What am I writing this week?
Applications for professional development opportunities.
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow and to seek out my own professional development (PD). I feel that as an educator it’s imperative to keep ahead of the curve and to seek out programs that support my interests in the classroom. Last year I did a great workshop with the New York City Writing Project called the Satellite Institute that really jump-started my writing after post-dissertation paralysis.
So, I am busy writing applications for programs for PD this week. And, in my zooming around the information superhighway I found more stuff! Here’s some good ones:
The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will provide 24 U.S. teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Go here for more info: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/ESD. I did the Fulbright Memorial Fund Program for teachers (summer 2004) which is now defunct, and it was amazing. Application due February 6th.
An online class with the National Writing Project:
Creating Dialogic Classrooms
An Online Learning Experience Sponsored by the National Writing Project
January 26 – May 4, 2012
A dialogical classroom is one in which literacy is used to immerse teachers and students in an ongoing, reflective conversation with the texts of their lives. As such, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are seen as tools for making meaning rather than as ends unto themselves. Go here for more info: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/events/623?x-t=sites_eos.view. The National Writing Project is damn amazing. I am sure anything with them would be incredible.
That’s it for now, but I’ll post more as I find them!