Learning the Language of Respectful, Actionable Feedback

Kevin Feldman  April 20th, 2015 
We want to be certain that our communication processes provide constructive conversations and that, in turn, those conversations help lead to more effective practices.

10 Steps to System Change: Napa Valley USD’s Literacy Intervention Success Story

Laura Ryan  April 17th, 2015 

In 2001, California began a pilot version of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). I was Director of Special Education at Napa Valley Unified School District at...

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Leading and Lagging Indicators: A New Way of Looking at Student Data

Scott Traub  April 16th, 2015 
However, many stakeholders feel like something is missing—the data they are using doesn’t tell the whole story, and it’s difficult to turn this information into action

Putting Math@Work to Work

David Dockterman  April 14th, 2015 

How often have you heard students complain in math class, “When am I ever going to use this?” The honest answer, in most cases beyond arithmetic, is “probably never.” I...

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What If You're Not Einstein?

Suzanne McCabe  April 10th, 2015 
Fred Lepore and I were both English majors in college who took Physics for Poets. Perhaps my mistake was to take the course Pass/Fail.

All Students Should Be Struggling Learners

David Dockterman  April 8th, 2015 
After a recent talk on academic and growth mindsets, a member of the audience came up to thank me and noted how judiciously I had avoided the label “struggling students.”

How One Illinois District Shifted the Professional Development Paradigm

Jan Mulqueeny  April 7th, 2015 
Rigor, argumentation, identifying evidence from the text, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency…

The History of Silent Reading: Mysterious and Instructive

Marilyn Jager Adams  April 6th, 2015 

Written language, in one form or another, has been around for thousands of years, alphabetic scripts for more than 3,000. Even so, the notion that written language was to...

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The Keys to Managing Community Expectations Around Test Scores

Susan Gendron  April 2nd, 2015 
With spring testing upon us, many school and district leaders are worried about a potential dip in test scores. They’re right to worry

How Learning Walks Have Renewed Passions for Teaching in My District

Amy Kilbridge  March 31st, 2015 

One of the best strategies to increase student achievement is to “develop a ’laser-like‘ focus on improving teaching,” says Dr. Kevin Feldman.

Getting Through March Madness: Five Ways Administrators Can Help Teachers

Meenoo Rami  March 30th, 2015 

This is the hardest time of the year for many of us in the classroom. The never-ending days of winter, the testing season, and the overall feeling that all of us are in a...

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A Conversation with Math Educator Marilyn Burns

Tyler Reed  March 27th, 2015 

I always look forward to emails from Marilyn Burns, because she often writes things like this:

“I'm back from school. My, I love being in the classroom with...

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Before Writing, It Helps to Listen

Suzanne McCabe  March 26th, 2015 

Last fall, we welcomed 32 students from across the country and around the world to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Actionable Feedback for Teachers: A Missing Element in School Improvement

Kevin Feldman  March 23rd, 2015 
How many times in the past month have you been solicited for feedback (restaurants, rental cars, airlines, dentist etc.)? For most of us the answer is countless times

Growth Mindset and Testing: What We Can Learn From The Hunger Games

Eduardo Briceño  March 20th, 2015 
In The Hunger Games, at the Training Center before the “games” begin, Katniss Everdeen operates with a growth mindset. Her goal during those sessions is to improve, not to... Read more

Here's How We Created a Communications Plan to Share Our School's Ed Tech Vision

Kai Johnson  March 19th, 2015 

Central to any vision for integrating technology into schools should be a commitment to candid discussion and communication about that vision with parents.

In the...

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How We Ensure All of Our District's Students Have Access to Books

Kelli Cedo  March 17th, 2015 

In the Virginia Beach Public Schools, our Title 1 organization has established that equity and adequacy are the pillars by which we...

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How to Create a School Culture Where Digital Learning Thrives

Eric Sheninger  March 13th, 2015 

This post is adapted from one that was originally published on Eric's blog, A Principal's Reflections.

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work...

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The Many Identities of a Learner

David Dockterman  March 11th, 2015  Comments • 1

Although many educators like putting students into learning style buckets – Lisa is a visual learner; Vinod is kinesthetic; Pat is auditory – no research supports that we...

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Math Standards Can Be Applied Across the Curriculum. Here's One Way to Do it.

Mary Mitchell  March 9th, 2015 

Individual math practice or process standards don’t have to be used in isolation in math class.

They can easily span across the curriculum. We can see this in action...

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The Value of "Community Reads" Experiences

Brent Harrington  March 6th, 2015 

The middle school journey is complex and often tumultuous. Social challenges, physical changes, and academic expectations are often at odds as students traverse the...

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Integrating Technology in Your Literacy Block: Best Practices for Getting Started

Monica Burns  March 5th, 2015 

In today’s 21st century classrooms, technology is no longer an add-on, but an essential component of student learning. In order for students to truly be college- and...

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Family Engagement: An Impetus for Student Success

Kelli Cedo  March 3rd, 2015 

In 2010, as Title 1 Coordinator in Virginia Beach Public Schools, I had an a-ha moment regarding how we were and weren’t serving our Title I families in support of their “...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (4-1)

Phyllis C. Hunter  March 2nd, 2015 

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

What Does a Good Preschool Classroom Look Like?

Suzanne McCabe  February 26th, 2015  Comments • 2

It's a delicate dance in early childhood education these days. Teachers, principals, SETAs (Special Education Teacher Assistants), and administrators must manage the...

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