Learning from your PLN

 

Guest Blog Post by Knikole Taylor, Learning Ambassador

It goes without saying that teachers have more and more placed on their plates.  From classroom instruction, inclusive of remediation, acceleration and accountability, to parental communication, there are a lot of things that come along with being a successful educator.  However, there is help!  You don’t have to navigate the world of education alone.  Your PLN, or professional learning network, is only a click away, ready to help you navigate the many issues that lie ahead.  A professional learning network is a group of people who share similar interests.  These people work together to share ideas and resources in education.  

How to Build Your PLN

The easiest way to build your PLN is to get involved.  Join conversations in order to share and learn from others around the globe.  Need help getting started?  Try one of the resources below.

PAUL HESSER NAMED CEO OF ATOMIC LEARNING AND VERSIFIT TECHNOLOGIES

Atomic Holdings, the parent company of Atomic Learning, Inc. and Versifit Technologies, announces the appointment of Paul Hesser as Chief Executive Officer.  

I am excited to join a dynamic company with a laser focus on helping educators increase student success,” said Hesser. “The recent launches of the Hoonuit Learning Framework and Early Warning Predictive Analytics are just two examples of our progressive initiatives to provide solutions that dramatically improve school and student outcomes.”

Hesser will lead the combined organization’s continued focus on solutions that increase student success and retention through the delivery of comprehensive accountability analytics and professional development to the education market.

We hear school leaders voicing the need to truly measure how professional development impacts teacher growth and student achievement,” said Hesser. “The blend of outcome-based professional development and an outcome-based analytic platform provides the tools education leaders need to maximize student success.

With over 25 years of technology leadership experience, Hesser brings an extensive background in helping customers take advantage of evolving technology and digital trends to maximize their performance.  He holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a BS in marketing from Illinois State University.

Join the Atomic Learning Ambassador Team

Interested in becoming a Learning Ambassador?  Join the Atomic Learning Ambassador team with other connected educators around the country.  The purpose of the team is to build a community of educators who collaborate and grow through the support of the members.  The Learning Ambassadors can participate in as little or as much as they'd like and each level attained opens more opportunity for the member.  

Start Your Year with Personalized Professional Development

 

Curious how Atomic Learning can work for your district? Read below as Shawna Ford describes how Weatherford ISD is maximizing their use of Atomic Learning. Shawna is a Future Ready Learning Coordinator, connected educator and one of our newest Learning Ambassadors.  You can connect with her on Twitter as she shares relevant educational technology resources. 

How is Atomic Learning working to help align with your district goals? 

In Weatherford ISD, we are focused on creating a personalized learning environment for ALL learners in our district, including our adult learners.  We recently spent some time on a new strategic plan which includes our belief statements. One of our belief statements is “Teachers are constant learners, problem-solvers and collaborators.” Atomic Learning provides the opportunity for our teachers to learn what they want when they want, encouraging constant learning.

The Best Holiday 'Card' That You'll Get This Year -- Really

In place of a traditional holiday card, we’ve written twelve insightful articles. This is our 3rd annual 12 Days of Learning, and each year we keep making it better and better. Feel free to share this resource out with your teachers and staff. These quick reads cover a variety of topics and are perfect for personal professional development!

To view the articles by clicking the image below or visit: http://www2.atomiclearning.com/12-days-of-learning.

12 Ways to Energize Learning [Infographic]

Student engagement is always on the minds of educators, and, while it can feel overwhelming with all the moving parts—student retention, test scores, and more—you must start somewhere!

To help, we’ve pulled together a list of twelve ways you can shake up and energize learning with tried and true instructional strategies.

Ready to dive deeper into one (or all!) of these topics? Atomic Learning is here to help with professional online courses on each:

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