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Teacher Appreciation Week–What Can You Do?

teacher_appreciation“Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions”  ~Author Unknown. Teachers appreciation week may be coming to an end, but the fact remains teachers should be shown appreciation everyday. We all know the importance of a great education, and great education comes from great teachers.

So what makes a great teacher? Is it someone who pushed you to do your best? Believed in you when no one else did? Looking back, almost all of us have at least one teacher they will never forget–that touched our lives and we are not the same because of it. There are plenty of theories on how and what makes a great teacher, but it all comes down to one thing–teachers have the choice everyday on how great they will be.

We all do, whether you are a dentist, retail associate or the President of the United States, we all decide how well we will do in our profession. Like the opening quote said, teachers teach other professions. They should be appreciated everyday–not just one specific week. U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote an open letter to all teachers this week:

I have worked in education for much of my life. I have met with thousands of teachers in great schools and struggling schools, in big cities and small towns, and I have a deep and genuine appreciation for the work you do. I know that most teachers did not enter the profession for the money. You became teachers to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the hard work you do each day, you deserve to be respected, valued, and supported.

To view the entire letter, click here. There has been some very strong opinions on this letter, but the point here is that teaching is hard work, and you can make a difference in childrens lives–and we understand that here at Quantum Learning. We support teachers through our staff development programs. Our small way of contributing to the excellence of all teachers.

Back in 1984 the National PTA started teacher appreciation week. Ant example of teacher appreciation they have seen over the years are below.

Teachers at Brookview Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana, were surprised with “Academy Awards” at a schoolwide assembly in the gymnasium, decked out with stars and spotlights for the occasion. The PTA honored every teacher and staff member, from administration to teachers to janitors and lunch ladies. “The kids were absolutely amazing during this ceremony,” wrote Carissa Dollar, president of Brookview Elementary PTA. “They screamed and cheered for our staff just like they would have cheered for their favorite stars. They slapped high-fives with teachers and chanted their names as each winner stepped up onto the red carpet to receive their golden apple. The teachers were totally surprised and genuinely touched by the whole thing.”

Let us know how you received appreciation this week, or showed your appreciation in the comments below.

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Put Downs Go Up In Flames by The McPherson Sentinel

Eisenhower Elementary School students saw their negative thoughts, comments and actions go up in flames Friday.   Eisenhower third through fifth-graders wrote put downs on paper to be burned during the ceremony. The school’s head custodian, Al Ortego, then burned, and extinguished the put downs in a brief but powerful ceremony.
Put downs are negatives comments students say to one another or about one another.  Burning the put downs is part of the school’s bullying philosophy that if a student does not have anything nice to day, they don’t need to say anything at all said Eisenhower third grade teacher Kari Moddelmog.
The lesson also goes along with the district’s new 8 Keys of Excellence, which is part of the Citizenship, College and Career Ready initiative.  The second key, speak with good purpose, teaches students to make positive comments to one another.   By burning the put downs, the negative thoughts and comments student have heard or said “will be gone forever, never to be said or thought about again,” Moddelmog said.

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SuperCamp and Quantum U Team Up With University Visitor’s Network

SuperCamp and Quantum U have formed an alliance with University Visitor’s Network to help high school students better prepare for college.   University Visitor’s Network is a great tool for students who are looking at colleges and wants to research the universities and want help with college prep.

SuperCamp and Quantum U help prepare students for college, whether they’re in high school or about to enter college.   Each summer, teens make vast improvements at Quantum-U, where we teach learning and life skills that help teens know themselves, like themselves, and learn better. During many years of running these summer college prep programs we have learned lots and lots about teens and their problems—and how adults can help them through those sometimes rough years.

Quantum-U will be held at Colorado College this summer on July 23 – July 30, 2010.  SuperCamp, the summer program for younger teens, will be held at nine U.S. college campuses, from Stanford University in the west to Brown in the east. Other locations include, UCLA, Cal State San Marcos in north San Diego County, Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the University of Washington in Seattle, Wake Forest University, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and a few more.

