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Rusul Alrubail

Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

Rusul Alrubail works on literacy and student voice at The Writing Project. She is also an education writer, and a student voice advocate. Alrubail has taught English composition and literature to high school, college, and undergraduate students for 10 years. She has written with Edutopia, Education Week, The Guardian, PBS Newshour, EdWeek Teacher, Teaching Tolerance, ASCD's Educational Leadership, Edsurge, Annenberg Learner Foundation, Medium and others.

She's a TEDx speaker and a social media influencer on education, race and equity. Her work focuses on teacher professional development and training, pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom, english language learners, equity & social justice and media literacy as a means for professional development. You can find her work on her “Heart of a Teacher” blog:

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  • Literacy

    An Academic Use for Social Media

    You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.
  • Education Equity

    Equity for English-Language Learners

    Provide ELLs with quality instructional practices and resources, including fair assessments, free use of dictionaries and thesauruses, extra time, and the option of multiple media.
  • Teacher Development

    The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

    Kindness, empathy, and a focus on building community are among the qualities of a great teacher.
  • Literacy

    Teaching Literary Analysis

    Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.
  • Design Thinking

    Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

    While empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as they move through definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
  • Literacy

    Strategies to Help Struggling Writers

    Student writers often struggle because they lack connection with the assignment or an authentic audience. Relevant topics, blogging, and brainstorming with peers can remedy this.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Being Mindful of Cultural Differences

  • Formative Assessment

    The Power of Peer Feedback

  • English-Language Learners

    Blogging for English-Language Learners

    Student blogging provides opportunities for sharing, reflection, and ownership. With ELLs, blogs can provide deeper engagement and a public forum to demonstrate their developing skills.

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