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Reading & Literacy What Teachers Can Do to Help Struggling Readers Who Feel Ashamed
Students who are ashamed of not being able to read on grade level tend to withdraw from class or act out, experts say.
Madeline Will, January 4, 2022
8 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Experiences Are Assets: Teachers Can Help Marginalized Students Recognize Their Strengths
Society tells kids from historically marginalized backgrounds that they have limitations—but these "deficits" can actually be benefits.
Ivan A. Hernandez , December 8, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Stop Telling Students, 'You Belong!'
Researcher Greg Walton writes about 3 ways that educators can drop the buzzwords in favor of making a sense of belonging real and valuable.
Greg Walton, November 9, 2021
5 min read
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Teaching Opinion 6 Small Instructional Changes Teachers Can Make for Big Results
Increasing "wait time," offering students more choice, and differentiating instruction in simple ways are a few manageable changes.
Larry Ferlazzo, October 17, 2021
16 min read
Student Well-Being Research Center Reports Student Engagement During the Pandemic: Results of a National Survey
This report examines students' school engagement during the pandemic based on survey results from students and teachers.
October 14, 2021
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Teaching Opinion How to Break the Juvenile Detention Cycle: New Research Shows a Way
Building a relationship of mutual respect between teachers and students can make a difference.
Greg Walton, Jason Okonofua & Katie Remington Cunningham, October 13, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The Real Reason Why Students Don’t Ask Teachers for Help
Students know when they need help, but they’re embarrassed to ask. Here’s how to formalize and normalize help-seeking.
Vanessa Bohns, October 6, 2021
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From left, Mia-Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., on Sept. 21, 2021. The students are members of the Student Council Association and have been instrumental in making changes at the school.
From left, Mia Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were part of a student social justice task force that prompted big changes at their school.
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School & District Management Students Sought Changes at Their Middle School. Their Principal Listened
Principal Kambar Khoshaba initiated a student social justice task force at the middle school he leads. Students say it's had a big impact.
Denisa R. Superville, September 29, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion 'Futures Thinking' Can Help Schools Plan for the Next Pandemic
Rethinking the use of time and place for teachers and students, taking risks, and having a sound family-engagement plan also would help.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 20, 2021
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School & District Management Video Students and School Boards: The Value of Student Engagement
A student school board member from Maryland offers advice to educators, board members, and his peers on the importance of student activism.
Eric Harkleroad, September 10, 2021
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Student Well-Being Webinar Reengaging Students: Seizing the Moment to Foster Student Success
With an infusion of federal funding from Covid-relief aid, districts and schools have a unique opportunity to invest in more whole child student supports to help recoup academic ground. Engaging families is an important part
August 31, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Q&A Collections: Relationships in Schools
Ten years of posts about why and how teachers should prioritize building and sustaining positive relationships with their students.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 18, 2021
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