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12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say To Students In The New School Year

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As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both educators and students. With such change, it may be especially difficult to communicate with students. While your intentions may be good, sometimes the impact of what we say can have unintended consequences.

A Teacher's Guide to Collaborative Family-Teacher Relationships

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I moved a lot with my multi-cultural family as a kid. If you know me, you know this because I talk about it often. And this experience significantly impacted the way I view the world: I know what it means to be both a guest and a host, to speak the regional tongue fluently and not at all.

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Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

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Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning.

What To Do When There's Not One Right Answer?

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Educators across the country, and around the world, have found themselves in a whole new normal.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Tips For Setting Up An At-Home Learning Environment For Young Students

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Here we are, looking down the barrel of another stretch of at-home learning. We always knew that it was likely not “if” but “when” we’d be back here, but the fact that many districts are announcing remote learning from day one has caught us all by surprise.

What Responsive Planning Looks Like in a Strong Data Culture

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When I was studying research methods as part of my doctoral degree, the running joke among our professors was that they would answer every question with “It depends.” My favorite professor would answer an either/or question with “Yes.” Should I use a survey to answer these research questions?

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How to Create Equitable School Environments for Teachers of Color

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We’ve talked a lot about the need to improve teacher retention. During the pandemic, teachers are feeling burned out, unsupported, and dissatisfied with their jobs and lack of recognition.

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Leveraging R&D to Spark Innovation in Your School District

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At the core of innovation in companies leading the way in developing solutions for the future is a Research and Development team, more commonly known as R&D. This is where insight and inspiration are translated into creative and impactful solutions.

How Can Teachers Support Student Mental Health During COVID-19?

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As teachers everywhere gear up to go back to school in various settings this Fall, one thing is for certain: they need to be prepared to deal with a number of issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, chief among them being impacts to student mental health.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

How Leaders Can Create a Sense of Belonging for Teachers Returning to School

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Welcome back, educators and leaders, to a school year like none we’ve encountered before!

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"It keeps us all safe" and Other Lies Used to Spirit Murder Black and Brown Children

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What a time to be alive. Many of us, particularly educators, are wearing hats we never even thought to try on before. I think of the everyday woman who now has multiple full-time jobs: her actual job, parenting, and remote learning management of her children.

What's Left, What's Lost, and What's Possible

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Leading While Grieving In The Wake of COVID-19. In the Fall of 2019, I lost my husband.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

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Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The teachers who leave the greatest lasting impact on their students are the ones who see them for who they are, often before the students even see this themselves.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

What Do Students Need Right Now?

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In an effort to reconnect with students to truly understand their experience with virtual learning and what they will need from their teachers going forward in an educational landscape irrevocably impacted by this year’s events, we decided to embark upon a two-week long empathy interview tour with students themselves.

Student Engagement is Critical to Distance Learning

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Student engagement is one of the most overused terms in education. We talk about engagement in the classroom, between peers, with families, with the content, and now, virtual engagement. Engagement is certainly important if we talk about it this much, but what does it really mean?

Three Retrospectives We Love for Reflecting on Return Planning

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Across the country, students have returned to school, whether it’s in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid model.

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Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #1 Unpacking Bias

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After I wrote the first blog in this series, I received a call from a close family member wanting to talk about what I had written. Their initial reaction was offense and confusion-- why did I think all teachers were “white supremacists”?

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

7 Strategies to Develop Student Executive Functioning Skills for Remote Learning

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The first time I tried to cook a meal in my own place was a disaster. Within 10 minutes, my kitchen was a disaster. Within an hour, my house smelled charred, and I had abandoned all efforts to cook myself dinner. I called my mom frustrated: what went wrong? Until that moment, I failed to realize the level of strategic thinking my mother uses every time she cooks. Her successful dishes require intentional preparation, planning, and organizing to achieve the outcome of a satisfying dish.

What We Know For Sure: Three Practices Every Innovative Leader Can Try

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"We all get caught up in the business of doing, and sometimes lose our place in the flow” (O Magazine, August 2011). Recently, we were spinning in circles trying to figure out a new process for an internal role we stepped into when Jason shared a way we might reframe our conversation.

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The Six Competencies that Every Leader Should Model Through COVID-19

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There is something about this crisis that has brought out the baker in many. Even the two of us, people who have tried elimination protocols to reduce our gluten intake, have made a few attempts at biscuit and sourdough making. And it’s not just us! We recently learned that King Arthur Flour has seen a 600% increase in demand for their product as home cooks are rediscovering the art of making their own bread. Organizational Leadership & Change Management District Leadership School Leadership

Upskilling and Reskilling for the ‘New Normal’ of Education

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The abrupt shift to distance learning directly challenged the knowledge, mindsets, and skills of our teacher workforce this Spring. Formerly ‘nice-to-have’ skills in digital integration became ‘must-haves,’ traditional classroom management and instructional design methods no longer applied, and everyone was required to embrace a high level of comfort with ambiguity as guidelines and expectations shifted on a weekly basis.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

2 Exercises to Cope with Uncertainty and Clarify Your Vision for This School Year

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“To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else's.”. Tara Westover, Educated.

Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series - Step 0

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In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the police, demonstrations have taken place across all 50 states and several US Territories , including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Floyd and Taylor's names are added to the painfully long and growing list of BIPOC who have paid the highest price for America's inaction on police brutality. Teachers Equity Classrooms

Reliable Learning Models for Hectic Times in Schools

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School boards across the country are experiencing marathon meetings as they listen to hours and hours of public comment, review guidance from local health officials, and review plans for what it will look like to bring students back to buildings and on what timeline.

Best Practices for Positive and Productive Remote Work for Educators

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Schools across the country have closed their doors to protect students, employees, and communities from the spread of COVID-19. While schools may be closed, district and school leaders, teachers and students are doing their best to maintain momentum and learning. This means many people across the country are suddenly remote workers. Crisis Management

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

Changing Tack to Sail Into the Wind as We Start a School Year That is Like No Other

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In February, my husband and I bought our first home in Pasadena, Maryland, right on a creek that leads into the Chesapeake Bay.

Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

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Since 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie stopped hosting in 2016, the reruns and spin-offs continue. Because rumors, myths, and curiosity are a part of what it means to be human. Finding answers to questions we’ve wondered about helps us process and move on with new knowledge. Sometimes the myths they would bust were fun and quirky – like, is there truth behind the 5-second rule for food? Or can you really shoot a scuba tank and it’ll explode?

Making the Leap: A Strategy for Continuous Online Distance Learning in Rural Schools

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Planning Amidst Change. Aim small, shoot small,” is an old saying that many of us who occasionally enjoy a round of target practice embrace. But in our case, planning small for how to serve kids during this pandemic, simply was not going to work long-term.

What I Learned About Teams from Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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There has been a lot of research done on what makes teams great. Google committed an entire research team to answering the question: What makes a team effective? Daniel Coyle explored the ins and outs of some of the world’s most successful teams in his book The Culture Code.

Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.