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Portable 401K Benefits for Teachers

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Jun 1, 2017 11:08:46 AM


What are the benefits of a portable 401k, you ask? First, it’s portable. In today’s workplace, the median U.S. worker has less than 5 years at their current job. Teachers are no exception to this.  With so much mobility in our careers, having a retirement system that you can transfer from one job to another is very beneficial. Most portable 401K programs will even suspend your investments if the time between positions is longer than normal.

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Topics: Pension, Retirement, 401K

Healthy Goodbyes for Your Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 25, 2017 2:27:30 PM


It is hard to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is also healthy and necessary to provide the opportunity for closure for students at the end of the school year. Although it can be painful for both adults and students, healthy goodbyes help transition into the summer and next school year. If you avoid the opportunity to say goodbye with your class, it can have a negative impact on separation in the future among students.

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Topics: Student Relationships, Classroom Management

Summer Tips for Teachers

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on May 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Can you sense it? It’s right around the corner and almost everyone is looking forward to it. It’s SUMMER BREAK! About this time in the school year, everyone from kids to parents to teachers, start daydreaming about what their summer breaks will look like. There might be trips to take, swimming to be done, and house/yard work to catch-up on. This list of activities might seem manageable until you realize just how fast the summer flies by.

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Topics: teachers

Tips and Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

There are endless strategies and techniques with working with students who display challenging behaviors. And although challenging behaviors can be frustrating at times, it can also be rewarding when you are able to use these disruptions as a learning opportunity and change behaviors. 

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Why a Racially & Ethnically Diverse Workforce Matters

Posted by Guest Author on May 4, 2017 10:16:05 AM

In Michigan’s charter school sector, who heavily serves an ethnically diverse student population living in disenfranchised communities and exposed to trauma and stress, hiring a teaching staff that is reflective of their student body is key for students who are facing a learning gap even before they step into the school building.

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Implementing Change in the Workplace

Posted by Angi Beland on Apr 18, 2017 5:00:00 AM

There is no denial that today’s state of education requires a sense of urgency to discover practices that will yield significant and meaningful outcomes. By it’s nature, the state of urgency tends to force the application of multiple quick fix solutions. These solutions produce fast results, but typically are not sustainable by human or financial capacity, thus promoting an ongoing cycle of change comparable to riding a stationary bike in hopes of reaching a destination but merely racking up miles, not distance. Not surprising, this approach often leads to burnout and frustration. And more than that, it has left employees with a bitter taste about change, forcing them to build walls of resistance to even positive change in the workplace.

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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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