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Tom Berger

Executive Editor

I’m a former high school and college English teacher. As an editor and writer, I’ve covered travel, world news, and community economic development, and I’m excited to now be back in the world of education, working on high-quality content that’s of value to teachers.

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  • After-School Learning

    ‘The Human Connection Is Everything’: Dave Eggers on What He’s Learned From Tutoring Students

    A new book details how a tutoring center movement that Eggers started almost 20 years ago works to spark students’ creativity.
  • New Teachers

    Supporting the New Teachers in the Building

    Teachers don’t need to be designated mentors to support and encourage the novices in nearby classrooms.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

    Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
  • Technology Integration

    The Beginning of the End of Snow Days

    Districts around the U.S. are working out policies and procedures for having kids work at home when inclement weather closes schools.
  • News

    What We Lose With the Decline of Cursive

    Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing?
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    An Inside Look at Trauma-Informed Practices

    A Nashville elementary school takes a comprehensive approach to trauma-informed practices, creating a space where students feel known and supported.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Closing the Achievement Gap With SEL

    A Nashville high school focuses on using social and emotional learning to build strong relationships and a positive culture—and to improve academic outcomes.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    SEL as a Foundation for Academics

    These middle schools were built on the idea that academic risk taking, fostered by social and emotional learning, can be a key to high achievement.
  • Open Education Resources

    The Uncertain Future of OER

    High-quality open educational resources that are freely shared and improved upon have enormous appeal, but they’re not a reality yet—and may never be.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Push in the Right Direction

    Mentors have the power to shape people’s choices in positive ways, as a teacher and student share in a pair of videos.
  • Maker Education

    Changing Who Gets to Make the World

    Two videos provide a glimpse into the learning and personal growth opportunities of designing and building.

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