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School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

This post was originally published on Feb. 2017 and can be found here. With our latest temperatures, one would say that spring is in the air. It’s also that time of year that School Improvement Planning (SIP) for the 2017-2018 school year takes place. I was excited and honored to work with Two Rivers Middle … Continue reading School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

“Attention passengers: in the event of an unexpected change in pressure from administrators, parents, students, colleagues, or school district officials, please assist yourself before assisting children and those around you. Remember to breathe.” The messaging onboard airplanes is the exact same messaging my fellow educators need to hear: self-care isn’t selfish, self-care is survival. The … Continue reading Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Teacher burnout is a pandemic impacting just about every country with an established system of education. More than 41% of teachers leave their jobs within five years of starting (Ingersoll, Merrill, and Stuckey, 2014), and 15% of teachers leave the profession each year (Haynes, 2014). However, the latter statistic rises significantly to an annual loss … Continue reading Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

Early January is a time for renorming, turning last fall’s skills into actionable habits and building a classroom community that kids will remember for years to come. The question is: How do we keep our vitality through the winter and spring of 2018, and why is this critical from an equity lens? In public schools … Continue reading Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

For fifteen years, the annual K-12 Horizon Report has served as a cornerstone document for many school districts. Created by New Media Consortium (NMC) in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the report has been used by leaders to establish their district goals and plans relative to educational technology, while identifying trends in … Continue reading 3 Can’t Miss Highlights from the K-12 Horizon Report

The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

Mental health disorders in our K-12 schools affect many of our youth and directly impact classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students. Mental disorders among children is a critical public health issue because of their early onset, frequency, and impact on schools, families, and the community at … Continue reading The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

Presented by Dr. Gail Thompson – Transcription Below Introduction Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. I’m Dr. Gail Thompson. And I am the equity and professional development expert at Illuminate Education. I’m also an author and researcher. Classroom Management  Today, I’d like to talk to you about classroom management. During my travels conducting … Continue reading Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

7 Methods for Measuring Student Growth

7 Methods for Measuring Student Growth

Back in the days of NCLB, schools were given credit for the percent of students achieving the state’s “proficient” level, regardless of how far students progressed to proficiency. However, in the past few years, accountability has expanded the proficient view of achievement by recognizing that some students have much farther to go to reach proficiency, … Continue reading 7 Methods for Measuring Student Growth

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

What if we thought of student performance in the same way prospective buyers thought about purchasing a home? For the home buying process, many consumers perform a ton of research related to the prospective home, including relevant details about community, the quality of neighborhood schools, and the city’s crime rate. This is all completed before … Continue reading The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

Developing Hope & Resilience for Disengaged Students

Developing Hope & Resilience for Disengaged Students

Recent studies on student engagement self-perception and performance. The extent to which a student is engaged is a robust predictor of his or her ability to learn, get good grades and test scores, retain information and, ultimately, graduate. The 2016 Gallup Student Poll surveyed 900,000 public school students in grades 5-12 in 48 states. The … Continue reading Developing Hope & Resilience for Disengaged Students