15 Advocacy Groups Championing Teachers and Learning Across the U.S.

From new studies and research to a changing sociopolitical climate, education in America is constantly evolving. But how can teachers be sure that it’s changing in the right direction? Advocacy groups and nonprofits across the country are working to instill policies, procedures and research that are focused on learning. Comprised ...

Interpersonal Relationships: How Teachers Can Help Students Develop Friendships

From the first day of kindergarten to the last day of high school, teachers play a critical role in helping students develop interpersonal relationships. Whether it’s resolving a conflict or promoting cooperation, there are endless opportunities to teach students how to interact with those around them. To ensure that each ...

Expert Tips for Teaching Leadership Skills in The Classroom

Leadership is a multi-faceted skill set that helps students learn to communicate, empathize and solve problems. Equipped with the power of independence, strong leaders are more likely to achieve personal and professional success. And while many leadership skills seem basic, it’s not fair to assume that all students learn leadership ...

Are Long Commutes Affecting Your Students’ Learning? Here’s How to Help

When most people imagine getting to school in the morning, they think of walking a few blocks or getting dropped off after a short school bus ride. But in many American cities, elementary, middle and high school commutes are long and lonely. And when you add in factors like unreliable ...

Classroom Tactics for Encouraging Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Having students who love to learn is one of the greatest joys of teaching. In addition to making your job easier, these students are much more likely to excel both in the classroom and in life. But when you have students who aren’t so motivated – especially those who are ...

Teaching Intangibles: Encourage Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy in Students

Teaching social and emotional skills in the classroom can help students grow into empathetic, kind and selfless adults. And while empathy is key to an equitable world, social and emotional skills aren’t limited to relationships with others. In fact, they’re deeply rooted in our relationships with ourselves. Students who learn ...

Back to School: What Teachers Need to Know About ESSA for the 2017-18 school year

When first implemented by the Obama administration, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed to give each state a greater voice in determining how schools are evaluated. Although ESSA was praised by many education experts, equality advocates and students rights groups, it remained a complicated issue. Now, after the Trump ...

Back to School Checklist: Teacher Prep for the First Day of School

From seating charts and self care to lesson plans and lunches, the first day of school requires a great deal of planning and preparation. And even when you’ve spent countless hours thinking about the first day of school, how do you know you’ve covered all your bases when it finally ...

Back to School: Tips for Teachers Starting at a Brand New School

Starting at a new school is an exciting and transformative time in a teacher’s career. It’s also an opportunity to start fresh and establish strong relationships with the people in your new school community. But what’s the best way to make a good first impression? These helpful back to school ...