It ain’t just kid stuff anymore: personalized learning and teacher pd

Driven by the wide availability of robust learning management systems (LMS) and access to low cost wireless-enabled mobile devices, digital personalized learning for students is all the craze. Personalized learning takes many forms, but generally includes an online platform or learning management system (LMS) that enables the teacher to organize learning activities and resources. Students …

The Gift of Digital Voice

Technology is ever-present in schools today, but to what end? School leaders’ inspiration for this use varies from school to school. For some, technology use is driven by a desire to prepare students for online test-taking, for others, it is all about job readiness, and still others argue that it is also about engaging students …

Middle school matters

For many young people, middle school is a maelstrom of insecurity and angst. As educators, we have to do everything in our power to nurture our middle school students, to prop them up when they need support and to celebrate their successes when times are good. Only with deliberate action can we ensure that our …

Professional capital and teacher retainment

By Adam Steiner, @steineredtech Inspired by Professional Capital by Andy Hargreaves (@HargreavesBC) and Michael Fullan (@MichaelFullan1) Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan applied the concept of professional capital to school improvement as an alternative to the business capital approach to education that emphasizes the use of data to homogenize teaching. Professional capital instead recognizes that teaching …

How teachers can overcome “I hate to read”

By Natacha Scott, Assistant Director of History and Social Studies for the Boston Public Schools We’ve all heard the dreaded phrase in an elementary classroom, “I hate to read.” Together, those four words cause a teacher to freeze, drop their jaw in astonishment, and secretly hope the comment isn’t completed by any of the following …

The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys

Today’s blog post was written by Jay Barry, a social studies teacher at Arlington High School. Jay has seen first hand the challenge of engaging boys in academics at the high school level. In his post, he describes that problem and his abbreviated effort to do something about it. The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys …