Learning Edge September 2019 #1

The 2019-2020 school year is in full swing for Colorado students and educators  –  I hope your start has been awesome! This is the first edition of the Learning Edge for the 2019-2020 school year. You will find it chocked full of education-related tips, articles, videos, and notices of education events. Most importantly my hope is to remind educators of their value, impact, and incredible contribution to generations of learners. You Matter!!

Words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”


What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App?  Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS  soon!

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy. 

National Constitution and Citizenship Day September 17th

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17th to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Discuss this important day with your students using resources found at the Law Library of Congress and at the Colorado Department of Education


Constitution Poster Design Contest – To compete, the contest invites K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Submit entries by October 1st. More information at Poster Contest.

Mission Simulation Teacher Trainings at Challenger Learning Center

The mission of Colorado Consortium for Space Science Education (CCESSE) and the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado is to inspire and engage K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas, using space as the motivating element. Learn more about the opportunities offered for educators and your students at their website.  Professional learning opportunities   and Teacher newsletter

* Space simulations
* Distance-learning space e-Missions
* Traveling planetarium shows
* Design Challenges

FlipGrid Shorts Newsletter

In this monthly newsletter – the “Shorts Report” – FlipGrid has curated their latest updates and opportunities. Visit the September 2019 Shorts Report to learn more about the Disco Library,  Flipgrid’s first  Virtual Field Trip, the new Wakelet Shorts integration, and more!

SAVE THE DATE for InnEdCO 2020

InnEdCO 2020 planning is well underway! Session proposal submissions will be accepted for review beginning in October and registration will open in November! Look for more info in upcoming Learning Edge Newsletters and at #WE ARE INNEDCO

TEDEd Student Talks

The TED Student Talks Program supports students as they discover, explore and present their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. To learn more visit TEDEd Students.

Visit TEDEd Student Talks to view student-created TEDEd Talks

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder is developing free educational resources for teachers related to the upcoming MOSAiC expedition, the most extensive Arctic research expedition ever conducted that will launch on September 20. For more information and to receive their newsletter visit MOSAiC.

Dream Summit @ Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek is hosting the DREAM Summit at Cherokee Trail High School on Saturday, October 5th. Their goal is to inspire educators to achieve the classroom of their dreams. The summit will include a keynote from Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., and other inspiring educators. More information & Registration at Dream.

ISTE 2019 Take-Aways

Did you miss ISTE 2019? Here are some articles highlighting keynotes, sessions and events that might make you feel as though you were there in person, (well, almost).

Keynote Richard Calcutta, CEO of ISTE shared the organization’s view of the next big trends in edtech. Read the article at Next Big Trends
ISTE YouTube Channel
ISTE 2019 session resources from Ditch That Textbook
School Library Journal 

Picture Books & Coding

Use picture books to introduce computer science concepts – sequencing, conditionals, debugging. View resources and articles at:

CS for All Teachers
Knowledge Quest

Edutopia – Assessment & Feedback

Start out your year considering how you assess student learning – take a look at assessment ideas from Edutopia.

60 Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review
6 Teacher-Approved Tips for Faster, More Effective Feedback
Making Assessment a Collaborative Process

So COllapporative 2019 Kickoff

So COllapporative will kick off the 2019-2020 school year at the MiLL, Widefield School District. Food and beverages will be provided! Join this COllapporative education event! October 15, 2019, at 4 pm. More information and registration coming soon!

READAct Conference

The 5th Annual READAct conference is designed to support the implementation of evidence-based reading instruction. The focus will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including English learners, emerging readers, and struggling readers. The conference will be held in Grand Junction on Thursday and Friday, October 10th and 11th, 2019.  You can register at READAct Conference. I hope to see you there!

Learning Counsel Hosts Digital Transitions Discussions at Adams 12

The Learning Counsel is coming to Colorado hosting a discussion on digital transitions in education.

You can register at Digital Transitions – Colorado. The event is free!

Social Media Test Drive Simulator


TestDrive, created by Cornell University’s Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education,  provides a simulated experience of realistic digital dilemmas and scenarios that young people may encounter as they enter the social media world. You can access the modules at Social Media.  For guidance on how to use TestDrive, please refer to the “For Educators” and “For Parents” sections of their website.

Trivia Corner – It’s Palindrome Week!

In Greek ‘palin dromo’ means “running back again” – so a palindrome is a word/phrase/sentence that reads the same when read forward or backward.  Tuesday, September 10, 2019, marks the beginning of the last palindrome 10-day stretch for the 21st Century. For 10 consecutive days, the dates are palindromes in the m-dd-yy format.  9-10-19 reads backward in the same order.  For more information visit the Farmers Almanac or NBC News.


9/14 EdCamp Longmont
9/19 Learning Counsel Digital Transitions Adams 12
9/20 Tech Leader Forum-TLF
9/27 ISTE Proposals due
9/29 CSTA Deadline to submit

10/5 Dream Summit
10/5 CASL Workshop
10/5 CLAS Conference
10/15 So COllapporative
10/19 PPIRA Fall Conference
10/10-10/11 READAct Conference

More professional development opportunities at CDE PD Calendar

Colorado Department of Education Communications

The Colorado Department of Education offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

Articles included in this email distribution and posting may not reflect the views of CDE. This email is a curation service for those interested in Colorado education news.

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