WOW! Today, the 400,000th teacher registered to be a member of our amazing community, and last month more than a half million educators visited Teaching Channel. This news gives us great encouragement that we’re on the right path. All of us at Teaching Channel are committed to offering you the tools to grow your practice, whether it’s the hundreds of videos we produce, the free resources we offer, or special “events” like September’s Q&A Month with Common Core experts.
Even with nearly 800 videos in our library, we know our work is just getting started. So I want to give you a preview of what’s coming soon:
Early Childhood Education Videos: You asked for it, and this week we’re adding 10 new lesson videos on best practices for teaching early literacy, dual language learners, science discovery, and social and emotional development. We’ll follow that with 10 strategy videos with ideas you can use on Monday. Watch a trailer of the series.
Common Core: We’re working on 60 new Common Core videos for early 2014. And we’ll be kicking off another season of Let’s Chat Core. This year we’re digging into assessments, literacy across non-Core curriculum, readiness to learn, and more.
Learning Labs: Ever find yourself watching a Tch video and wishing you could learn more about what you see? Soon, you’ll be able to do just that. Our Labs will bring together small teams of educators from across the country — along with a personal coach in a private online space — to try new classroom strategies together. Our first Learning Lab will focus on building literacy into any classroom to meet the demands of Common Core.
That’s good, but not good enough. Every day we work hard to create “best in classroom” videos, and every day we get emails saying “please give us more.” Many of you have asked for more videos on ELL, more videos on Special Education, and as many videos as we can produce on the Common Core. To do more, Teaching Channel needs your help. We recently launched a fundraising campaign and we have a very special thank-you gift for our supporters: a new eBook from Tch’s Teacher Laureate, Sarah Brown Wessling. The interactive book focuses on the Common Core and allows Sarah to unpack the thinking around the Standards in ways that start conversations and help you to grow your own repertoire. We hope you’ll take advantage of this special project.
At the end of the day, we all work tirelessly — shoulder to shoulder with you — because we all want to lift student achievement. Thank you for supporting our mission and for proving that teachers across America are still doing what you’ve always done: put students first.