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Fear of normalcy

How educators can conquer worries about returning to what was

Raising champions

Community and service are at the heart of Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year John Arthur’s teaching philosophy. See how he applies these concepts to training students and recruiting teachers.

5 ways to think about social and emotional learning

SEL is all the rage, but only some stories meet the criteria for helpful coverage.

Teaching literacy when students are below grade level

A second-grade teacher shares how she’s combatting learning loss by helping students recognize their potential.

Daily techniques to build a schoolwide culture of critical thinking

Simple techniques in daily interactions with educators, students and parents can shape a shared respect for critical thinking that’s accessible to all. Here are six techniques to get you started.

5 ways to connect with students through pop music

A music teacher reflects on the benefits to integrating popular music into her curriculum.

Replacing technology -- where do you start?

Tactics to help ensure your technology purchases are practical, forward thinking, and keep teaching and learning at the core.

Remote and hybrid learning are here to stay. Let’s make them better.

Three tactics for making remote and hybrid learning experiences successful for students.

Building a teacher community for STEM educators

A STEM Innovator Specialist shares her tips building a teacher community -- and emphasizes its importance.

Shared experiences spell teaching success

Alejandro Diasgranados' experiential teaching leads students to be their best.

One year later ... Focusing on opportunities, not losses

Educators can achieve more by focus on the flexibility, resilience and gratitude gained during the pandemic rather than the inertia, fear and selfishness that came to light.

Watching our words

Saying "should" with students can set the wrong tone. Educators can rewrite internal scripts for a more positive approach.

How to support AP students in hybrid learning

An AP lead teacher shares her keys to helping high-achieving students excel despite economic disadvantages and the added challenge of having some students in class and others at home.

An intelligence officer walks into a classroom ...

From Air Force to mom to Teacher of the Year finalist

Tech equity, remote lessons and learning loss: Education conversations from March 2021

Here are some of our top education stories that ran during March, 2021.