Share My Lesson Webinars Offer Summer Learning for Teachers
A new American Federation of Teachers national survey of educators released today found that three-fourths of teachers prepare next school year’s lessons during the summer months, and even more voluntarily engage in professional development activities to improve their skills.
The survey results of 675 educators come as Share My Lesson—American Federation of Teachers’ free online collection of lesson plans and other resources—and its content partners are offering free weekly Summer of Learning webinars on a wide range of topics.
The survey found:
• 75 percent of teachers prepare next year’s lessons during the summer months;
• 83 percent of teachers voluntarily engage in professional development over the summer;
• 88 percent of teachers share their lesson plans with colleagues.
“Teachers are always thinking and working on honing their skills, and this survey demonstrates that,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “We wanted to make sure that Share My Lesson resources, lessons, curriculum units and professional development are easily accessible to teachers—every day of the year—as they get fresh ideas for the new school year.” Sharemylesson.com has more than 308,000 resources and more than 930,000 registered users. It has always been, and always will be, free to use.
The Thursday webinars have about 30 minutes of content plus an interactive question-and-answer session and feature leading voices in education, like Michele Borba from NBC, Michael Levine with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Lisa Guernsey with New America, as well as other sessions from CK12, PBS and MIT Blossoms. Educators can earn one hour of professional development credit for participating in each webinar.
Here’s the Share My Lesson webinar lineup, starting Thursday, June 30:
Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. EDT
Title: Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Presenters: Michele Borba and NBC Parent Toolkit
Description: NBC Parent Toolkit, Share My Lesson and best-selling author Michele Borba team up for a webinar on empathy and good habits for kids to succeed. Borba will discuss a nine-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood—and will explain why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.
Thursday, July 7, at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Subject: Curated collection of humanities professional development webinars
Presenters: These webinars include Share My Lesson’s most popular content from: National Humanities Center, Student Achievement Partners, Library of Congress, Reading Rockets and Global Oneness Project
Description: This session features a variety of free resources for developing a summer reading program, understanding phonological awareness, engaging students through digital multimedia and using primary sources.
Thursday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. EDT
Subject: Curated collection of science and math webinars
Presenters: These webinars include Share My Lesson’s most popular content from: MIT Blossoms, PBS LearningMedia, CK-12 and the U.S. Department of Energy
Description: These featured science and math webinars offer a fresh take on easy-to-use teaching materials on complex concepts, featuring interactive content like digital media and video lessons—all designed to give educators new ways to involve students in their learning.
Thursday, July 21, at 1 p.m. EDT
Title: Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens
Presenters: Michael Levine with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and Lisa Guernsey with New America
Description: With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes—if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. In this webinar, Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, show how educators and parents can help children become strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital and everything in between. Levine and Guernsey teach about tools and strategies for supporting literacy for all. Early childhood educators including teachers, librarians/media specialists, technology specialists, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists and parents will benefit from this webinar.
Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. EDT
Title: Creating a Flexible Classroom
Presenter: Amber Chandler
Description: One of the greatest challenges a teacher has is creating a classroom that meets the needs of all students, while also establishing a love of learning. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create a flexible classroom, one in which students are given choice and autonomy, while also taking risks and collaborating. The philosophy behind a flexible classroom is not just about differentiation, but instead an attitude of “whatever it takes” for student success. This webinar will provide practical tips, and help educators get ready for the new school year.