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What are the reading research insights that every educator should know?
03/09/2019
We Have a National Reading Crisis

What are the reading research insights that every educator should know?

There are pervasive misunderstandings among educators when it comes to reading research. But there’s a national awakening brewing, write three district leaders.

"Does this sound familiar? You design an exciting lesson to tackle rich and engaging complex texts with your students, t...
03/08/2019
Supporting All Learners with Complex Texts - Achieve the Core Aligned Materials

"Does this sound familiar? You design an exciting lesson to tackle rich and engaging complex texts with your students, then a voice in your head stops you in your tracks. The voice asks 'but what about ____________?' "

Does this sound familiar? You design an exciting lesson to tackle rich and engaging complex texts with your students, then a voice in your head stops you in your tracks. The voice asks “but what about ____________?” You can fill in the blank with any of your struggling students. Perhaps it’s a...

What Is White Privilege?"White privilege is a concept that has fallen victim to its own connotations. Recognizing white ...
11/26/2018
What Is White Privilege, Really?

What Is White Privilege?
"White privilege is a concept that has fallen victim to its own connotations. Recognizing white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself. This article explains the origin of the term, the difference between racism and white privilege, and what to do once someone recognizes their own white privilege."

Recognizing white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself.

How do you teach the stories around Thanksgiving?"For far too many students, Thanksgiving stories and celebrations serve...
11/17/2018
Thanksgiving 2018

How do you teach the stories around Thanksgiving?

"For far too many students, Thanksgiving stories and celebrations serve as their first introduction to the histories and cultures of American Indians. The resources in this edition of The Moment offer the opportunity to teach a more accurate story about the origins of Thanksgiving."

For far too many students, Thanksgiving stories and celebrations serve as their first introduction to the histories and cultures of American Indians. The resources in this edition of The Moment offer the opportunity to teach a more accurate story about the origins of Thanksgiving.

We can't stay silent....how are you addressing the tough issues?"It's likely your students heard about the tragic police...
11/14/2018
Don't Say Nothing

We can't stay silent....how are you addressing the tough issues?

"It's likely your students heard about the tragic police shooting of Jemel Roberson near Chicago over the weekend. When racialized violence hits the news cycle, your students need space to talk and ask questions. We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can't afford to be silent."

Silence speaks volumes. Our students are listening.

Here is a guide to talking about this with your students or children. "A shooting at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagog...
10/29/2018
Pittsburgh Shooting Reminds Us Why We Must Talk About Hate

Here is a guide to talking about this with your students or children.

"A shooting at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagogue has left 11 people dead. Although we’ve witnessed hate-fueled moments many times before, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about them when they occur. If we don’t, it means we’ve normalized them."

A shooting at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagogue has left 11 people dead. Although we’ve witnessed hate-fueled moments many times before, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about them when they occur. If we don’t, it means we’ve normalized them.

EmbraceRace
08/09/2018
EmbraceRace

EmbraceRace

https://bit.ly/2MsqSpC

6 recommendations:

(1) Read books to our children that have characters with a diverse range of skin colours.

(2) Be mindful of the media our children consume.

(3) Take a look at our children’s toys.

(4) Educate ourselves as parents.

(5) Challenge racism and racist attitudes when we see them, both in front of our children and when they are not around.

(6) Donate to social justice causes.

Great visual to help our students!
08/06/2018

Great visual to help our students!

People need this even if they aren’t dyslexic, I don’t have issues with this personally but it’s a good visual! Hang it up in a classroom too!

"...and out went the five-paragraph essay. Instead, her high school students now create infographics, BuzzFeed-like quiz...
07/24/2018
What do virtual reality, BuzzFeed quizzes and essay writing have in common?

"...and out went the five-paragraph essay. Instead, her high school students now create infographics, BuzzFeed-like quizzes and even virtual reality (VR) experiences to illustrate how they can research, write and express their thoughts."

What are some ways you have made learning more creative for your students?

Teacher Carissa Peck uses technology to pepper her English language arts class and students turn into better writers for her effort.

Are you planning for the next school year? Check out some new apps to think about using.
07/20/2018
iTeach: A Guide To The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom

Are you planning for the next school year? Check out some new apps to think about using.

Here are five educational apps — endorsed by an expert — that teachers love. Plus, what teachers can look for when choosing apps for the classroom.

Free Weekly ELA Activities
06/05/2018
Free Weekly ELA Activities

Free Weekly ELA Activities

Sign up to receive a fun, unique, FREE activity every week for you and your teachers to use in the classroom.

