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Tips and Tricks to Hire the Best Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 22, 2018

What to Look and Listen for During an Interview

I am by no means a Human Resources expert—I don’t know all the ins and outs of the research behind hiring great candidates, nor do I have time to look through numerous resumes and applications. But after 13 years in the principal’s seat, I have probably sat through over 200 interviews. And even though interviews for custodians are different than interviews for band teachers, and interviews for 5th grade teachers are different than interviews for superintendents, I have found there are patterns that can be useful in finding good candidates for any position.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

STEAM Activities for Spring

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Now that spring has sprung, it’s the perfect time to get outside and try some fun educational activities. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math—collectively known as STEAM—are at the forefront in education today, and can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to figure out ways to implement these concepts.

But it doesn’t have to be! Here are six fun ideas for STEAM activities this spring: 

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Topics: Science Lessons, tips for teachers, STEM, STEAM

How to Enhance Your Classroom With Innovative Solutions and Resources

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Bringing interactivity, collaboration, and assessment to your schools is easier than you think! We've compiled a list of easy-to-use, engaging, and effective solutions as a great starting point. We've also included our top guides, so you can dig deeper into the best way to select, evaluate, and implement these interactive solutions.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Why I Always Interview as a Team

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

When it comes to finding good teaching candidates, there isn’t an exact science. Applications can all look the same, and sometimes interviewing and hiring is all about timing. It can be a clunky process—and one that doesn’t always work out perfectly.

One of the structures that I have put in place to avoid this is to have a team with me while I interview teaching candidates. I will admit that there can be a downside to having an interview team—if the team doesn’t agree or prefers a different candidate to my top pick, it can be awkward. It can make the team feel as though their input wasn’t taken seriously or heard. These situations are the exception, but they do happen.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Classroom-Friendly Social Media Options for Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Mar 14, 2018
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Topics: iPad App, Educational Apps

Case Study: Supercharging Instruction and Engagement With Interactive Flat Panels

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 13, 2018


In late 2015, the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District in Michigan passed a bond of almost $55 million for building renovations. While the bond was primarily for its secondary school, the district decided to include Yake Elementary, which for years had been without the funds to update classroom technology.

Yake’s media specialist, Joe Heacox, was part of the team that evaluated potential purchases. The technology they decided on was Boxlight’s ProColor 75” interactive flat panel displays. The team determined, and school leaders agreed, that the displays’ cost and longevity made them the best choice.

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Topics: Flat Panel Displays

Part Two: How Teaching Teachers Differs From Teaching Kids

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 8, 2018

As professionally trained educators, we know there are best practices that we need to apply to teaching regardless of the age of the learner. Some of these universal practices were highlighted in our recent article in this series. In other ways, teaching adults is very different than working with students. If you are a person who works with adults in any kind of professional learning, you probably already know that there are some big differences between the two.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Resignation: Why I Left Teaching—and Why I Eventually Returned

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Mar 7, 2018
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Topics: tips for teachers

Zones of Regulation: Student Behavior

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Mar 6, 2018

One of the questions I am often asked when it comes to students who really struggle with behavior is “What can we do to try to help?” At times, a student’s behavior can be extremely challenging—it can feel defeating and leave you unsure of a starting point.

It’s important to note that there are sometimes circumstances that fall outside of what the education system can assist with. Some students need support in a more intensive program and may require therapy or counseling. There may be medication issues or undiagnosed conditions that are at the root of the situation, or the student could be in an abusive environment and is acting out to let someone know that something is wrong. For most of these situations, there is little a school can do to control the outside factors.

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Topics: Classroom Management

March Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Spring is right around the corner, which means we can finally bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer weather this month! While you’re doing your springtime cleaning, why not spruce up your lessons? Here is our collection of engaging themed content for March:

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Topics: Lessons, Training, tips for teachers


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