What Can Parents Do​ to Inspire a Love of Learning During Spring and Summer 2020?

As we draw closer to the end of the 2019-2020 school year, you may feel anxious about how to support parents leading up to the summer break. Many parents have felt the need to over-fill their children’s schedules with educational activities to make up for the loss of classroom instruction this spring. As a school leader, this is your chance to shift parents’ focus away from forced academic assignments and toward opportunities that can foster a love of learning in…

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How School Leaders Can Support At-Risk Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the country have been forced to shut down for the foreseeable future—possibly even until next fall. Although teachers are doing their best to provide parents with suggestions to encourage learning at home, they have no way of directly ensuring high quality education for students. These extended periods away from school threaten to disproportionately impact at-risk students. Which students are most negatively impacted by COVID-19? School closures threaten to disproportionately impact students…

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3 components of effective literacy instruction for students struggling with reading skills

The importance of literacy across all school subjects is obvious: If students struggle to read textbooks, novels, worksheets, classroom assignments, and instructional materials, they can find themselves at a huge disadvantage in any classroom. As you teach students experiencing reading difficulties, keep in mind these three components of  effective literacy instruction: 1. Effective literacy instruction teaches essential reading skills and strategies. Skills — According to findings by the  National Reading Panel, essential reading skills students need to learn include: Phonemic awarenessPhonicsFluencyOral…

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High-quality homework: How to assign the right amount, and the most effective formats of homework for the 2019-2020 school year

Although studies have shown that homework offers some benefits to students, assigning too much homework can actually cause students to experience higher stress levels and physical and mental health issues. In this article, we’ll discuss guidelines you can use to assign high quality homework for your students. What is the “ten-minute homework guideline?” The National PTA and National Education Association support the “ten minute homework guideline,”  which suggests each student should have about ten minutes of homework per grade level. First-grade students…

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7 tips for teachers to learn new instructional strategies over the summer break

#1: Avoid packaged and scripted curricula. Responsive teaching means that we must take into consideration that each child may have a different way of processing new information.  Quite often, we utilize different teaching styles based on the content being taught and resources to support teaching and learning. Curriculum publishers create educational content for teachers to support the implementation of a one-size-fits-all approach to unit plans, but these pre-packaged curricula generally do not allow for responsive instructional techniques. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all…

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