When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First As more and more states and countries reopen their respective economies, schools will soon follow. Early lessons can be learned on how to do this successfully where this has already happened abroad.  Even though remote learning might continue in some form preparations for in-person learning have to be made. In a recent post, I outlined eight specific focus areas that should be considered…

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Taking Care of the Adults – George Couros – Education Article

Just some thoughts swirling around in my mind… In the past few weeks, I have been discussing social-emotional learning and mental health with guests such as Tony Sinanis, Jody Carrington, and Mandy Froehlich. Why would I discuss these topics on a podcast about “Innovation” in education? This is from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “…at the heart of innovation are people, not stuff. If we always keep that truth at the forefront of our work, we are more likely to create an…

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In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever The majority of us did not see the COVID-19 pandemic coming. Up until this point, our lives were dominated by both professional and personal routines.  Sure, there might have been a few detours or hiccups that would throw us off course for a little while, but for the most part, we would all get back on track. …

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Voices from the Field: Best Practices – Education Article

By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson Schools are the foundation of our society. Our collective success depends on their success. They are responsible for building an educated and skilled workforce, ensuring an engaged citizenry, and developing critical thinkers who will solve unknown future global challenges. Community leaders and politicians are constantly trying to figure out the components that will make schools successful. All too often, these conversations, debates, and reform movements ignore the perspectives of the educators who are doing…

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Help Students Soar! Social and Emotional Learning Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! We want to inspire our students to transform the world with their ideas, creativity, and knowledge. Innovation is a difficult journey. The greatest inventions that transformed the world took thousands of attempts and years of frustration and problem-solving. Many students want to give up after one attempt at a solution. They need a lot of support to develop the determination and perseverance to understand that each attempt helps us understand a…

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Ohio Students Take Giant Leaps Forward with Deeper Learning – Education Article

By: Christopher Burns A few years ago, Ohio set a goal that 65 % of residents should earn a postsecondary degree or industry credential needed for career fields, that are in high demand and that pay livable wages. The Departments of Education and Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation support this goal and many business and community stakeholders are putting efforts into achieving it. Unfortunately, a recent report from the business leaders of ReadyNation, of which I am a…

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Emotional intelligence is key for students – Education Article

Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Although we know that high intelligence and a conscientious personality are the most important psychological traits necessary for academic success, our research highlights a third factor, emotional intelligence, that may also help students succeed,” said…

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Examples of Integrating the 5 Elements of Mastery Learning – Education Article

By: Scott Ellis This series has described the goals of mastery learning, its key elements, and important related topics like generating the right data and steps for designing mastery dashboards. As educators start taking their first steps in bringing mastery learning to life in their classrooms, it might be helpful to see a few examples of all the key elements coming together. Over the last few years, we have implemented MasteryTrack in a wide range of subjects. By describing exactly what…

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OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success – Education Article

My standard keynote address begins with a quip that defines the long and winding road of my career: I’m a millennial trapped in an old man’s body. I have worked in retail and journalism, mopped floors, been paid to taste wine, held upper management jobs in two educational non-profits, started two consulting practices, and worked in two school districts as a K-12 teacher. The longest I’ve ever worked in one field is 13 years, but my transiency has accelerated as…

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10 signs you’re doing SEL right – Education Article

Teachers, school counselors, and school leaders impact student social-emotional learning (SEL) to the degree that they transform each student’s mindset by empowering the self of the student. SEL is more than simple observable changes in behavior or short-term boosts to motivation. Student SEL is the process of deep change—changing beliefs, assumptions, and paradigms of reality. For example, SEL is going from “no hope” to “hope,” from resignation to having dreams and a passion to pursue new possibilities, from anxiety and…

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“You Gotta Get to June” – Education Article

By Laurie Lichtenstein School in Spring. Freedom so close you can taste the poolside popsicles. Teachers open their windows for a waft of fresh air, crisp at 7:30 AM and fragrant by noon. Birds drown out the band.  Sunny dispositions abound. Students squirm but they learn. Except, this is middle school. In Spring. The reality is much, much darker, think a co-ed Lord of The Flies or if television is more your thing, Survivor. Everyone’s just trying to get off…

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Building People Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families – Education Article

Building People: Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families, Schools and CommunitiesEdited by Tamara Fyke(Abingdon Press, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden This book is much like a written panel discussion on the current state of social emotional learning. Each of the twelve authors have written a chapter to address: (1) The current state of SEL; (2) The cost of maintaining the status quo; (3) Forecast for the future; and (4) Pathways to success. Additionally, some authors include a…

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How student-created VR can enhance SEL and special ed – Education Article

Quality social-emotional learning (SEL) and effective special education (SpEd) programming look remarkably similar. Each relies on a positive, safe learning environment and touts activities geared toward student strengths and weaknesses. Both types of programming facilitate a group experience where individual outcomes are designed to be disparate, be recorded, and used to track growth. Because these two types of programming are similar in philosophy, it should come as no surprise that both SEL and SpEd can be enhanced and expanded by…

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Student wellbeing & SEL are more important than you think – Education Article

[Editor’s note: eSchool News is thrilled to partner with The Brzycki Group to help our audience navigate the growing body of work and best practices in student wellbeing and social-emotional learning (SEL). These are important topics for eSchool News, and we’re excited to work with the Bryzcki Group, who have provided leadership to student wellbeing for more than 30 years. We want to be the central source for our audience and help highlight the great work institutions are doing to address these…

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10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Teaching Practice – Education Article

Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday PracticeBy Lee Watanabe-Crockett(Solution Tree Press, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Alex Valencic Much has been written on the topic of 21st century competencies, teaching, learning, and leadership and much will likely be written on this topic for many years to come. A quick perusal of my bookshelf at work reveals at least 15 such volumes; a search of colleagues’ shelves would undoubtedly reveal even more. So it was with some interest that…

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Age-appropriate tips for addressing gender stereotypes in the classroom – Education Article

Common Sense’s 2017 research report, Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development, showed that kids who are fed gender stereotypes may internalize those roles, shaping their behavior for years to come. Stereotypically gendered media shows kids a narrow view of who they are and what they can be. Girls must be princesses: damsels in distress and sexual objects. Boys must be superheroes: decisive and strong. The effects on children of gendered media include: girls’ focus…

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