Feedback > Grades: Using Questions to Progress

By Elizabeth Jorgensen 

I want to go all semester without talking about grades, without circling boxes on a rubric, and without assignment sheets or daily assessments. But if there are no grades, what drives our daily classroom environment?

Questions. 

Instead of focusing on standards,...

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Teachers Walking on Eggshells

 By Michelle Blanchet

How do we make it okay to talk about things again?

During a recent project, I worked with teachers to deliver problem-solving workshops. The teachers discussed challenges in their local schools and communities, developing potential projects and solutions to address...

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Foster Resilient Learners and Assess the Process, Not the Outcome

By Elizabeth Jorgensen

Do you remember your GPA? Or a specific score you received in elementary, middle, high school, or college? 

Are you recalling that time you failed a chemistry test? Or when you cheated your way to a better score? 

Or maybe that time you were benched from the...

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Balance Parent Meetings with Positivity

Dr. Kelsie Reed

I have been in several parent-teacher meetings where I could feel a parent's anxiety, frustration, and helplessness.

I remember one particular meeting where I chimed in to mention that while the team was currently discussing weaknesses, these limitations did not sum up...

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Flip Deficit Thinking IEP Meetings with Productive Positivity

By Dr. Kelsie Reed

As a school psychologist, I participate in most, if not all, IEP meetings at my assigned schools. I’ve experienced productive meetings, collaborative meetings, one-sided meetings, contentious meetings, argumentative meetings, and everything in between.

The common...

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Times 10 and ACE-Ed Launch Equity Recognition Partnership

 

We are proud to announce that Times 10 Publications and the American Consortium for Equity in Education (ACE-Ed) are teaming up to promote and honor change-makers around equity in education. ACE-Ed's Excellence in Equity Awards will honor

leaders, authors, and educators whose tremendous...

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Deficit Thinking in Schools: A Social Justice Issue

By Dr. Kelsie Reed

You can broadly define deficit thinking in schools as a way of blaming the victim.

It involves holding a student, a student's family, or a student’s culture accountable for academic or behavioral difficulties at school. For example, school staff may assume that a student...

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Leading with Grace through Flops, Falls, and Fails

By Jessica Cabeen 

I have been in education for over 20 years (and in administration for 15), and this marks my first year in a new administrative role. With all that experience, someone might think it would be a smooth transition to the new school year.

However, within the first week of...

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How to Improve Your PD with a Pineapple

 

The idea of observing other teachers is nothing new. It’s the way we all first started learning how to teach, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher who hadn’t learned something from sitting in a colleague’s classroom.

Observing each other teach is one of...

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Building Consensus Instead of Conflict

By Brian Deters

“I want to wear my mask, but I don’t want people to view me as a liberal!”

A colleague of mine made this statement the day after the district I work in decided to go along with a court restraint on our state’s mask mandate in Illinois last spring. When...

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