GenYES Facilitator Weekly Message 10/30/18

Hi GenYES Facilitators, 

Last week an article about GenYES appeared in the Park Record newspaper. It gives a wonderful look at two of our GenYES schools — Ecker Hills Middle School (Facilitator Summer Marshall) and Treasure Mountain Jr. High School (Facilitator Sam Thompson). This is a must read for all GenYES Facilitators and school administrators as to what an experienced GenYES program can become. It also can act as a template to modify an article for any GenYES school’s local newspaper. These two Park City schools are in their fourth year of GenYES and we are so proud of their accomplishments.

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A New View of Digital Equity
Last Friday (Oct. 26) the NY Times published an article with a new and interesting take on Digital Equity. It focused in on K-12 students’ screen time. This is an important debate going on in school districts throughout the country. This is the type of article that can lead to useful discussion among your STLs. Remember the “L” in STL stands for leaders and leaders keep up with current issues. Another way some Facilitators incorporate important issues like this into their instruction is to assign a TAP to one or two STLs to read the article and then make a short slide show of the issues that they can present to their STL peers or to your teachers at the next faculty meeting.

Reminders for GenYES Facilitators
If you haven’t already done so:

  1. Submit your list of faculty member to GenYES ( so STLs can attach TAPs to the teachers they are supporting

  2. Verify STL assessed (blue) TAPs as being complete. 

  3. Have STLs self-assess their technology skills (see Unit 1 Activity 2 of the curriculum)

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Del Mar High School in California. The 11th grade STL merged the personal and school accounts for a teacher using the Remind app.

Title: Merging Remind Accounts
TAP Description: The GenYES class was assigned to help teachers combine their school and personal Remind accounts during their off-periods. Mrs. Hood was one of the teachers who had her off-period during my GenYES period, so I went to her class to help merge her multiple Remind accounts.
TAP Accomplishments: I went to Mrs. Hood's class to guide her through the account merging process. First, I asked her to open the Remind app and go to her account settings to contact the Remind Help Center. Then, the page directed me to a space where I copied and pasted the account merging message template from the website and told Mrs. Hood to fill in her school email and phone number, so the Remind Team could reach back to her.


Dennis Harper, Founder of the Generation YES nonprofit organization

Victoria Bawn