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Educator Summer Slide

We are all familiar with the concept of “summer slide”—a regression of student skills during summer break. In fact, the US Department of Education has a series of blog posts* regarding this topic as well as student resource suggestions such as NGA Kids** (National Gallery of Art) or a summer reading list offered from***.

But summer slide can also apply to educators who are taking a few months off from the usual day-to-day school year schedule. Many teachers and administrators understand that summer vacation it a great time to participate in professional learning to attain, develop, and hone skills and knowledge.

As summer begins, educators can check out the plethora of professional learning opportunities available to them. This can include webinars, conferences, certifications, or in-person book clubs and TeachMeets

There are a few questions that may help ensure educator’s experience successful, meaningful learning experiences during the summer months:

  • How much time will I need dedicate to this? 
  • What resources will I need? 
  • Do I have appropriate access, or will I need specialized access? 
  • Are there continuing education credits available? 

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Once you’ve set some goals, check out what resources are available through programs you use in your classroom such as Imagine Learning’s digital education programs and Assessment Technology, Incorporated’s (ATI) Galileo® K-12 assessments. 

Imagine Learning University offers educators training videos on the essentials of program management and how to facilitate student sessions, how to use reporting tools and real-time data to enhance classroom instruction, and the digital activities and offline materials available to facilitate student success. Additionally, Imagine Learning University offers an on-demand webinar series to dive deeper into programs.

ATI also provides resources designed to help in your journey of becoming a more proficient Galileo K-12 user, including the following:  

  • ATI Professional Development Help Files: The Galileo interface includes a direct link to Help Files (knowledge base) with step-by-step instructions that guide users through a variety of tasks as well as links to pre-recorded video tutorials, quick reference guides, and user manuals.
  • Learning on Demand: Learning on Demand sessions are webinars that guide educators in becoming proficient users of Galileo K-12 technology with the goal of enhancing student learning. The sessions are scheduled throughout the year, and a library of recorded sessions are available on a variety of topics to listen to at your convenience. Continuing professional development credit is offered for those who register and participate in the live session. 
  • ATI YouTube page: Galileo K-12 Tours and Did You Know videos series offer insight into the tools and capabilities of Galileo K-12. The videos dig deeper into the technology in a step-by-step format.
  • ATI Support web page: Technical support documentation offers guidelines to ensure a successful year of implementing Galileo. We highly recommend you frequent the System Requirements/Security page to ensure that your online testing plans are in sync with the system requirements and security recommendations. 
  • ATI web page: The ATI website offers materials that give a general overview and highlight specific features available in Galileo K-12. Check out the Resources/Publications page where videos, FAQs, research briefs, and white papers can be found offering an in depth understanding the possibilities found in Galileo K-12. 

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As you start to explore these resources and dig deeper into the knowledge base materials, you will ultimately become better equipped to help your students and fulfill your educational goals. 

But don’t forget to take a break, relish the summer, and enjoy your respite from the classroom!