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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
By Scott Sterling A professional learning community is only as strong as the sum of its parts. A group of apathetic teachers will only produce apathetic results. Part of that can be solved by the initial grouping, but some things need to be left to the individual educators. Here are
By Rita M. Bean and Jacy Ippolito, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets In the initial month of school, coaches often wonder how they can productively spend their time. They understand the demands on teachers, who are busy setting up their classrooms and getting to know their students. Some new coaches indicate
By Scott Sterling One of the key pieces of the beginning of the school year is the establishment or reestablishment of a school’s professional learning communities (PLCs). Although PLCS are a common practice in modern education, perhaps a school has a new leadership team or quite a few new teachers.