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An Unlock the Teacher Update…

As the holidays are upon us, we are working to finalize our proposal draft for book one in the Unlock the Teacher series.  We met tonight and reviewed some modified graphics…they look great!  We are so excited to share the product of so many months of hard work and collaboration. Dr. Lick, with his busy schedule at Beaumont Hospital, has been fabulous with time management and executing the tasks in record fashion.  We are thrilled with his contribution(s) to our book.  Dr. Letscher is knee-deep in grading term papers and is insightful and timely as well.  We are fortunate to be able to work with such amazing people dedicated to their craft and making a difference.

Trisha is doing great and loving her time with Chaston.  How she still finds time to write is amazing to us all. Sue has been working on graphics projects, commercials and still finds time to edit and manage all the many Unlock the Teacher sites and accounts…and I am happy writing away and being grateful to be surrounded with such amazingly bright people, who are honest and kind and care to make a difference in the classroom and in the world.

Stay tuned as I have three great Common Core State Standards blogs coming…I love all the feedback you provide, thank you!

Have a wonderful week.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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What are Educators and Principals saying about Denise Ball and Unlock the Teacher…

Unlock the Teacher LLC has just finished up working with a staff on curriculum alignment at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school in Beverly Hills, Michigan.  This has been a fifteen month process.  The  principal, Mr. Joseph Vincler and the entire educational staff made us feel so appreciated!  They came to each curriculum session with an abundance of positive energy and a desire to learn.  This staff took the time to look and analyze their current curriculum, learn the “Nuts and Bolts” of the Common Core State Standards (that we prepared for them) and collaborated within their professional learning communities in the building to make sure there were no gaps in their teaching practices in all disciplines.  It has truly been a pleasure!  I have no doubt, that they are among a small list of schools that have looked at  (in-depth) the CCSS documents and have incorporated the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math into their everyday teaching practices.

We look forward to continue to build a relationship with this school and coming back to work with this wonderful educational staff once the Social Studies and Science standards are released.

Here are a few comments they sent us from one of our first training sessions with them in 2010 as we began the curriculum alignment process.

What are educators saying about Denise Ball and Unlock the Teacher...

One of the many workshops we conducted as part of our Curriculum Alignment Package to this school over the 15 month time-frame.

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May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Check Out These Free Educational Webinars

Discover the teacher within @ http://www.unlocktheteacher.com...sketch by Katie Hall @ Gumdrop Dezigns

Regardless if we are working  in a public or private school, everyone is talking about budget cuts.  One of our goals at Unlock the Teacher LLC is to help find resources for those who play a role in the life of a child.  As an educator myself, I know how hard it is to want to stay current, learn new strategies and to have a toolbox of resources to use in the classroom with students and out of the classroom to help create engaging differential lessons.  The following article contains  a list of free webinars I found interesting and educational.  I pulled these webinars from two of my favorite educational sites: PBS Teachers LIVE! and ASCD..Learn.Teach.Lead.  One new find that might prove to be a beneficial resource is Thinkfinity, a Verizon sponsored site.

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May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

& the rest of the Unlock the Teacher Team…

Trisha and Sue say hi too 😉

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