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Timely, effective interventions are essential to the success of students. Especially for those at high risk. Students have so much to deal with -- academic pressures, social pressures, anxiety, uncertainty about the future, -- their social-emotional needs are more important than ever. For these needs to be met, and for them to get the support they need to succeed in their classes academically, many students need targeted, small group, or even...
We thought the best way we could appreciate teachers was to share some of their stories and hopefully pass some inspiration on to others. However, for all the teachers that haven’t been featured on the news, celebrated by the media or their local community, or done any of the things these articles mention, know that what you’re doing is enough.  The workload and stress of this suddenly disrupted school year has never been...
The new school year is now in full swing, and maybe it doesn't feel so 'new' anymore. As things get hectic, what inspires you in the classroom? This week we've rounded up some stories of teachers and administrators who inspire their students in their own ways -- by remembering their heritage, believing in their power to overcome, and setting them as the motivation for change. We hope you are inspired by these educators, and let us know who...
We all want to fit in among our peers. When we're little kids wanting to play together on the playground, when we're teens in middle school anxious for the approval of our classmates, and when we're adults out in the job force -- no one wants to feel left out or rejected. It's no different for educators. In fact, the heavy workload and increasing demands of national standards may sometimes breed competition and may make a teacher's work...
There's a growing need for mental health support in schools, as student face increasing struggles with anxiety, depression, and more. But what about teacher's mental health? Teachers spend their day not only instructing and guiding students in academically but giving of themselves to help students emotionally as well. Such a giving career is without a doubt rewarding -- but it can’t be ignored that it’s draining and puts...
Now more than ever, schools are using technology in various aspects of teaching, communication between staff or staff and students, class schedules, and more. For teachers who already have a tremendous workload, learning how to use a tech tool, no matter how useful it is, may seem overwhelming. This is why a technology integration specialist can have such an important role in any school. They take the lead in technology initiatives, often...
Remember the pre-first day of school jitters you had as a kid? Multiply that by 100. It’s no surprise that first-time school teachers are filled with anticipation, excitement, fear, and self-doubt. Teaching is not just a responsibility to provide students with a meaningful education, but it’s a chance to inspire and make a long-lasting impact on their lives. What are some challenges that many first-year teachers have faced? And...
Developing curriculum takes hours, months, even years. One source estimates that it can take anywhere from 6 to 25 times the time spent teaching a course to develop its content. When the goal is to give students the best education possible, it’s no wonder so much work goes into making sure the curriculum will meet their needs. But there’s even more work involved. In addition to being involved in the curriculum development...