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Student Well-Being How Schools Can Redeploy Teachers in Creative Ways During COVID-19
To address the complex academic and emotional needs of students who are returning to school—either physically or virtually—some schools are experimenting with new staffing models.
Catherine Gewertz, August 5, 2020
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Curriculum How Top Teachers Make Student Voice a High Priority
The winners of the 2019-2020 Milken Educator Awards reflect on how they invite students' questions about the world and encourage them to share their perspectives.
Sarah Schwartz, March 11, 2020
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Teaching Profession 35 States Have Teacher-Leadership Policies, But Not All Give Extra Pay or Incentives
Fewer than half of states offer teacher-leaders extra pay and/or other incentives, like a reduction in course load, according to a new analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Madeline Will, October 28, 2019
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Teaching Profession How Can States and Districts Make Teacher-Leadership Roles More Effective?
A report by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching delivers recommendations for creating a formal system of teacher leadership.
Madeline Will, June 6, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Spark Empathy During Test-Prep Season: Lessons From a 5th Grade Math Teacher in Brooklyn
Empatico is a great way to spark empathy and energy in your students during testing season.
May 14, 2019
3 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Being a Teacher and a Student: From Burnout to Balance
Teacher-burnout rates are on the rise. To stay invested for the long haul, it's important to keep the balance between being the teacher and being a lifelong learner.
May 13, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion New Teacher, You Didn't Do It Wrong
Before you clean up, lock the classroom door, and head into your first summer as a teacher, I want you to know one thing: You didn't do it wrong.
May 13, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Fill Your Own Bucket: How to Refill Our Teacher Leader Buckets
When our buckets are running low, we should take some time for ourselves so that we can get back to being the types of teacher leaders our schools and our professions need us to be.
April 24, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Sparking Empathy: I Used to Think ... But Now I Know ...
Empatico affords my students the opportunity to connect in a powerful way with students from a different part of the county. Not only did they shatter some of their misconceptions but they also created an opportunity to use their new skills to engage with community leaders and impact social change.
April 23, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Why We Must Teach Perspective-Taking When Developing Empathy
All people face challenges, adversity, and have personal experiences that may be driving their behavior. Our willingness to take different perspectives or look at the world from a different point of view is what will ensure empathy is part of our minds and hearts. And empathy makes our society a more caring, kind, and accepting place for all of us to live.
April 19, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Who Drives the Bus at Your School?
If a school is metaphorically a bus, who drives it? Traditionally, a principal does. He or she provides direction and motivation, presses the gas and brake when needed, and lets passengers--or teachers--on and off. But the best principals offer teachers opportunities to drive--or at least navigate--the bus without abandoning them, which is important because most teachers appreciate leaders with a shared sense of responsibility.
April 18, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion The Power of Words: On "Classics" and "Canon"
This work must be led by those who have been historically oppressed, and if I want to support them, that means I must work to explore their writing and show my students just how powerful those voices are.
Christina Torres, April 16, 2019
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Professional Development Opinion Why Teachers Pay Teachers, Teachers of Instagram, and Teach Your Heart Out Are Not the Signs of the Apocalypse You Think They Are
This splashy new normal in education is creating change--most of it wonderful, some of it troubling. But this wonderful and brave new world for teachers with diverse places to look for content, mentors, materials, and inspiration has made what's arguably one of the toughest jobs in America just a tiny bit easier. And that's something wonderful.
April 9, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Snowshoes and Songbirds
As the cold winter months give way to spring, are you finding comfort in the familiar or forging ahead on a new path. 2014 Montana State Teacher of the Year Anna Baldwin discovers an unexpected metaphor in the juxtaposition of snowshoes and songbirds.
March 15, 2019
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