Sunday 11/15 Bethany Hill hosts #txeduchat
Topic: Family Engagement
As a new principal last year Bethany restructured the traditional PTO after speaking with many of her families. The family members mentioned that they felt excluded. The new group is called Communities in Action or the CIA for short and the term “family” is used in lieu of “parent” in order to be more inclusive.
Bethany Hill is currently the Lead Learner (a.k.a. Principal) of Central Elementary (@CentralCabotPk4), a P-4 school in the Cabot School District. Her goal is to coach and inspire students, families, and staff in order to inspire a culture of learning and leading. She has served the field of education for eighteen years as an elementary teacher, curriculum coach, assistant principal, and lead learner/principal.
Join #txeduchat host Andi McNair
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 8pm Central
The topic for this chat is differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of ALL children.
Andi teaches Gifted and Talented students at a small rural school in Texas. She has been a teacher for 15 years, teaching4th/5th grade math for 10 years before moving into gifted education. Andi feels that every student deserves a meaningful learning experience and as teachers, it is our job to provide them with this.
Andi is a connected educator that learns most of what goes on in her classroom from her PLN. She has spoken at several conferences and loves to share about Genius Hour, meaningful learning experiences, and edtech.
Andi is most passionate about using technology in the classroom and finding innovative ways to engage her students. She believes that the students that we are educating today are unique and we must be creative in our teaching strategies. Andi absolutely loves what she does and is excited to be an educator during this time.
Flipping the Classroom with Katie Lanier
#TXEDUCHAT at 8pm Central
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Katie Lanier has 15 years of experience teaching science, from conceptual physics to Advanced Placement, as well as 5th grade math and science. She was chosen Allen Independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013. Katie is currently teaching Scientific Research and Design while also serving as an Instructional Specialist helping teachers integrate technology in their classrooms. She has adopted and promotes innovations such as Flipped Learning, 20% Project, Project-Based Learning, and Inquiry to help improve student learning and inspire a love of science and learning. Katie enjoys sharing her experiences through professional development and conference presentations. Her classroom has been used as a model for other teachers learning how to implement the flipped learning environment.