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School Mission Statements: The 2019 Guide [+ 6 Writing Tips]

What drives growth in your school community?

It could be your school’s culture, a focus on teacher professional development, or even prioritizing useful teaching strategies. However, none may be as important as school mission statements, which are essential for student development and effective learning.

School mission statements indicate the priorities and goals of a school community, and can have an incredible impact on student achievement.

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7 Effective Ways to Use Distributed Practice at Your School

You dedicate endless resources to make sure students learn curriculum essentials, in preparation for standardized tests and new grade levels.

But as soon as they’ve learned the material and written the test, it seems like their memories are completely wiped clean. Students are left confused and teachers become frustrated.

Sound familiar?

This scenario is extremely common, yet highly preventable. Students and teachers tend to cram information into their brains as quickly as possible. But in the long run, retention falls flat.

Distributed practice is proven to be the best studying method for effective learning that lasts. And if you want students to study this way, distributed practice should become a schoolwide teaching strategy.

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14 Powerful Math Websites for Middle School Students

As a school leader in the digital age, one of your greatest responsibilities is to ensure teachers are using quality math websites that can engage students, monitor their progress, close learning gaps, and address individual needs. But because they vary so much in quality, finding the best ones poses a real challenge.

Middle school, in particular, can be a trying time for students as their adolescent brains transition from tangible, foundational math concepts to more complex and abstract ones. So, here’s a list of 14 math websites for middle school that will greatly enrich your students’ learning experience.

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5 Ways To Make Teacher Professional Development Effective [With Examples]

Every educator has at least one tale of a teacher professional development session gone wrong. But how can you avoid those mistakes?

It’s difficult to plan and execute creative opportunities for teachers to continue to build their skills. Many school leaders will admit that professional development is the last thing on their mind in the middle of a busy school day.

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7 Ways to Support Diversity in the Classroom [With Examples]

Why do children go to school?

Most people would say it’s to learn the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. But a school culture that promotes diversity in the classroom teaches students something that’s more important: how to live and work in a society where every individual is unique.

In an increasingly fragmented society, the ability to connect with peers, coworkers and neighbours with diverse backgrounds and abilities is invaluable. Diversity improves critical-thinking skills, builds empathy and encourages students to think differently.

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Competency Based Education: What is it, And How Your School Can Use it

The search for better teaching strategies will never end. As a school leader, you probably spend too much of your time thinking about how to improve the learning experience of the students that pass through your school throughout the years.

After all, what they learn (and how they learn it) will become a part of these students as they grow, hopefully helping them become successful adults.

This is the main goal of competency based education: giving each student equal opportunity to master necessary skills and become successful adults.

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50+ School Safety Tips for 2019

What worries parents and teachers the most?

If you took a survey, a huge majority would claim school safety as a top contender.

Turn on the news or check social media on any given day. You’ll quickly notice that school safety is one of society’s biggest concerns right now. With the number of negative stories floating around, you might wonder if your school is safe enough.

Of your many daily responsibilities as an instructional leader, your obligation to protect staff and students is arguably the most important.

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