Why Do Schools Need to Hire a Racially Diverse Teaching Staff?

As part of the recent “Black Lives Matter at School” movement, we’ve seen many opinion pieces published about why various educators believe schools need better representation of people of color among their teaching staff. But is there any evidence that having a racially diverse group of teachers actually benefits students? Let’s take a look at how race impacts student achievement, and how your school can develop a racially and ethnically diverse staff. How does a diverse teaching force affect student…

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Blended Learning in the 2020-2021 School Year: How to Measure Student Mastery of Virtual Content

As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders recognize that the 2020-2021 school year must involve some sort of blended learning strategy. Last week, we highlighted some of the key reasons digital learning has the potential to fail various student groups and offered some suggestions for building a successful blended learning strategy. This week, we want to focus on helping your school leaders and educators measure student mastery of content through online learning. How Formative Assessments Help…

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How to Include Blended Learning in Your School’s Professional Development Plan

Last week, we published an article about the developing national discussion about blended learning, and how blended learning can be incorporated into your 2020-2021 curriculum. However, even the best-laid plans for blended learning will fail without the proper professional development supports. In a 2016 study, the Christensen Institute found that: About 90% of teachers and administrators believe implementing a blended learning plan requires learning new skills, andAbout 80% believe they would benefit from more professional development on blended learning to “develop instructional approaches…

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Enrichment versus Acceleration: Equity and excellence for gifted learners (Part One)

Most school systems recognize the need to offer more challenging programming for high achieving students, and many offer some form of higher level activities for gifted students. Without proper stimulation, these students can become disengaged in class and miss opportunities to thrive. When administrators work to find and implement appropriate programs for gifted learners, they often hear about “enrichment” and “acceleration” approaches. How do enrichment and acceleration programs contribute to equitable outcomes? We often think about equity in terms of race, class,…

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