05/26/2018
What's New in Children's Literature? Global & Inclusive Picture Books

Have you read any of the books mentioned? Do you try to increase the diversity of books in your classrooms?

Join us as we explore new and notable picture books with an emphasis on global, multi-cultural, and inclusive perspectives. We will discuss ways to seamlessl...

05/24/2018
Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs

Do you want to know more about blended learning? There are four courses here on blended/personalized learning. They are all free asynchronous courses for educators.

The Canvas Network offers free online courses and classes from the world's leading universities. Find a MOOC and enroll now to get started on your new journey!

Do you loop with your students? Has your school thought about doing this? New research says it has a positive impact.  "...
05/22/2018
Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning - The Hechinger Report

Do you loop with your students? Has your school thought about doing this? New research says it has a positive impact.

"Published in the June 2018 issue of the Economics of Education Review, the researchers found that this increased student-teacher familiarity led to higher test scores, albeit a small increase, after controlling for students’ prior academic achievement and teacher differences. The benefits of getting the same teacher twice in a row were largest for minority students. And when a large share of classmates had the same teacher as before, even kids who were new to the class posted higher than expected test scores. That suggests when people know each other well, it’s a better classroom environment for learning."

One economist found that platooning might be harming kids and two other economists found that looping is quite beneficial. “These studies are important because they tell us that teacher-student relationships matter"

How do you deal with these tough topics in the classroom?
05/16/2018
When a First-Grader Is Called a Racist

How do you deal with these tough topics in the classroom?

When the word ‘racist’ brought out some strong feelings in a first-grade classroom, this teacher helped the students examine the word’s complexity.

"Establish a blended or personalized model in your classroom by setting up basic stations, organized into groups based o...
05/10/2018
ASCD Express 13.17 - Supporting English Language Learners Through Station Rotation

"Establish a blended or personalized model in your classroom by setting up basic stations, organized into groups based on student need and learning gaps. These groups can be identified by a formative assessment or a diagnostic test. Once you establish your groups, you can determine timing, activities, objectives, and routines to help students transition between stations."

As educators of English language learners (ELLs)—and, in the case of Nithi, a former ELL student—we understand the importance of supporting these students. We need to help them share their stories, forge relationships, and emerge as leaders and owners of their own learning. During our time as cl...

Third in OELA’s Expert Seminar Series, “Educating Young Dual Language and English Learners,” Held March 26, is Now...
03/29/2018
Educating Young Dual Language and English Learners March 26

Third in OELA’s Expert Seminar Series, “Educating Young Dual Language and English Learners,” Held March 26, is Now Available as Archived Webinar. Cosponsored with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this seminar focused on guiding principles, programs, practices, and strategies that promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for dual language learners in early care and education settings.

This looks like such a cute book. Check it out and share what you think about it.
03/28/2018
Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice

This looks like such a cute book. Check it out and share what you think about it.

Your voice is your choice.It is special, you'll see.Your voice is unique.I hope you agree. The world is a noisy place. It's full of voices, but what are they all for? How are they different, and how do people use their voices to be heard?Two young birds, Cay and Adlee, are going on an adventure t...

Check out the resources here. They also offer free PDPs for their webinars if you do a little extra reading and write up...
03/16/2018
Global Learning Matters.

Check out the resources here. They also offer free PDPs for their webinars if you do a little extra reading and write up a brief reflection.

https://www.primarysource.org/for-teachers

An education nonprofit offering professional development and curriculum resources to K-12 educators for more culturally responsive, globally inclusive teaching.

Check out this new interactive web site dedicated to data on ELs. It uses colorful maps, bar graphs and charts to provid...
02/15/2018
Our Nation's English Learners

Check out this new interactive web site dedicated to data on ELs. It uses colorful maps, bar graphs and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America's diverse EL population in a "data story" format based on data from the Common Core of Data (CCD). The data story shows that nearly every state has at least one school district where the EL population has increased by more than 50% since 2010, and answers three key questions: Who are ELs? Where are ELs? And what languages do ELs speak?

English learners (ELs) are a growing part of the K–12 student population. Between the 2009–10 and 2014–15 school years, the percentage of EL students increased in more than half of the states, with increases of over 40 percent in five states.1 Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states must ...

Check out this free symposium at UMASS Lowell on March 8th. Listen to Dr. Love's TED talk on "Hip hop, grit, and academi...
02/09/2018
Annual Symposium on Teaching & Learning

Check out this free symposium at UMASS Lowell on March 8th. Listen to Dr. Love's TED talk on "Hip hop, grit, and academic success" to get an idea of the passion she brings to her speaking: https://youtu.be/tkZqPMzgvzg.

