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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Data Driven Instruction: Definition and 11 Strategies

It’s all about the data.

In your school, there is a lot of data to be managed. There’s information about staff, curriculum, students and their families, tests, exams, regulations, budget, payments, teacher evaluations, events…

Getting a headache just thinking about it?

With all that data floating around your school, the idea of data driven instruction may seem overwhelming.

After all, capturing, understanding, and putting to work information about your students takes time.

The idea of data driven instruction isn’t new. But, how exactly does it work? What actionable steps can you take to make sure teachers are working well with data driven instruction?

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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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Curriculum-Based Measurement: Top Benefits and Examples

Schools can teach academic skills 24/7/365. However, failing to measure the extent to which students are acquiring these skills can be detrimental to their educational upbringing. That’s why methods such as curriculum-based measurement, or CBM, are vital for student success.

And as a school leader, you play a critical role in fostering the right culture for student success. But how?

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Universal Design for Learning: Principles and Examples for 2019

When something is universal, it applies to everyone. So, when hearing the term universal design for learning (or UDL), it makes sense to imagine it as a blanket format that covers all students.

But is that really what UDL is all about?

In this guide, you’re going to learn that universal design for learning is focused on flexibility and adaptability to different types of students.

But that’s not all.

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7 Personalized Learning Strategies and Examples

It happens all too often: the bell rings to signal the end of class, but some children are left with doubts and questions — while others are bored because the last hour was spent on material they already understood. 

These differences are often down to students’ learning styles, and are fuelling a surge in the use of personalized learning strategies and adaptive learning technology in the field of K-12 education. 

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4 Teacher Evaluation Models to Use (With Examples!)

Teacher evaluation is a topic of hot debate in the world of K-12 schooling, and for good reason.

You have the responsibility to make sure the students in your school are receiving a good education — and that the foundation of their education is based on engaged, effective teaching.

Strong instructional leadership will help guide teachers to success, but teacher evaluation is key for the professional and personal growth that leads teachers to improved performance.

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12 Research-Backed Instructional Leadership Strategies [+ Downloadable Reference]

Discipline, scheduling, conflict resolution and meetings in general.

A principal’s calendar is typically packed with obligations that can shift focus from what is debatably your core duty: instructional leadership.

It’s an obvious challenge, but committing time to instructional leadership is significantly easier with clear strategies you can quickly reference.

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