Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Professional Development for #Teachers

I hope your summer has been going well.  For me, I've been quite busy presenting professional development sessions in Texas, Tennessee, Phoenix, Little Rock, Santa Fe, and South Carolina.  It's been wonderful connecting with teachers and principals across the nation.

If you are looking for some quick resources for your own professional development to kick off the school year, I'd make two suggestions.  First, check out my website, www.barbarablackburnonline.com.  There are over 100 resources, including articles, book downloads, and podcasts.  Each is free, and you have copyright permission to use them in your classroom or school.  The best point?  You don't have to register!!!

Second, in May, BAM! Radio Network launched my new show, WRGR:  Rigor Made Easy.   The 8-10 minute radio shows focus on a variety of subjects on rigor, such as Rigor for Students with Special Needs, Rigor for Students in a High Poverty School, Rigor Using Complex Text, and Rigor from a Superintendent's Perspective.  Upcoming shows include Rigor in the Kindergarten Classroom, Rigor in the Band Classroom, Rigor in Math, and Rigor for School Counselors.  You can stream it, or subscribe via ITunes.  I hope you'll consider listening.

Enjoy your last remaining days before you start back to school.  And please check out my resources.

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