How to Choose Words That Motivate Students During Online Learning

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In order to foster engagement and motivation, online learning experiences need to be framed in a way that allows students to take ownership of their learning. This article explains ways teachers can make a big impact on student learning just by re-framing how they instruct their lessons and assignments. It offers an explicit example of… Read More ›

How to Better Support Your Black Colleagues

Black teachers change schools or abandon the profession at higher rates than their White counterparts, so supporting the needs of Black teachers is crucial in the fight for racial justice in our schools. For schools to be truly student-centered, they will need to be able to attract, retain and support teachers of color. This Edutopia… Read More ›

Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

Students needs a safe place to process and use their voices to learn to contribute positively to the national conversation about racism.

This article describes how a middle school teacher nurtures student voice by teaching students to articulate their views on topics they care about. The author describes an assignment during distance learning that asked students to look at the ways in which intersectionality and systemic issues played out in a topic they cared about. Issues of… Read More ›

Anti-Racism Resources for Educators

The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism have strengthened calls for a national gut check. Recognizing the disproportional impact of the pandemic on already oppressed communities, folks from a variety of backgrounds are looking at how schools are designed and saying, “I don’t want to return to normal. Normal isn’t good enough.” So, where do… Read More ›

5 Steps Toward Cultural Competence in Schools

Five ways educators can build cultural competence, including setting measurable goals and being comfortable with vulnerability.

This article explores the habits and actions of culturally competent educators and administrators. The author provides a good overview of what it means to be culturally competent and then provides detail on 5 things culturally competent educators do, including growing their own knowledge, setting measurable goals, collaborating and sharing, and being comfortable with vulnerability. This… Read More ›

10 Drivers of Engagement You Can Use Right Now

Whether learning occurs in brick-and-mortar schools or in virtual environments, student engagement drives an impressive array of student outcomes. Eric Toshalis, Senior Director of Impact at KnowledgeWorks, uses research to present and explain ways educators can drive student engagement in their classrooms regardless of whether they are teaching virtually or in-person. In this paper, he… Read More ›

Online Teaching Can Be Culturally Responsive

One fifth-grade teacher reflects on empowering students and the building blocks of culturally responsive teaching when remote.

This article explores what culturally responsive education (CRT) looks like during remote education. The article outlines the ways in which a fifth-grade teacher is building relationships and empowering students, important building blocks of CRT, while teaching online. Teachers of any grade level can gain ideas from this article. Source Organization: Teaching Tolerance Visit the Resource

19 Black Teachers on Instagram to Listen To and Learn From

This site will help educators connect with each other and gain ideas to promote equity in their classrooms.

This article features excellent black educators of all subjects and grade-levels. It includes a short description of each teacher, an important article they have recently written and a link to their twitter feeds. This site will help educators connect with each other and gain ideas to promote equity in their classrooms. Source Organization: We Are… Read More ›

Planning for Better Professional Development in an Uncertain Future

Advice for administrators to provide professional development during remote learning, including a focus on trauma-informed teaching practices.

This article offers advice for administrators looking to provide professional development for teachers during remote learning. The author discusses the topics that will be most important for teachers through the next school year, including a focus on trauma-informed teaching practices and partnerships with families. The advice will be helpful to school and district leaders planning… Read More ›