Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to partnering to help all kids learn, has announced the official launch of SPARK, its online community for educators. The SPARK Community debuted to a couple hundred users in June 2009 at the NWEA Summer Conference in Portland, Ore. Since its soft launch, nearly 600 teachers, administrators and others involved in education have joined the community.
The NWEA Spark Community is a place for education professionals to:
• Read and comment on blog posts from NWEA staff and the organization’s partners on a range of topics including: Roles that influence and shape education, education during economic turbulence and strategies for instruction
• Participate in discussion forums and share strategies and successes regarding MAP assessments
• Search for and share resources such as lesson plans, classroom presentations, reports, podcasts and videos, available exclusively to current NWEA partners.
The SPARK Community is free and open to anyone with an interest in educational issues. To access the site, visit http://community.nwea.org.