Gooru Newsletter November 2014

November 2014
California County Offices of Education Host Gooru Coach Trainings

Newly-minted Gooru Coaches at the Riverside County Office of Education training on Oct. 22.
In October and November, three California County Offices of Education–San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino–have run Gooru Coach Trainings to introduce educators in the county to Gooru and to share innovative best practices for teaching and learning with technology.

The Gooru Coach program is Gooru’s “train the trainer” program to spread awareness and proficiency of use of Gooru throughout schools and districts. Over 150 Gooru Coaches have completed the program and are introducing Gooru to their staff, raising awareness and providing on-going support to teachers and students.

To find out more about the Gooru Coach program or request a Coach training, please email info@goorulearning.org. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Coach events.

See you at CETPA 2014!
Are you attending the CETPA conference Nov.18-21 in Sacramento? We’d love to connect! Learn more about Gooru and hear from our school partners at our session TODAY on Nov. 19th, or find us at the Educational Partner Pavilion. Learn more about CETPA here.

We encourage you to share Gooru on your own! If you are attending a conference and would like to present or speak about your experiences using Gooru, we can help support you. Email info@goorulearning.org for more info.

Teaching Technology with Gooru: Coach Tips from Steve Kong
In Steve’s Coach workshop webinar, he discussed how he teaches technology with Gooru to other educators in his district. Steve Kong is a Staff Development Specialist for the Department of Innovation and Learner Engagement in Riverside Unified School District. Check out his webinar to see the whole conversation!
Students in Lammersville Unified School District Build Career Collections

In Lammersville Unified School District in California, parents and children collaborated using Gooru to contribute a series of career collections. These career collections give a glimpse into various careers chosen by students and/or advised by parents on what it’s like to walk a day in their shoes in their careers.

This project was spearheaded by Gooru Families, a community of parents, family members, and children in Lammersville who are interested in having career-ready conversations. Once a month, Gooru Familes meet to collaborate, create, and share their collections.

Check out a couple of student-created career collections, and feel free to share with your own ambitious students!

Computer Science and Engineering Collections from CCST’s CalTAC
Members of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)‘s California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) have developed a digital library featuring a variety of collections that provide teachers with resources to advance STEM curriculum and enhance their ability to successfully integrate educational technology into the classroom. Cal TAC is committed to enhancing the real world classroom experience through tools like the digital library and their recent QUICK Assessment, which is a tool for teachers who wish to rapidly assess the potential of a digital resource.
NWEA’s RIT to Resource Helps Educators find Common Core Standards-aligned content

Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) partnered with Gooru to develop RIT to Resource, a website that provides teachers with curated links to Common Core State Standards-aligned content across the web. Because content is correlated to RIT score ranges, teachers can also use these resources in conjunction with flexible student groupings to find targeted learning within each student’s zone of proximal development. Teachers in states that have not adopted the CCSS may still find these resources valuable by grade level or by relating goals or sub-goals that are similar to CCSS goals and sub-goals. Parents can also use this website as a guide to finding appropriate enrichment activities at home.

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. schools, school districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation.

Upcoming Events
We offer many events, both onsite and online, where you can chat with both experienced and newbie Gooru educators.

Gooru is hiring!
We’re looking for fellow mission-driven nerds to join our team and help us honor the human right to education.

Find all our open positions and more details on our careers page.

Helpful links
Did you know that you can use Gooru for student projects? Find more helpful tips in Gooru Tutorials or User Guide, or visit our support center for more help.
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Posted: November 19th, 2014