16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

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As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step […]

5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea

Jody Stallings shares the facts

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Some districts and schools use test scores to hold teachers “accountable.” But what if this practice is hurting the very kids it is trying to help. Teacher and columnist Jody Stallings shares what he uncovered when he looked at this practice and why using test scores to evaluate teachers is a very bad idea. Listen […]

Trust and Grace in the Classroom

Alana Stanton talks about what matters in the classroom

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Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year. Kindergarten teacher Alana Stanton, shares her words, “Grace” and “trust” and how she applies them to her classroom, student and parent relationships, and her teaching practice every day. Get inspired to do and be more and to live life with trust and grace […]

Turning Struggling Readers into Striving Readers

A free summit on Tuesday, January 28 from 1- 3 pm ET

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Struggling readers can come in all ages and at all stages of the educational process. I love struggling readers so much. This upcoming Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 1-2:30, I’ll be joining Texthelp over at the Education Week Virtual Summit about Struggling Readers. This free summit, “Getting Reading Right” is free and text-based. I’ll be […]

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

Help Your Students Enter the U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is the perfect contest for classrooms across the United States. Specifically, this art contest combines design thinking and the arts. Definitely, download […]

Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas

André Sasser on episode 574

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“Room service” door hangers are one of the unique ideas that André Sasser shares on the show. From a Woot Wagon to more, André talks about little things that encourage her as a teacher. I also talk about the “fun committee” at my school and some ideas to build community and collegiality. Sponsored By Advancement […]

How to Empower Teachers

Evan Robb on episode 566

Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The Ten- Minute Principal and The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community.  Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show   Get […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

Colby Sharp on episode 565

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Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show   Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit […]

One Surprising Thing About Gen Z Everyone Should Know

Dr. Tim Elmore on episode 561

The Millennials aren’t the youngest generation anymore. Generation Z is here. They are the kids in K12 education right now who have only known social media and the Internet. Ninety percent of preschool children are online. This has good and bad consequences. Dig deep as researcher Dr. Tim Elmore helps us understand Gen Z, their […]

Apply Now for DonorsChoose Project Funding Opportunities

Advancement Courses is funding select projects through September 27, 2019

Advancement Courses is a fantastic option for professional development. This year, I’ve been sharing lots of great resources from them as well as courses you can take. Well, right now, in addition to being able to save 20% off your course by using the code COOL20, you can also apply to get your DonorsChoose project […]