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Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

This post was written by student learning specialist Kelly Koller and psychologist Byron McClure. Kelly: Last spring when schools shifted online, I was worried about kids spending too much time on their screens. I started wondering, “What gifts do I have to contribute and how can I help?” The environment and the outdoors have always been an interest of mine and I’ve done lots of … Continue reading Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

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My #TeacherStrong Strategy: Overcoming Doubts to Teach Successful Science Labs Online

This post was written my 4th & 5th grade math & science educator Sonia Myers. When we went to distance learning in the spring, it was crisis management mode. I felt as if everything I did in the classroom couldn’t be related to distance learning. Having the summer to look at different platforms and do professional development and talk to other teachers, I realized I … Continue reading My #TeacherStrong Strategy: Overcoming Doubts to Teach Successful Science Labs Online

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Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. One evening in early 2016, my classmates and I attended a school board meeting to lobby our elected representatives. Our presence in the room was unusual — typically students in Kentucky are invited to school board meetings to be seen, not heard. We planned to break that tradition, but by then, we were used to … Continue reading Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips

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19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

This post was written by educator Emily Vizzo. Back-to-school season is here, and for many educators, that means more distance learning. Despite the distance, though, you’re still the same kind, caring, and skilled educator. Positive energy, curiosity, and support translate through the screen, and your students can feel it. Much of your existing practice can still be effective online. Higher-order questions, Socratic seminar, free writes, … Continue reading 19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

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8 Tips for Developing Your Own Virtual PLC

This post was written by Sam Northern, a National Board Certified Elementary School Librarian, National Geographic Certified Educator, and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. There’s a common misconception that a school librarian’s work is distinct from a classroom educator’s work. But as a school librarian, I want to show my peers that I can serve as a curriculum specialist and directly support their professional growth. Unexpectedly, the … Continue reading 8 Tips for Developing Your Own Virtual PLC