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Teacher Development

Reflecting on the Year's Accomplishments

Before your school community scatters for the summer, reflect on your teaching year through student feedback (face-to-face or anonymous), self-evaluation, parent feedback, and your PLN.
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Two young girls around middle school age and a male teacher are sitting in chairs set up in a circle on the carpet in their classroom. The teacher and one of the girls is listening to the other girl speak.
Student Engagement

3 End-of-Year Reflection Strategies for Students

When students reflect on what they have learned, ownership of that new knowledge increases. Check out these three strategies to use with secondary students.
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A high school boy is sitting at his desk, smiling, folding a piece of cardboard with pieces of tape on it. The class is filled with students at their desks or on the floor cutting and taping together pieces of cardboard.
Resilience and Grit

Controlled Failure: Helping Kids Navigate Back to Success

University Park Campus School encourages students to take risks and, if they fail, helps them take responsibility for their own learning and success.
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After-School Learning

Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 
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Professional Development

Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.
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Student Voice

Student Voices Needed in School Reform

Students' voices belong in the dialogue about what does and doesn't work in their education. Consider incorporating their wants and needs into your school reform efforts.
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Family Engagement

Family Engagement: Engaging the Disengaged

Many schools take a traditional approach to family engagement. It's time to think outside of the box.
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School Leadership

Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Administrators

Observe and advise your teachers throughout the year, and at their summative evaluations, celebrate their strengths and share possible improvements through open-ended questions.
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Family Engagement

Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.
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Teacher Development

Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers

Teachers approaching their summative evaluations with a growth mindset will bridge the divide and diminish the adversarial relationship with the administrator, who is on their side.
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