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  • English Language Learners: How to Support the Whole Child

    • Apr 25, 2023

    We are a country made up of a wide variety of cultures, and it shows in the classroom. English language learners (ELLs) make up the fastest growing demographic in our schools.

  • Mindfulness in Professional Development: Not a Magic Pill, but Certainly a Superpower

    • Apr 18, 2023
    • Laura Baecher

    For the next few months, I will be inviting voices from a variety of contexts to share their work and thinking on professional development (PD). This post focuses on mindfulness as a practice that can inform our PD, teaching, and whole lives and is contributed by Mary Scholl at the Institute for Collaborative Learning in Costa Rica.

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    Social–Emotional Learning and the Middle School Student

    • Mar 20, 2023

    When it’s prioritized, social–emotional learning embodies what it means to learn, grow, and create a brighter world. That’s the purpose of education in a nutshell. Beyond the surface level, quality SEL means forming healthy bonds with others, navigating difficult times with grace, setting boundaries, and showing kindness to all human beings.

  • Female teacher in the classroom

    10 Asset-Based Approaches to Professional Development

    • Mar 14, 2023
    • Laura Baecher

    How can those who design and lead PD for teachers create asset-based programming to draw on teachers’ strengths, experiences, talents, and knowledge?

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    Engaging Elementary MLEs in Writing in the Digital Era

    • Mar 6, 2023
    • Nabat Erdogan, Jason Carter

    This article reports on the blogging experiences and attitudes of young MLEs toward blogs and collaborative learning in a public-charter elementary school.

  • multicultural students

    Placing Identity at the Epicenter of Socially Just Classrooms

    • Feb 27, 2023
    • Nancy Kwang Johnson, Nicole Brun-Mercer

    How can activities be designed to place the multiple identities of students at the epicenter of a socially just classroom?

  • Native American girl

    Teaching About Indigenous Peoples in the EFL Classroom: Practical Approaches to the Development of Intercultural Competence

    • Feb 20, 2023
    • Helen Margaret Murray

    Intercultural understanding and communicative competence are important skills for pupils to develop for living in modern multicultural societies.

  • new teacher

    New Teacher Induction: Why Leaders Need a Structured Approach

    • Feb 13, 2023
    • Lisa Sheehan

    Here are my suggestions for creating an intentional new teacher induction process for your school.

  • Asian group of students

    Assessing and Placing the Preliterate ESL Learner

    • Feb 6, 2023
    • D. Magrath

    Pre-beginning or preliterate learners present a unique challenge for assessment.

  • multi-ethnic students

    4 Harmful Myths About Linguistically Minoritized Students

    • Jan 30, 2023
    • Naashia Mohamed

    Too often, it is assumed that when students come from language and cultural backgrounds that are different from the mainstream, they are lacking in some way, and have less chance of success.

  • teachers and technology

    Ten years later: Reexamining the TESOL Technology Standards for Language Teachers

    • Jan 23, 2023
    • Xiaorui Sun

    The TESOL Technology Standards were developed for language teachers to better understand how to use technology appropriately.

  • teacher wellness

    A Teacher Wellness Check-In Before the Spring Semester

    • Jan 16, 2023

    Teaching is a selfless profession, no doubt, but let’s face facts. You’re only human. That stark and unblinking truth means teacher wellness takes critical damage with every new responsibility that gets thrown your way.

  • burnout

    3 Ways to Get From “Burned Out” to “On Fire”

    • Jan 9, 2023
    • Laura Baecher

    We hear a lot about teacher/faculty burnout these days—but can we “use fire to fight fire” in our personal and professional lives?

  • student culture

    4 Activities to Incorporate Students' Culture in English Language Classrooms

    • Jan 2, 2023
    • Andrew J. Wykretowicz

    In this globalised world, our English as a second language (ESL) classrooms are more diverse than ever before.

  • communication for leaders

    Say It in a Page – Communication for Leaders

    • Dec 19, 2022
    • Lisa Sheehan

    Here are the benefits explaining why leaders should “say it in a page.”

  • young college student

    Get In-Formed: The Power of Forms to Get to Know Your Students

    • Dec 12, 2022
    • Brent Warner

    Using simple online tools, like Google Forms or Microsoft Forms, allows us to make far deeper connections than you might initially imagine.

  • cultural diversity

    5 Activities to Explore Cultural Diversity

    • Dec 5, 2022
    • Naashia Mohamed

    Culture is more than artefacts, rituals, and traditions. It is derived from the understanding we acquire through living together as a community and our connections to others within it.

  • teacher wellness quiz

    Which Teacher Wellness PD Is Right for You? [QUIZ]

    • Nov 28, 2022

    Educator wellness professional development can help you create a new reality. The question is: Which teacher wellness PD is right for you?

  • vocabulary

    Introducing Knowledge-based Vocabulary Lists (KVL)

    • Nov 21, 2022
    • Norbert Schmitt, Karen Dunn, Barry O’Sullivan, Laurence Anthony, Benjamin Kremmel

    Vocabulary is probably the key type of knowledge necessary for any language use, because if words to express concepts are not known, all syntactic and discourse knowledge is of little use.

  • multilingual

    Literacy and New MLLs in U.S. Elementary Schools

    • Nov 14, 2022
    • Judie Haynes

    It is important for teachers to realize that not all newcomers come to us with the same background, especially when it comes to literacy.