July 2016

Have you ever been in school or attended a training class at work and asked yourself, “When will I ever use this information?” I have to admit that when I was a student, I thought it to myself. As a teacher, I promised my students...

Sarah Parrott, some rights reserved. As you begin to shift your focus back to school and your classroom, I’m sure your to-do list is becoming as long (and overwhelming) as mine was as a teacher. No matter how lengthy that list might be, I encourage you...

Education Writers Association Across the country, math teachers are having students collaborate and are encouraging students to work through solutions, in place of lecturing. In Ms. McPhillips’ class, students discuss questions in groups and then explain their reasoning in a larger conversation, a new approach supported...

Reno Gazette-Journal Nevada’s Smarter Balanced assessments provide educators and schools an accurate measure of student learning, which supports growth, writes Ben Dickson, an assistant principal in Reno, NV. “As teachers, we’re looking forward to receiving valuable information about how much our students learned last year to...

The recess whistle has just blown. I sit at my desk, shoveling in the last few bites of my lunch. As students enter the classroom, I smile and give them quick directions. They begin to settle in, and I grab the next math worksheet on...

The Every Student Succeeds Act defines professional development as "sustained, (not stand-alone, 1-day, and short-term workshops), intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, [and] classroom focused.” What is your vision for professional development under the new law?  In our latest edition of “Teacher Voices: You’re the Expert” we asked...