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October is National Principals Month

The Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC) at Texas A&M University is passing back the love to our school principals. Thank you for all you do for our teachers, students, and community. COVID-19 makes this year a challenging and critical year for school administrators. We witnessed the high commitment and support the principals provide to students, teachers, staff, families and community. The ELRC offers two federally-funded grant programs that support principals: 1) The Preparing Academic Leaders and 2) the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools programs.

In honor of Principals Appreciation Month, we thank all principals who work day and night to ensure that their students are healthy and receive the high-quality education; who lead by example and create inclusive safe environment of all students, teachers, staff, and families. 
Gig’em!
Train Online to be a Certified Mentor: The We Teach Texas P12 Mentoring and Coaching Academy

Does your school or district need help supporting beginning teachers? The We Teach Texas P12 Mentoring and Coaching Academy (WTTP12MCA) offers a self-paced online Level 1 course that explores the best practices in mentoring and coaching for P12 leaders, and offers ways to positively impact the beginning teachers' readiness to teach. Organized around 7 topics, and formatted in the research-based L.E.A.D.E.R. model, the Academy's standards-driven curriculum will guide participants through readings, videos, and applications to implement new ideas and tools focused on what it means to be an effective leader within your community for novice Texas teachers. Interested in becoming a Level 1 Certified Mentor? Register HERE!

'Third Thursday' Online Webinar: Thursday, October 16, 4-5 pm 

Calling all classroom teachers and teacher leaders! Join the inaugural WTTP12MCA Third Thursday Webinar on October 15 from 4:00-5:00 PM (tomorrow). This event is open to the public and counts as one hour of free CPE credit. Dr. Miranda Walichowski will present, 3 Tools to Unlock Your Coaching Potential in Support of Beginning Teachers. Register for the event HERE.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. Although the celebration period is almost over, The Library of Congress has created a supportive teacher's guide to support learning all year round. EDSITEment brings together resources created during National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Seminars and Institutes, lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage.

Image credit: Latin Jazz, U.S. Postal Service.
Check Your Email Inbox: New School-University Agreement to Support Day-1-Ready Aggie Teachers

This is a time of positive transformation in teacher education around the great state of Texas. So we’re working hard in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University to retool preparation for the next generation of future teachers. The vision for our future Aggie teachers affirms, “Day-one-ready Aggie teachers will have the teaching capacity, a network of educators to draw upon, and a philosophy of education that will form a vision to guide their professional identity in support of the students, schools, and the communities where they will teach.” We could not attempt this aspirational goal without the backing from our school district partners.

We are solidifying our school-university partnerships with a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This written agreement will elucidate the vision of teacher education and uphold the covenant, a common partnership agreement, between the school district and the college for supporting new teachers entering the fold. This document is being sent to our school district partners during fall 2020 who support our clinical teacher placements. Check your email inbox!
Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's Virtual Panel on Successful Strategies to Reopen Schools This Fall

To learn more of how K-12 leaders are helping students learn this fall, click here.
 
Literacy Studies Group (Supported from a grant through Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research)

The Literacy Studies Group (LSG) invites you to join an hour seminar via Zoom to discuss topics of interest in literacy research from diverse disciplines. Each session consists of a 45-minute presentation followed by questions and answers. The next two seminars are:
•    Friday, October 23rd, 10am – 11am: Dr. Erin Fitzpatrick, University of North Carolina at Charlotte  
•    Friday, November 6th, 10am – 11am: Ms. Karol Moore, Ph.D. Student, Texas A & M University, "Profiles of Good and Poor Spellers in English: A Systematic Review"

For more information, email mjoshi@tamu.edu.
Save the Date: "Good Neighbors" Virtual Town Hall Meetings

College of Education and Human Development is hosting a Virtual Town Hall meetings, which is an initiative of the Good Neighbor Partnerships (GNP). The goal of the GNP is to work more closely with school district leaders around the state of Texas, to leverage our mutual interests and resources, to better serve P-12 learners, teachers, and teacher leaders. Please save our next meeting for April 8, 2021 at noon until 1:30 pm.
In the News
Aggie Homework Helpline Launches for P-12 Students

Students, teachers and parents are struggling with the new face of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Aggie Homework Helpline, Aggies are stepping up to make sure students succeed while also gaining real-life experience. To learn how Texas A&M students are helping provide assistance to P-12 students, click here.
How is COVID-19 Impacting Education? 

COVID-19 is changing the face of education. Educators and students across the country are working to accommodate socially distanced and virtual school while also supporting their student’s fears and concerns. To learn more, click here.
Helping Children Understand COVID-19 With New Book 

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, children across the country are becoming more anxious about their own health and the health of their loved ones. Knowing many parents may struggle with easing those fears, several faculty in the College of Education and Human Development embarked on writing a children’s book that addresses some of these social-emotional concerns. To learn more about this book, click here.
How to Keep Students Physically Active Online or In-Person

Dr. Hildi Nicksic, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, said maintaining physical activity for children during this time is important in keeping childhood obesity rates at bay. To learn more about how to keep students physically active online or in-person, click here.
Students Need Socio-Emotional Support: Read About One District's Journey

This case study can be used as a starting place
to critically examine a district's academic plans, structures, and routines already in place to support students’ and educators’ social and emotional needs. At the New Teacher Center (NTC), they have always operated with the conviction that social and emotional needs are inextricably linked to academic success. In our current context under a pandemic, racial unrest, the potential for mass evictions at a heretofore unseen scale, natural disasters related to climate change, as well as dramatic shifts in how instruction is delivered, the social and emotional needs of our students and educators are more vital than ever to address. 
More information can be found here.
PE Teacher Gets Creative with Virtual Fitness
 
One New York PE coach is sharing ideas on how to make movement fun for kids during a pandemic whether students are in the school building or in the live stream. There is a 4-minute audio report with coach Megaera Regan who tells us why PE is so important right now.
 
From Our Partners

Calling All Texas Schools and Districts, Submit Your Story or Event to the Good Neighbors Newsletter

Are you a K-12 educator or school leader with a special event or story to share in the Good Neighbors newsletter? Email the details of your story or event to gnp@tamu.edu.
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