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January 22, 2019

Should We Be Teaching Optimism?

So tell students to try to compile their own facts and make their own opinions. The idea is the teach children how to think, not what to think, and see if you can intentionally help your students, your children, and yourself be more optimistic.

January 08, 2019

Should Fewer Black Students Receive Special Education Services?

A recent New York Times article states that there is an effort to "delay an Obama-era rule to prevent disproportionate numbers of minority children from becoming funneled into special education classes." Doug Green examines who special education students are and the struggles he faced as a school principal to ensure services for all students who needed them.

December 25, 2018

College Is Only One Option for Kids

Dr. Doug Green shares why schools need to pay more attention to vocational education because not every student will be successful in college. Read on to hear his advice.

December 16, 2018

Earning Good Grades Versus Learning

Giving up grades may sound impossible, but it isn't. Read Amanda Gaughan's research on the topic and see if you can start to adjust your assessment practices.

December 03, 2018

Shifting the Conversation: Change, Growth, and Assessment

Read how Michael Marchione is making sure students know they are more than just a number.

November 27, 2018

Bridging the Gap in a Rural School District Through Personalized Learning

Sam Brooks, the personalized-learning supervisor in Putnam County, Tenn., shares his journey along with strategies for other educators. Putnam is a rural district that's using digital innovation to personalize learning and keep kids connected.

November 19, 2018

How to Survive the First Report Card

Do you hate putting grades on report cards? Check out these tips to de-emphasize grading and focus on learning.

October 04, 2018

Why Do We Have Elite Schools?

If indeed New York City does change the way students are admitted to elite schools, they are playing a zero sum game and the kids at the non-elite schools will continue to receive an inferior education. Perhaps someday they can follow my plan as they see innovative smaller districts roll it out. In the meantime, they will no doubt continue with their own version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

September 23, 2018

Relationships: The Key to Moving from Teaching to Leading

Guest blogger Greg Fredricks shares his experience moving from teacher to leader in the Arlington Central School system. Read as he shares how relationships are at the heart of what is important in his new role.

September 18, 2018

Educators' Powerful Role in Motivation and Engagement

Guest blogger Tara Brown says, "Helping kids feel seen, heard and validated sends a clear message that kids are more important than content. Every emotional deposit, every positive connection from adults in the building increases a child's sense of well being and desire to be a part of the process. School staff who lead with their hearts have a strong commitment to making sure that every person's day is better because they interacted with me."

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