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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means for students to “get an education.”

Teachers go into education as a field, and we do so because we believe in education. We know that it’s important for students to get an education to give them an advantage, a pathway to something that will advance their future in some way. The whole purpose of an education is to open minds, expand knowledge, and prepare students for living in a world that is full of opportunities.

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Teachers and caregivers have long understood that children impacted by trauma, including abuse, illness, family conflict, or grief, need additional support, both emotionally and developmentally. Young children living with trauma can be easily overcome by fear, anxiety or aggression, and often have difficulty connecting with others. The hopeful news is that we can help students in early childhood overcome these adverse experiences and thrive in our care when we use trauma-sensitive strategies. 

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Suicide is a difficult topic. Did you know that by talking about suicide, you actually help decrease its likelihood? To learn more about suicide prevention, join us for this short video blog, where you will learn how to increase suicide awareness, and ways to help students who may be struggling with mental illness. 

Please share the suicide lifeline number with your students: 1-800-273-TALK.

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 Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”  

― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 

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When #flipgridfever first began to show up in my Twitter feed last year, I was curious but not ready to figure out what the fuss was about.  It wasn’t until I attended a session on classroom apps that I got up close and personal with Flipgrid and recognized its brilliant application to the classroom and how it can help increase student engagement. If you’ve yet to understand the hype, I’ll explain. 

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Teachers - ever heard of the Reading Wars?  In writing a new course on phonics instruction, I was enlightened by brushing up on the history of reading instruction. In my undergraduate and even graduate level education courses, I never studied the background of teaching beginning reading. But now I know, educators and researchers have wrestled with best practices for reading instruction, specifically framed in an ongoing “war” between the methods of “phonics” and “whole language.”  I reflect upon my own early reading development and recognize that I was “supported” with a mixture of instructional methods.  And for this I am grateful! 

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Half of teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and students with challenging behavior are one of the reasons why.

As educators, we don’t want another trend, or quick fix. We want to understand why our students are experiencing social-emotional-behavioral challenges, and what we can do to help them.  

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Parent-teacher communication can be one of the most stressful things about being a teacher. Finding strategies to deliver tough information is key to developing and maintaining strong parent-teacher relationships while keeping the child at the center. Here are a few ideas that might be helpful to you!

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Everyone has mental health.

Everyday, we are reminded that our physical health is essential to our well-being. But, our and the mental health of students, is essential, too! One in five children between the ages of 13-18, have, or will have, a serious mental illness.1 As teachers, how can we determine if a student is struggling with a mental health issue? Check out our list of 10 mental health warning signs:

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Are you desperately trying to stay on top of tech trends?  Do you need help sifting through new research and creating innovative learning experiences for your students?  If you’re like me you’ve probably thought about creating a PLN (personal learning network) or maybe you’ve even entered into the Twittersphere. Perhaps you’ve found a blogger or two to follow on Facebook.  But who are the ed tech thought leaders to follow and which Facebook pages drop great tech bites into your feed?   Have no fear!  We’ve curated a great list of 5 ed tech leaders to follow in 2018.  Get your PD on demand in the comfort of your home by adding this super group: 

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