The Learning Edge

September 2020 #2

Yes, the Bitmoji craze captured me over the summer!

Did you know it is National Self-Care month? As I mentioned in the last issue, self-care as an educator is more important than ever!  Seriously consider ways to take care of yourself.  Below are some resources for you to peruse. Don’t forget that we have access to the State Employee Assistance Program, CSEAP site for webinars, support, and counselor contacts. Check out the Colorado Coronavirus Pandemic and Emotional Wellness resources too!

Kelly Hopkinson in her Learn to Shine Bright TED Talk in 2018, emphasizes the importance of educator self-care. “Start a journal, Tell yourself you are enough, drink water, exercise, try yoga, practice random acts of kindness, ask for support.” She asks “Why bother doing all these things?” “Because YOU are Exquisite!” You’re light needs protecting!”  Need a reminder? Send yourself a future letter of encouragement – check out Future Me.



Loop is an easy, free tool for collecting authentic student feedback, prompt student reflection, formative assessments, and digital exit tickets. Join Loop for free at Loop for Educators

Get student feedback instantly

  • Ask your students anything in under 30 seconds, from any device.
  • Choose from a range of response types to suit your student’s preferences.
  • Filter and reply to all students with similar responses, or follow up directly.
  • Loop is COPPA compliant

From the Loop Blog – Using Loop for Effective Remote Learning and 11 Exit Ticket Questions to Ask Your Students

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

What’s Your Favorite App?

What is your current go-to app or website that has created powerful learning experiences for your students, specifically during the transition to remote learning? Share your favorites at What’s Your App?   Your app will be shared in future Learning Edge Newsletters in APP NEWS!

DecTech School of Mines

DECtech is a Colorado School of Mines outreach program designed especially for girls! Program leaders are female Mines students who are both passionate about their subjects of study and sharing this passion with the next generation. “Our mission is to engage girls in STEM by introducing them to various subjects with an interactive, engaging, and hands-on approach!” Check out the grade level STEM programs at DEC Discover, Explore, Create.

National Literacy Virtual Summit

The 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit is happening on November 5th, 2020, with speakers Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Bill Daggett, Carol Ann Tomlinson & more. “An entire day of professional learning exploring the latest innovations and strategies to help you address the needs of your students and accelerate literacy growth.” You can access sessions for up to one year and obtain continuing ed credits. More information and registration at NLS Virtual 2020

Race, Equity & Justice – Flipgrid Discussion

Join a Flipgrid panel discussion, September 29th, 3 pm MDT, on Race, Equity, and Justice rooted in empowering your students to be voices of change. Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Armant joins educators Yaritza Villalba and Marcus Borders, author Nikki Grimes, and ADL educator Jinnie Spiegler to share ideas, resources, and offer support and answers to your questions!

Watch their first Race, Equity, and Justice panel discussion at the link below.

Edutopia Videos for Educators

Edutopia, as always delivers for educators. A new line up of timely videos – Culturally Responsive Teacher. Showing Up for Conversations About Social Justice , Making Space for Students Perspectives, and more.

ISTE News 

Creative Constructor Lab

October 3rd – 10th! Gain insight and coaching from some of the most creative minds in education, gather with other inspiring educators to imagine, ideate, and invent and more! For more information and registration visit Virtual ISTE Lab

ISTE20 Live!

STE20 has gone virtual and scheduled  November 29th- December 5th. Attendees will have the choice of live events and on-demand sessions that will be available during and after the virtual conference.  Learn more at ISTE20 Reinventing Education Together  Register before October 1st for only $155.

ISTE 2021 in San Antonio

Present at ISTE 2021 Designing a New Learning Landscape, June 27-30, 2021.    Submit your proposal through October 5, 2020.

Read With Me

Be instrumental in sharing the importance of reading with parents and families! Share the Read With Me website filled with resources and information for parents. Community Toolkits are available with posters and flyers AND Parent Resources: Mobile Apps, Audio, Hands-on Activities & More!

You can help remind parents and caregivers that they are their child’s first teachers and encourage them to make reading an essential activity from Day One. “It’s one small step that can have a huge impact on a little one’s life.”

School Library Journal Summit & Webinars

Check out the learning opportunities offered for educators at SLJ Events. Most are FREE!

10/15  SLJ Day of Dialog
10/25 SLJ Virtual Summit Culture Shift
11/5   SLJ & LJ Library Con Live

School Library Journal Summit

Tech & Learning Roundtables

Join Tech & Learning’s Roundtables with Dr. Kecia Ray to hear how districts are using tools to deliver lessons wither online, blended, or hybrid. You can register for future Roundtables and watch archived sessions at Tech & Learning.

TCEA Everything Robotics & CS Symposium

The virtual Everything Robotics and Computer Science Symposium, October 9th,  offers informative learning opportunities and access to exhibitors in the Robotics and CS Fields. Discover sessions to provide educators with engaging and research-based resources and tools for robotics and computer science, and prepare sponsors for the challenges of student competition!  Only $25 for members or  $74 (includes TCEA membership). Register by October 2nd.

Skype in the Classroom 2020 Upcoming Live Events!

Tune in with your students every Wednesday at 11 am MT for a new learning adventure with Skype in the Classroom! Some upcoming events to join:
Todd Parr, September 30
Jason Reynolds October 9
Celebrate Roald Dahl, October 28

For the complete schedule, registration, and more information visit SKYPE. On-demand events can be accessed at SKYPE Demand.

CUE San Francisco

Join CUE San Francisco, October 3rd, for a free Online Education Unconference!

This free unconference is a participant-driven unconference promoting professional learning driven by educators for educators where attendees propose various topics around great pedagogy, technology, equity, and innovation in the classroom. To attend visit Registration.

SPARK Newsletter

Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes. The Colorado Department of Education also offers many electronic publications for you. You can sign up by visiting the CDE Communications Office homepage:

I’ve been a singer all my life (my idea of self-care) and it is good to know that the health benefits of singing are well documented!

  • Singing improves your mood
  • Singing is an effective stress reliever & improves sleep
  • Singing releases pain-relieving endorphins
  • Singing improves posture
  • Singing increases lung capacity

Singing will make you feel like a rockstar!

Listen to these Chino Valley students’ virtual performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Such talent! Second time around sing along with them. I couldn’t help but sing along!


11/5 National Literacy Summit
11/7 – 11/8 Learning & Brain  Social/Emotional
11/29 – 12/5 ISTE Virtual 
1/26 – 1/29  FETC
2/1  – 2/5     TCEA 
6/27-30       ISTE2021

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