How to ramp up formative assessment and improve achievement

The time has come for educators to change the way they think about assessment. The old-fashioned "sage on a stage" approach is no longer viable in today's interconnected world. To create deep, meaningful learning outcomes, teachers need to rethink how they use assessments and what types of tasks...

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Become a Guide on the Side with Student Learning Centers

By Starr Sackstein

Too often, when I walked into secondary classrooms as an instructional coach or leader, I was disheartened to find students sitting in rows, not truly engaging with the material being presented. It was evident that the teachers loved their content and some students loved...

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Helping Students Build Lifelong Skills to Manage Anxiety

One of the biggest challenges for educators as they work with students is managing their ever-growing need for independence.

It starts at a tender young age. The terrible twos are rooted in the stubbornness of independence, and the toddler must do it all on their own.

This attitude never...

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Lead With Integrity: Bringing Grace and Leadership Into the Classroom

Leading with grace and integrity is hard work.

A person of integrity doesn’t do the work for awards and accolades; they do the work because they are dedicated to the mission. Grace with integrity means doing the hard work without expecting credit.

A strong work ethic is assumed and not...

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Organize Your Districts Calendar

School districts are known for having complex, confusing schedules, and events that all seem to be going on at once.

The range of special events,  Board of Education meetings, staff meetings, and social gatherings can become overwhelming and hard to keep track of.

A passing glance of...

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Addressing Pushback About Learning Centers in Secondary Classrooms

 

 By Starr Sackstein

Secondary teachers love their content and are already struggling to cover the curriculum in the time they have. Sometimes that means they worry about sacrificing precious class time for students to engage with content in a way that allows for a more differentiated...

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Homework Is Not Helping: How To Help Students Retain New Math Concepts

You’ve probably heard of the song by The Notorious B.I.G., “Mo Problems, Mo Money.”

It’s an a cappella choral piece that poetically shares the scientific evidence that backs the claim that the amount of math homework students do per day directly impacts the...

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Lead From Your Feet, Not Your Seat: Becoming the Visible Leader Your School Needs

For far too long, elementary, and more specifically, early childhood, leaders have been looked down upon.

In the hierarchy of leadership positions, it almost looks like the opposite trajectory of a student’s school experience. The most prestigious positions are those in the central office,...

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Recognize and Engage the Maker in Your Midst: 4 Ways Building Breeds Better Writers

Author and writing coach Angela Stockman on engaging the makers in your midst

My discovery about making continues to resonate with me, but in recent years, I’ve learned that making isn’t merely an intervention for kids who dislike writing. It’s a powerful means for...

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No More School Walls: Create partnership with the community

In an age where information is readily available to anyone at any time, we can leverage communication channels to break down the school-as-fortress attitude and move to support each other for the benefit of our kids.

Flattening the walls of your school entails eliminating the communication...

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