Learning and The Brain

This is one of those conference brochures I drool over…34th Learning and the BRAIN conference, February 14-16, 2013

Learning and the Brain




With conference program topics like…

  • Developing Insight, Problem-Solving and Reasoning Skills
  • Benefits of the Arts on Brains, Language and Learning

…this is a time of learning you’ll want to sink your teeth into!

Anyone willing to sponsor me to attend??? 🙂

Check out the Learning and the Brain Summer Institutes too! And join the Society to access the online community!


Teacher Quality (NCTQ)

I recently started following NCTQ (National Council on Teacher Quality) on Twitter and then popped over to their website. This research and policy group strives to provide the voice of reform in quality teacher preparation, regulation and retention.  The PDQ Blog is worth a read, as well as the Reports and Database tabs. Check out the State Teacher Policy Yearbookunder the Database tab… very interesting info! (my home state of Virginia received an overall D+ in the 5 review areas for 2011…YIKES) How is your state doing?



Right to Know: National Review of Teacher Prep Programs

Be on the look out for the first review findings in 2013!

Schools Moving Up

Schools Moving Up provides excellent topical resources for educators looking to improve student outcomes. I regularly participate in the Schools Moving Up Webinar offerings. Each has been timely and relevant with good resources…and they are FREE! (past webinars archived as well) Here’s a recent webinar offered by SMU,
Parent-Teacher Collaboration to Drive Student Learning, check out the additional resources offered in the right side bar!

Write Right

Thanks to the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), I made it through graduate school…and I continue to access the OWL for reminders, prompts, and answers to bleeding questions like, How do you cite a website? or What is a cover letter? This is an excellent writing source for secondary, post-secondary and workplace writing.

“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry, because I always back up my rage with facts and documented sources.” ~The Credible Hulk

of Frogs and Apps

Reading this info and watching the video brought back the vile smell of formaldehyde and visions of the dreaded science lab dissections. I vividly remember naming the baby pig I was about to cut open “Frenchy” because its tongue was hanging out. Aside from dredging up memories better left buried, this resource is pretty cool!

Frog Dissection Virtual Frog Dissection offers formaldehyde free science exploration for students. This app works on iPads, desktops, laptops,netbooks and interactive whiteboards. Interactive dissection provides students opportunities to not only explore the frog anatomy, but there’s a side by side comparison of human vs. frog anatomy. Not only does this app provide animal killing free zones, but for students with allergies, fine and gross motor challenges, and need for language supports, this app is an excellent alternative utilizing “assistive technology.”

Brief: Education for Life and Work

Good brief from The National Academies on Education for Life and Work, Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century  (A brief is a short overview of a larger work. Click HERE to see the full report.)

We Connect Now

We Connect Now was developed in 2008 in an effort to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues. The website has been used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50 states of the United
States of America and at least 10 other nations. If you’re a Facebook user, follow our We Connect Now Facebook page.