Social Emotional Learning: AKA Preparation for Life

Written by Kelly Gill  Am I the only teacher that imagines a classroom full of cooperative children, eagerly learning, and speaking in soft voices while...

When It Comes to Learning, Social Emotional Health is a Prerequisite

Written by Chelsea Thornton  In our classrooms and schools, there are many things we cannot control. We cannot change the kinds of homes or economic...

How Honoring Cultural Heritage Transforms District Environment

Written by Courtney Carmichael Know your audience might be an often-used tip for writers but it aptly applies for teaching ELLs. A tenet for teaching with...

What Does It Take to Create an ELL Friendly Environment?

Written by Diana Clark  English Language Learning (ELL) students all come from different cultures and have different backgrounds. They come together in a classroom to...

Think SEL Takes Too Much Time? Integrate It!

The evidence of the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) is compelling.  A groundbreaking meta-analysis on SEL by Durlak and colleagues (2011) examined...
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Inclusive Classrooms: Looking at Special Education Today

The state of special education isn’t what it used to be –– and that’s a good thing. In years past, students with special needs...

Closing the Excellence Gap for English Learners and Students of Color

Currently, a gap exists in which English Learners (ELs) “are persistently underrepresented in advanced classes and in programs for students identified as gifted” (Coronado...

Enhancing My Critical Consciousness

In the wake of the recent incident at Starbucks where two African American men were wrongly arrested, many are curious about what racial bias...

12 Resources to Help You Address Mental Health in Schools

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is becoming increasingly clear that mental health in schools is an important topic the nation cannot...

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To Build Strong Student-Teacher Bonds, Keep Class Size Small

By Stephanie Burroughs The task ahead to get our students on track academically and socially is great. Our students need us. It’s time to look...

Small Shifts in Teacher Talk Make a Big Difference

By Mike Anderson You planned an incredible learning activity. It’s active and interactive. It’s packed with intrinsic motivators such as purpose, autonomy, and fun. You’re...

Equity by Design: Student-Centered Planning in Mathematics

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By Sam Rhodes & Christopher R. Gareis All students can learn.  It’s a clear enough statement, and one that few would debate. Yet we abandon...