Huge News For A Former BHS Staff Member – Mr. Marcinek Goes to Washington!

Former BHS Staff member Andrew Marcinek has joined Secretary of State Arne Duncan’s Staff
We are thrilled to share the news that former Burlington High School Instructional Technology teacher Andrew Marcinek was named the first Open Education Advisor for the United States Department of Education by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week.  This news was announced during Secretary Duncan’s “Ready for Success” Bus tour today. Mr. Marcinek was a key member of Burlington High School’s 1:1 implementation team and the first teacher in the Burlington High School Student Help Desk.
Mr. Marcinek back in the early days of BHS Help Desk
This exciting news was announced during Secretary Duncan’s “Ready for Success” Bus tour today. 

Andrew Marcinek was hired by the Office of Educational Technology to work on connecting K-12 and higher ed schools to openly licensed educational resources.

Stay tuned for more information on Andrew and the US Department of Education’s push for schools to embrace open educational resources (OER) and to cut back on the 8 billion dollars spent on textbooks annually.

Connected Educator Month Begins In Two Weeks! What Will You Do To Connect?

For the second year in a row, the United States Department of Education has made October Connected Educator Month.  What is Connected Educator Month (CEM) you ask? Check out the following description from the great CEM District Toolkit created by Powerful Learning Practice:

Connected Educator Month (CEM) is a month-long celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving toward a fully connected and collaborative profession. 

 The goals of Connected Educator Month include:

  • Helping more districts promote and integrate online social learning into their formal professional development 
  • Stimulating and supporting collaboration and innovation in professional development 
  • Getting more educators connected (to each other) 
  • Deepening and sustaining the learning of those already connected
The Connected Educator Month District Tool Kit
The bottom line is that our students need to know how to create Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s) that will allow them to connect with others who share their passion in a particular area. For this to happen to the fullest extent possible, we need out students to be surrounded by educators who can model the practices of a connected learner.  
With this in mind, I hope to profile one Connected Educator from my PLN on each school day during the month of October. To make this happen, I will be asking the members of my network to fill out a short Google Form and share a bit of information about who they are, where they are, and why they connect. Stay tuned…
If you are willing to help me achieve my goal of a “Connected Educator Profile” for each school day during October, please fill out this brief form.
Thanks in advance for your help!

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