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Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

October 13, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum International Teachers Technology

Listen Have you ever asked a student, “Why are you here?” when they seem to be floundering in school? We want them to find a reason for attending school that is their own, something that will drive them forward when they are worn out or have lost their will to...

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The Reformation Age of Education

The Reformation Age of Education

September 22, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Organization Remote learning Teachers

Listen We’ve known for some time that education was in need of a major overhaul. Many teachers and administrators have been ready for it for a long time. Some districts, a few states, and the occasional national leader have stepped up and championed the cause for change. But largely, our...

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Elementary Focus: Dolls for SEL and Social Studies

Elementary Focus: Dolls for SEL and Social Studies

September 16, 2020 | Curriculum Health Parents Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen There are few adults who spend any time with kids who haven’t heard of the “Toy Story” franchise. In one of the movies, the toys gather around a new playmate, Forky, created by the child who is the center of their world.The child in the movie makes this “doll”...

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Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

September 15, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Higher learning Parents Performance Student Achievement Teachers Technology

Listen We wanted to share some of what we have learned recently from the education podcasts we have been listening to. Principal Center Radio Douglas Fisher - The Distance Learning Playbook (Jul 31) Douglas Fisher’s has some great, practical tips on distance learning!  He suggests that teachers should integrate synchronous...

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Practical Lessons from Innovative Schools

Practical Lessons from Innovative Schools

September 11, 2020 | Curriculum History International Teachers

Listen We’ve seen the videos of young teachers rapping multiplication facts in high heels from desktops. We all know about Ron Clark academy and being Slide Certified. There are many ingenious schools and teachers and methods that get tremendous results. How do we take the things we see working in...

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Your Most Marketable Skills, Part 1

Your Most Marketable Skills, Part 1

August 21, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Communication, Instruction, and Complex Thinking Skills Educators in some parts of the U.S. have started seeing the economic repercussions of the pandemic. Some places have started to shed staff as budgets crumble and belts tighten.In other places, teachers are finding returning to teaching in the fall in either virtual...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 5, Asian American Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 5, Asian American Literature

August 20, 2020 | Administrators Bilingual Curriculum History Students Teachers

Listen A year ago, Hollywood was all abuzz with the release of Crazy Rich Asians. It was the first all-Asian cast movie to be released from a major studio in over 25 years. How is it that a cultural subpopulation of over 21,000,000 has received such little attention in modern...

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Non-Education Careers That Fit Well with Education Experience

Non-Education Careers That Fit Well with Education Experience

July 10, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Students Technology

Listen Whether you’ve been ousted from your position as the result of downsizing, you’re choosing a different path because of issues with the setup of the next school year, or you’re just looking for a way to add income to your salary each month, there are many non-education jobs that...

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Teaching CTE Courses Virtually

Teaching CTE Courses Virtually

July 09, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Students Teachers

Listen How do cosmetology students get the experience cutting hair or doing manicures, especially when teacher modeling and feedback is the major component of instruction? In Ag classes, the animals still have to be fed and cared for, and many students’ animals are housed at the school’s ag barn. Health...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

June 30, 2020 | Administrators Articles Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen   Students of Latin heritage cannot be placed into a box, though they are often stereotyped. While there are 20 countries in Central and South America, many teachers just assume that Hispanic students are of Mexican descent. Trouble with the English language is often quite incorrectly associated with an...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

June 29, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Many teachers and administrators are grappling with how to address the social concerns that the recent events in our country have brought up. The truth is that the protests and riots have only brought to the forefront issues that our students carry with them into our classrooms every day. ...

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Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education

June 25, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen For many, the Life Skills hallway on a school campus is a place of joy. Administrators can be found high-fiving and dancing with the students as a reprieve from their burdensome load. General education students often enjoy volunteering and assisting. Visitors can be greeted by peels of laughter and...

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