Press Release

Share My Lesson Hosts Unprecedented Virtual ‘Ideas and Innovations’ Conference

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Natalie Dean
Share My Lesson

Washington, DC—Share My Lesson, the largest online community of American educators sharing lesson plans and other teaching materials, will host on March 11-13 an unprecedented virtual conference of 24 webinars for educators and parents, ranging from creative ways to teach the arts and natural sciences, proactive and positive behavior management tips, and ways to cultivate innovative thinkers.

"Ideas and Innovations," an interactive digital festival of professional learning, will take place on the evenings of March 11-13 and is a pre-conference option to the Teaching and Learning 2014 conference. AFT President Randi Weingarten will kick off the virtual conference with a keynote presentation, "Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education," on March 11 at 6 p.m. EST.

The webinars will be presented by Share My Lesson content leaders and partners, including the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund, Storyboard That, Achieve, NBC Learn, the Nature Conservancy, ConSource, the Center for Arts Education, LearnZillion, PBS LearningMedia and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Share My Lesson was created by the American Federation of Teachers and Britain's TES Connect to provide educators with a virtual professional community, which now boasts nearly 300,000 lesson plans, videos, handouts and other teaching resources, more than 30,000 of which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Participation in the event is free but limited to those who register—also, free of charge—on The current schedule of sessions is as follows:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6-7 p.m. EST
•    "Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education"
Keynote address by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

7-8 p.m. EST
•    EQuIPping Educators: Introduction to the EQuIP ELA Grades 3-12 Rubric for Lessons and Unit Plans (Achieve)
•    Breaking Down a Shakespearean Play with Storyboards! (Storyboard That)

8-9 p.m. EST
•    Seeing Parents as Partners (NBC Learn)
•    EQuIPping Educators: Introduction to the EQuIP ELA Grades K-2 Rubric for Lessons and Unit Plans (Achieve)

9-10 p.m. EST
•    Games and Learning: Closing the Engagement Gap (Institute of Play)
•    3 Reasons for Bringing the News into Your Classroom (PBS NewsHour Extra)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6-7 p.m. EST
•    Using Primary Source Documents to Help Students Think Historically (ConSource)
•    Teaching the Natural Sciences In and Out of the Classroom (Nature Conservancy)

7-8 p.m. EST
•    Arts and the Common Core (Center for Arts Education)
•    5 Ways to Support Differentiation through Video Lessons (LearnZillion)

8-9 p.m. EST
•    Analyzing the Modern Civil Rights Movement through Digital Media (NBC Learn)
•    Teacher-Developed Common Core Resources You Cannot Miss (AFT Innovation Fund)

9-10 p.m. EST
•    Civic Education and the Struggling Reader (Center for Civic Education)
•    Proactive and Positive Behavior Management in the Classroom (Randy Sprick)

Thursday, March 13, 2014
6-7 p.m. EST
•    EQuIPping Educators: Introduction to the EQuIP Math Rubric for Lessons and Unit Plans (Achieve)
•    Return on Investment: Career Exploration and Planning for College (PwC)

7-8 p.m. EST
•    Educating for Peace and Understanding through Global Connections (Face to Faith)
•    Students as Innovators: Tools, Tips and Tricks for Cultivating Innovative Thinkers in Your Classroom (PBS LearningMedia)

8-9 p.m. EST
•    No Lost Generation: Teaching about the Children of Syria (UNICEF)
•    Introducing the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Michelle Herczog)

9-10 p.m. EST
•    Teaching with Civic Holidays (National Constitution Center)
•    Creating Self-disciplined Students (Julia Thompson)


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