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It is that time of year in a teacher's life when grades are due, the first round of testing is underway, holidays are around the corner, and deadlines never seem to be met.

It is the morning of the first full day of the annual meeting . . . a time to re-center, learn new things, meet new people and get reacquainted with others. It can be a time to breathe again.

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on Nov 16, 2017
by Robert Rivera-Amezola
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What happens when teens from St. Louis neighborhoods come together with cameras, microphones, and laptops at UMSL Grand Center?  OneCity Stories welcomed high school students, partners from St. Louis media businesses, and teachers to establish a new publishing outlet for St. Louis youth.   Besides the thirteen youth writers and the dedicated staff, three transformation points contributed to the evolution of empowered teen voices at OneCity Stories.

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on Oct 31, 2017
by Catherine Griner
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In my online tech class we previously watched a movie and discussed the issues with bullying. Our professor posted these two links and asked that they would be added to our PLN. The one is a guide to the movie we watched called "Bully", it is a documentary based film. The other link is called the Bully Project where you can make a pledge and read more about bullying in todays schools. The thinks are provided below. 

http://www.thebullyproject.com/

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/publications/BULLY_Guide_DVD_release.pdf

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on Oct 29, 2017
by Sarah Elizabeth
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As part of the collaborative, online annotation project, “Writing Our Civic Futures,” a reader created the following note in the digital margin of Henry Jenkins’ post, “How Young Activists Deploy Digital Tools for Social Change”:

At the time of this writing, it was the last in a string of 27 notes left by a handful of educator-participants, including K12 school teachers, and researchers in higher education who study connected learning. It also provides a vital entry point for participation from other educators who want to join in this equity-focused project but may be unsure how to start. 

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on Oct 7, 2017
by Joe Dillon
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Bastrop ISD and Heart of Texas WP have partnered to form the Choice and Voice team for the LRNG grant. Our work is underway as we link Bastrop, TX K-4 teachers with community leaders to find innovative ways to share young students' writing out in the community. Check out our work so far!

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on Sep 26, 2017
by Katie McKay
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The goal of our project was to explore connected learning by connecting in-school and out of school learning in a juvenile detention center through music and video projects designed to be self-reflective stories of how the students define freedom.

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on Sep 26, 2017
by Raemona Little Taylor
Teacher helps students write and find inspiration from art
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Our group of high school students had arrived via van, to the world famous home of monumental outdoor sculpture: Storm King Art Center. They had been told their English class would focus on Art and Social Justice, and this was part of the class.  Once a week we would visit the center and write.

We arrived in the early afternoon.  The late summer heat and smooth breezes were refreshing and familiar.  A few students spied monarch butterflies and dragonflies. Wildflowers and mushrooms graced the edges.  We were all grateful for this weather, stretching the sunny warmth into the encroaching fall air.  This was a day to be outdoors.

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on Sep 23, 2017
by Kate Fox
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How do you teach to, teach for, embody, inspire, or facilitate discussions about civic engagement in your context, subject area, or space?

That’s the question I posed to a group of 10 Writing Project teachers and site leaders seated around the table from me at an interpretive circle in Denver, Colorado at a multi-program research design retreat. If that sounds like a mouthful, the long and short of it is that Writing Project folk from across the network recently came together for a week to create and collaborate with the aim of leaving Denver with a set of resources that would serve educators into the future.

At the retreat, I worked on curating a collection of civic engagement resources, but I quickly realized I didn’t know much about how, in these especially fraught times, educators were talking to their learners about civic engagement.

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on Sep 1, 2017
by Liana Gamber-Thompson
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This past semester, I invited several folks who participated in the past to come and share with my current class about their work and reflections on Connected Learning and teaching. I also had a chance recently to hear from several of past ED677ers in a panel discussion at Arcadia University in relation to a meeting on Connected Learning in Teacher Education. Below then is a set of compiled thoughts, notes and quotes from this work and those discussions.

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on Jul 17, 2017
by Christina Cantrill
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“I need someone to be the victim.” Laughter echoes through the elementary STEM lab on a frosty Saturday morning in Grand Haven, Michigan. Two girls giggle, surrounded by wrinkly chart paper full of messy writing, as they attempt to recruit actors for their anti-bullying video. A third girl rushes over, and the trio huddles around an iPad. The space is fairly noisy, maybe more so than a typical classroom, with pockets of kids spread out around the room. Looking beyond the mess and the noise, you might notice ten third and fourth grade students all highly engaged in learning. You might also notice a few adults coaching kids and asking questions. What you would have a hard time seeing is who is in charge.

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on May 16, 2017
by Christopher Working

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