Using video coaching for teachers — and coaches too
Capturing and sharing videos helps both teachers and instructional coaches feel safe to take risks and improve their practice.
Administrators need to give teachers real mental health support now
Educators need social and emotional development opportunities for their own well-being, as well as that of their students.
Providing literacy intervention, support within MTSS
A multitiered system of supports uses a team approach that includes parents and special education teachers who together help students progress.
Extra Credit: Success skills, civics assessments, prison dorms
Find out more about some intriguing, bonus education topics curated for SmartBrief readers.
How teachers can better support foster youths in the classroom
When educators think about all students, the list becomes extensive: students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, etc. How often do we think about education for foster youths?
Stigma-free CTE makes all students problem-solvers
Earlier exposure to career and technical education could benefit all students, while a reshaping of CTE would greatly help students who choose those pathways. First, though, we need to change the negative perceptions around CTE.
Extra Credit: Resilience in Ukraine, frustration in US
Teachers and students -- both refugees and those still in Ukraine -- show remarkable resilience and determination to stay in school. In the US, a mass shooting at a Texas schools prompts frustration at a problem that seems to be getting worse.
Build a positive partnership with parents of students with disabilities
Program specialist Alina Davis shares 4 ways to work more effectively with parents on IEPs.
After-school programs, teachers can partner on students’ SEL
Social-emotional learning expert Carlyn Andrew shares 3 ways educators and after-school programs can work better together.
Tech Tip: Choosing digital tools for a virtual classroom
For both virtual and in-person teachers, the right digital tools will focus on student needs to enhance and support learning outcomes.
Teacher experience should drive edtech design, research says
Researcher explains how a teacher-led process led to certification for edtech tools.
Tech Tip: Individualized AI coaching provides helpful PD
Donna McDaniel of Keller Independent School District in Texas was one of the first teachers in the world to use artificial intelligence-driven coaching for professional learning. Here’s what she thought.
Extra Credit: S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G, Supreme Court, sex ed in the 1920s?
SmartBrief's Extra Credit pays homage to academic/arts achievers, extolls the value of clubs and notes that sex ed wars will never end.
Change or sustain? Balancing mindsets for what works, what doesn’t
If we seek improvement, should nothing stay the same? Fred Ende shares how he meshes the mentality of change with the mentality for staying the same.
Tech Tip: Technology sparks creative learning, boosts skills
Technology offers new way for students to engage with content and can help nurture student self-expression, creativity and collaboration.
Learn the new language of transformational leadership
Learning to be a transformational rather than a transactional leader requires learning a whole new language and approach.
4 ways to improve learning recovery for students with special needs
Address the immediate needs of students with special needs through assessment, family engagement
Extra Credit: School resegregation, expelled principal, FAFSA data blunder
Extra Credit: Resegregation, FAFSA data blunder, expelled teacher
The power of conversations can transform students’ future
To help students plan for what comes after high school, they need to have thoughtful conversations with supportive adults.
Extra Credit: Why are teachers debilitated, students fined, schools sustainable?
Extra Credit: What's keeping 20% of teachers from working? Why are students being fined hundreds of dollars? Which schools are sustainable?
Special education technology can allow inclusion, advances
Schools increasingly use innovative technology to help special-education students.
Education Extra Credit: Adult inattention, naughty math, guns and schools
Adult inattention, naughty math, guns and schools
Technology and education: Turning distraction into productivity
How some schools are getting students to earn personal technology time.
Getting better at one of the hardest parts of teaching: Formative assessment
PD brings a common surgical and football tactic to classroom teachers.
Building K-5 computer science curriculum out of a summer program
A technology integration specialist shares how her district added a new area of study — without breaking the bank.
Extra Credit: Teacher tip jars, state laws and a pandemic report card
Read Extra Credit to find out about teacher raises, possible jail time, state laws and a volunteer digital push for Ukraine.
Cardona: “We are at the doorstep of a new chapter in American education”
Education in America is on the cusp of change, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said at ASCD’s recent annual conference. He urges educators to use this moment for a bold reset — or risk succumbing to complacency.
Teacher diversity: Bold steps toward solutions that work
Addressing the urgent need to recruit and retain teachers of color
Education Extra Credit: From AP and censoring to different wavelengths and a stellar program
Read about a social listening analysis, censoring and AP access, and some gifts for music, math/science and art teachers.
Rebooting Title IX: The view of a plaintiff in Alexander v. Yale
Pioneering plaintiff Olivarius: How we should continue to improve Title IX
Digital storytelling: Lessen student anxiety, aid SEL
Combatting student anxiety with digital storytelling
Supporting academic integrity in the classroom – and in life
How can schools better teach academic integrity as a life skill?