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What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover?

“If you were a sixth grader in Petersburg City Schools last year, at no point did you have a licensed math teacher provide instruction. Not a single day.” —Virginia State Superintendent Steven Staples As students started a new school ...

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age

In school districts around the country, handwritten notes, calls home, and face-to-face meetings are rapidly ceding ground to new technologies that better meet the needs of parents and schools. According to a 2016 report, there’s been a s...

Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

When hot-button issues spill over from social media or the nightly news and into your classroom, what’s the right move as a teacher? Do you shut down arguments about gun control or athletes taking a knee at football games because you fear...

Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

Many children and adolescents walk into our schools and classrooms carrying toxic levels of stress. They’re on edge, and their neuro-anatomy is in a state of dysregulation, which drives their behaviors and makes it difficult for them to l...

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Each summer, I spend time thinking about what I can improve upon for the fall in teaching American History to high school juniors. This often includes considering how previous students responded to readings and projects, and how I should ap...

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

Portfolios have many benefits: They can aid students in metacognition, reflection, and ownership of learning. But if they’re handled poorly, students and teachers may feel that portfolios are a waste of time. And while some see portfolios...

Whisper for Google Classroom

Whisper is a brand new Chrome extension that works within Google Classroom. Whisper allows you to quietly send a message to an individual student or your entire class. This is perfect for those times when students are completely focuse...

Living Off-Campus: 5 Solutions to Daily Struggles

For when living off-campus is no longer just fun and games. Life off campus is one step closer to independence. If you’ve made the transition, these are the little tips you’ll want to adopt to help with realities you’re all too fa...

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In Any Other World

The first time your world explodes, you should have seen it coming. The signs were there, but you were just too young to realize that the door slamming wasn’t just the wind, the broken dishes weren’t what the cat did, the silence wasn...

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