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Standing in the Gap
Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources



August 2015 | 80 pages | Corwin

Supporting new teachers for success in the first years!

This helpful guide will take new teachers on a journey of discovery.  Learn to utilize key strategies to build confidence in the classroom and quickly get connected to resources and educators in the field who can stand in the gap to support them.  You’ll learn to easily:

  • Connect with online Communities of Practice
  • Find and plan appropriate lessons
  • Connect your students to classrooms around the world
  • Collaborate with a face-to-face or virtual mentor

Includes tips on building your online bio, mastering apps and hardware tools, vetting online resources, getting organized, using Twitter, Ning, Instagram, and beyond! 

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

"This book gives teachers the resources to lead their students into this global community. The authors represent the growing body of educators who recognize that social media gives power, not problems, to students’ learning."
Angela Maiers, Founder and President
Choose2Matter, Inc. and Maiers Education Services, Inc.


“This is a stellar exploration of what collaboration and communication can look like in modern education and how it can enhance all aspects of school. . A must read for those wishing to maximize digital tools to increase communication and collaboration with all educational stakeholders.”
Adam Bellow, Educational Consultant and Corwin Author, Untangling the Web

 
Preface by Peter DeWitt
 
Introduction
 
1. Making Connections to Online Communities of Practice
 
2. Making Connections Locally and Globally
 
3. Connecting to Build Your Classroom
 
4. Making Connections for Planning Your Teaching
 
5. Making Connections to Communicate with Students and Parents
 
6. Connecting to a Mentor: Virtual and Collaborative

"This book is an excellent resource for a variety of audiences. Intended for new teachers, the book is a valuable resource also for those enrolled in schools of education and veteran teachers mentoring new teachers or seeking new tips to add to their repertoire. The book contains a wealth of examples of how educators gain from online resources such as Twitter and Google Communities to connect with others and is especially useful for new teachers looking for how to use online communities to their advantage. Clearly, any new teachers will save time by using the tips offered as they learn how to gain access to a variety of online resources. The authors share their own experiences as well as include scenarios from other practicing educators of how they use online resources to refine their teaching skills and enrich their professional lives."

Judy Artz, Associate Professor of English
University of Saint Joseph

“Navigating the waters of social media can be tricky for any teacher and completely overwhelming for those who are new to our field. Through the voices of two well-respected educators with a long history of passionate support for new teachers, "Standing in the Gap" offers a manageable, practical plan for helping educators get connected and share ideas online.”


Angela Watson, Educational Consultant and Instructional Coach
Brooklyn, NY

“Lisa Dabbs and Nicol Howard offer a stellar exploration of what collaboration and communication can look like in modern education and how it can enhance all aspects of school with their book Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources. Learn about the cornerstone ideas that will help root connect classrooms, students, parents, and administrators to the incredible learning in the classroom. Full on insights and actionable tasks that take you from the concept to implementation quickly. A must read for those wishing to maximize digital tools as a way to increase communication and collaboration with all the educational stakeholders.”
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Adam Bellow, Educational Consultant and Corwin Author, Untangling the Web

"Students being “connected” is a given, so educators need to be out front of digital change. Standing in the Gap gives teachers the resources and the know-how to lead their students into this global community. Lisa and Nicol represent the growing body of educators who recognize that social media gives power, not problems, to students’ learning."


Angela Maiers, Founder and President
Choose2Matter, Inc. and Maiers Education Services, Inc.

"Standing in the Gap drew me right away into a virtual learning community, with Nicol and Lisa as expert guides and encouraging mentors. There are so many resources here, shared in each chapter by teachers who generously open their doors to us. And the Action Steps tie it all together, make it do-able. This will be a good tool for our teacher education programs, where novices and experts are learning together to use online resources and social media." 

Cynthia Grutzik, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, CSULB College of Education

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features
  • Easy-to-implement strategies for connecting new teachers
  • "Put It In Practice" sections from other connected educators
  • Action steps at the end of each chapter
  • Advice for new teachers in areas like lesson planning and classroom management

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