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Coming Back From the Conference: How to Maintain the Fire and Energy of New Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

For most of us, conferences can bring about a familiar pattern. We attend the amazing conference full of great speakers. We are inspired to try new things in our school. We understand the research and the significance of how we can impact our students. It is exciting and we are ready to move forward.

Then we return to school. Issues came up with the substitute, grades are due, there are a few parent emails to respond to—you get the idea. So, we take the handouts and materials from the conferences and put them on the shelf behind the desk. We tell ourselves we can get to it over the weekend and really get some things planned to implement next week, but this probably never happens either.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

5 Tips for Delivering Effective Professional Development

Posted by Daniel Leis on Wed, Dec 5, 2018

 Teachers Make the Worst Students!

Teachers say it themselves all the time: Teachers can make the worst students. While we know there are no bad students, we do agree that professional development needs to be truly excellent to make an impact. From the thousands of PD sessions we have delivered, we’ve learned there are five key insights that may help you develop and deliver more effective PD—especially when technology is part of the mix.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources, Professional Development for Teachers

Learning: Timing Is Everything

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Often—maybe too often—in schools, we carve up the day into finite sections of learning. An hour for reading, and hour for math, maybe 25 minutes for science. We know on some level that learning really doesn’t work this way, but it is the best way we have to make sure content is covered and not skipped.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

ESSA and Increased Flexibility for Schools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Nov 15, 2018

The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) is recent federal legislation passed to serve as a support and guide for public schools across our country. The law is comprehensive and influential in a variety of aspects concerning early childhood, K-12, and higher education. Everything from special education and Title 1 services to English language learners and professional development is included in the scope of the law. In particular, the ESSA law has created increased flexibility to states, and therefore schools—but with this flexibility also comes challenges and considerations for all districts involved.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

It All Starts With a “Why?”

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 13, 2018

In any organization, as it develops, grows, changes, and evolves, the mission of the institution can alter and change. This can be a natural progression and part of what makes an agile group successful. It is also true that as change happens, the original vision for why it all began can get lost and forgotten. 

This has also happened in schools. We are good at using textbooks, integrating technology, and differentiating instruction. We can find amazing Pinterest fonts and spend our salary on Teachers Pay Teachers. But in the end, do we remember why we are doing all of it?

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Redesigning the Classroom Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Nov 8, 2018

Can educational technology really improve learning and teach critical 21st century skills? It can, but only when it is integrated into the learning environment to make teaching and learning more efficient, effective, and engaging.

Here’s how to get started on redesigning your classroom for 21st century learning:

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Share With Your Students: 5 Ingredients for a Positive Online Presence

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Nov 6, 2018

In an age where we communicate online more than ever before, it’s important to be aware of the footprint you’ve left behind on the web. Social media has the power to be a positive social and professional outlet, but only with responsible use. As important as it is for everyone to be mindful of their online footprint, it’s especially important to teach the next generation how to carefully curate their online presence.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

How to Increase Enrollment in Your After-School Program

Posted by Grace Carter on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

After-school programs are a wonderful thing for students of all ages—they can be fun, engaging, and inspiring. Students can meet new friends and learn even more than in their daily classes. Schools often host these programs, but the big issue they face is how to increase student enrollment. 

The key to this is in reaching the parents the right way. With a good marketing strategy consisting of content marketing, digital marketing, and visual marketing, you can attract parents. For one, focusing on content to communicate with parents is a good idea when combined with visual aspects. But in order to do that, you need to have a good content strategy.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Part 2: Trauma Informed 101

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Trauma Responsive: Best Practices for All Students 

In the first part of our trauma-informed series, we defined the term and discussed best practices for working with students in trauma. For many educators, after we read the research supporting trauma-informed practices, we are quickly convinced that we need to act. The data strongly supports intervening early for students and with a therapeutic approach (instead of a punitive one). 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

6 Tried & True Tech Solutions to Classroom Problems

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 17, 2018

With the variety of options available today, education technology is increasingly becoming the solution to everyday classroom issues that teachers have struggled with for years. However, the wide range of EdTech solutions available can make it difficult to choose what will work best for your students—and experimentation with different products isn’t always possible with your school’s budget.

To help you make the best decision for your classroom, we’ve compiled a list of six tried-and-true tech solutions that other educators recommend to solve your everyday classroom problems:

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

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