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How to Approach the Controversy of Columbus Day
October 19, 2014 5:00 PM | Tagged as holidays, Teaching ideas

Columbus Day is probably one of our nation’s most controversial holidays. For many, the day three small ships carrying European sailors “discovered” the Western Hemisphere is hardly a day for celebration. Many of us were raised on myths surrounding Christopher Columbus’s historical journey. When we strip these myths away, the event is said to mark the beginning of an era ... Read more

Posted By Anna Nolan
Posted in Education, Teaching Tips | 0 Replies

Take a Field Trip - Virtually
October 9, 2014 12:00 PM | Tagged as saving time, saving your school money

Field trips are a great way to get students’ attention and let them apply the skills they learned in the classroom or see what they’ve learned in action. However, the cost and logistics of the traditional field trip makes it less than desirable for many teachers and schools.

Enter the virtual field trip. Teachers can take their students on a trip anywhere around the ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, student success, Teaching Tips | 0 Replies

Teaching Kids About Election Process
September 16, 2014 9:00 AM | Tagged as family, family life, saving time, school communication, school leadership

Election season, with all its partisanship, ad campaigns (positive and negative), and heated debates, is upon us. It’s only natural for educators to ask, “How does this affect our school?”

Administrators and teachers all have their own political opinions, but most would agree that where your students are concerned, it’s important to take a largely non-political ... Read more

Posted By Anna Nolan
Posted in Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching Tips | 0 Replies

Are Your Kindergarteners (and their parents) Ready?
July 15, 2014 12:00 PM | Tagged as Communication, family, family life, parent communication, parenting communication, school goals

For young students and their parents, kindergarten is a big step. Whether or not students have taken part in preschool programs leading up to that first day, new kindergarteners arrive in anticipation of the official start of their school career. They’re big kids now! They’ll show up with shiny new backpacks, lunchboxes, and crayons; but have parents done their due diligence in ... Read more

Posted By Anna Nolan
Posted in Education, family, student success | 0 Replies

6 Quick Tips: Live Your Vision Statement
April 1, 2014 12:00 AM | Tagged as Communication, districts, employee communication, organization, parent communication, parenting communication, PR for schools, school communication, school goals, school leadership

Do you have a mission and vision statement for your school or district? Could you recite it right now (without peeking)? Could your teachers or students? If not, there’s really no reason to have a mission or vision statement. If the stakeholders at your school—you, your staff, the students—don’t know what the school is all about and where it is going, there’s ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, Educational Leadership | 0 Replies

Grow Teacher Leaders
December 17, 2013 4:00 PM | Tagged as districts, saving your school money, school leadership

Why did you go into education? To lead others? To make an impact on children? Did you know as you embarked on your education career that you’d one day be a superintendent or principal?

While many administrators knew they’d eventually lead a school or school district, others never had this ideal in their sights. A number of administrators even miss the personal interaction ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, Educational Leadership | 0 Replies

Teach Students Importance of Giving Back
October 22, 2013 7:00 AM | Tagged as Appreciation, districts, family, family life, public relations for schools

Making a difference in the lives of children is the primary reason most of us got involved in education in the first place. We want to help them succeed and realize their dreams, whatever they might be. But let’s not ignore another vital role we have as educators—growing responsible citizens who can pay it forward to the next generation.

For more than 20 years, Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Appreciation, Education, family | 0 Replies

Free Resources for Curriculum Materials
October 1, 2013 7:00 AM | Tagged as Communication, districts, organization, saving time

Common Core is here and school districts across the country are making the transition to prepare students for new mandated assessments next year. But with these new standards being so new, many are struggling with the resources they need to teach them. Publishing companies are quickly pushing out study guides, lesson ideas, and workbooks, but if this fiscal’s year budget has already been ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, Educational Leadership, Save your staff time | 0 Replies

Nutrition by Good Example
September 24, 2013 12:00 PM | Tagged as districts, family, family life

We’ve all heard it: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But with childhood obesity raging at epidemic levels, we’re left to wonder what children are actually eating—whether it be breakfast, dinner, or anywhere in between.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40% of ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, family | 0 Replies

Additional Revenue for Your District - A Little at a Time
September 17, 2013 12:00 PM | Tagged as districts, parent communication, saving your school money

Generating revenue outside of state dollars is of increasing interest to school districts. Outside of bond funds and state allocations based on student enrollment, big dollars are pretty limited. However, going for the smaller bankroll is a great way to add to your school’s funding. Looking for money for student and teacher incentives, reward programs, guest speakers, and supplemental ... Read more

Posted By Abby Herman
Posted in Education, marketing your school | 0 Replies

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