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Teacher Leadership

No-Cost Summer Travel for Teachers

Guest blogger Suzanne Acord, former Peace Corps volunteer and current high school history teacher, introduces a range of inexpensive travel opportunities that will broaden teachers' worldview and enhance their lessons for years to come.
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Teacher Leadership

The Hardest Job in America

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias reflects on the powerful words of Sargent Shriver, a champion for public school teachers.
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Student Engagement

Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the controversy over whether lectures are helpful or harmful for conveying information, and then offers six strategies for crafting lectures that will keep students engaged and learning.
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Student Engagement

Providing STEM Role Models

Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez shares stories from her Science Saturdays program to illustrate how STEM subjects, when presented in fun, engaging ways, are capable of capturing kids' imaginations and changing their lives.
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Education Trends

Recent Polls: Do Educators Support the Common Core?

Are teachers are in favor of the new national education standards? Edutopia blogger Anne O'Brien presents the results from recent polls.
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Technology Integration

5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shows us why iBooks Author appeals to teachers and students alike: it's easy to learn, you can build customized textbooks and showcase student work -- plus, it's cool!
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Technology Integration

Teaching the Essential Skills of the Mobile Classroom

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland examines how we can effectively teach four essential skills -- communication, collaboration, connection and creation -- in a classroom where mobile devices are increasingly reflecting how students think and learn.
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Student Engagement

4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, shares four ways that she's introduced her students to and engaged them in academically rigorous discussion as a regular classroom activity.
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Teacher Leadership

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

Blogger Rebecca Alber shares scaffolding strategies to use in your lessons. (Updated 01/2014)
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Education Trends

The American Promise to Our Young Students

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson reflects on the film 'American Promise' and suggests that, to advance diversity in U.S. schools, we need regular gestures of support, involvement and check in with students from outside the cultural mainstream.
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