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Podcast for Teachers: Teaching Math with Parents as Partners

Most elementary teachers have dealt with parent questions and concerns about math instruction. Some teachers have been the parent raising those concerns with their child’s teacher. Hilary Kreisberg, the Director at the Center for Mathematics Achievement at Lesley University, and the author of, “Partnering with Parents in Elementary Math,” shares findings from interviews with parents […]

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Inclusion, Purpose, Caring, and Empathy

In a Fortune article describing the experiences of employees in the best 100 companies to work for, I read the following: These companies doubled down on what decades of research tells us actually matters—trust, respect, purpose, and community. The best companies go beyond perks to create aspirational workplaces. They foster a culture of inclusion, purpose, […]

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Podcast: Real Discussions

What are you finding when you observe discussions in classrooms? Are teachers hearing all students’ voices? Are students’ voices being heard by classmates? What would a student survey tell us? How would you coach teachers to teach and facilitate discussion skills? What’s the quality of discussions taking place in PLC’s and professional learning activities? Explore […]

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Podcast for Parents: Learning About the Teen Brain

Tara Brown, who has been called the “Teen Whisperer,” shares what we know about the teen brain and how that knowledge can support parents in understanding teen needs.  She describes the teen brain as a Maserati with bicycle brakes. Tara is an experienced teenager and parent life coach. Visit Tara’s website here. Subscribe to the […]

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Visibly Random Groups for Student-to-Student Interaction

“We need to ensure that classrooms are filled with dialogue and not a monologue.” That statement appears in Grades K-12 Rebound (Fisher, Frey, Smith, Hattie) in the chapter on “recovering learning through instruction.” They describe the research supported impact on student learning when students have opportunities to talk with each other using academic language. “When […]

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Podcast: Bringing Parents Into the Math Success Equation

When parents were interviewed about math instruction in school, the four most frequent words that arose were intimidated, frustrated, worried, and confused. The author who conducted those interviews, Dr. Hilary Kreisberg, explores what school leaders can do to support teachers changing those parent concerns. Hilary is the author of “Partnering with Parents in Elementary Math” […]

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