Recruiting international teachers has pros, cons | How year mapping helps students reflect | What do fasting students need from teachers during Ramadan?
May 26, 2017
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Recruiting international teachers has pros, cons
Recruiting international teachers has pros, cons
Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.
District Administration magazine online (5/26) 
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How year mapping helps students reflect
How year mapping helps students reflect
Teachers can end the school year strong with year mapping, in which students recall learning experiences that stand out to them, suggest authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share tips to help students reflect on and celebrate what they have learned and prepare for the next school year.
Edutopia online (5/25) 
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What do fasting students need from teachers during Ramadan?
Teachers can support Muslim students during Ramadan by learning about the holy month, suggests Rusul Alrubail, executive director of The Writing Project. In this blog post, she suggests accommodations for fasting students such as providing an alternate space where students can go during lunch and assigning nonstrenuous tasks for physical-education classes.
PBS (5/25) 
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Schools Today
STEAM focus boosts writing in Idaho high school
STEAM focus boosts writing in Idaho high school
Teachers and students at an Idaho high school say that a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math has improved writing skills and standardized test scores. Writing is incorporated heavily throughout the inquiry-based STEAM curriculum, with students showcasing and evaluating their work through writing prompts.
Idaho Education News (Boise State University) (5/22) 
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Developing Leaders
3 educators offer advice on teaching, awards
Three teachers in this commentary share classroom practices that have won them recognition and honors as well as tips about awards. Among them, Alison Alowonle, a teacher of gifted fourth- and fifth-graders in Minnesota, suggests connecting with students' families through emails that focus on the positive.
eSchool News (free registration) (5/26) 
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Policy News
Detroit superintendent sets priorities on his 1st day
Nikolai Vitti, who this week became superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, says among his top priorities is the district's teacher shortage of 260 vacancies. He spent his first day meeting with the teachers union, visiting schools and attending a recruitment fair.
Michigan Radio (5/24),  Detroit Free Press (5/23) 
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National Board Update
Get started on National Board Certification
Our application cycle for the 2017-18 school year is open! Interested in starting or continuing your Board certification journey? Learn more on the website and get started today.
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"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do"
"What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do" lays the foundation for National Board Standards and National Board Certification. We've released the revised version of this book, which is a must-read for all teachers. Read on.
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