Ann Marie Fenton, Director, Rules Management and Educator Assessment, Georgia Professional Standards Commission and Troy Hutchings, Senior Policy Advisor, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) to discuss the Model Code of Educator Ethics.
Model Code of Educator Ethics Development
It is the responsibility of educator preparation educational communities to ensure educators and prospective educators understand how professional decision-making can impact the safety and well-being of children, as well as the culture and mission of the school. The safety and reflective decision making that must occur to keep our students and educators safe has become even more evident as more students and educators engage in virtual learning environments.
A number of different professional organizations came together for the purpose of creating a unified set of professional norms which jurisdictions can adopt or adapt to help ensure states, educator preparation programs, and local education agencies are effectively equipping educators in ethical understanding and decision-making aligning to professional norms of educator professional practice. The result of this collaborative effort is the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). This critical work will lead to a more intentional emphasis, at national, state, and local levels, being placed on ethics and ethical preparation. Ultimately, not only will ethical violations in education be reduced, children will be safer in classrooms.
The Model Code of Educator Ethics and free resources, including video case studies, may be found at https://www.nasdtec.net/page/MCEE_Rationale.
On October 7, 2020, Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC)) welcomed Kim Sergent, Social Studie Instructional Lead, of KVEC to discuss the partnership she initiated with National Geographic.
National Geographic Education invited K-3 teachers in the KVEC region to participate in an exciting and rigorous, job-embedded professional learning project focused on the instructional shifts in elementary social studies. This no-cost professional learning opportunity is aligned with Kentucky Social Studies standards and was designed with Kentucky Teachers in partnership with Kimberly Sergent, Social Studies Lead for KVEC. Through this year-long experience, we believe that elementary teachers will be better equipped to implement their state standards while engaging in high-quality teaching and learning experiences with their students.
On October 1, 2020, Digitalachia Podcast hosted by Robert Brown of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative welcomed Jeff Hawkins, Director, of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. The topic of discussion for this podcast is Creating a Design Lab to Enhance Virtual Instruction.
What is Digitalachia?
Digitalachia was developed by KVEC to inspire creativity and enable educators to network in real-time and share professional learning experiences, thus ensuring equity, access, and opportunity for all in our remote rural areas regardless of zip codes. All learners are individuals and must be provided equitable opportunities for learning experiences that enable them to succeed both academically and socially.
Through KVEC’s learning platform on theholler.org, a collection of free resources and online professional development tools are available to aid in virtual learning and teaching in non-traditional ways.
Some of the resources located at www.digitalachia.com for educators and parents providing instruction for students in a nontraditional way are:
- Design Lab with a wide array of digital learning experiences
- Video Production filming tips and free screen-casting resources to help teachers create, and upload on-line lessons using Google Forms and Autocrat; virtual reality/motion capture suite
- Access to Multiple micro-credentials for educators and video recording of KVEC’s Virtual National Micro-Credential Virtual Summit from June – August 2020 that will enable presenters and participants to learn from and with national thought leaders and practitioners.
- Multiple professional learning opportunities and resources for educators to enhance instruction for students with special needs.