Connecting Our EL Students Across the Community

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: EL students can feel very isolated and overwhelmed in school. Bringing EL students together can help them feel less alone. As educators, we need to find ways to give them a sense of community. Connect the dots to see the bigger picture when connecting our EL students across the country. Connecting Our EL Students Across the Community: Flying Solo … Read More

Invisible Superheroes: My Students

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: I am grateful for all of the lessons I have learned during remote learning. Some of these lessons are flexibility, student choice, and student voice. Looking out the window this winter, I think about the planters I love decorating that I post on my IG account that need new decorations for the New Year. This year had many learning … Read More

Fixing the Substitute and Teacher Shortages

Dana GoodierBlog, Connect Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Schools all over the world have staffing shortages. Think creatively about where to recruit substitute teachers. What incentives can you offer potential employees such as sign-on bonuses or other perks? Treat your staff well and they will want to stick around. As I write this blog post, the United States is dealing with an unprecedented teacher and substitute shortage. … Read More

Six Tips to Write Your First Book

Kristen NanBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: There are 6 tips to write your first book: go digital, start writing, keep organized, know your why and stick to it, move your mindset, and dangle the carrot. Start writing! Whether you have a story of inspiration and determination or a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, writing a book may be the perfect opportunity for you. … Read More

What Education Could Be

Aaron ElseBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Teach Further

TL;DR: Education has evolved so much over the years, including busing, school meals, accommodations, and more. Imagine what education could be if we stopped placing limits on it. This post shares a hypothetical ideal world for education. How We Got Here The 14th Amendment required states to set up a public school system.  That was in 1868, 153 years ago … Read More