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The Rewards of Teaching in a Rural School

April 11, 2015

By: Paradise Forbes, teacher at the Williamstown Independent School District in Kentucky. As a high social studies teacher, I have the weighty responsibility of introducing the students in my rural school in Kentucky to historical, civic, geographical, and economic issues that are quite often beyond the scope of their day-to-day…

The Write Way to Grow: Why Teachers Should Blog

July 11, 2015

It was the workshop that changed my personal and professional life forever.  It was that “a-ha” moment that all teachers (and people) wish for, and while it was four years ago, I remember it like yesterday.  Penny Kittle steadfastly stated that if we are going to ask our students to write…

ECET2: The Power of Connection

September 11, 2015

New Jersey has its share of iconic lead singers. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are just two of our famous front men. Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, George Clinton—we can go down the list. What makes these singers and songwriters special is that their lyrics speak to us on some…

Education Trust: Between the Echoes: Still They Rose. In Caps and Gowns.

June 16, 2016 | Effective Teaching

Jun 16, 2016 by Brooke Haycock An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of…

Teacher Appreciation Week: Showing Students the Sky’s the Limit

May 6, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

Rockets that fly 20 miles high. Prosthetic devices created with a 3-D printer. Food scrap that is converted into fuel. These might sound like the work of scientists or maybe projects from a graduate school program. In fact, these are the types of challenges students solve in Dr. Nghia Le’s…

Teacher Appreciation Week: Honoring Students Where They Are

May 5, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

Montana teacher Anna Baldwin has received extensive recognition for her culturally responsive teaching. She is the recipient of the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year award, the 2012 Teaching Tolerance Award and 2011 Distinguished Educator Award from the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts. Additionally, the documentary “Inside…

Teacher Appreciation Week: Forming Bonds, Inspiring Success

May 4, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

“If you really want to be an effective teacher, if you really want to reach kids and help them excel, you have to build relationships,” says high school teacher Anthony Marshall. “It’s the most important part of teaching.” Anthony Marshall’s first dream as a child was to be a teacher,…

Q&A: How EdReports.org Helps Educators Identify High-Quality Materials

April 28, 2016 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

EdReports.org is an independent, nonprofit organization designed to help educators identify and demand instructional materials that are effective, reliable, and aligned to high standards. Using a comprehensive, rigorous review process led by expert practitioners, EdReports.org provides free reviews of instructional materials to help educators make informed decisions about which materials…

Room to Run: Student Stories from TNTP

September 1, 2016

TNTP’s Room to Run takes a look at what is possible when students have access to schoolwork that challenges and inspires them. To do this, TNTP asked those who know best: students. In Room to Run, a multimedia feature, TNTP highlights the stories of five students, like Abril, a second-grader…

How to Help High School Students Graduate

August 29, 2016 | Student Achievement

At the UChicago Network for College Success (NCS), we’re energized by recent data. The national public high school graduation rate has increased by 9 percentage points from 73 percent in 2006 to 82 percent in 2014 (NCES, 2016). In Chicago over the same time period, graduation rates showed even bigger improvements:…