Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators: Understanding and Mitigating the Effects


The condition has numerous names: secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue. How Schools Can Acknowledge Secondary Trauma. Create Peer Groups. Peer groups can be equally effective when trying to address the mental health of educators. Peer support groups are an effective strategy to combat STS in other helping professions.

Educator Voice Is Essential to Meeting Today’s Challenges. Here’s How We’re Highlighting It.


During a professional-development project designed to address complex trauma in students, every participating educator said they’ve experienced secondary traumatic stress as a result of the pandemic.


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Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research


Tokuhama-Espinosa suggested forming a core group of interested staff members and to begin building a shared understanding of the principles and tenets of MBE. To my surprise, people were interested and they voted to meet before school at 7 a.m.

Choose Your History Teaching Adventure


The new series Engaging With History in the Classroom can build historical thinking & help meet standards, say Jody & Shara. Lessons, primary sources & discussion groups bring the American Revolution, Civil War, Post Reconstruction & Civil Rights Era to life.

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Students tackle lessons at their own pace as they work in groups to focus on concepts they find most challenging. “I Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative have spurred school districts across the country to incorporate quality open resources into their curricula, but initiatives like Central Valley’s are fairly rare among elementary and secondary institutions, University of Pittsburgh librarian and open educational resource advocate Paul Bond said.

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Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

Set up meetings to chat with your child’s teacher to explain unique concerns and necessary accommodations. Teacher training is similar to influential groupthink, focusing in on design thinking, group discussions, meetings and project collaboration. Extroverts are recognized as the next top leaders given their outspoken nature, sense of confidence, and comfort interacting with large groups. Written by: Robyn D. Shulman.

Group withdraws applications to convert remaining traditional schools in New Orleans to charters

The Hechinger Report

ExCEED Network Schools Charter Management Organization, a new group led by principals and Orleans Parish school district staff, has withdrawn its applications to convert New Orleans’ last five traditional schools to charters. announced ExCEED’s withdrawal in a statement Wednesday afternoon, an hour after the agenda for Thursday’s school board meeting was published with no mention of the group’s charter applications. The school board meets tomorrow at 5 p.m.

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps


Meanwhile, the most enthusiastic listeners whisper to each other, or form mini-groups outside the conference walls, maybe even at a social gathering later that day. One district employee was smiling about how there were elementary and secondary teachers connecting and sharing: “Where else do you see this?” Even if you send out a group email for people to meet at a coffee shop on a particular afternoon, you’re technically starting an unconference.

Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments)


Meet CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments. While the primary audience is undergraduate and graduate educators, CORA offers a wealth of reliable and reproducible projects–instruction, handouts, scaffolds, rubrics and more–adaptable for secondary educators, particularly secondary librarians. My guess is, she’ll become a welcome new friend.

We’ll provide the environment, your job is to flourish… Join us in February!

iLearn Technology

We can’t wait to meet you! If you want to bring a group to 5Sigma, contact me and I’ll see how I can help you out. 5Sigma Anastasis Academy education reform inspiration Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources 2018 5sigma anastasis academy classroom conference education conference environment flourish intention learning pd word of the year2018 is almost here.

Meet The Gates Foundation’s New Deputy Director in Higher Education


First and foremost, our goal with post-secondary success at the Gates Foundation is really around getting 11 million more credentials and certificates in the hands of folks who otherwise would not have gotten those kinds of credentials in their hands, by the year 2025. Our roles in the post-secondary group are going to change slightly, and we’re going to have to pay attention to some stuff maybe that we didn’t feel like we had to worry about.

What makes your school/PD/conference different?

iLearn Technology

We make decisions for students as if they are a homogeneous group, or worse, a number. When your goal is honoring the humanity, EVERYTHING else must shift to help meet that goal. During our Wednesday staff meeting, we talked about the successes and challenges that were faced. We remembered what it is like to be a “new” teacher again, the fish-out-of-water feeling that comes from having a loose inquiry plan with a different age group.

Digital Promise Appoints Jean-Claude Brizard as New President and Chief Executive Officer

Digital Promise

Previously, Brizard was a partner and vice president at FourPoint Education Partners (formerly Cross & Joftus, LLC) and president of UpSpring Education Group.

How Disruptive Innovation Theory helped a small college set a new direction

The Christensen Institute

moment propelled me to work with the cabinet in a reexamination of Hiram’s primary and secondary target audiences—traditional-age, residential students and adult students, respectively. Rely on a different group of instructors. This guest post was written by Dr. Lori E.

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.


Since the onset of the pandemic nearly a year ago, educators have been tasked with addressing new, multi-layered challenges due to the primary and secondary trauma associated with COVID-19.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom


Younger students may not have their own accounts and no matter what age group you teach, you’ll want to encourage safe use. Divide your class into groups and ask each group to come up with a snap story about the day’s topic for you to review at the end of class. Create a closed Facebook group for your class and use it throughout the year to have students complete homework assignments. Where do students spend their time outside of school?

