A Teacher’s Guide to Professional Learning

Kim Greene  January 12th, 2015 

In a recent meeting among Instructor magazine’s editors, we talked about the difference between the terms “professional development” and “professional learning.”...

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Four Things Educators Should Know About Scholastic's Kids & Family Reading Report

Francie Alexander  January 9th, 2015 

Every other year, Scholastic surveys children and their parents on their attitudes and behaviors towards reading.

Focus on the three Cs for a bright new year: Children, community and communication

Cindy Marten  January 6th, 2015 

While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...

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Jump start your 2015 with a school- or district-wide needs assessment

Lois Bridges  December 31st, 2014 

A new year always holds the promise of a fresh start. Consider how you might reinvigorate your district’s commitment to student achievement, and jump start 2015 with a...

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Our five most popular posts of 2014

Tyler Reed  December 23rd, 2014 

We've published to this blog 238 times this year (and counting!). As we near the end of 2014, I'm feeling thankful for the many people who have contributed to edu@...

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Five big education stories in 2014

Tyler Reed  December 15th, 2014  Comments • 1
We've had plenty to talk about in 2014 -- from Common Core to teachers unions to Chromebooks and blended learning. Here are five big education stories that kept my attention... Read more

Three ideas for boosting family engagement from Carmen Fariña

Alexandra Wladich  December 12th, 2014 

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...

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Five inspiring superintendents we met this year

Kim Greene  December 11th, 2014 

Whether we’ve met at conferences or talked by phone, the staff of Scholastic Administrator magazine has had the pleasure of crossing paths with many inspiring...

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Over $1 billion invested in early learning today

Tyler Reed  December 10th, 2014 

At a White House Summit on Early Education today, President Obama announced the recipients of two sets of federal grants targeting early learning. The grants come at a...

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On early learning: By the dawn’s early light

Pam Allyn  December 8th, 2014  Comments • 1

This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...

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I was a fixed mindset and I didn’t even know it

Anne Sparkman  November 24th, 2014 

Following the education dialogue in America will every once in a while bring me to reflect on my own days as a student. Like most of us, I immediately draw upon memories...

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Getting kids thinking like investigative reporters

Tyler Reed  November 20th, 2014 

I've spent my morning and evening commutes this week getting caught up on the Serial podcast, which just about everyone, it seems, is listening to.

How I elevate learning through play

Michelle Colte  November 17th, 2014 

Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September 2014....

Do we need standardized tests? A. Yes; B. No; C. Sometimes (explain)

Suzanne McCabe  November 13th, 2014  Comments • 1

Will the new Common Core assessments serve as effective learning tools? Or will they exacerbate the "teaching to the test" anxiety that permeates many classrooms?

A design guide for blended learning: Q & A with Heather Staker

Tyler Reed  November 12th, 2014 

As schools and leaders across the country consider technology's role in student learning, Heather Staker and Michael Horn have served as guides.

A no-fail Twitter guide for educators

Kim Greene  November 11th, 2014 

When you hear the words “professional development,” what do you picture? Some educators might imagine early morning workshops in classrooms or school resource rooms. For...

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Nell Duke on early literacy development: Talk to kids in the kitchen!

Alexandra Wladich  November 10th, 2014 

There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a...

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Data driven professional learning: Making it visible and quantifiable

Duncan Young  November 7th, 2014 

On Wednesday, I outlined three of four steps to creating a results-driven professional learning strategy in your school or district.

To review:

Step 1...

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Data driven professional learning: Four steps to a results-driven strategy

Duncan Young  November 5th, 2014 

Margaret Cho once said, “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”

If the goal of professional learning is to have a powerful positive impact on student...

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Why Percy Jackson rocks: Dispelling the myth of the deficient text

Lois Bridges  November 3rd, 2014  Comments • 2

Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...

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Overcoming STEM hurdles

Wayne D'Orio  October 31st, 2014 

In theory, doesn’t everyone support boosting investment in science, technology, engineering and math education in schools? Districts are trying to make sure students leave...

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The brain: Your built-in storytelling app

Tyler Reed  October 27th, 2014 

Research on how the brain functions and how it operates while a person reads shows that the organ is constantly telling stories.

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To tackle blended learning, start by visiting other classrooms and schools

Tyler Reed  October 24th, 2014 

It being Connected Educators Month and all, it seemed fitting last night when Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark encouraged educators to take time to get out of their own...

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What's the future of blended learning?

Tyler Reed  October 22nd, 2014 

We need your help. In the next installment of our "Mini-PD" series of Google+ Hangouts, we'll be joined by Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark for a conversation about the...

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Shaping chaos: The National Book Award finalists

Suzanne McCabe  October 15th, 2014 

The selection of National Book Award finalists brings good news for "a young marine who served in Iraq, a cartoonist at The New Yorker, the co-founder of a small...

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