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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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The New Hope of New London

The New Hope of New London

September 10, 2020 | Administrators History Parents Students Teachers

Listen 2020… right?!? What a bizarre year. We thought now would be a good moment to ponder some amazing schools, districts, and communities that have lived through their share of trying times and come out on the other side in a way that can provide some inspiration for us as...

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Teacher Reflections After Returning to School

Teacher Reflections After Returning to School

September 03, 2020 | Administrators Parents Performance Remote learning Students Teachers Technology

Listen For many teachers, administrators, and school employees around the world, August has meant returning to campus for the first time in 4 or 5 months.  Some are teaching to cameras in empty classrooms while others are trying to figure out how to teach with masks covering the expressions of...

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How to Create, Record, & Close  a Lesson in Google Meets

How to Create, Record, & Close a Lesson in Google Meets

September 02, 2020 | Administrators Parents Remote learning Students Teachers Technology

Listen With so many schools going either 100% virtual or offering some sort of hybrid option, teachers are having to become tech gurus overnight and learn to rely on programs that had previously been just something that “those young teachers were using” or things to tinker with to check the...

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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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