Can raising expectations help students build a growth mindset?

Tyler Reed  September 19th, 2014 

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...

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Why you shouldn’t miss your state reading conference (and a giveaway!)

Maria Walther  September 17th, 2014  Comments • 5

 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...

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Scholastic Mini-PD: Best practices in instructional leadership for principals

Tyler Reed  September 16th, 2014 

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...

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Do you remember when you were 11?

Alexandra Wladich  September 12th, 2014 

Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.

Five memorable soundbites from the NYT Schools for Tomorrow conference

Wayne D'Orio  September 11th, 2014 

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...

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In New York City, a push for pre-K

Suzanne McCabe  September 9th, 2014 

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...

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Practical tips for teachers: Strengthening relationships with parents

Tyler Reed  September 8th, 2014 

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...

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Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development

Steve Wyborney  September 4th, 2014  Comments • 2

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...

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You CAN learn that!

Hope Crocker  September 3rd, 2014 

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...

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Launching the school year with logic

Mary Mitchell  September 2nd, 2014  Comments • 2

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...

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The evolving role of principal – practical advice from proven practitioners

Susan Gendron  August 29th, 2014 

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...

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Three ways schools can find time for teachers to collaborate

Mary Mitchell  August 28th, 2014 

Guest blogger, Cary Harrod is the District Instructional Technology Specialist in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her post:

Back-to-school book recommendations for kids

Tyler Reed  August 27th, 2014 

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...

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Advice to help you personalize professional learning this year

Wayne D'Orio  August 26th, 2014 

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...

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Back to school ideas and a sweepstakes!

Hope Crocker  August 25th, 2014  Comments • 13

Great teachers take time at the beginning of the year to create classroom communities. Each new group of students brings with them divergent interests, abilities, cultures...

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