Dr. Bettina L. Love will be the keynote speaker at the UMass Lowell College of Education Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Love is an award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban...

12/13/2017

FYI - share with anyone interested.

Long-term sub position for a Teaching Assistant who is going out on maternity leave. The position would be from January 8-April 13 in an early elementary social-emotional class at Blanchard Memorial in Boxborough. It's a 31-hour per week position.

"Learn the language that can help you and your students decode the complexities of the digital-media landscape. This voc...
10/10/2017
Speaking of Digital Literacy…

"Learn the language that can help you and your students decode the complexities of the digital-media landscape. This vocabulary list covers the many ways “fake news” finds its way online, highlights key terms necessary to understand media manipulation, and describes how our brains absorb information—and how they can steer us away from the truth."

Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet.

"As schools open their doors in the coming weeks, millions of students will have much more on their minds than new backp...
08/21/2017
Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Undocumented Students

"As schools open their doors in the coming weeks, millions of students will have much more on their minds than new backpacks and school work. If students’ parents are immigrants, or if students are immigrants themselves, they might be afraid that upon returning to school, federal immigration officers will be waiting to deport them."

Check out this article to read a few suggestions on supporting undocumented students:

It may be a challenging job, but principals must address immigration-related fears of their school community, writes Nancy Gutierrez.

Have you read any of these books?"In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their schoo...
08/14/2017
The world’s required reading list: The books that students read in 28 countries

Have you read any of these books?

"In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their school years. This classic novel combines a moving coming-of-age story with big issues like racism and criminal injustice. Reading Mockingbird is such an integral part of the American educational experience that we wondered: What classic books are assigned to students elsewhere?"

This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves. In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their school…

08/11/2017
Course Catalog

Do you still need the SEI endorsement course? MATSOL is offering some throughout the state, sign up before they are full.

Massachusetts Sheltered English Immersion Teacher Endorsement Course (RE-600)

Fitchbug - Starts Sep 5, 2017 - Tuesdays 4:00-7:00 PM
Swansea - Starts Sep 20, 2017 - Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 PM
Lexington - Starts Oct 3, 2017 - Tuesdays 4:00-7:00 PM
Framingham - Starts Jan 9, 2018 - Tuesdays 4:00-7:00 PM (12 sessions)
North Attleborough - Starts Jan 18, 2018 - Thursdays 4:30-7:30 PM

Massachusetts Sheltered English Immersion Administrator Endorsement Course (RE-601)

Hingham - Starts Oct 25, 2017 - Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 AM
Lexington - Starts Sep 27, 2017 - Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 PM
Framingham - Starts Sep 28, 2017 - Thursdays 4:00-7:00 PM
North Attleborough - Starts Jan 9, 2018 - Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 PM

Members of the MATSOL PD Team are all highly qualified and experience instructors who have been educators of English learners in Massachusetts public schools. Team members have been involved in state initiatives including the Next Generation ESL Curriculum project, DSACs, Six Standards Coaching, and...

Anyone still looking for an SEI Endorsement course? Slots are available in Fitchburg for a course starting up in the Fal...
08/02/2017
SEI Teacher Endorsement

Anyone still looking for an SEI Endorsement course?

Slots are available in Fitchburg for a course starting up in the Fall, at Fitchburg High School at a cost of 295.00. If you are interested, here is the link to the flyer with all the registration information:

Participants who successfully complete the course will earn 67.5 professional development points (PDPs) or 3 graduate credits through Fitchburg State University. (A participant may use either a PDP certificate or a graduate transcript toward recertification, but NOT both.)

Do you have a flipped classroom? How did you get started? What does it look like?Have you thought about it? Here is an a...
08/02/2017
8 principles to help you advance to Flipped Learning 3.0

Do you have a flipped classroom? How did you get started?
What does it look like?

Have you thought about it? Here is an article with some helpful principles to get you started.

What is flipped learning? You might wonder why we’re asking, because the phrase is pretty universally known. But while the term is recognizable, definitions vary–and the wrong idea abou…

07/31/2017
Curriculum Library

ESL teachers - Check out this Virtual EL Curriculum Library from Southern Connecticut State University. You can search grade levels and content areas.

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How do you teach your students how to recognize fake news?
07/14/2017
ISTE Participants Respond to Spike in Fake News Websites -- THE Journal

How do you teach your students how to recognize fake news?

In today’s Wild West media environment of falsehoods and competing claims, how can students separate fact from fiction and judge the credibility of online information for themselves? That was one of the key questions addressed during the ISTE conference in San Antonio this week.

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