In the Classroom

Want to Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Embrace the Flock Approach
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Want to Improve Teacher Effectiveness? Embrace the Flock Approach

There has been much discussion in recent years about the need to find and hold on to high-quality teachers using a combination of recruitment efforts and the development of what are often called “teacher talent pipelines.” The talent pipeline model typically focuses on how to best train new teacher candidates,...

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The Importance of Raising Expectations for Students with Special Education Needs
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Importance of Raising Expectations for Students with Special Education Needs

In a pointed, highly personal open letter addressed to unnamed “school administrators, school board attorneys and the educators who cannot see past my daughter’s disability,” Jennifer Ryan brought to light a question with which many parents wrestle: how to help their children with special education needs get an appropriately challenging...

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Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?

The term "executive function" is popular in education and psychology, but you may be thinking, “Why does my child need to learn executive skills in kindergarten?” Executive function skills are actually essential for self-regulating behavior that governs a child’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, such as brushing your teeth, remembering...

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Stress is Showing Up in Our Schools (and Our Teens Don't Know How to Handle It)
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Stress is Showing Up in Our Schools (and Our Teens Don't Know How to Handle It)

Stress is something that every individual experiences at one time or another, but the amount of stress that students are facing—even those in elementary school—has researchers concerned for the state of our youth. According to a joint study by NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health,...

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Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers

There is plenty of concern these days about how literate America’s K-12 students are, and statistics indicate that this concern is well-placed. According to the most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a norm-referenced test given to students in grades four, eight, and 12, also known as...

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Using Art to Inspire New Ways of Thinking and Learning
Thursday, August 9, 2018

In October 2016, an unusual mural went up on an outside wall at P.S. 11 in Brooklyn, New York. When artist Steve Powers put paint to brick at this neighborhood elementary school, the result was a vivid scene full of letters, color, and pictures, with the word “WRITE” spelled out...

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In the Classroom: Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)
Monday, July 9, 2018
Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)

How long can you stay focused? According to researchers, nobody is immune to the occasional daydream. In fact, many of us know all too well how difficult it can be to rein in our imaginations and pay attention to the task at hand. It may come as a surprise that...

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