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Resources for Teaching Students Digital Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Teachers wish for their students to be good citizens. This is true in the classroom, in the community, and on social media. The foundation of our democracy is active participation in government by its citizens. It is key to our future that students understand what it means to be a good citizen and how to interact appropriately within the community and government. There are many good resources available to teach students citizenship.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

How to Differentiate Through Rubrics and Learning Goals

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Our school, like many across the country, uses a “walkthrough” tool to help gather data and monitor teacher effectiveness. Part of the process for administrators as they walk through classrooms is to look for different aspects of good teaching practices. One of the expectations for our school is that teachers display their learning goal or objective somewhere in the classroom. This can feel like a hoop to jump through for teachers at times, but as an administrator, I'm not just looking for one more thing for my teachers to have to do each day. The philosophy behind it isn’t about the goal being posted as much as it is about the teacher and students clearly knowing what learning should be occurring—and to what level it should be learned at.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

NSTA 2018: A Collaborative, Hands-On STEM Workshop to Make Science Relevant

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Mar 27, 2018

We’re back from the National Science Teachers Association’s 2018 National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, Georgia! PowerUpED graciously gave us and Globisens, makers of the Labdisc portable STEM lab, the chance to collaborate with them on a workshop called “Make Science Relevant and Engaging,” which centered around the Labdisc mobile data logger.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM

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


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