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SXSWedu 2015: Key Themes and Takeaways

Teach.com attended this year’s SXSWedu conference (March 9-12, 2015) in Austin, Texas. Our goal? To shine a light on the conference’s teacher voice, an aspect of SXSWedu that past years have noted has been missing. While a lot of factors come into play as to why there are less teachers at the year’s “biggest education conference” — funding, time off from school, spring break schedules — what’s important to know is that the teacher voice at SXSWedu is alive and well.

From hip hop in the classroom, to professional development, to digital leadership, the sessions at this year’s SXSWedu highlighted the diversity of the education community. As noted in the con…

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SXSWedu Teacher of the Day: Shawn Young, Classcraft

This week at SXSWedu, Teach.com will be featuring one teacher per day who is bringing creativity and innovation into their classroom. Be sure to read more about our other Featured Teachers and learn how you can bring their practices in your classroom.



SHAWN YOUNG
Founder & CEO, Classcraft, Quebec, Canada

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SXSWedu: Keynote with DonorsChoose.org’s Charles Best

Monday, March 9th was day one of the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. At noon sharp, hundreds of educators, teacher leaders, administrators, entrepreneurs, tech folks, students and press sat in the Austin Convention Center eager to hear the opening keynote speech.

This year’s speaker was DonorsChoose.org’s founder Charles Best (@CharlesBest) who kicked off SXSWedu by injecting inspiration and sending the education community an important reminder: Change is not only happening, but also can lead to revolutionary…

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Who’s Who at SXSWedu 2015

The power of good professional development (PD) is no secret. But what is “good” PD? Research and surveys have shown that teachers respond best to interactive, robust, and personalized forms of PD where they are able to take control and ownership of their own learning. Often referred to as DIY PD, examples include engaging in social media communities, or attending community-build conferences and seminars. What’s even better is when you combine the two, resulting in SXSWedu.

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Organizations for Special Education Teachers

Special Education is defined as the practice of educating students who are faced with developmental, physical, and/or neurological delays. These special needs are at a level of severity that they cannot be met in a typical general education classroom. Special education programs cover a wide range of disabilities and learning differences, including but not limited to:


  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and/or Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Blindness / Visual Impairment
  • Deafness / Hard of Hearing

Click here to learn more about special education, as well as a complete list of disabilities recognized by the IDEA and DSM-IV.

Knowing and understanding special needs are only half the battle, especially if you’re a

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10 Reasons to Blog as Professional Development

Professional development might mean a number of things to teachers — including participating in district meetings, attending a few conferences, earning a masters’ degree or networking with other education professionals on social media. These are all great options. However, an often overlooked way to expand and develop your teaching skills may be free, accessible to everyone, and right under your nose: starting a blog.

Blogging may require a bit more effort than other popular forms of professional development, but once you get the ball rolling, you may find blogging to be a very rewarding practice that helps build your career.

Our Teach100 bloggers speak out about the top 10 reasons to create and maintain a blog:


  • Think and write more clearly
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