See You @ NCAC, NCTE,and ACTE!

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I’ll start by apologizing for yet another long hiatus on the blog. Work in my office has been busy, but engaging and continually interesting. I intend to post on my new adventures as an instructional coach in the world of Career and Technical Education (CTE) soon, including describing some of literacy efforts and how my office reviews instruction and experiences in our college and career readiness academy schools.

In the meantime, November will be a busy, busy month where I will find myself in Texas three times for three different conferences!

ncaclogo2018First up is the National Career Academies Coalition (NCAC) in Houston. I’ve attended before and look forward to attending this year, especially as my focus on academy schools has broadened in my new role.

cropped-NCTE_FaviconNext is the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Houston as well. I will receive my Teacher of Excellence Award in person. Still feeling very honored to be awarded and recognized!

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Hope to see a few of you at one of these as well. Remember to follow me on Twitter @theprofjones

The Story so Far: Learning to Live in the Gray

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As happens from time to time on this blog, I have been absent for a bit. This is in part because I took some time to be with family during a very sudden life change. (Rest assured all is well, but time time with my wife and daughter were restorative!) The absence is also in part to my new (and still pretty shiny) role as an instructional coach. While I had hopes that my Summer PD series would last longer than two posts, the reality is my opportunities to lead sessions with teachers were going to be limited this summer and for good reason. I have a good deal to learn. I am on a new team with new norms and new talents and skills that surround me. I am already in awe of the work my new colleagues do each day. They make it appear effortless. So, I have found myself learning to live in the gray this summer. Continue reading

Summer PD Series: Collaborative Assessments and Better Rubric Making

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My second round of leading professional development this summer centered on improving career and technical education (CTE) teachers’ approach to rubric creation for various projects and assignments in their classrooms. Today’s post maps out the lesson I used and much like the last post on building relationships with students, explains some of the ‘why’ behind my pedagogical moves.

This post will be of particular interest to anyone interested in accessing a plug-and-play rubric tool and gaining insight into improve a rubrics relevance and specificity to their classroom.

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Student Voices: Intern Edition “The Benefits of WBL”

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by Constance S.

“I’d say the real-world experience and accountability were large benefits of this program.”

It began with class enrollment for my senior year. The thought of “What in the world should I choose?” seemed to echo in my mind as I skimmed the list of courses. I pondered over them; would they be beneficial towards my life post-high school? None of them seemed to be what I was looking for. It wasn’t until I heard about an internship that I felt hopeful about my electives. If I didn’t make it in: fine. I’d just have to learn piano for my last year of high school. Continue reading

Student Voices: Intern Edition “Alignment of the Stars”

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by Brendan C.

My name is Brendan. I’m a graduating senior at Lanier High School. During this past year, I’ve been taking part in Work-Based Learning, or WBL, a class taught by Dr. Kyle Jones, the author of this blog. This class encourages students to get out into a field of their choice to learn vital skills through a job, internship, or other form of work. To be completely honest, it’s been one of my favorite classes out of the entire four years I’ve been in high school. Continue reading