SuperCamp offers three grade-specific summer programs: the 7-day Junior Forum for students entering grades 6-8, the 10-day Senior Forum teen summer camps for students entering grades 9-12, and Quantum U for incoming and first year college students. The dynamic learning environment is designed to maximize long-term retention of the information provided.

More information on SuperCamp is available at the website, by calling 800-285-3276 or emailing info@supercamp.com / info@quantum-u.com.

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CoE Teacher Training Prepares Educators for the Upcoming School Year

CoE ClassroomIs it really back-to-school time already?

Oceanside, California  schools are preparing to open their doors on Thursday to a brand new school year with brand new students and – brace yourselves – a brand new framework for their classroom curriculum.

Yes, that’s right. Over 100 Oceanside School District educators attended the first annual Communities of Excellence – Living the 8 Keys teacher training event yesterday at our headquarters and it was a huge success! During the four-hour training session, teachers learned how to deliver “Key Lessons” to their students as well as how to integrate the 8 Keys of Excellence into their classroom curriculum using our new “one-stop shop” website, www.CommunitiesofExcellence.org.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to teachers at the four introductory Communities of Excellence schools who came out yesterday:

Garrison Elementary School, Reynolds Elementary School, Coastal Academy, and Jefferson Middle School

We hope you had a great time and took away some strategies to implement the 8 Keys into your classroom.

Now a little bit about the program. CoE is open to schools across the nation and can be implemented in individual schools or at a district level. Participating teachers and school administrators receive training in the 8 Keys curriculum, which focuses on one Key per month from September through April and an 8 Keys celebration in May. Over the course of the program, students receive a set of 8 Keys keycards and a key ring.

One of the greatest features of this program is the all-inclusive Communities of Excellence website. There, teachers and students have separate, password-protected areas where they can access 8 Keys lessons, worksheets, and learning activities as well as share pictures, videos and stories from their classrooms. Supporters of the character development program also gain access to a private area of the website, which contains 8 Keys training material for use with company employees and corporate clients.

We are very excited about this new initiative and invite you to help us spread the good news to your friends and colleagues. Please click here if you’re interested in learning more about integrating CoE into your classroom/school/district.

Have a great start to your school year!

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Social Networking Seminar for Parents Reveals the Secrets of Facebook, Myspace and Twitter

Secrets of Social Networking

How many of you have students that can’t get through the day without checking their Facebook page or updating their Twitter status? In just four years, social websites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter have become more popular than TV, with ninety-three percent of teens having social accounts online and kids as young as 7th and 8th grade spending up to four hours per day online. There’s a huge upside to knowing how to leverage the full potential of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, but there are also some hefty risks if used improperly.

To help parents better understand the opportunities and risks associated with social networking for their kids and teens, Quantum Learning Network is hosting a special two-hour seminar entitled “The Secrets Behind Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter,” on July 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m at our headquarters in Oceanside, California.

At this seminar, parents will learn valuable information needed to help their kids, including the “best practices” of social networking for students:

  • Safe online homework collaboration
  • Reliable online researching
  • Online college recruiting secrets
  • Best sites for networking
  • How to make extra summer cash online

Parents will also learn how to help their children avoid the dangers of social networking, including:

  • Identity theft protection
  • Cyberbullying support
  • Damaging personal reputations, and
  • Hurting college admission and job opportunities

“It’s important for kids and teens to understand how to take advantage of what these sites have to offer. And it’s just as important that both they and their parents know the right way to do it.” – QLN president Bobbi DePorter

The cost to attend this seminar is $25 per person and just $35 per couple. Parents can enroll online or by phone at 800-285-3276, ext. 115.

Please enroll now to save your spot, and pass this information along to parents you know who would benefit from this very important seminar. We hope to see you on the 18th!

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