Educators Rising offers a series of freemicrocredentials for participating high school and college students in preparation for future teaching careers. These asynchronouscourses, offered through an online platform, require participants to learn about and then try research-based practices in their own interactions with students. Participants then submit evidence of their work, get feedback from reviewers, reflect on what they’ve learned, and ultimately demonstrate competency in the set of skills to earn the credential. The courses take between five and 15 hours to complete and include topics that Educators Rising considers crucial for future teachers to be successful: antibias instruction, classroom culture, collaboration, formative assessment, and learner engagement.
With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the USDepartment of Homeland Security is offering freeonline training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website.
The National Science Foundation’s STEM Guitar Building Institute provides innovative professional development to teams of high school and community college faculty to take part in an intense, five-day guitar design-and-build project. Each faculty member will build a custom electric guitar and will engage in student-centered learning activities that relate the guitar design to specific math, science, and engineering topics.
Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, is offering two opportunities to attend a summer institute in 2018: June25–29 or July 9–13.