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Creating Professional Learning Communities as part of your Professional Development Plan offers an excellent way to build and improve relationships between teachers while deepening their knowledge and expanding their skill sets. Read this article from LaRena Heath for four concrete suggestions to help educators get the most out of professional learning communities.
This Edutopia article provides four assessment strategies that can help maximize teachers’ in-person time and promote rich, engaging assessment: • One-on-one conferences • Higher-order thinking assignments • Digital quizzes (Common Sense Education has a “best of” list) • Digital writing discussions
Providing continual professional development and support for teachers to ensure their pedagogy is anti-bias and anti-racist. Explore five things educators can do to address bias in schools as identified by the National Education Association.
Read 6 considerations for MTSS in a pandemic to hear a middle school coordinator’s perspective for multi-tiered systems of support during a pandemic. It includes a discussion about ensuing Tier 1 supports are not overlooked to focus on individualized supports.
Many families have experienced significant income changes in the pandemic, and this tool helps families appeal financial aid packages.
A video of educator Dena Simmons on engaging in antiracist work in the classroom.
To take the topic to the classroom level, share 6 Ways to Embed Mental Wellness into Classroom Culture for High School Students. The article from EVERFI offers practical advice and activities to help teachers address mental health in the classroom culture.
Creating strategic data cycles from assessment data will support schools in optimal prioritization. Educators need diagnostic data to inform them of students’ mastery of grade-appropriate knowledge and skills. Continual formative assessment will help teachers and schools assess progress towards grade level. This article from Edutopia outlines seven key formative assessment strategies that teachers can implement using templates …
Read this Edutopia article for language ideas and inspiration. The author combed through teacher comments and articles by experienced educators to identify phrases that empower learners and create a supportive environment.
Providing communication that is accessible to all the families that you are serving is the key to successful family engagement. Read this post from Kathleen Morris for examples of creative ways districts and schools are communicating with families.
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