Students Are Struggling. They’re Asking Us to Slow Down and Focus on Relationships.

A little more than a year ago, I remember sitting in meetings trying to figure out how we might do remote learning for a week or so to contain the novel coronavirus. I cringe now realizing that we were so incredibly short-sighted. Of course, hindsight is often crystal clear. That extended spring break ultimately was … Read more

How These Districts Prioritized Relationships and Social-Emotional Support During the Pandemic

When schools shuttered suddenly more than a year ago, teachers and staff scrambled to recreate their school communities as best they could in a virtual environment. And while teaching and learning is a central component, not to be overlooked are the other, auxiliary experiences: the relationships forged, the support services provided, the social-emotional needs met. … Read more

4 Ways to Build a Strong Professional Learning Network for Innovation and Growth

Problem solving is a key skill in teaching. But in the past year, especially, the problems in need of a solution seem to have grown exponentially. How do we teach kids online and in person at the same time? How do we build a strong community of learners when, in some cases, kids haven’t seen … Read more

Teachers Shouldn’t Tiptoe Around Politics When It Directly Impacts Our Students

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

Posted Jan. 20, 2021

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

Posted Jan. 13, 2021

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

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EdSurge’s 2020 Year in Review: The Top 10 K-12 Stories, as Chosen by You

At the end of every year, EdSurge rounds up a collection of its top stories based on clicks, shares and website traffic—and no year in our short history has been quite as dramatic as this one. The pandemic that 10 months ago transformed daily life left educators with a slate of questions that would have … Read more

We Must Be Disciples for Our Students in 2021

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Posted Dec. 28, 2020

It was that kind of day. Parents and teachers know the one: the day before the holiday break. The day when all grades are due,…

Posted Dec. 29, 2020

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators nationwide, and the world over, have had to adapt how they provide services to children and families.…

Posted Dec. 29, 2020

2020 was the pits.  More than 300,000 Americans died from COVID. A dearth of presidential leadership that led to the politicization of wearing masks—the single…

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Expand Perspectives on Preventing Substance Misuse – Explore the Dose of Knowledge Panel Discussion On-Demand 

Initiating conversations with students about the dangers of substance misuse can be difficult to navigate. As instances of substance misuse continue to be too common and as young people faced increased stress, anxiety, and isolation during these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we all play an active role helping students understand the dangers of drug misuse.   CVS Health in partnership with Discovery Education presented … Read more