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Blogging, social media, and PLN’s made easy! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Educators today must prepare students for a world that doesn’t exist yet. Creating connections enables educators to adapt in order to stay relevant. This book is every educator’s guide to becoming connected through social media, blogging, personal learning networks, and even new policy. Thought leaders in Connected Education help you use real-world tips and tools to: • Master and adapt to 21st Century teaching methodologies • Build ongoing technology literacy skills • Begin your connected journey Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website at http://www.corwin.com/connectededucators/. “The successful educator is a connected educator. Quite simply, this book is a manual to stay relevant and energized in a rapidly changing profession. I highly recommend this as the definitive guidebook on building connections for the modern educator.” Vicki Davis, Author “Reinventing Writing” Tom Whitby has brought together a who’s who list any educator would want to be connected with and learn from! His latest book shares great ideas on how teachers can use online strategies as one way to look and learn beyond our all-too-often isolated classrooms. Larry Ferlazzo, Award-Winning Teacher, Blogger, and Author Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Putting the Horse Before the Cart : Contemporary Learning and Practice as Policy Drivers
Putting the Horse Before the Cart: Contemporary Learning and Practice as Policy Drivers
Pam Moran

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Why consider the impact of policy upon contemporary public education? I learned long ago from a mentor to question the role of policy as the driver of the work of educators, because too often policy making is about serving the interests of bureaucrats rather than making sense for learners. Over decades I have observed that educational policy determines how funding gets allocated, redirected, and spent. Policy circumscribes boundaries for educators and learners. Policy sets direction. And, policy limits possibilities.

As a young teacher I worked in a model middle school ...

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