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Foster Social and Emotional Learning This Upcoming School Year

July 16, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

Students in the K-12 setting experience immense developmental changes, socially, emotionally, and academically. All the while, they go through dreaded awkward stages—braces, bad haircuts, first crushes—and experience greater demands from parents, teachers, and community members. 

The Teacher's Guide to Educational Funding in K-12 Schools

July 1, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

Funding for public education can be a tricky topic to comprehend fully. As the process is complex, federal funding can bring up a myriad of questions, and new educators may not know how to make sense of it all.

20 Educational Acronyms Every Educator (and Parent!) Should Know

May 13, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

 To quote one of my previous graduate school professors, "education is simply made up of alphabet soup."

Teaching Remotely: What I've Learned So Far

May 10, 2020 By Jessica Hayes

The times in which we are living are truly odd and unprecedented. Actually, there are a lot of words that people use to describe this time. I’ve heard scary, crazy, stressful, and boring, just to name a few. Some people have used this time to improve themselves by working out or trying new hobbies. Others are worried or stressed about their job security and family's wellbeing. But, one thing I think we can agree upon is that this is a time to come together and revel in comfort and support. 

Changes in K-12 Education To Watch in 2020

March 16, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

This year has already proven to be a whirlwind for many schools and districts across the nation. Between educational strikes resulting in negotiations between lawmakers and teachers and a global pandemic causing schools to scramble for alternative learning methods, there are many trends and changes in the field of education to watch this year.

Cultivating Digital Skills for Educators

March 4, 2020 By Pam Gothart

Has your district made the shift to using digital resources and technology in the classroom? Some have and many more are in the process of doing so. This change raises the question: what digital skills do teachers need? Primarily, teachers need training on digital pedagogy, the devices that students will be using, and issues that may arise as a result of going paperless.

The Disappearing Social Studies Curriculum (and Tips to Integrate Content into Other Subjects!)

January 22, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

A pedagogical shift towards teaching social studies in conjunction with other subjects, and not as an isolated topic, has slowly emerged on the horizon in public schools for the last five years. In some states, standardized state tests in social studies have been discontinued for students in 6th and 7th grades because they are considered non-essential. Teachers continue to ask why social studies content is being pushed aside for language arts, math, and other STEM-based curricula. Social studies, especially at the secondary level, is a disappearing and often thought of as less important curriculum, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Classroom Management Tips: Lessons from Historical Utopias

January 14, 2020 By Cynthia Resor

We want our classrooms to be utopian communities, ideal worlds of cooperation and happiness. Classroom-management experts describe strategies to achieve that dream, but their advice falls across a continuum with the top-down, teacher-in-charge approach at one end and the bottom-up, students-create-the-rules at the other. Which approach is best?

The Importance of Practice in Educational Professional Development

October 28, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Adult Learning Theory understands that adults have their own, unique way of learning.  In childhood and adolescence, self-concept is still developing, but for adults who learn in the workplace or at professional development seminars, they are more independent and learn best when they draw on experience.  Seeing a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day activities tends to help adults learn as well.

5 Ways Teachers Can Address Socioeconomic Gaps in the Classroom

September 18, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

For my first permanent teaching position, I was lucky enough to fill a history position at a small K-8 school in a rural community. I say lucky for several reasons.