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  • Balancing Preparation with Being There for Your Students

    Posted on Aug 28, 2014 under From the Principal's Office
    Working with new teachers is one of the bright spots in the lives of school administrators. Seeing people enter our profession, grow in their practice and reach high levels of mastery provides concrete proof of the effectiveness of our work. As teachers improve in their practice, they see the value of intense planning and preparing... Read the rest
  • What Is the Future of Teacher Tenure in the United States?

    Posted on Aug 27, 2014 under Featured Stories
    Teacher tenure, the concept of earned job protections, emerged in the early 1900s to protect teachers from arbitrary firings based on race, pregnancy, politics or other factors. In many states, it can be earned in two to five years and, once established, creates a system of due process that protects teachers from at-will firings. Teacher... 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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  • 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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  • Creating Better Online Students: A Guide for Teachers

    Posted on Aug 20, 2014 under Teaching Strategies
    It’s been said before: Students today cannot properly correspond in academic environments. As a writing instructor who teaches some of my classes online, I have commiserated with colleagues over the lack of consideration and time students put into their communications. While it’s easy to blame a younger generation for their inability to communicate effectively, in... Read the rest
  • Schools as Complex Ecosystems: Connected Environments for Learning

    Posted on Apr 4, 2014 under Teaching Strategies
    To really understand any subject, blogger and special education teacher Mark Anderson likes to think in the biggest picture possible. “I was starting to think about these schools as being incredible complex environments,” said Anderson, who teaches in the Bronx in New York City. “We often think of them as these top-down places with policy... Read the rest
  • Is Math a Good Fit for Project-Based Learning? This Educator says Yes

    Posted on Mar 28, 2014 under Teaching Strategies
    Math education professor David Coffey isn’t one to tell teachers — new or experienced — how to best reach students. He just wants them to make sure they are reaching their students. “I try to be accepting of the fact that I know there are effective teachers who use lectures,” Coffey said. For his teachers-to-be... Read the rest

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  • 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
  • ‘Presidents vs. Aliens’ Gaming App Makes Learning Fun

    Posted on Aug 18, 2014 under Educational Technology
    Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job... Read the rest
  • Animated Movies are Central to BrainPOP App

    Posted on Aug 11, 2014 under Educational Technology
    One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to include multimedia in lesson plans. Audio, video and interactivity in lessons tend to keep students interested and help them retain the material better. That’s the idea behind the popular BrainPOP collection of educational websites, programs and animated movies. Since 1999, BrainPOP curriculum-based content... Read the rest

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  • Just for APs: Changing a Culture of Fighting

    Posted on Aug 26, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    As a new elementary school principal, I found upon my arrival that a significant number of my students, especially boys, had a propensity to solve any disagreement or conflict by fighting. I hit the ground running! Reactive response to student fights are an energy drain for principals and APs Having no assistant principal, this meant... Read the rest
  • PD for Principals: Change Agent Leadership Responsibility, Part Two

    Posted on Aug 19, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    As district leaders work to support principals who are leading important change initiatives, it is important to provide criteria for determining how the change may impact those who must actually implement the change — in this case, classroom teachers. A foundational concept to managing change effectively is that response to change is highly individual. A single... Read the rest
  • District Office Leaders: Simple Steps to Support New Principals

    Posted on Aug 12, 2014 under Leaders' Link
    What do new principals need? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently. One of my most memorable experiences was working with a first-year principal. She was hired to lead an elementary school with a high-need student population, inadequate textbooks and supplies, weak instruction in many classrooms and a staff with many interpersonal problems.... Read the rest

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  • 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
  • Assistant Principal- Degree Requirements, Job and Salary Info

    Posted on Oct 4, 2012 under Teaching Careers
    The assistant principal (or principals) helps the head of a public or private educational institution with important administrative tasks. At very large schools, assistant principals may be assigned according to certain administrative duties and often interact directly with the student body, faculty and parents more often than the principal. As an assistant principal, you will... 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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