Best practices for recruiting and training teachers require important steps to ensure they're better prepared for the classroom and potential crises, according to testimony at a recent Texas Senate Education Committee hearing. Equipping teachers to teach online effectively and offering training requirements in a single, easily accessible location are among five factors to improve training, the committee learned from state education professionals.
Building adults' social and emotional skills is the first step to improving such skills in students, according to a report from Rand and The Wallace Foundation. Their study also discovered problems with train-the-trainer programs and found that many teachers benefit when a principal or administrator fosters stronger relationships among a school's adults and asks teachers and staff what would help them feel supported and safe at school.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted teaching and learning and put unprecedented burdens on teachers and other school staff. In this article, four school leaders share how they continue to motivate teachers and other staff members, such as Joe Sanfelippo, superintendent of a district in Wisconsin, who says he tries to ensure staffers take time for themselves and their families.
In the midst of a global pandemic and a movement to end systemic racism, there is a renewed focus on making sure that every child feels welcomed and honored in school. On a mission to help educators create inclusive classrooms, BetterLesson, in partnership with The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announces the publication of 100+ strategies, tools and resources that help educators implement culturally responsive teaching and learning (CTRL). Full Story:District Administration (10/15)
As an instructional coach, when we transitioned to emergency distance learning in March, I worried that the sheer volume of work teachers had to do would leave them with less time to reflect on their practice and less willing to experiment. What I found instead was that teachers wanted to continue meeting regularly, some preferring to meet more frequently because they wanted support with figuring out how to juggle their massive new workload. To ensure that my support reduced teacher workload, rather than adding to it, I focused on five core principles to guide my coaching, which work both in fully remote and hybrid environments. Full Story:BetterLesson Blog (10/22)
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