Educational Leadership
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8/30/2016

Math teachers in Pasco County, Fla., are using the Twitter hashtag #PascoMath to share photos, questions and videos about their lessons. The hashtag was introduced by Brian Dean, who oversees mathematics for grades six to 12 in the district, to help streamline teacher collaboration.

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8/30/2016

Middle-school teacher Jennifer Hesseltine in this blog post describes how incorporating animation into history projects excited her students and increased their engagement with more complex research and analytical tasks. Hesseltine, a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, shares details of her students' first animation project and ideas for integrating animation into lessons.

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Teaching Channel
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8/30/2016

An Illinois middle school has developed a science, technology, engineering and math class for students in fifth through eighth grades. Students will participate in hands-on, collaborative projects, such as building and programming simple machines, and receive iPads to use for coding projects.

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8/30/2016

The new school year for fifth-grade math and science teacher Ashley McDowell means 90 math and science students all learning in unique ways. In this blog post, she shares two technology tools she uses to support one-on-one instruction with all students.

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SmartBrief/Education
8/29/2016

School leaders and teachers must support and encourage one another to make effective systemwide changes in how they approach teaching, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers suggest in this blog post. Leaders must allow their teacher leaders the latitude to speak up and implement agreed-upon changes, they advise.

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Ann Myers, Jill Berkowicz
8/29/2016

Professionals should be compassionate with a difficult colleague but also should set up a meeting with that colleague to address problems before they get out of hand, career coach Lisa Quast advises. Professionals should make the meeting private and work to understand their points of view and find solutions, she suggests.

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Forbes
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Lisa Quast
8/29/2016

A Tennessee school district is using Facebook to publicize a $5,000 signing bonus to gain new math teachers. Federal data show many districts in the state have struggled for the past four years to find qualified math educators.

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Chalkbeat
8/29/2016

A new initiative to fight the high truancy rate in Nashville, Tenn., schools pairs volunteer lawyers and other advocates with students to improve attendance. The program also provides an alternative to detention where students can interact, read books and learn how to write a resume.

8/26/2016

Shying away from difficult conversations about race could leave some students unprepared for life after school, says Texas eighth-grade teacher Kecia Dennis. In this interview, she explains why she discusses interacting with police, race relations and social justice with her students.

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8/26/2016

A school district in Connecticut used an online survey to gauge teachers' professional learning experiences. In this commentary, Kimberly Wynne, assistant superintendent in the district, discusses how schools used the findings to shape professional development.