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March 22, 2019
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NBCT: How to improve student feedback, reflection
NBCT: How to improve student feedback, reflection
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The National Board Certification process helped demonstrate the importance of reflection and feedback in teaching, writes National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein, who integrated such practices into her classroom. In this blog post, Sackstein shares how educators can scaffold reflection through questions and help students examine their learning to improve outcomes.
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Teacher: Tips for tidying up the classroom
Teacher: Tips for tidying up the classroom
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Now might be a good time to declutter classrooms, suggests middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron, who calls out her own classroom as "organized chaos." In this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron offers tips to help declutter while maintaining the classroom culture.
Edutopia online (3/21) 
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Educator shares approach to boosting literacy
Educator shares approach to boosting literacy
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Some schools in Pennsylvania are focusing on reforming literacy instruction to help boost the number of students reading proficiently by end of third grade, writes Penny Nixon of the Universal Companies charter school network. Nixon shares how the schools overhauled instruction, including putting a greater focus on phonics and getting buy-in from principals.
The Hechinger Report (3/21) 
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Academics, emotions linked by teachers in survey
Academics, emotions linked by teachers in survey
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Seventy-nine percent of educators in 15 countries say students' emotional well-being is tied to their academic success, according to a survey commissioned by Microsoft and produced by The Economist's Intelligence Unit. They survey also found that data-gathering and analytics tools, as well as online games and virtual assistants, can be used by teachers to help improve students' well-being.
T.H.E. Journal (3/20) 
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Developing Leaders
Teachers learn to support traumatized students
A Massachusetts elementary school has 17 teachers with certification from the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity to support students who have experienced trauma. Lauren Eramo, a fifth-grade teacher certified in the program, said students can be exposed to different traumas, including community violence, homelessness or a death in the family.
The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (3/21) 
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Policy News
Virginia bills allowing early start of school year signed into law
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed two bills allowing schools to start the year as early as two weeks before Labor Day. They take effect on July 1.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (3/21) 
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National Board Update
My National Board journey: Reflections from a National Board Fellow
Melissa Collins, NBCT, describes what drew her to certification and what kept her motivated. She explains the impact of being an NBCT and what she's realized with time. Read on.
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