For all teachers of literature and reading, PBS is preparing a series called The Great American Read that will give us a sense of the books that Americans young and old love. There are a lot of great, reading-oriented images that you can peruse with your class on the website. You can also participate in the series by having your class vote for their favorite books from the list starting May 22. This is a great way to encourage independent and in-depth reading of great works.
Finding resources for high quality early childhood classrooms can be challenging. Recently, the Boston Public Schools has implemented changes in the way they approach early childhood, focusing on student learning needs and developmentally appropriate experiences. The change was covered locally on WBUR and picked up by NPR nationally. Here is a link to the BPS site that contains lots of information about how you might think of implementing high quality, learning-forward early childhood classrooms.
Chalkbeat, a great source of education news and research I recommend all teachers and leaders peruse regularly, has just announced they are going to have a Great American Teach-Off in March 2018. I encourage any math teacher in the Archdiocese who is interested to read more and consider applying before the January 19 submission deadline.
The editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, Elizabeth Green, writes extensively here about why this Teach-Off is such a great idea for making teaching practice public. Even if you think you may not be ready to apply for this kind of "competition," I highly recommend you take some time to read Green's post and consider what teaching and learning would look like if we had lesson study systems in place like those she mentions observing in Japan. Lesson study is something the CSO is looking into currently, considering what it might look like throughout the Archdiocese. Reach out if you would like to be a part of that planning and conversation!
The New York Times recently released a comparison of public school districts' student learning growth measures throughout the country. Read here to find out more about the developing interest among education policymakers in student learning growth.
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