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Educators Should Steal Google’s Secret About Creativity
When students are given creative freedom in the classroom, they have the opportunity to tackle problems connected to their interests, says Matt Presser. Read more.
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"A call to refocus on the student, the writing in front of us" (Aimee Buckner). What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead instructional decisions about writing? When Writers Drive the Workshop shows teachers how to empower students in every aspect of writing workshop. Preview the entire book online!

Let the Games Begin: How to Design Successful 'Edutainment'
Students need choice and voice to be truly engaged in their learning. Marcia Powell shares strategies to design successful educational gaming opportunities with student buy-in. Read more.
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How to Start a STEAM Program in Your School
Now more than ever, it is essential to prepare students for the careers of the future. Adding "Art & Design" to STEM can help students develop their creative and technical confidence. This guide contains eleven tips and four case studies to help kick-start or supercharge your STEAM program. Download now!

Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom
As studies continue to prove the educational value of podcasts, educators across the country are using them to teach research skills, critical thinking, and storytelling. Here's how they do it. Read more.
(Teaching Now)
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Regular Public School Teachers Miss More School Than Charter Teachers, Study Finds
(Education Week)
‘Kindness Curriculum’ Shown to Improve Grades and Relationship Skills
(Curriculum Matters)
Paid Maternity Leave for Teachers? California Is Considering It
(Teacher Beat)
Texas Teachers Scramble to Rebuild Classrooms Destroyed by Harvey
(Teaching Now)
State School Chiefs Offer ‘Playbook’ on Improving Teacher Preparation
(Teacher Beat)
Could an App Help Teachers Recognize Their Own Biases?
(Teacher Beat)
Hurricane Harvey Shuttered Her School, But Not Her Teaching
(Digital Education)
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A Teacher's Struggle With Student Anxiety
(Education Week)
Don't Stifle Conflict in the Classroom
(Education Week)
Looking Back at ‘Capturing the Spark’
(Capturing the Spark)
New Teachers Should ‘Leave Gossip for Tabloids & Reality Shows’
(Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)
Let’s Be Honest: Professional Bullying in Schools Is a Thing
(Teacher-Leader Voices)
Why Short Stories May Not Help Struggling Readers
(Teaching for the Whole Story)
Let the Learning Lead, Not the Label
(Work in Progress)
A Classroom Strategy: Brain Breaks Allow Students to Refocus (Video)
Tita Ugalde, a 2nd grade teacher in Los Angeles, explains how giving "brain breaks" lets her students shake out their extra energy and refuel in between lessons. Watch video.
Closing the Achievement Gap
FREE! In this Spotlight, see how positive school climates are narrowing gaps between low-income students and their peers, learn how schools are enrolling English-language learners in gifted classes, and read about the need for a more diverse teaching force. See other Spotlights.
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Creating an SEL Roadmap: A District’s Journey to Support the Whole Child
Everett Public Schools, Wash., is undertaking a coordinated, districtwide approach to social-emotional learning (SEL). Join education leaders from Everett to learn about their journey to create a consolidated approach to behavior programs, tiered student support, and trauma-informed practices through the district’s use of social-emotional learning curriculum and data. Click here to attend this free live event.
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Access, Engage & Express: How to Personalize Learning Using the UDL Lens
Find out how educators can create a practical personalized learning classroom environment for every student. Join our webinar to learn instructional strategies that motivate students by incorporating their personal interests and natural ability to learn. Click here to attend this free live event.
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SPONSOR WEBINAR - Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Building Buy-In for New Educational Initiatives: How Leaders Get Schools Involved
From creating a culture of high expectations to providing job satisfaction amongst faculty, this webinar will cover the steps to take and the questions to ask to get schools involved. Click here to attend this free live event.
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1. Death to the Behavior Chart! 3 Reasons to Resist the Lure of Punishments and Rewards (Opinion)
2. A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners (Opinion)
3. Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson (Opinion)
4. Mistakes New Teachers Make & How to Avoid Them (Opinion)
5. Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

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