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Education Spotlights

Explore topics relevant in today's educational climate. Education Spotlights are in-depth guides with practical tips that teachers can use in their classrooms immediately.

Behind the Words: infusing Critical Thinking into ELA and social studies

Teaching our students to be critical thinkers is about the best thing we can offer them to send them off successfully into an unknown future to solve unforeseen problems with unknown technology in yet-to-be-created careers.

Beyond the Numbers: Infusing Creativity into Math and Science

It is rare for us to associate math and science with creativity. But, why not? Both math and science hold great potential for creative work, and there are simple, practical ways to make this happen in your classroom. 

Deeper, Simpler Differentiation in the Classroom

The pandemic affected every student differently. Some thrived; many fell far behind. That makes differentiation a topic that’s more relevant today than ever. Learn how can you meet the needs of all your students in a way that works for you!

Find Your Heart: 7 Ways to reclaim your love of teaching

With pandemic protocols, political unrest, and increasing workloads and responsibilities ravishing the classroom, the heart of teaching can at times feel lost. 

Finding Time When You're Stretched Too Thin

Time. Teachers never seem to have enough of it — and there’s no way to make more! But by taking a few practical steps to energize yourself and to teach in simpler, deeper ways, you can magically find the time to do everything you need, and more of what you want.

Ignite Their Fire: Engaging EVERY Student

Engagement. As educators, we can argue that it is an essential component to the learning process. But how do we get our students interested in content we have to teach, in ways that build their curiosity and excitement for what is to come?

Informational Literacy: Equip Your Students to Evaluate Informational Sources

Identifying high-quality, credible information amidst the inaccurate or misleading information, is more difficult than ever. Equip your students to evaluate informational sources.

The Power of Play to Teach Rich Content

Play is a superpower that  improves memory and increases brain plasticity. But in a system that too often pushes educators away from play, how can busy teachers find time to infuse play into their classrooms? 

The Science (and Art) of Equity

Equity is at the heart of education; great educators make sure that every student has what they need to thrive. To champion equity for our students, we need to understand them deeply.

What Do They Know? Using Alternative assessments in the classroom

We know assessments are critical components of teaching and learning, but so often they become straight-up burdens. At best, they can be boring and uninformative. At worst, they can overtake what we know is most important in the learning process.

What Do You Say? Tackling Tough Conversations

Difficult conversations are a part of life. Unfortunately, they can pop up at any time and knock us (and our lesson plans) off course. Learn tips, ideas, and resources to consider when confronted with tough conversations.