By Scott Sterling These days, a teacher cannot go 10 minutes without reading an email, tweet, or Facebook post about STEM. It’s understandable if you’ve been overloaded on the subject. That being said, Dr. William Bender’s new book, 20 Strategies for STEM Instruction, is not your typical discussion of STEM’s place in education. Instead, it […]
By Lillie G. Jessie, author of the Quick Reference Guide, 10 Principal’s Principles for High Performance in Diverse, Low-Income Schools Dr. Jeff Howard of the Efficacy Institute once wrote an article asking educators, “Whose Children Are These?” Until you can answer, “Mine,” he said, we’ll never achieve high levels of student performance. Dr. Rick DuFour, one […]
By Scott Sterling In August, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. This agency manages 59 national parks, many monuments, and other properties with its 21,000 employees. Out of the 84,000,000 acres it manages, every state is represented. Chances are, there is a National Park Service site within driving distance. Which is strange, because […]
By Scott Sterling On October 5th, the world gathers together to celebrate and give attention to teachers. World Teachers’ Day is an initiative from UNESCO that began in 1994. Although its primary purpose is to celebrate the teaching profession and its impact on the world’s children, it is also a time to discuss the issues […]
By Scott Sterling We’re all aware of the statistics that point out teacher attrition and how the issue is one of the most important that harms education today. It’s become simply too hard to hire teachers and help them stay in the classroom longer than a few years. Or is it? Although it’s not possible […]
By Jacy Ippolito and Rita M. Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets The first weeks of school are behind us, and both teachers and students are settling into familiar routines. This is when our work as coaches really begins. At this point in the year, as we are mapping out our schedules with various teachers […]
By Scott Sterling Recently, a Texas teacher made some headlines by outlining a laissez-faire approach to homework – she won’t be assigning any. For this school year, any work done at home from Brandy Young’s class will consist only of in-class work that the student did not finish. Instead, Mrs. Young advocates for homework time […]
By Scott Sterling Although educators are private citizens, they are also in the public eye (or, at least, the eyes of their students, parents, and administrators). With the growth of social media and its numerous platforms, it can be tricky for teachers to toe the line between responsible use and giving away too much information. […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second of a two-part series on helping English-language learners feel more comfortable at a new school. Read Part I here. English language learning students already have an uphill battle in acclimating to a new, unfamiliar, and complicated language, but they also tend to change education settings more frequently than […]
By Scott Sterling This is the first of a two-part series on helping English-language learners feel more comfortable at a new school. Students who speak a language other than English at home are projected to make up a third of the nation’s public school students by the end of the decade. This is a huge […]
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