What do my students really understand? Building a Bridge from Virtual to In-Person Learning

By Annie Patterson / October 19, 2020

In an in-person classroom, teachers can walk around and take a look at student work, listen in to learners’ conversations, and quickly confer to clarify misconceptions. But in virtual classrooms, students sit behind cameras turned off, too shy sometimes to even type responses to their teachers, much less ask for […]

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Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act

By Evan Kennedy / October 12, 2020

Teacher residency programs are growing throughout the United States as research continues to demonstrate their ability to diversify the education workforce and increase retention in the teaching profession. One of the many benefits of the residency model is how coursework is tightly integrated with clinical experience, pairing candidates with expert […]

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Why Arguments Matter

By Stevi Quate / October 8, 2020

As I watched the debate, I heard both candidates call each other names and question the patriotism and intelligence of their opponent. I saw cherry picking of statistics and heard outrageous exaggerations of “facts.” It reminded me of what my mom used to say way too often, “The world is […]

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Supporting English Language Learners’ Success as Remote Learners

By Moker Klaus-Quinlan / September 24, 2020

“In today’s educational climate, English Learners are expected to develop deep content knowledge, engage with complex texts, and interact with peers in sophisticated ways, all while developing proficiency in English.” –Fenner & Snyder, Unlocking English Learners’ Potential Doing school online is challenging for all of us, teachers and learners alike. And […]

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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. […]

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What is Virtual Coaching?

By Michelle Morris Jones / August 18, 2020

How can instructional coaches be of service during remote & hybrid learning? We all want to get better. The role of a Leadership or Instructional Coach is to provide job embedded professional development that mediates thinking and allows an individual to access internal resources, reflect on current actions or issues, […]

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Community in the Physical and Virtual Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / August 10, 2020

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, your extended family. For students, their learning community, the online or brick-and-mortar space in which and the people […]

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Taming Our Trauma Brain

By Katrina Litzau / July 22, 2020

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than two-thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event before the age 16. This statistic is startling. As educators, we need to be aware of the effects of trauma on the students who enter our schools. I […]

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Same Beliefs – New Format

By Jennifer Brauner / July 22, 2020

We had two weeks from the time school closed to the re-opening fully online. Over those two weeks, several questions about learning and my students swam in my head: How will we all stay connected? How can I keep engagement going – socially, cognitively, and emotionally? What supports do students […]

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Keystone Policy Center, PEBC Announce Initiative to Increase Education System Resiliency

By Evan Kennedy / July 21, 2020

Keystone Policy Center (KPC) and the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) announced Monday the launch of the Education System Resiliency and Innovation Initiative (ESRII). The initiative assembles education system leaders, educators, government officials, and stakeholders from within and outside the education system to develop new approaches that will improve […]

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Riding the Wave: Managing Uncertainty Personally and Professionally

By Tracy Wagers / July 10, 2020

Now is a time when I’m grateful I’ve talked to my kids about mixed feelings. They like being home with me, but miss their friends. They are relishing our nature walks, but missing swimming. You’re probably experiencing similar complexities. We’re all navigating an extraordinary range of emotions, often several at […]

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PEBC stands with those calling for action against racism

By PEBC / June 1, 2020

We are grieving. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Our hearts are also with the countless others who have been impacted and devastated by racism, hate, bias, and/or violence. The call for action cannot continue to go unanswered. We must activate to counter the forces that habitually marginalize communities of […]

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