How to get kids thinking like investigative reporters

Tyler Reed  November 20th, 2014 

I've spent my morning and evening commutes this week getting caught up on the Serial podcast, which just about everyone, it seems, is listening to.

How I elevate learning through play

Michelle Colte  November 17th, 2014 

Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September 2014....

Do we need standardized tests? A. Yes; B. No; C. Sometimes (explain)

Suzanne McCabe  November 13th, 2014  Comments • 1

Will the new Common Core assessments serve as effective learning tools? Or will they exacerbate the "teaching to the test" anxiety that permeates many classrooms?

A design guide for blended learning: Q & A with Heather Staker

Tyler Reed  November 12th, 2014 

As schools and leaders across the country consider technology's role in student learning, Heather Staker and Michael Horn have served as guides.

A no-fail Twitter guide for educators

Kim Greene  November 11th, 2014 

When you hear the words “professional development,” what do you picture? Some educators might imagine early morning workshops in classrooms or school resource rooms. For...

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Nell Duke on early literacy development: Talk to kids in the kitchen!

Alexandra Wladich  November 10th, 2014 

There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a...

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Data driven professional learning: Making it visible and quantifiable

Duncan Young  November 7th, 2014 

On Wednesday, I outlined three of four steps to creating a results-driven professional learning strategy in your school or district.

To review:

Step...

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Data driven professional learning: Four steps to a results-driven strategy

Duncan Young  November 5th, 2014 

Margaret Cho once said, “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”

If the goal of professional learning is to have a powerful positive impact on student...

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Why Percy Jackson rocks: Dispelling the myth of the deficient text

Lois Bridges  November 3rd, 2014  Comments • 2

Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...

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Overcoming STEM hurdles

Wayne D'Orio  October 31st, 2014 

In theory, doesn’t everyone support boosting investment in science, technology, engineering and math education in schools? Districts are trying to make sure students leave...

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Our ultimate list of links and resources on family engagement (and a giveaway!)

Alexandra Wladich  October 30th, 2014  Comments • 8

Family and Community Engagement is on my mind this week as we get close to the kickoff of the fourth annual National Family and Community...

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The seven pillars of effective digital leadership

Eric Sheninger  October 29th, 2014 

This post is adapted from one that was originally published on the TeachThought blog.

The brain: Your built-in storytelling app

Tyler Reed  October 27th, 2014 

Research on how the brain functions and how it operates while a person reads shows that the organ is constantly telling stories.

To tackle blended learning, start by visiting other classrooms and schools

Tyler Reed  October 24th, 2014 

It being Connected Educators Month and all, it seemed fitting last night when Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark encouraged educators to take time to get out of their own...

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What's the future of blended learning?

Tyler Reed  October 22nd, 2014 

We need your help. In the next installment of our "Mini-PD" series of Google+ Hangouts, we'll be joined by Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark for a conversation about the...

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Why today’s school leaders must become digital leaders

Eric Sheninger  October 17th, 2014 

This post is adapted from one that was originally published on the TeachThought blog.

Shaping chaos: The National Book Award finalists

Suzanne McCabe  October 15th, 2014 

The selection of National Book Award finalists brings good news for "a young marine who served in Iraq, a cartoonist at The New Yorker, the co-founder of a small...

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The read-aloud: Paper or pixels?

Lois Bridges  October 14th, 2014 

Paper or pixels? What’s best for the read-aloud? Increasingly, that’s the question both parents and teachers are asking as beloved picture books navigate to the screen....

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8 tips for the smoothest field trip ever

Hope Crocker  October 13th, 2014 

I heard the other day that October is National Field Trip Month. (It seems like they have a month dedicated to almost everything these days, doesn't it?) I thought it...

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School librarians helping to facilitate global connections

Colleen Graves  October 9th, 2014 

Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September...

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Are we doing enough to create a climate of kindness in schools?

Judy Goldberg  October 8th, 2014  Comments • 2

Here’s a question for all of you who are reading this (as well as for myself!): Are we really doing enough to...

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Checking in with teachers on the Common Core

Anne Sparkman  October 3rd, 2014 

One year after we shared the views of teachers through the comprehensive research report, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change...

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Resources for National Diversity Day

Alexandra Wladich  October 2nd, 2014 

We know that today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We also know how critically important it is for children to have books and resources they can connect to on a...

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One school librarian's goal for the year: Empower student voice

Andy Plemmons  October 1st, 2014 

Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in...

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Helping students learn to read like investigators (and a giveaway!)

Alexandra Wladich  September 30th, 2014 

“Close reading can’t wait until seventh grade or junior year in high school. It needs to find its niche in kindergarten and the years just beyond if we mean to build...

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