How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better


8] Additionally, one study found that when parents are involved in schools, their children are more likely to graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education.[9].

6 Must-reads for This Summer

Ask a Tech Teacher

To me, that’s the best way to use technology to enrich lessons while we meet students where they want to learn. In Disruptive Classroom Technologies , Sonny Magana breaks student learning into categories and then shares tech applications that serve each group.

How Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning


1] During a normal school year, a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) establishes goals and outlines the support needed to meet them. However, the government guidance also gives schools greater flexibility in meeting their IEP objectives during the pandemic.[2]

How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class


It may seem like common sense that students perform better in class when they receive support that meets their needs. Differentiated instruction is an educational strategy in which teachers adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their class.

How to Help Your Students Learn Healthy Communication Skills


Many students may be reluctant to speak out in a group setting, or not want to share their thoughts and feelings with classmates. Classroom activities like reflective writing in journals is a great way to teach communication skills to PreK, elementary, or secondary students.

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Want to Make Education More Innovative? Let’s Invest in R&D


billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding into our education system. In 2019, the United States spent 2.8 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on Research and Development (R&D). R&D is our nation’s engine of innovation.

Economic Mobility Pathways in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

It wasn’t until a group of local leaders from across education, business, nonprofit, government, and philanthropic communities came together to identify challenges and collectively design solutions that real pathways toward income mobility began to emerge for the area’s adult learners.

My Educator Journey with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As a secondary science teacher in Wayne County, a tight-knit rural community in southwest Tennessee, I know most of my students beyond the classroom. In a small school district with limited resources committed to meeting the needs of all our students, the professional development opportunities made available to us are often in tight supply. In many districts, teachers are provided the same professional development regardless of their subject area, grade level, or personal goals.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education


Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC. By setting measurable objectives, educators can use meetings to work together, track progress, and achieve shared teaching goals. At Benton School District in Arkansas, teachers meet weekly to discuss common objectives. Often, PLC groups take the lead in creating curriculum, resources, or assessments.

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Innovative Examples of Community Involvement in Schools

Digital Promise

They’re attempting to both meet members of their communities where they are and invite community members to reciprocate. Group talks with educators, such as “Math Fluency” and “Mindset Matters: A Growth Mindset Seminar,” give adults the opportunity to understand the theory behind what goes on in the classroom and ask questions about what their children are learning. Events and group meetings aren’t the only ways to engage community partners.

6 Ways to create meaningful teamwork experiences through an LMS


How many times per day do students hear the phrase “get in groups/pair up”? In fact, even in popular kids or teen TV shows, the group project is used as a catalyst for interaction between characters. Plenty of examples can be found from Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek to Gilmore Girls. Not having a clear idea of what you are supposed to do and having poor grades as a result of teamwork can snowball into a lifelong frustration with learning in groups.

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Another example of pairing picture books and apps in teletherapy


Over a number of weeks I had my students in one group come to a decision on the order of reviewing and discussing the books in the series, which was good practice in expressing opinions and compromise. So, as a group we created and shared emergency kits.

Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?


The size of synchronous learning groups is also an important consideration because smaller groups allow for more discussion. If you’re not able to run many separate small-group discussions, you can use breakout rooms within larger synchronous class meetings to create similar conditions.

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teach Writing with Tech (closed–only open for groups of five). 20 Webtools in 20 Days (for groups interested in learning webtools from the Structured Learning curriculum ). You want to meet new people. Google Hangouts–used to meet as a group and discuss topics. I think that’s a large underserved group of teachers.

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Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level. Both students had the same rubric with the same competencies and standards to meet, but they were given the flexibility to show mastery of those competencies. I asked a group of superintendents and school principals from New Hampshire about this during a round table discussion.

Why edtech plays a big role in future-proofing education


Secondary schools and high schools face their own conundrums regarding final exams. A learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous self-based courses, as well as synchronous online meetings or group discussions, can play a huge role in making all this happen.

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Intelligent PDUs Help K-12 Schools Integrate New Technology Solutions

EdTech Magazine

Ideally, it will also include the ability to group outlets across multiple units to show the total power for dual-corded devices. This typically involves grouping outlets to toggle dual-corded equipment and timed responses to control the order and timing of reboots. Secondary IP to provide a redundant connection and failover capability. Integrated electronic locks to provide physical security and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

CAE Announces Stacey Sparks as Senior Director of Content Design and Development

eSchool News

A seasoned writer and editor in English Language Arts and the humanities, Sparks previously served as a Senior Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research and a Curriculum Writer for Public Consulting Group. “I’m Council for Aid to Education, Inc.

Putting the SEL into PBL

eSchool News

PBL not only makes instruction more meaningful for students; it helps them develop the skills they will need to be successful in their post-secondary lives and careers. Additionally, they will spend much of their time doing independent research or group inquiry. This setup gives the teacher the time and space to meet with individual students and small groups to provide more specialized instruction.