"What are your strengths?" The sad truth, says Yvette Jackson, is that many students in urban schools are asked this question so infrequently that they may not be sure how to respond. If you ask instead what they are passionate about, you can take the first step toward unlocking their greatest strengths. Listen here for more ideas.
"In honor of students with special needs, and the educators who are passionate about their educational and personal lives, let’s take a quick look at how the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), affects five aspects related to special education students," writes Janet Hale.
Whether we lead in an isolated environment or a more diverse and integrated system, it is up to us as teachers to prepare the students for the realities of the world beyond our classrooms. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Educators need the tools to reflect and deeply connect with students and their families. Providing culturally relevant professional development equips educators with the right skills for teaching today's students: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Disrupting inequity needs to start with district- and schoolwide examination of the systemic and cultural barriers to equity," writes Dan French in this ASCD Express article. It only takes a few committed educators to start an equity initiative. Read how: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"If we treat worksheets as a tool or resource (much like technology), we can think critically about how they are used, as opposed to simply following a publisher’s script," writes Ross Cooper. Read his blog post for a few effective ways to use worksheets in the classroom: [ Bit.ly Link ]
We know that curriculum is the core of the classroom experience, but what makes a quality curriculum? In this definitive, step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to design, revise, or adopt curriculum aligned to student success: [ Bit.ly Link ]
It is difficult to deny that there is a difference between some schools when it comes to opportunities, teacher quality, and resources available. So what do we do and how can we take action as educators? [ Bit.ly Link ]
We are at a place where division has been sown and it is disrupting the establishment of schools as safe, secure learning places for all. What do we do? It’s on us. Teachers, educators, parents, and communities. [ Bit.ly Link ]