Professional Development for Teachers
Every NYC Connected Learning school will receive 65 days of on-site professional development, planning and parent engagement support from instructional technology coaches (ITC) being provided by Teaching Matters (TMI) and AUSSIE. Core services being provided include:
- Creating and implementing a customized professional development program. Via small groups and one-on-one coaching, the ITCs will train teachers in extending learning into the home, facilitating on-line learning at home and delivering blended instruction in the classroom.
- Planning support for school leaders. The ITCs will work with NYC Connected Learning schools in creating a school-home Connected Learning plan and incorporating the Connected Learning program into their overall instructional strategy and school operations plan.
- Parent engagement support.
- Support CFY and the school getting 100% parental attendance to their Family Learning Workshops.
- Emphasize family components in home learning projects that emphasize “do together” family projects.
- Support parent information sessions about NYC Connected Learning, including information about the discounted broadband program.
Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the media and technology lives of kids and families, has partnered with Connected Learning to provide schools with the resources they need to produce savvy 21st Century citizens. Common Sense Media, a strategic pro bono partner, will deliver the following:
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum: Teacher-directed middle school curriculum designed to empower students with the skills and knowledge to make smart, safe, and respectful decisions in the online space.
- Parent Media and Technology Education Program: Tools for K-12 schools to educate families on issues like online privacy, cyber-bullying, social networking, cell phones and much more.
Classroom Technology Support
One of the largest barriers to schools adopting technology in support of teaching and learning is the lack of on-site technology support to prevent lost instructional time when technology breaks down or has glitches.
Our solution to this problem is to provide all NYC Connected Learning schools with a college student technology intern (from City University of New York) for 15 hours a week and a MOUSE squad – a student-run technology help desk. This enables teachers to more comfortably adopt technology in the classroom and fully integrate the resources into their teaching.
MOUSE is an organization that helps schools run an after-school program that teaches middle school students to run a technology help desk (the MOUSE squad) while, at the same time, teaching them critical thinking and valuable leadership skills.