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Sarah Gonser

Contributing Editor

Sarah Gonser is a contributing editor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Hechinger Report, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and numerous other media outlets. Her first job in journalism was as the obituary writer for a California daily newspaper.

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  • Teaching Strategies

    Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment

    When the world feels dangerous, harnessing learning can provide some measure of clarity and perspective.
  • Online Learning

    From Wi-Fi to Food Drops: How Districts Are Tackling the Big Issues Now

    Most education leaders say the U.S. has never faced anything like this before. The leader of Chiefs for Change on the short and long view as coronavirus continues.
  • School Leadership

    Tips for Principals Shifting Their Schools to Distance Learning

    As teachers grapple with teaching remotely while schools are closed, principals can support their staff, students, and school communities in critical ways.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

    Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
  • Literacy

    If We Want Bookworms, We Need to Get Beyond Leveled Reading

    When it comes to nurturing kids’ love of reading, research suggests variety, choice—and encouragement to stretch—can make a difference.
  • Assessment

    4 Reasons Teachers are Going Gradeless

    Up to their elbows grading papers and questioning the motivational value of traditional grading systems, many teachers are starting to experiment with alternative assessments.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    What Brain Science Teaches Us About Conflict Resolution

    When a teacher noticed her kids fighting at recess, she turned to neuroscience and mindfulness practice to help them take control of their emotions.
  • Critical Thinking

    Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

    Vetting primary resources isn’t easy—but doing it well is crucial for fostering engagement and deeper learning in a rapidly changing world.
  • Critical Thinking

    6 Scaffolds That Deepen Independent Learning

    When teaching problem-based lessons, use thinking scaffolds to propel students toward greater expertise and deeper learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too

    New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve.
  • Classroom Management

    If You Can't Love Every Student, Try Finding Common Ground

    Building meaningful relationships with students—even the difficult ones—is really hard, but research shows the benefits are worth the effort.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Making Sure Your Students Are Actually Processing Feedback

    Grading papers at 2 a.m. in her living room became one teacher’s new normal—so she decided it was time to reinvent the way she gives feedback.
  • School Leadership

    Key Strategies for Reducing Friction Over Student Discipline

    Principals and teachers must work hard at alignment when it comes to the difficult—and evolving—question of student discipline.
  • Critical Thinking

    How to Encourage Independent Thinking in Math

    Breaking the habit of scaffolding her students’ learning, one teacher stepped back to provide them with space for productive struggle.
  • School Leadership

    5 Strategies to Minimize Bad Leadership Decisions

    When school administrators make lots of tough calls, the quality of decisions later in the day tends to suffer. Here’s how to minimize that effect.