Leadership

A Teacher’s Guide to Professional Learning

Kim Greene  January 12th, 2015 

In a recent meeting among Instructor magazine’s editors, we talked about the difference between the terms “professional development” and “professional learning.”...

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Focus on the three Cs for a bright new year: Children, community and communication

Cindy Marten  January 6th, 2015 

While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...

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Jump start your 2015 with a school- or district-wide needs assessment

Lois Bridges  December 31st, 2014 

A new year always holds the promise of a fresh start. Consider how you might reinvigorate your district’s commitment to student achievement, and jump start 2015 with a...

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Our five most popular posts of 2014

Tyler Reed  December 23rd, 2014 

We've published to this blog 238 times this year (and counting!). As we near the end of 2014, I'm feeling thankful for the many people who have contributed to edu@...

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Five big education stories in 2014

Tyler Reed  December 15th, 2014  Comments • 1
We've had plenty to talk about in 2014 -- from Common Core to teachers unions to Chromebooks and blended learning. Here are five big education stories that kept my attention... Read more

Three ideas for boosting family engagement from Carmen Fariña

Alexandra Wladich  December 12th, 2014 

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...

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Five inspiring superintendents we met this year

Kim Greene  December 11th, 2014 

Whether we’ve met at conferences or talked by phone, the staff of Scholastic Administrator magazine has had the pleasure of crossing paths with many inspiring...

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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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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 1...

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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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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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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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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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Mini-PD: The keys to effective classroom management

Alexandra Wladich  September 29th, 2014 

Last week, we hosted a "Mini-PD" session via Google Hangout focused on “The Keys to Effective Classroom Management.” Panelist Kelly Bergman, a master of classroom...

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Can raising expectations help students build a growth mindset?

Tyler Reed  September 19th, 2014 

We've blogged several times about the importance of students having a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset) about their intelligence -- helping them understand that...

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Why you shouldn’t miss your state reading conference (and a giveaway!)

Maria Walther  September 17th, 2014  Comments • 6

 What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...

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Five memorable soundbites from the NYT Schools for Tomorrow conference

Wayne D'Orio  September 11th, 2014 

This year’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow conference focused mostly on higher education, but there was plenty of chatter about hot-button K-12 issues such as...

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In New York City, a push for pre-K

Suzanne McCabe  September 9th, 2014 

On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.

Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...

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Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development

Steve Wyborney  September 4th, 2014  Comments • 3

I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!

Two months ago I would have said, “No...

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Advice to help you personalize professional learning this year

Wayne D'Orio  August 26th, 2014 

One of the best parts about embarking on a new school year is the ability to start fresh. It’s equivalent to grabbing that first blank piece of paper (or more likely...

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Things to consider for this school year

Alexandra Wladich  August 22nd, 2014 

As Teacher Week @ Scholastic comes to a close, NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña leaves us with some valuable “C” words to consider during this school year.

The seven (foot) steps to a smoother school year

Steve Wyborney  August 18th, 2014 

When a new school year approaches, I often drift back to work a little early.  You probably do too.

You may already be checking your mailbox, arranging your desks,...

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Relentlessly pursuing universal preschool

Alexandra Wladich  August 14th, 2014 

Last week, Scholastic and Los Angeles Universal Preschool hosted the first-ever Preschool Nation Summit from the Scholastic Auditorium in New York City. Preschool Nation...

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