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6 ways computer science energizes STEM learning

Here’s why you should be using a computer science and coding program at your district or school, and some tips on how to pick the best platform.

4 ways to teach reading comprehension to emergent bilingual students

Teaching Emergent Bilingual students requires understanding of how language works, valuing the student’s heritage language and parlaying these elements into a successful learning journey.

How to identify, address bias in educational technology

Edtech has the power to support high-quality teaching and learning, but only if providers, educators, and families collaborate to make it fair for everyone.

Should You Cancel Teacher Data Team Meetings? You Might Be Surprised

Do teacher group data discussions actually lead to tangible outcomes for students? A Harvard researcher and education professor says no.

3 powerful social media solutions for students 

Balancing the positives of social media use with the potential pitfalls is a valuable tool for educators to share with their students.

How comics curriculum boosts SEL

A combination of content, creativity and SEL inspires students to collaborate and express themselves in the new academic year.

Uniting technology and SEL to teach the whole child

It’s imperative that educators continue to factor social and emotional wellness into student growth. A key aspect to supporting students is meeting them where they are, which is so often on a digital device.

Incorporating popular media into social studies learning

Instead of trying to compete with phones and other technology, why not tap into students’ love of popular culture and make it work in the classroom?

Don’t let "what was" get in the way of "what’s next"

Get out of a rut -- or stop spinning your wheels -- by embracing the opportunities of new challenges.

A learning-by-doing solution to career advancement for teachers

Retaining and growing the educator workforce has never been more pressing. One way to build the profession is through job-embedded opportunities for career advancement.

Using hands-on science learning to get to know students

During a challenging year, a first-year teacher tapped science resources to connect with and engage her 300 students.

Teaching kids to read with diacritics concepts

Relying on ancient language techniques, a father created a new path to learning to read for his son -- and shares it with other students and teachers.

5 tips for using digital books this school year 

How to use digital reading resources to improve access to, and love for, reading in students.

Better decision-making can come from patience 

Take the time to understand what people are thinking, why they are thinking it and how to bridge any gaps.

How to empower students to hear -- not fear -- different perspectives

The skill of communicating across differences is key for teaching students how to avoid the trap of labels -- and the “us” versus “them” mentality. The Moral Courage method can help students turn tense moments into rich conversations.