As we all begin a new school year, we are involved in many different transitions. Some of us are new to the school, many of us have new colleagues, and most of us will be facing new students on Tuesday.  Our students are also involved in transition: new schools, new teachers, new friends, and new expectations.

In April of 2011, Educational Leadership published by ASCD devoted the issue to the the changes students face at various points in their schooling career.

The issue in its entirety can be found here.

Some of the articles may be of particular interest to different groups.  Highlights include:

Paving Paradise: How 5-year-olds really learn

Supporting Early School Success:The dramatic changes students go through in the first few years of school

The Ups and Downs of 3rd Grade

The Leap into 4th Grade

Demystifying the Adolescent Brain

Moving up to the Middle

Here is to a new and exciting school year and all of the exciting transitions swirling around us.

Best of luck meeting your students and starting your classes next week!



Professional Development Anyone?

The PD calendar is up to date with lots of great things happening both at AES and regionally.

A few highlights for the coming semester at AES

  • Restitution in the ES and for any other interested parties, just contact Susan Young for more information
  • Mark Church for Visible Thinking in the ES
  • Erma Anderson for Math and Science K-12
  • Taylor Mawley K-12
  • Bambi Betts for Leadership Training K-12
  • Teachers College for Reading Workshop in the MS
  • Buffalo State Master’s courses will be taking place throughout the year
  • CoETail – Certificate of Educational Technology courses though Buffalo State will also be taking place throughout the year.

There are some upcoming regional events if you are interested they should be registered for soon.

  • Google Apps for Teachers: Sept. in Singapore
  • European 1:1 Learning Institute – Sept. in Frankfurt
  • Technology and PD – Sept. in Yokohama
  • Learning 2.012: Oct. in Beijing
  • NESA Leadership: Oct. in Dubai
  • NESA Fall Training: Oct. in Dubai

If you know of regional PD you think others might be interested in, please let us know and we will be sure to share this on the blog.

Happy professional development!