For a full list of panels, as well as helpful resources on how to get started in participating in Connected Educator Month, visit this starter page.

Why become a connected educator?


Also noteworthy: The National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Connected Principals have announced a joint Twitter chat series in celebration of Connected Educator Month and National Principals Month.

The chats will be held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during CEM, starting on October 9, and will cover a range of topics from getting colleagues connected to the potential impact of the ConnectED universal broadband/wireless initiative on schools. More information here.

[In chronological order]

1. Connected Leadership (3:00-4:30 PM ET, Oct. 1st):  What does it mean to be a connected leader? Why is it important, how is connected leadership impacting student achievement, and what are the best basic steps leaders can take today to become more connected? CEM will discuss the answers to these questions, as well as address the challenges networked leaders face, how they can be overcome, and what the future of connected leadership holds in a highly interactive, participatory CEM kick-off event, featuring an all-star cast of panelists (including Candice DodsonValerie GreenhillChris Lehmann, and Scott McLeod). Learn more and sign up.

2. From Connection to Collaboration (5:00-6:30 PM ET, Oct. 1st): Online community-building in education is marked by a series of rewarding challenges to be overcome–getting educators connected, sustaining the connections and, finally, reaching the ultimate goal: collaboration that moves the field forward. Some groups are good at getting educators connected, others at getting them to stay together and collaborate, the groups that can do all three appear to be magic, and they are, but theirs is a magic that can be learned and reproduced. Join CEM–and a prestigious cast of panelists (including Tom CarrollMarc PrenskyKecia RayConnie Yowell)–for a wide-ranging, highly interactive discussion covering everything from basic tips and tricks to the future of online connection/collaborative forms. Learn more and sign up.

3. Innovating STEM & Literacy (9:00-10:30 PM ET, Oct. 1st): STEM and literacy are two pillars of CEM’s educational challenge that virtually every educator is striving to address in one form or another, and connected education has a lot to offer both. What are the latest innovations in STEM and literacy education, and what new techniques can teachers apply in their classrooms today? Where are the overlaps and reinforcements between STEM and literacy, and what learning do these pedagogical fields have to offer one another? Join a powerful panel from both backgrounds (including Don Buckley, Jeanne CenturyElyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Kent Williamson) in getting the proverbial ball rolling on this fundamental CEM theme. Learn more and sign up.

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