The Dropout Crisis: Key Messages From The Trenches

Apr 26, 2012 by Sherrelle Walker, M.A.
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There are many factors that contribute to the high school dropout crisis. From the influence of friends to a narrow perception of “success”, Michael Krasny, host of a locally produced public radio talk show, discusses the complexities surrounding this national issue.

Teaching with Poverty in Mind: How to Help At-Risk Students Succeed

Apr 24, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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How can educators help at-risk students from poverty succeed in the classroom? Author and educator Eric Jensen dives deep into the topic of teaching with poverty in mind, and suggests methods you can implement to help students become deeply engaged learners.

The Motor-Cognitive Connection: Early Fine Motor Skills as an Indicator of Future Success

Apr 19, 2012 by Bill Jenkins, Ph.D.
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We generally don’t consider motor skills development in babies to be an essential element of cognitive development.  But is such thinking holding learners and educators back?

The Role of the Teacher in Blended Learning: Data, Management, and Student Support

Apr 17, 2012 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.
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What does the shift toward blended learning mean for today’s classroom teacher?   One certainty is that relationships between teachers and students are changing.  Learn how to excel in an evolving role.

Deliberate Practice: How to Develop Expertise

Apr 12, 2012 by Bill Jenkins, Ph.D.
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Does the myth of ‘practice makes perfect’ hold true? Only if that practice is done in the right way.  Learn about the important role that intention and focus play in developing expertise.

Language and the Reading Puzzle: Morphemes and Memory

Apr 10, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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How do morpheme awareness and working memory skills help emerging readers attain fluency? Cognitive scientist Dr. Virginia Mann breaks it down for us in “The Language and Reading Puzzle Part 2.”

Using Poetry to Teach Reading: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Choral Reading

Apr 5, 2012 by PC Munoz
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Inspire students of all skill levels to engage with the subtle beauty and nuances of a language, encourage expression and creativity, and become excited about words, reading, and writing. More>>

Language and the Reading Puzzle: 5 Steps Towards Fluent Reading

Apr 3, 2012 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Are visual “reversals” (e.g., mistaking b for d) really a sign of a poor reader?  And how important is a good vocabulary?  Find out what really matters, and how to help your readers on the path to fluency.