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  • Don't Leave Your School Community Starved for Information

    Posted on Oct 30, 2014 under From the Principal's Office
    There are lessons to be learned everywhere. A couple weeks back, I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by a representative of the New Jersey Department of Education. When the topic of the Common Core State Standards came up, the speaker took a somewhat philosophical approach to the various controversies roiling the country... Read the rest
  • Breaking Board: Why School Board Elections Matter

    Posted on Oct 29, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Last November, I attended an Election Night campaign party with a local school board candidate. Throughout the evening, we checked voting statistics and watched the counts come in. My county has over 300,000 registered voters, and in this election 140,438 participated. While our school district was just a fraction of that population, each school board... Read the rest
  • Just for APs: Logical Consequences to Change a Fighting Culture

    Posted on Oct 28, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Perhaps the most controversial action I took as a principal addressing my school’s fighting culture was imposing a new kind of consequence upon the fighters: cooperating on a project. To help accomplish this, I used our school’s full-time school community liaison (CL), funded from a grant, who worked in a variety of roles with parents... Read the rest

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  • Breaking Board: Why School Board Elections Matter

    Posted on Oct 29, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Last November, I attended an Election Night campaign party with a local school board candidate. Throughout the evening, we checked voting statistics and watched the counts come in. My county has over 300,000 registered voters, and in this election 140,438 participated. While our school district was just a fraction of that population, each school board... Read the rest
  • Student Mental Health and Wellness Resources from Mental Fitness, Inc.

    Posted on Oct 22, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Mental Fitness, Inc. is a non-profit company dedicated to improving and sustaining mental, emotional and physical health for students from all backgrounds. According to founder and CEO Robyn Hussa Farrell, the organization has a unique approach to mental health issues that affect students. “There are many [programs] that assist in intervention, but not in primary,... Read the rest
  • The Jeffco Protests: How a Proposed Curriculum Review Board Created 'Little Rebels'

    Posted on Oct 8, 2014 under Featured Stories
    For almost two weeks, students in Colorado’s Jefferson County school district — often shortened to Jeffco — engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Some walked out of class; others rallied before or after school, holding signs saying “Don’t Make History a Mystery” and “Protest IS Patriotism.” The protesters were angry about the JeffCo school board’s proposed committee... Read the rest

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  • Six Steps to Bring Peer Review into Your Classroom

    Posted on Nov 1, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Peer review (also known as peer editing) is a great way to help children improve their writing skills and learn to interact socially. We’ve listed some tips for educators on how to integrate peer review strategies into their learning environments that will help students communicate better and enhance the educational setting: Help students understand the... Read the rest
  • Five Free Websites for Students to Build Research Skills

    Posted on Apr 30, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Finding free Web resources for building research skills is essential for teachers who are on a restricted budget. Teachers can use the Internet to access amazing research resources, thanks to the U.S. government. From finding lesson plans to scanning patent applications, teachers can uncover a wealth of information on history, art, science, language arts, math,... Read the rest
  • 3 Free Online Resources for Elementary Teachers

    Posted on Mar 14, 2013 under Classroom Resources
    Providing instruction to a class of students can be helped when there are free resources available to elementary teachers. The resources offer tips, advice, lessons plans and information that teachers find useful for different areas of study. By using the resources, teachers will have access to the experience of others, creative new ideas and great... Read the rest

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  • ‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

    Posted on Sep 10, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math... Read the rest
  • Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

    Posted on Sep 2, 2014 under Educational Technology
    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The... Read the rest
  • C-SPAN Classroom is an Important Tool for Social Studies Teachers

    Posted on Aug 27, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for... Read the rest

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  • Just for APs: Logical Consequences to Change a Fighting Culture

    Posted on Oct 28, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    Perhaps the most controversial action I took as a principal addressing my school’s fighting culture was imposing a new kind of consequence upon the fighters: cooperating on a project. To help accomplish this, I used our school’s full-time school community liaison (CL), funded from a grant, who worked in a variety of roles with parents... Read the rest
  • PD for Principals: Understanding Resistance to Change Initiatives

    Posted on Oct 21, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    In this series I have been discussing ways that district leaders can support principals to be effective change agents. A major component of effective change leadership is the ability to predict and manage the highly individual change process for the implementers (teachers). Teachers struggle with change initiatives for several reasons Four broad, often overlapping categories... Read the rest
  • District Office Leaders: Sharing Successful Practices

    Posted on Oct 7, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    In an ASCD article about teaching, education consultant and author Roland Barth wrote: “It’s just a very leveling profession. Teachers are, in a way, their own worst enemy when it comes to unlocking leadership because they don’t welcome it, typically don’t respect it, and often feel threatened by one of their own taking it on.... Read the rest

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  • Science Teacher Career: Job, Education and Salary Information

    Posted on Oct 15, 2014 under Teaching Careers
    Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. Science teaching jobs can appeal to college students majoring in a science discipline, as well as to professionals who decide to switch careers later in life and teach science. Demand for teachers within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and... Read the rest
  • Teaching License Reciprocity Explained

    Posted on Oct 23, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    If you’re an educator who wants to know how mobile teaching certificates are in your state, searching for information online may not be helpful. If you Google “teaching license reciprocity” and read through the results, it’s easy to come away without a clear answer. That’s because the term can have different meanings. Many searches on... Read the rest
  • Adult GED Teacher - Job Description and Salary Information

    Posted on Oct 4, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    Do you enjoy working with adults who are attempting to improve their lives? Do you enjoy teaching others new skills and watching as they succeed with the knowledge you have helped them attain? If so, an adult GED teacher may be a good job choice for you. A GED teacher is an important part of... Read the rest

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