Statement on Child Neglect and Abuse Policy
Madina Academy teachers and staff are given training on Supervision and Child Abuse and Neglect policies in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes 17a-101, as amended by Public Act 02-138 and 1193. Madina Academy requires that teachers and staff who have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child has been abused, neglected, or placed in imminent risk of serious harm to report these suspicions in compliance with applicable state statutes.
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Professional Development Resources & Webinars
- Teacher Observation Rubric: Connecticut Common Core of Teaching Rubric
- Edivate: As a teacher, you should have an Edivate account for your professional development.
- OK2Ask Differentiating the K-8 Classroom: Webinar on tools that can be used to differentiate instruction. Contains links to teacher resources and free online tools.
- Islamic Teacher Education: Free online (recorded and live) courses necessary for every teacher in an Islamic school.
- SimpleK12: Online Teacher Professional Development
- Intel Teach Elements: Online professional development courses.
- ASCD: ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child.
- Teachers First: Includes classroom resources for every grade and subject, professional resources on differentiation, working with parents, handy tools, and lots more.
- ed2go: Contains online courses in many categories including Teaching & Education.
SMART Board Tutorials/Resources
SMART Board Ink Aware
SMART BOARD Lessons and Interactive Websites
Child-Friendly Search Engines
- Read & Write: Download the Google Extension from the Chrome Store. Teachers get access to premium features for free. Click here to register as a teacher. Read & Write provides comprehensive reading and writing support for the web and Google Drive documents. It includes text-to-speech for reading content, a dictionary, a translation tool for ELL students, writing tools like word prediction and voice dictation, colored highlighters for easy extraction of information, and more. However, the free version for students only contains the text-to-speech tool.
Adaptive Learning Resources
- Freckle: Differentiated instruction across many subjects and grades. Math (K-9), ELA (K-12), Social Studies (K-12), Science (K-8). Teachers create a free account and add accounts for the students. Students can log in and solve questions based on their grade level. The questions get harder as students answer them correctly. Videos are provided for students when they answer wrong to help them. Teachers can log in and track students' progress.
- Moby Max: Helps struggling learners quickly catch up to grade level and find and fix learning gaps for all students. Free for Teachers. Teachers create accounts for their students and can track student progress.
- Teach your Monster to Read: Games. Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Free to use on the computers.
- Epic! Books: (Free in Class) Leading digital library for kids 12 and under. Access to 25,000 online stories, audio books, learning videos and quizzes. Teachers create accounts for themselves and their students. Teachers can track student progress and assign readings and quizzes. Students use it in class for free. Parents have to pay if students need access from home.
- ReadWorks: (Free) Differentiate reading instruction with high-quality texts and lessons. Teachers create accounts for themselves and their students, assign readings based on their DRA level.
- Delta Math: Students see how to solve the problems they got wrong. Teachers can assign assessments. Great for middle and high school math.
- Prodigy Game: Fun and interactive Math website. Free curriculum aligned math games for grades K-8. Teachers create accounts for the students and can track student progress. Adapts to the students' levels and gets harder as they answer more questions. Provides hints when students get a question wrong. Teachers can track students' progress and assign specific contents. Available on laptops or tablets.
Formative Instantaneous Assessments
- Edulastic: Teachers can create assessments based on common core standards and see students’ progress and even give them a second chance at doing the assessments.
- kahoot.com: Create online quizzes for students to take and compete with each other. Provides the teacher with instant feedback on what students have mastered and what needs to be worked on.
- Quizizz: Similar to Kahoot. Create online quizzes for students to take and compete with each other, or to practice and work on at home. Includes tons of ready-made quizzes that can be used as is.
- Gimkit: Similar to Kahoot. Allows students to practice on their own as well as answer in front of the class. Students earn points as they answer questions correctly.
- Quizalize: Similar to Kahoot and Quizizz. Turn boring tests into fun classroom team games. Instantly know who needs help. Allows students to form teams.
- Science Buddies: Science Fair project ideas.
- Science360: A video library that provides videos on the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math. Includes videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science Foundation and more. Science360 is an up-to-date view of breaking science from around the world.
Game Creation Resources
- Interactive Learning Games for Education: Organized by subject then topic. Great for whole classroom instruction or individual work on Chromebooks. Many games are flash based and don’t work on the IPads yet