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Get Ready for Summer with Some Mindful Reflection

Get Ready for Summer with Some Mindful Reflection

Happy spring, fellow educators! As the days warm and the school year enters its final stretch, we encourage you to take some deep breaths and begin to set intentions around how you’d like to wrap this school year up for yourself and your students. We were moved by this article, Teachers’ Mental Health Linked to … Continue reading Get Ready for Summer with Some Mindful Reflection

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

I remember the day clearly. It was mid-December, right before the holiday break, when I broke. It was just before lunch, maybe about 11:15, and we were in my self-contained grade 6-8 special education classroom. It was literally the last portable in the back of the school. I was a third of the way into … Continue reading Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

Like it or not, predictive technology is coming for all of us. Over the last few years, private industry has reaped the enormous benefits of artificial intelligence and other machine learning techniques. Tools to build predictive systems are rapidly evolving, expertise is spreading, and the money is following. According to Metaari’s 2017 investment study, a … Continue reading Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

Science Project Ideas for Teachers: Star Clock

Science Project Ideas for Teachers: Star Clock

Are the stars spinning, or is it just you? Discover how the spinning Earth changes the way we see stars. If you’re a stargazer (or an aspiring one), this science fair project will help you create a star clock that uses the stars, angles, and math to determine what time it is on earth! Materials … Continue reading Science Project Ideas for Teachers: Star Clock

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Since 2014, the climate of each public school in Georgia has been rated annually on a scale of 1-5. School climate, according to the National School Climate Center, refers to a school’s “quality and character,” based on the “patterns of students, parents, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.” Factors that affect a school’s climate include its values … Continue reading Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

The great thing about informal assessments is they help us gauge students’ understanding during the learning process instead of after. Informal assessment also changes teachers’ relationship to student learning. Through informal assessment, a teacher becomes a guide throughout the learning process, rather than the judge of the student’s final product. While committing to formative—or informal—assessment … Continue reading 9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

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

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

How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

The master schedule is one of an instructional leader’s most important tools. It’s a function of the school’s philosophy, a reflection of its vision, and a blueprint for its resource allocation. The vast majority of a school’s resources may be spent on teachers, but ensuring a viable curriculum that helps that school achieve its academic … Continue reading How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

In recent years, “equity” has become a buzz word and popular topic in K-12 schools, higher education, businesses, and even in religious organizations. A common definition is that whereas “equality” results in giving everyone the same thing, “equity” equates to giving individuals what they need. In schools, equity results in treating all children fairly and … Continue reading Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators