Professional Links

Looking for organizations, membership, or materials to help you grow as a teacher? Here are some of Debbie’s favorite professional links:

 

21st Century Fluency Project [formerly known as the Committed Sardine):

An innovative resource designed to cultivate 21st century fluencies, while fostering engagement and adventure in the learning experience.

http://www.fluency21.com/

Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) [formerly known as NMSA]:

International organization of those focused on middle level education (9 – 14 year-olds).

http://www.amle.org

Dedra Stafford Presentations:

Debbie’s associate, educator, technology guru, keynote and workshop presenter.

http://www.dedrastafford.com/

Doug Johnson, Library-Media Specialist:

Speaker, writer, and consultant on school technology and library issues.

http://www.doug-johnson.com/

Fablevision:

Home of Peter Reynolds, inspired company that develops K-12 media and resources dedicated to helping all learners discover their true potential.

http://www.fablevision.com/

Incentive Publications:

Debbie’s first publisher, innovative books and resources to help teachers in the classroom.

http://www.incentivepublications.com

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):

http://www.iste.org/

Imerge:

Dynamic websites and dependable web hosting for growing businesses.

http://www.imerge.com

Jack Berckemeyer:

Middle school advocate, humorist, presenter, consultant, author.

http://www.jackberckemeyer.com

Joan Maute:

Educator/singer/songwriter.

http://Joanmaute.com

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators:

The BEST technology tips for educators.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS):

eLearning solutions for educators.

http://www.kdsi.org/

Middle School Matters – Middle School News for Middle School Educators who care:

http://middleschoolmatters.com

MiddleTalk ListServ (sponsored by AMLE):

http://www.amle.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/MiddleTalkListserve/tabid/1212/Default.aspx

MiddleWeb SmartBrief:

https://www.smartbrief.com/middleweb/

Monte Selby:

Educator, singer, songwriter, author, presenter and consultant.

http://www.monteselby.com

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP):

http://www.naesp.org

National Science Teachers Association:

http://nsta.org

 National School Boards Association:

http://www.nsba.org/

Nuts & Bolts Conference:

Annual middle level symposiums sponsored by Incentive Publications.

http://www.nutsandboltssymposiums.com

Premiere Speakers Bureau:

http://premierespeakers.com/debbie_silver

Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT):

http://statweb.org/

Staff Development for Educators (SDE):

Customized workshops and conferences for educators.

http://www.sde.com/

Steven Layne, Ed.D.:

Passionate about reading, author, teacher, professor, presenter.

http://www.stevelayne.com

Susan Silverman’s Webfolio:

Instructional technology and classroom innovation consultant.

http://kids-learn.org

Texas Middle School Association:

http://tmsa.org

The Book Whisperer:

Donalyn Miller writes about how to engage kids as active readers.

www.bookwhisperer.com/

The Happy Racers:

Fast moving band that creates alternative music for kids.

http://thehappyracers.com

 

Vicki Hannah Lein – Find the Funny Faster Website and books

www.findthefunnyfaster.com

 

Professional Training Opportunities

These national programs are offered to teachers and other educators for little or no cost. Books of activities linked to all grade levels, all disciplines, and hundreds of topics are given to participants who complete the training (usually 6 hours). Most activities are correlated to state standards and give teachers numerous ways to integrate the naturalist intelligence into lesson plans.

 

Project Learning Tree

PLT is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from PK-12. PLT uses the forest as a “window” on the world to increase students’ understanding of our environment; stimulate students’ critical and creative thinking; develop students’ ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill in students the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

http://www.plt.org/

Project W.I.L.D./Aquatic

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental and conservation education program for educators of grades K-12. The program emphasizes wildlife because of its intrinsic and ecological values, as well as its importance as a basis for teaching how ecosystems function.

http://www.projectwild.org/

Project WET

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs.

http://www.projectwet.org/