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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

June 26, 2020 | Health Mental Health Stress Students Teachers

Listen It is not appropriate as educators to tell students what to believe, but it is our duty to foster an environment that welcomes every individual and provides a safe space where they can learn.  Schools are to be a microcosm of society at large in which students can practice...

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The Necessity of Time Off for Educators -For Building Administrators

The Necessity of Time Off for Educators -For Building Administrators

June 03, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Health Stress Students

Listen Countless educators made the sudden switch from face-to-face learning to crisis remote learning this year and have been working 10 to 12 hour days just to stay on top of things for months. Now that the school year has come to a close, many of those educators are exhausted,...

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What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 2

What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 2

June 01, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Health Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen In our previous article in this series, we addressed the fact that schools need to prepare plans A, B, & C as well as a hybrid of the three and the fact that teachers will need continued support. Consider Accessibility for Both Students and Teachers The last three months...

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Being OK with Being Cautious

Being OK with Being Cautious

May 13, 2020 | Administrators Food Health Mental Health Stress Students Teachers

Listen It goes without saying that everyone is ready for things to go back to normal, but many scientists are predicting that normal may be as much as a few years away. Some cultural norms are likely to be changing or disappearing for good. The economic repercussions will stretch out...

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Preparing Students to Re-Enter Society

Preparing Students to Re-Enter Society

May 12, 2020 | Administrators Health Mental Health Parents School Safety Stress Students Teachers

Listen Recently, one of our writers was sharing a personal experience they’d had right after college. The writer spent the summer in a third-world country teaching reading, and upon returning to the United States, had a severely overwhelming few weeks getting used to being back. For example, grocery shopping was...

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Teachers’ Concerns About Returning to School

Teachers’ Concerns About Returning to School

May 11, 2020 | Health Mental Health Parents Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen In a previous post we explored how other countries are coping with reopening schools, but teachers around the globe have so many practical questions and concerns regarding the implications of reopening when there are still so many unknowns about this virus. Many teachers feel left out as the decisions...

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The Emotional Toll of Social Distancing

The Emotional Toll of Social Distancing

May 04, 2020 | Administrators Health Mental Health Parents Stress Students Teachers

Listen Let us start by saying that we acknowledge that the price we are paying for social distancing is, in our opinion, worth it. Lives are the most important and irreplaceable commodity. That’s not the issue we are dealing with in this article. With that being said, we must acknowledge...

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Remote Learning Idea #2: Using Quotes to Inspire and Guide Writing

Remote Learning Idea #2: Using Quotes to Inspire and Guide Writing

March 24, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Health Homeschool Students Teachers

Listen This is the second in our series that is attempting to provide ideas to use for remote learning during the current pandemic and beyond. These are simple activities that can be used in a variety of ways, and our goal is to provide everything you need to take and...

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Resource Roundup: ELAR and Administration Books for the Pandemic

Resource Roundup: ELAR and Administration Books for the Pandemic

March 19, 2020 | Administrators Health Parents Stress Students Teachers

Listen As more and more schools are extending breaks and/or turning to online instruction in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more teachers and administrators find themselves going a little stir crazy.  It’s been impressive and truly beautiful to see various educational resources, publishers, instructional platforms, internet providers, school...

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Resource Roundup: PD for the Pandemic

Resource Roundup: PD for the Pandemic

March 18, 2020 | Administrators Health Parents Stress Students Teachers

Listen With states and districts closing schools suddenly due to the pandemic, some teachers are finding themselves with two weeks of “early summer”, extended spring break, or even voluntary time at home otherwise avoiding illness.  If you’re faced with seemingly endless hours with little to do (after you’re tired of...

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