Designing an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Perhaps more frequently than ever before, administrators choose an in-school suspension over the out-of-school alternative. There are many reasons for this choice, but perhaps the most obvious is the academic advantage of keeping a student within a supportive learning environment. When a student is removed completely from the school a wonderful learning opportunity is potentially lost. […]

The Many Faces of Leadership

This first couple weeks of school I have really wanted to be as visible as possible, to both students and faculty. This means not only am I present during all student passing times and lunch periods, I’m also trying to pop into as many classes as possible. Doing this helps me understand interactions between all […]

4 Reasons for the Decline of Creativity

There seems to be the well-founded belief now a days that creativity among our youth is on the decline. For the most part, reasons attributed to this decline vary, but popular opinion suggests that it’s the direct result of standardized testing and the expectation among some that teachers teach to these tests. I see a […]

When teachers are the bully’s target – Schools of Thought – CNN.com Blogs

By Stephanie Goldberg, CNN (CNN) – Several years ago, Brendesha Tynes was taken aback when she received an e-mail from one of her former students. The note directed her to a Facebook event for an all-night bar crawl – an event with which Tynes, an assistant professor at the time, had nothing to do. But it featured an offensive image […]

Connect the Dots of Thinking

One of the tasks I do at one of my sites is assist middle- and junior-high  students with critical thinking/character building activities. Working with 4th through 8th graders, I am constantly amazed at how far too many kids don’t really know “how” to think reflectively. When given a quote to respond to on paper, the […]

Professional Development Opportunities for International School Educators in Europe

The following is a list of upcoming workshops in Europe: The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning By  Alan November 22nd – 23rd September, 2012, Luxembourg Price: Euro 575 Our schools are at the beginning of a historic transition from paper as the dominant storage and retrieval media to digital. The traditional technology planning approach […]

Four Steps to Failing Better

Written by: Paul Needham, Instructional Coach and Professional Learning Specialist Every teacher, whether they’re fresh out of TE’s Induction, or a 16-year veteran makes mistakes that impact the environment in their classroom. The trick that successful teachers have learned is how best to learn from these mistakes. In other words, successful educators don’t necessarily fail […]

It’s never too late to begin flipping your classroom

by Stacey Roshan and Wendy Roshan, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Stacey Roshan is the daughter of Wendy Roshan. Stacey is a math teacher at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. Wendy is a math teacher at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. Stacey: Soon after graduating from college, I decided to follow in my mother’s career path and become a high school math teacher. […]

6 powerful strategies for paradigm-shifting teacher PD | Connected Principals

As educators and leaders, we need to re-think every aspect of our professional practice to consider ‘could we be doing this better?’ Here is a brain-dump of the 6 most powerful strategies that I have used or in which I have participated. 1. Use a ‘hands-on’ approach that teaches team work I want the teachers […]

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell