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Why the secretary is critical to school customer service!

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Apr 12, 2017 8:12:00 AM

Her name was Bev and she was wonderful. She had smiles and kind words for me and any other student that came to the office. She wiped our tears when we didn’t feel good and gave us hugs on our birthdays. Bev was the school secretary at the middle school I attended.

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Data Notebooks: A Student Engagement Strategy that Works

Posted by Guest Author on Apr 3, 2017 5:00:00 AM

I have always known there is value in students taking accountability of their learning - but when I actually put it into practice, I realized just how critical it could be in helping students achieve!

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Emotional Monster Successful in Reaching a Student

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 27, 2017 5:00:00 AM
It was the combination of trying to help my students with their personal trauma and my love for that lead me to “Emotional Monsters.” I had browsed over the item a few times, but a certain run-in with a young man made me click the button to charge $14.50 to my account without hesitation. An investment I couldn’t have imagined would be so valuable in helping me to reach a student.
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Unraveling the Ball of Learning: Improving Parent Communication

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

While schools across Michigan serve a diverse array of students from urban to rural cities, no school is exempt from at-risk students. Most charter schools would even say the majority of students fit this mold. These children may be facing hunger, homelessness or even poverty-related trauma. Additionally, students today face more stress than any other generation. Whether it is stress caused by pressure to succeed in school or stress caused by living in poverty and exposed to traumatic events, it impacts their life and their education.

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Classroom Peace Corner

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 21, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Behavior is the language of the child, and we see many behaviors through out our school day.

As adults, we may think we are the stressed-out ones and wonder what can a child possibly have to be stressed-out about? I can answer that question. Most days a child’s experience follows an ebb and flow, and within that ebb and flow they are trying to find their way. Their way within their family environment, their way within their classroom environment, their way within the before and after school care environments. And, some have to find their way within a sports team or extracurricular environment...those are a lot of lines to be crossing and a lot of different environments to acclimate to. Today's children have stress and anxiety, even the young ones.

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Topics: Student Learning, Student Trauma, Classroom Management

School Collaboration with Parents

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

A lot of families have experienced stress and traumatic events throughout their life. Some may have experienced stress caused by the economic downturn and constant fear of income, access to food and shelter, witness to physical and emotional abuse, or in some instances, the victim of severe abuse themselves. Due to these circumstances, many parents and guardians share similar challenges in raising a family, yet can often times feel alone in their daily battles. How can schools increase collaboration and communication with families?

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Topics: Parent Communication, Parents

Best Teaching Jobs in Michigan

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 15, 2017 6:24:19 PM

Thank you for choosing to be a teacher! The best teachers have such a gift for reaching kids in just the right way, literally changing the lives of many by just believing in them. You didn’t choose to be a teacher because you thought it would be easy. You didn’t choose to be a teacher because you thought you would make a lot of money. And, most likely, you didn’t even choose to be a teacher. Instead you simply followed your calling. And, now, it’s your choice as to where you share your gift.

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, New Teachers

Michigan’s ESSA Plan Significantly Impacts Educators

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 14, 2017 6:55:00 PM

The Michigan Department of Education has opened up the final opportunity for stakeholders to submit feedback on Michigan’s ESSA Plan. The challenge however is that the plan consists of 153 single spaced pages of important information. It’s no casual read to determine how exactly the plan will impact you, yet you as the main stakeholder to be impacted have the most valuable voice to be heard.

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Topics: Assessment, Accountability, ESSA

3 Characteristics to Develop to Get the Job of Your Dreams!

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

It is job-seeking season in education! In the weeks and months ahead, prospective teachers will tidy up their resumes, dust off their best business attire, and prepare to make an impression upon school leaders and/or human resource representatives. 

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Topics: Leadership, teachers, Human Resources

School Job Descriptions are Your First Impression

Posted by Candace Embry on Mar 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The Michigan education sector is facing a huge crisis with a shortage of quality teachers. There are a few things that come in to play around this issue, but the importance of “first impressions” in your school’s job description is key in seeking quality candidates. You wouldn’t believe how much information is left out of school job description to promote the school’s culture, environment, and desire to bring another amazing educator into the family. Here are some tips on how to structure your job posting, use each position to market your school, and gain a pool of quality candidates that fits your needs.

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Topics: Leadership, Job Descriptions, Human Resources

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