Three Opportunities for Free Online Professional Development That Start Today

Mike Flynn, Zak Champagne, and I are very excited to bring you two month-long ShadowCon courses that each begin Tuesday, September 5, 2017. They’re both free.

First, Cathy Yenca will help you “Seek Students Who Hide,” describing her rationale for formative assessment and then the tools (both low-tech and high-tech) she uses to draw the best out of all of her students.

Check out her talk below for an introduction and then register for the free class.

Second, Anurupa Ganguly will examine the participation gap in STEM majors for historically disenfranchised students, asking, “Why don’t the humanities see the same attrition rate, and what can we do about it?”

Check out her talk below for an introduction and then register for the free class.

Both courses will feature lots of interaction with the speakers (including a live webinar halfway through), helpful readings, provocative discussions, and plenty of support from the teaching assistants, Mike, Zak, and I.

Third, in response to recent evidence that personalized learning is struggling to see positive results on important issues of belonging and engagement, I asked on Twitter for an invitation to the meeting where we question the core assumptions of the model.

One thing led to another and on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 4:00 PM Pacific, I’ll be having exactly that meeting with Mary Jo Madda of EdSurge, livestreamed on YouTube. I’m excited to examine those failures and, wherever the failures aren’t endemic to the model, brainstorm some solutions.

2017 Sep 5: Update — link changed for the EdSurge chat.

I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school math teacher and current head of teaching at Desmos. He / him. More here.


  1. Michelle Townsley

    September 6, 2017 - 6:50 am -

    I just opened the email on Wednesday 9/6/17 and signed up noticing that the workshop began yesterday.

  2. Sharon Gotfredson

    September 7, 2017 - 5:16 am -

    I’m a bit confused about how to access Cathy’s course. I signed up late, so missed the first session. Do I need to log in at a specific time? Is there a link?

    • Sharon Gotfredson

      September 8, 2017 - 4:51 am -

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your response. I’m sorry to be so difficult, but I did not receive the invitation.

      I truly appreciate your help.