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The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

June 18, 2020 | Mental Health Parents Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen The pandemic of COVID-19 leaves behind more than physical health changes for the general population in its wake. Many doctors, psychiatrists, and health advisers (including the CDC and WHO) are telling the medical community and the public to brace themselves for the next big pandemic - mental illness. Many...

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Making Legal Change

Making Legal Change

June 16, 2020 | Administrators Parents Teachers

Listen This is the final article in our series for educators who want to advocate for changes in their community, state, and national government in regard to education. This article gives tips on how to affect changes to the law - either by introducing something new or by amending laws...

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Approaching the Board

Approaching the Board

June 15, 2020 | Administrators Parents Teachers

Listen In our last few articles, we’ve discussed the reasons and ways you can (and should) advocate for change within the school system. In this article, we want to specifically talk about working with your district’s school board in creating and advocating change. Let’s begin by talking about who the...

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Presenting Ideas for Change Mindfully and Effectively

Presenting Ideas for Change Mindfully and Effectively

June 12, 2020 | Administrators Parents Students Teachers

Listen It is always wise to know your audience, but this rings particularly true when you are addressing an administrator who is in a supervisory role to you. It’s safe to say that every campus has its clicks. Within those groups, there are teachers who have a closer personal relationship...

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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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What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 1

What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 1

May 28, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen We only have three months to get ready for whatever school is going to look like in the fall. With so many unknowns, we are all having to plan for several different scenarios. One of the big lessons learned from the experiences this spring is that we have to...

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The Questions of Remote Kindergarten

The Questions of Remote Kindergarten

May 26, 2020 | Parents Students Teachers

Listen Among the most vocal against remote learning have been the early childhood teachers - and with good reason. It’s very difficult to reconcile what we know about early childhood, young children, and learning outside the walls of the classroom with lessons based online, meeting in a chatroom for lessons,...

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Elementary Remote Blended Learning

Elementary Remote Blended Learning

May 18, 2020 | Administrators Parents Remote learning Students Teachers Technology

Listen This is the third article in this series, so if you haven’t read the other two about what blended learning is and what it looks like in the classroom, you may want to scan that before continuing. Blended learning in the classroom and blended learning remotely can look very...

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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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Using Epic! for Remote Elementary Reading

Using Epic! for Remote Elementary Reading

May 05, 2020 | Curriculum Homeschool Parents Teachers

Listen Many of us already use Epic! with our students, but we went behind the scenes to see if there were any new or interesting parts of the site that aren’t commonly known amongst educators. If you’ve used it, you probably already know all the most exciting aspects, like the...

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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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