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How to Provide Meaningful Teacher Feedback by Observing the “Unobservables”

14 August 2018

One of the ways I like to provide meaningful feedback to teachers is by observing the “unobservables” outside of the classroom. A classroom observation is just a glimmer of the real work that teachers do behind the scenes to prepare for each daily lesson. In order to obtain valuable insights into how a teacher approaches […]

Five Simple Ways to Boost Social Capital in Schools

9 August 2018

Guest post by Nathan Boyd, director, African American Student and Parent Services for South Bend Community School Corporation Whether it’s Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, or the app du jour, our kids are digitally connected to one another in more ways than I can count. Despite their virtual connectedness, kids seem to be more isolated and alone […]

Recalibrate Your School’s Opening During #1st3days

8 August 2018

Guest post by Brian McCann It’s taken me nearly 15 years to get the opening of school “right.” And in all of the summer planning I did for more than a decade: the refreshing of the building, the supplies ordering, the school’s master schedule, I forgot the most important stakeholder of all: the children. It […]

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