Practice and Implementation Strategies

Using Neuroscience to Launch a Research-Informed School Schedule

It is 8 p.m. and Sam is sitting down for the first time in hours after a long day at school, which was followed by play practice; she is Liesel in the upcoming performance of “The Sound of Music.” After leaving school at 5 p.m., she had a two-hour soccer practice, a brief dinner with her family and a shower.

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

With the continued funding challenges educators face, it’s crucial to pick an education resource that will yield the best return on investment and support learning outcomes for your district. Yet, with with the wide variety of edtech resources available, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Myth vs. Fact: How Much Do You Know About Edtech Usage in Schools? [Infographic]

There's a lot of amazing edtech software out there these days, but is it actually being used effectively to make classrooms more productive? As you'll see below, many school districts across the U.S. are not getting the most from their edtech investments. Discover how Clever Goals is helping districts turn learning software into student achievement.

The ABCs of SEL (or, the Impact of Social-Emotional Learning)

Historically, students have been evaluated primarily on the basis of test scores and subject matter mastery. These factors remain relevant, of course. But now that we can better measure facets of SEL, how can we integrate data from students' social-emotional lives with data from their academic lives to better understand and support the whole child? More specifically, how is SEL associated with attendance, behavior and course performance (ABC)—and how do these associations vary across student demographics or educational contexts?

Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.

Picture this: It’s Monday and Ms. D’Angelo, a seventh-grade science teacher in the South Bronx, gives her students a homework assignment about food chains that is due in one week. The assignment asks students to teach a family member about this concept by completing a model food chain together.

Teachers: Don’t Feel Guilty About What You Can’t Do. The System Needs to Change.

Over the past week, friends of mine—former colleagues who teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District—stood outside their school, exposed to the cold, rain and loss of daily wages.

Student Pushback Is Frustrating, but It Made Me a Better Teacher

I was driving to work listening to Dan Carlin’s political podcast “Common Sense.” Carlin was explaining how to make history relevant to all students, whether it's the history of hip-hop music, the evolution of the coffee industry or a person you pass on the street. What stayed with me that day: everything and everyone has a history—but history doesn't matter to students if it's not relevant to their own lives.

Our Student-Led Conferences Were Falling Short. Here’s What We Changed.

“Focus on your mantra,” I told myself. “Breathe in and out, go to your zen place,” my inner voice whispered. I wasn’t practicing yoga or daily meditation. I was preparing for parent-teacher conferences.After over a decade of teaching in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and encountering countless parents aggressively accuse me of dashing the dreams of their children by giving them a B, I had developed a preparation ritual that even a practiced yogi would envy.

Why This Chicago Tutoring Center Wants to Be the ‘Whole Foods’ of Education

When Gil Gibori searches for an analogy to describe the model behind his new premium tutoring center, The House, he’s apt to touch on a few big names, including WeWork, the Apple Genius Bar and, perhaps most unusually, the premium grocer Whole Foods.

How to Keep Kids From Being Mean Online

There are endless distractions for kids these days—from games to music and social media. Some are serious and hurtful, too, like bullying. And all of this is amplified online.

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