Monday, May 21, 2018

Innovate@BVSD 2018

Innovate@BVSD 2018 is just around the corner! As you are making your summer plans, be sure to include an excursion to Meadowlark PK-8 on Monday, July 30th and Tuesday, July 31st. With keynotes from thought leaders Sue Meyer & Todd Burleson, deeper learning workshops, and a fantastic schedule of presenters, it is sure to be two days of inspirational and valuable professional learning!

Register & Share!

  • BVSD employees register via MyPassport: Course Code 16666; section #22633. 
    • Attendance is FREE and BVSD attendees can earn .5 salary credit*. 
  • Out of district attendees are welcome! Please fill out the registration form at
    • There is a nominal registration fee.

Attendees will:

  • Tour a BVSD Innovative school that models innovative learning community environments;
  • Investigate education software solutions and maker education tools via ½ day hands-on workshops;
  • Explore the Student Innovation Showcase and experience how Project Based Learning and Design Thinking methodologies promote authentic learning & student agency. 
  • Be inspired by your peers as they share how they bring the 4 Cs to life for their students. 

Bond Phase Schools

BVSD schools in Bond Phases 2 & 3, don’t miss this opportunity to experience open and flexible classroom designs, test-drive innovative furniture options, attend sessions offered by architects that specialize in school design, and connect with staff members currently experiencing the instructional shifts brought about by these student-centered spaces.

     *Salary Credit option fee is $15.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Revenge of the Podcast People

Podcast imagePodcasts have been around for years but are quickly making a resurgence in the education world.

At least 112 million Americans have listened to podcasts, a figure up 11 percent from last year [2017], with 67 million listening to podcasts at least monthly. (Forbes)

And for good reason- teachers are able to both create and consume podcasts to get on-demand professional learning in an informal environment and students have an impromptu, candid platform for their voices. Podcasts are a unique form of auditory learning because listeners get to hear the voice of real-life experts and people that influence and inspire them all while feeling like they are a part of the conversation.

Are you ready to hit record and try something new? While we have your ear, listen to our podcast below to learn more about how you might use podcasts professionally and within your classroom.
Not a Rocking Chair Librarian logoNot A Rocking Chair Librarian | Episode 17

As mentioned in our podcast, use the resources below to help you get started with podcasting in your classroom.

"Why Podcasts Are Popular (And 4 Content Lessons To Learn …) - Forbes." 11 Jul. 2017, Accessed 8 May. 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

5-6-7-8 Who Do We Appreciate? TEACHERS!

The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week, aka Superhero Week! This is the perfect opportunity to honor and celebrate our educators. The year is winding down, stress levels are high, and energy tends to wane. What better time to show appreciation, gratitude, and invigorate one another?

How can we show gratitude?
  • Teachers to teachers: Remember we are all in this together! Stuck in line at the copy machine? Turn around and simply give a smile to brighten your colleague’s day!

      • Teachers to students: Your students may be anxious to leave your classroom and a positive, meaningful note left for them could really make an impact. 

      Why is appreciation SUPER important?

      Appreciation not only lifts spirits, it creates a positive work environment, fosters relationships, and reduces stress. Just like learning styles and working preferences, everyone has ways they give and receive appreciation. But how can we make sure we are showing our gratitude in a meaningful way? Having a one-way-fits-all approach, say the same thank you card given to everyone, might not feel authentic and could end up making your colleague feel even less appreciated. Be creative in your approach to add a personal message in the thank you card, or an appropriate gif in an email or text. The key is to build a relationship with your students and colleagues to help understand what truly makes them feel valued. Chapman and White have studied these preferences and summed them up in the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. (See below.)

      Try “speaking” these different languages of appreciation on a regular basis to help build a positive culture in your classroom and your building all year round. What ideas have you tried? Tell us in the comments below.

      The BVSD Ed Tech Team is extremely grateful to work with all of the innovative, forward-thinking, and thoughtful teachers throughout our district. Know that as your school year is coming to an end, we’ll always be there to hold your cape!