Outdoor Learning: Get Out of the Classroom and Out Into Nature

Thanks to smart boards, tablets, computers and other forms of classroom technology, students can learn, explore and solve problems like never before. But what happens when we become too reliant on the technology tools that are designed to help us? According to education experts, students who spend too much time ...

Creating a Learning Climate: Experts Discuss Improving Equality in the Classroom

Positive school climates provide students, families and teachers with an equal opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, political, cultural and socioeconomic factors can undermine school climates and threaten equality for all. This can be frightening and overwhelming, but luckily there are many resources and organizations dedicated to creating equitable school climates. Here, education ...

How Teachers Can Foster Empathy Through Social Emotional Learning

We’re all used to hearing phrases like “sharing is caring” and “treat others the way you want to be treated.” These principles once served as the basis for social emotional learning in pre-K and elementary school classrooms. But today, where children use a variety of technologies to connect and interact, ...

Inspiring Schools, Administrators and Communities That Advanced Education in 2016-17

From fighting for equal student opportunity to establishing new teacher training programs, there are endless ways that school communities can advance education for all. During the 2016-2017 school year in particular, schools, administrators and students came together to advance education activism and student rights across the country. To learn more about ...

16 Inspiring Teachers Who Left Their Marks on the 2016-17 School Year

Every teacher has a special impact on the students, colleagues and district they serve. And while many of these teacher stories remain inside the classroom walls, they sometimes are so powerful that the public grabs ahold of them. Here, we’ve rounded up the most popular and inspiring teacher stories that ...

Classroom Conflicts: How to Teach Students Healthy Ways to Resolve Differences

Students aren’t always going to get along, and conflicts are a normal part of childhood. In fact, learning how to resolve peer tension can teach many social skills, including empathy and sharing. But when conflicts arise at school, they can be a huge disruption to all learners in the classroom. ...

Summer Employment Ideas for Teachers on a Job Hunt

When the heat starts to rise and students go off to camp, many teachers feel a wave of relief at the prospect of summer. And while many educators have summer homework of their own, this can be the perfect time to earn some extra cash. Whether it’s a day camp, a ...

Professional Development: How to Host a Training Session Teachers Will Actually Want to Attend

Let’s face it: Teacher trainings and faculty meetings have a bad reputation. And no matter how much we enjoy our colleagues and respect their company, being forced to endure a day of lectures and workshops just isn’t fun. But what if that weren’t always the case? Because professional development is an ...

20 Inspiring Midwest Education Conferences for Professional Growth

Despite the fact that you’re constantly surrounded by students and colleagues, teaching can sometimes be an isolating profession. Fortunately, the Midwest is home to an array of professional development conferences that help teachers learn, collaborate and grow. Whether you’re a technology teacher, a school administrator or simply an educator seeking knowledge, ...