How to Lead: Meet Our Five DILA Administrator Winners

Digital Promise

Being an administrator is a tough job, but administrators make all the difference when it comes to leading schools and districts towards innovation and change. Check out Teuber’s winning video for the Power to the People award: S.

Must Have Books for Reading Workshop!


Power Reading Workshop: a Step by Step Guide by Laura Candler This summer, my friend, Laura Candler , sent me her two most recent books on reading workshop. I was excited to receive these materials because we do reading workshop in my second grade class. How nice!

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5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Targeted to both administrators, instructional coaches, and technology coaches – Sherry has five practical ideas to get us started. Sherry is the author of Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth. Listen to Sherry St. Sherry St.

The Dynamic Learning Workshop and Coaching Package

Shake Up Learning

The post The Dynamic Learning Workshop and Coaching Package appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Ready to transform the classrooms in your school? This three-day workshop and coaching package will help you and your teachers make meaningful technology integration a reality!

How to succeed with online PD for teachers


How to power through a difficult parent-teacher meeting comes to mind, but there are many challenges that teachers learn how to handle in time. At the same time, it’s not easy to offer a quality training program. Provide opportunities to practice.

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Reader's Workshop for K-2


Websites to Wow your Workshop I''m out of the classroom today at a conference for reader''s workshop, and it''s simply amazing! I am growing from this one because we meet monthly to learn and collaborate with a great group of professionals within our district.

How to Create a Curriculum Map

Ask a Tech Teacher

If I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take.

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7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: Vicki: Today we’re talking to one of my dear friend, Dr. Frank Buck @DrFrankBuck.

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. Go to and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. How can they reach those kids?

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5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class , shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach. She also explains how this approach works and some advantages for teachers. To learn more about Wriq go to And trying to support that.

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The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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Join Me This Year For Some Exciting Workshops During the 2019 ISTE Conference!


The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer and 20,000 of my closest friends are getting ready to gather at the annual ISTE conference. How Do I Participate In The ISTE Conference? Here are some of the important online accounts to follow.

Easy Paperless Contact Logs

The CoolCatTeacher

She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Scientific evidence on how to teach writing is slim

The Hechinger Report

But how are elementary, middle and high school teachers supposed to teach it better? “What’s very odd about writing is how small the research base is,” said Robert Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

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The workshop model: Beyond the basics

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Jen Bengel explains the workshop model, how to create mini-lessons, and how to get students excited about books. So in this episode, we’re talking about the workshop model. Want to listen instead of read ?

How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Coaching a coach is an exciting experience, but everyone has struggles that they need to mastermind one in a while. Many of the barriers that Alison faces each day are likely similar to yours.

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


The “Getting to Know and Love Your Brain” poster on her wall, which read “breathe deep into your belly to stay calm and help your PFC (prefrontal cortex) think clearly,” prompted her first graders to get their brains ready for learning. toward the end of Writer’s Workshop.

Power Up the Collaborative Writing Process with a Writing Workshop

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Educators who engage students in the collaborative writing process can help them acquire the 21st-Century Skills needed to be successful in school and beyond. A digital writing workshop can provide students with opportunities to become active participants in their own learning.

7 Ways To Sabotage Meetings

The Innovative Educator

When you want to get a project done it is imperative that when working with others you understand what elements lead to a high performing team as well as understand the strategies required to make meetings effective.

How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study!

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! Book studies are a great way to level up your professional learning! So I decided to put this post together, How to Plan an Awesome Book Study, to help guide you along the way.

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How to Encourage Your Students to Change Their World — Advice From a Student Changemaker


There were more than 200 high schoolers there to take the exam, but only two students were black and she was one of them. Her heart sank that day, but her determination to be a changemaker soared. Top teams receive mentorship and up to $10,000 in funding.

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation. Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available to students. Today, we have a gigabit wireless network deployed at our elementary, middle and high schools , and starting this fall, we expect to have deployed more than 3,000 Chromebooks to our students, teachers and administrators.

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

EdNews Daily

The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling topics over the past decade. There is no better time to recognize and make accommodating adjustments in both ecosystems.

How to Design Google PD That Works!

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Design Google PD That Works! So to help other trainers, I put together a framework for Google PD that I hope others will benefit from. Feel free to peruse the slides from my presentation , which contains much more than I can cover in one blog post.

College Bound? Made of Compassion and Creativity: Meet Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy

EdNews Daily

Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, our paths cross with genuine people who truly want to make a difference in the world, especially for youth. When I come across someone of this nature, I make extra effort to ensure I nurture and care for the relationship. Click To Tweet.

How to Cite Sources in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cite Sources in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This is just one of those amazing features of Google Docs that you have to see! You have to try it! How to Cite Sources in #GoogleDocs #SUL #gttribe #gsuiteedu Click To Tweet.

One teacher’s 5 secrets for a fantastic math workshop

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Today, I’ve invited Meg from The Teacher Studio to share how she runs math workshop in her classroom. I really admire her approach to math instruction and she has done an AMAZING job outlining everything in this post. Why do math workshop, anyway?

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Vernier Software & Technology to Host 38 Free Professional Development Workshops this Fall


BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 13, 2018 — This fall, Vernier Software & Technology will host 38 free, hands-on workshops around the country to help science educators learn how to best incorporate probeware and data-collection technology into their curriculum.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. We started out with an introduction for each expert presenter (here is our slidedeck with presenter info and resources we referred to during the session.) Other Workshop Leaders: Buffy Hamilton , Title I Writing teacher, former librarian; Atlanta, GA. How have you connected (or not) with them?

How to Create Deeper Student Learning Experiences Through Authentic Questions


Excerpted from Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom, Grades 4-12 copyright 2018 by Shanna Peeples. They need to understand that in the real world no one is going to care about their ideas,” he said.

How to thrive as an introverted teacher

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Betsy Potash of Spark Creativity and I talk about how to make teaching more enjoyable for introverted teachers. Click play to listen, or subscribe to Truth for Teachers in your podcast app! ?. Just wonderful things to be doing.

Do’s & Don’ts to "PEP" Up Meetings For Success

The Innovative Educator

Most employees feel many meetings they attend are a waste of time but they don’t need to be. There are strategies you can implement as well as pitfalls you can avoid to help ensure your meetings are interesting, informative, productive and achieve desired outcomes.

Flipping IEP Meetings

Turning Learning On Its Head

Recently I was leading a workshop on flipped learning and several of the participants and I were talking about some of the challenges of working in schools. One of the teachers discussed some frustration with the way IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings took place in her school. Often she was pulled away from class to attend meetings while her students were taught by a substitute teacher. What if we applied the principles of flipped learning to IEP meetings?

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring


Countless schools across the nation strive to make character a feature of education. In spite of the lecturing, however, 51 percent of high school kids owned up to cheating on exams, according to the Josephson Institute. She and her colleagues began to plan.