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Summer is when teachers have more breathing room for professional development. While many attend conferences and take classes in person during the summer, there are tons of online opportunities — and many are free! Here are some stay-at-home professional learning resources for summer that you can check out in your pajamas or by the pool…. Read More

What School Could Be: A Conversation with Ted Dintersmith

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn July 10, 2018

As a venture capitalist for 25 years, Ted Dintersmith saw how education wasn’t changing as fast as the job market. He noticed that highly educated people in business lacked skills and qualities like flexibility, creativity, and collaboration. Upon retirement from the corporate world, he made education advocacy and philanthropy his mission. Looking to the future,… Read More

There’s never enough time to get everything done during PD, but team-building and supporting your staff’s social-emotional needs builds a strong school culture and increases teacher efficacy. Here are some quick, fun professional development activities for teachers that will break the ice! Step to the line Have your staff stand in two lines facing each… Read More

Wow-Factor Schools: 8 Ways to Build an Awesome School Culture

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 27, 2018

Some schools have such a positive school culture that you can see and feel it as soon as you enter the building. It’s evident on the walls, in the students and staff, and in every classroom you visit. How can school leaders foster such a rich and positive school climate? It starts by first understanding… Read More

While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Monique realized there weren’t many minority students on her undergrad campus. With a desire to help more members of her community pursue a college education, she decided then and there she would become a teacher. Having recently earned her EdD, she shares how far she’s come and what it means… Read More

7 Innovations That Are Changing the Classroom

By Room 241 Team June 15, 2018

Excited to try creative new teaching strategies? We’ve got you covered! Read up on the latest education innovations from experts and teachers on the front lines. Project-based learning Have you ever had a student ask, “Why do we need to know this?” Then you might want to add more project-based learning to your teaching tool… Read More

School Leaders: Tips for Improving Effective Communication

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn June 12, 2018

Like any other business or organization, good communication is key to a school’s success. With so many involved in a school’s community — staff, leaders, parents, students — and a busier-than-ever world, getting creative with communication is not only good practice, but imperative. Here are some use-right-now ideas for school communication that works. Enhance your… Read More

There’s more to motivating and driving change than meets the eye. As a school principal comparing his experience at Title 1 schools to more affluent ones, John Paul Sanchez recognized the need to push change in the right direction with a greater sense of urgency. Read how earning his EdD in Educational Administration has given… Read More

How To Innovate Against the Tide

By Concordia Faculty March 27, 2018

As teachers, we often have amazing ideas for the classroom, but often lack the freedom to truly pursue innovative projects in their school. Frequently, it comes down to the old refrains: “My principal won’t let me” or “People don’t want to change.” But creativity and experimentation are still possible, even against the tide. Here are… Read More

Music teachers can bring so much joy to students’ lives, but to effectively teach it, one must be passionate, dedicated, and highly skilled. Enter Andrew Holtz—a 6th-12th grade instrumental and 9th-12th grade vocal teacher from Saugatuck, Michigan, and the latest alum in our Featured Cavalier series; Andrew earned his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership… Read More

Teacher Efficacy: Why It Matters and How Administrators Can Help

By Concordia Faculty January 8, 2018

Efficacy—or a teacher’s level of confidence about their ability—can greatly depend on past experiences or on their current school culture. A bad classroom experience or negative work environment, for example, can quickly sour a teacher’s confidence. Conversely, witnessing student growth and working in a collaborative environment can boost a teacher’s belief in their ability and… Read More

10 Important Trends in Education to Expect in 2018

By Dr. Alisa J. Bates January 2, 2018

Educators, administrators, and those in higher education who are committed to ensuring quality experiences for students across the ages (and for new growth opportunities for themselves too) should be excited for the year ahead. There’s no question that 2018 will bring light to a variety of topics and issues that could monumentally affect the way… Read More

Although every prospective Doctorate of Education candidate has their own personal and professional reasons for advancing their career, and while they hail from a variety of different workplace settings—schools, hospitals, nonprofits—for the most part, it’s safe to say that most share something very special in common: they’re eager to lead. Is it your turn now to… Read More

How to Celebrate American Education Week in Your School Community

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 13, 2017

With dedicated teachers, administrators, and other school staff, public schools are there every day for every student, preparing tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why, during November, we celebrate public schools during American Education Week. Take part in this national event with a few celebration ideas below, and share online using the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll and #AEW2017. Monday, Nov…. Read More

Overcoming Innovation Fatigue: How to Make New Initiatives Stick

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 2, 2017

Innovation fatigue is something teachers and administrators know well. Every year there are new programs, standards, and expectations. We are always reinventing the wheel and have to learn a new system, take on a new responsibility, or embrace a new philosophy. However, change that benefits our students is worth doing—and doing well. Here are some best… Read More