We've blogged several times about the importance of students having a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset) about their intelligence -- helping them understand that...Read more
What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...Read more
What does it mean to be an "instructional leader" of a school?
In this "Mini-PD" session recorded on Google+ last night, Sharon Wolder and Sue Szachowicz, the...Read more
Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.
This year’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow conference focused mostly on higher education, but there was plenty of chatter about hot-button K-12 issues such as...Read more
On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.
Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...Read more
Educators know very well the importance of having strong partnerships with parents, yet building these can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Scholastic...Read more
I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!
Two months ago I would have said, “No...Read more
It's a new school year! How are you approaching the "productive struggle" of learning?
Consider the importance of expectations. When we expect a task to be easy, it...Read more
Similar to spending time at the beginning of the school year teaching classroom routines -- walking in hallways, turning in homework, etc. -- we also need to establish...Read more
In recent discussions with school and district leaders, a consistent theme continues to emerge: School leadership is more important – but harder – than ever. This past...Read more
Guest blogger, Cary Harrod is the District Instructional Technology Specialist in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her post:
The experts at Scholastic Instructor magazine have curated a great list of "Back-to-School Reads" for the latest issue. The list includes books for kids in grades PreK-8...Read more
One of the best parts about embarking on a new school year is the ability to start fresh. It’s equivalent to grabbing that first blank piece of paper (or more likely...Read more