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Autism Expert Katherine Holman on Developing a Leadership Mindset

Special education teachers have long been in demand. But even among those with specialized training, few focus exclusively on students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Katherine C. Holman, Ph.D., co-author of “School Success for Kids with Autism,” sees a growth in demand for teachers not just with ASD training, but who…

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4 Tips if You’re Considering Teaching as a Second Career

If you are considering a career change to pursue teaching, you deserve to be congratulated! Changing careers is always a monumental decision, and if teaching is at the top of your list of career choices, odds are good that you are passionate about education and about changing the lives of young people. Even better, you’re…

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How to Maximize Blended Learning in the Classroom

Sooner or later, it happens to most every educator: A shiny new piece of technology first attracts—and then distracts—attention with promises of potential to boost the quality of teaching and student outcomes. “Blended learning” is no exception. When it comes to online learning, K-12 classrooms in the United States have reached a tipping point, with…

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How Educational Leaders Can Inspire Students and Staff: A Conversation with Kelley King

Kelley King has experienced education as a student, a teacher, a principal and an educational consultant. She’s worked in special ed and gifted ed; in large urban schools, small rural schools and in public and private schools. She hit the national scene around 2005, shortly after her Boulder, Colorado, school closed the achievement gap between…

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Managing Food Allergies in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 10-16, but anytime is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of this potentially life-threatening condition. If it seems like food allergies are more common than ever, you’re right. From 1997 to 2011, food allergies in children increased 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control…

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4 Effective Strategies for Principals From ‘Leader of Leaders’ Author William Collins

Of any individual in a school’s ecosystem, the principal is the one whose vision and attitude set the tone, as well as how high the expectations bar is set. Being principal may once have meant acting as a manager of sorts, delegating tasks to subordinate employees in a hierarchical manner, with all responsibility resting heavily…

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Cinco de Mayo: 5 Activities for Teachers to Use in Their Classrooms

Warm smiles and bright colors. Festive music and friendly gatherings. These are just a few positive things that happen every May 5th on Cinco de Mayo. Teachers who bring the celebration into their classrooms with learning activities can anticipate big grins from young students. To celebrate this year’s Cinco de Mayo with winning smiles, we’re…

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Disney Lesson Plans: 10 Ways to Make Your Trip to Disney World an Educational Experience

Teachers constantly balance learning objectives with engaging school activities. If your classroom has a chance to visit Disney World, what better way to accomplish both? Whether it’s in the classroom or on a field trip to Disney World, your students will be thrilled to learn while doing. Here are 10 creative lesson plans for elementary…

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7 Best Miami-Area Coffee Shops to Get Your Homework Done

Do you like to study in a quiet, peaceful setting? Or do you prefer gentle background noise to get your brain waves going? What about the smell of freshly roasted coffee, or the scent of a soft spring breeze? Maybe both? Where you study can help you study better. Consider finding a relaxing and inspiring…

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Celebrate a Teacher: 5 Movies About Inspiring Educators

Teachers do more than just teach. They counsel. They plan. They set up the foundation for student success in the classroom — and the rest of life. To honor this year’s National Teacher Day on May 5, we’re recommending five movies featuring teachers who inspired students to defy the odds and succeed. Whether you buy,…

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5 Free Field Trip Ideas for Florida Teachers on a Budget

Finding new educational field trips is challenging — especially for teachers on a limited budget. Florida, however, with its endless coastlines and iconic animals, offers many fun and free educational opportunities for students and teachers alike. Here are five admission-free field trip ideas in Florida that are engaging and works within your school’s budget. Busch…

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7 Resources to Celebrate Earth Day in the Elementary Classroom

Happy birthday, Earth Day! To honor this 45-year ecology tradition, we highlighted seven environmental resources for elementary school teachers to use in the classroom. You can browse to help find ideas and activities for students that focus on ecology and environmental education. We hope these online resources will help you shine light on Earth Day…

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Teacher Leader Megan Allen: How to Lead from the Classroom

As a society, we tend to take a traditional view of educational leadership, says Megan Allen, a Teacher of the Year who advocates for teaching for leadership. A successful classroom teacher with lots of promise and in search of new challenges often leaves behind working directly with children to become an administrator. Alternatives like becoming…

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9 Library Videos in Honor of National Library Week

School libraries are changing. Many elementary school libraries are being reconfigured, remodeled and revitalized to reflect new demographics and 21st-century innovations. In honor of National Library Week, which starts April 12, we handpicked nine videos to highlight the unlimited possibilities of libraries in today’s elementary schools. Libraries are at the heart of learning Julie Hembree,…

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7 Online Resources to Celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day

In recognition of National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10, we’ve compiled seven online resources to help teachers find writing tips and activities for their young writers. Some resources offer specific creative writing assignments for kids. Others provide practical suggestions for reading and writing activities to inspire young students. We’re excited about getting…

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Leading Through Change: A Conversation with Elizabeth Dozier

When Elizabeth Dozier, a board-certified teacher, arrived at Chicago’s Fenger Academy High School in 2009, the school was failing. The dropout rate was 20 percent; attendance was just 69 percent, and the graduation rate was only 40 percent. Over 300 arrests had occurred in the school building. Earlier that year, a Fenger student was murdered…

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9 Honored Children’s Books for Elementary School Readers

Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, understood that books for kids sell… well. How could he tell? Geisel learned that children’s books, when embraced by librarians, have a pretty good chance of making it onto the shelves of school libraries, and then on their way home with kids. In recognition of Geisel and…

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Modern Educator Will Richardson: Why Learning Must Adapt

A generation ago, some students complained they didn’t need to memorize geometry formulas or history dates because they’d never need to use or apply that knowledge outside the classroom. Today, the argument has shifted: Those same facts are readily available to today’s kids within moments — just about everywhere except in the classroom, the one…

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4 Special Education Videos for Teachers to Help Students Succeed

With the growing demand for inclusive classrooms, the need for teachers who are prepared to work with special education students alongside nondisabled children has increased substantially. Whether the child has a physical, cognitive or biochemical disability, teachers of students who require special education must address lingering questions. Two of the most important are: Is the…

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4 Free St. Patrick’s Day Resources to Help Students Celebrate in the K-4 Classroom

You don’t have to be Irish to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day. It does help, however, to know what the celebration’s all about on March 17, when not wearing something green can get you pinched by rivals. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we’re celebrating the shamrock by highlighting some reading and writing activities…

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