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3 Ways to Make Your In School Suspension Program SMART

Traditional In School Suspension (ISS) programs are founded on the principle that punishing students results in decreased behavior. SMART ISS is a program that flips that script; focusing instead on making in school suspension programs active and restorative rather than simply punitive. Here are three ways you can switch what your in school suspension program […]

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3 Tips for Setting Up Classrooms to Improve Classroom Management

Classroom Management

When we talk about classroom management, we often lean on theory but forget the practical steps you can take. One of the best things you can do for your classroom, is learn how to physically set up your classroom for success. We asked Angela Isenberg to give us a few tips on how to properly set […]

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3 Reasons Traditional ISS Doesn’t Work

The traditional In School Suspension model is broken and yet most schools still use it. Schools across Texas and throughout the country practice the traditional, punitive, method of ISS. In this model, students get in trouble and are sent to a room on campus  as punishment. They might complete homework or do assignments, but the […]

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5 Questions for Professional Development Planning

Professional development (PD) is an important way to help teachers grow. PD should be relevant, timely, and based on data. Otherwise, you risk assuming what teachers need, and will cause them to tune out before you can say the word “rigor.” Here are 5 questions to ask yourself when you begin planning professional development for […]

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3 Reasons Why Behavior Charts are Not Effective

Plenty of schools use behavior charts to track their students’ behavior. Behavior charts come in all shapes and sizes and are used primarily to motivate students to behave better while in class. At the core, the idea seems right: by tracking our students’ reactions throughout the day we encourage them to make better choices. But […]

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What Does STEM Integration Look Like?

STEM Integration

STEM activities integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into lessons in order to teach students 21st century skills through problem solving. Let’s look at some of these components and how you can bring STEM integration into your classroom. The Art of Technology STEM integration often involves using technology to solve real world problems. This isn’t […]

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How to “Marie Kondo” Your Classroom

The guru of organizing, Marie Kondo, took America by storm when she came out with her Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” earlier this year. Her “KonMari Method” of simplifying and organizing had people reevaluating items in their household to see if it “sparked joy” or if it was unneeded clutter. These basic principles […]

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What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning, SEL

If you’ve been in education for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard the words “Social Emotional Learning” before. It’s not a new concept, Social Emotional Learning (or SEL for short), has been around for years, but has just recently started to gain respect, attention, and importance in the world of education. SEL, as defined […]

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The Importance of Kari’s Law Compliance in Schools

This guest post comes from Melinda Crockom, public education coordinator at the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications. Emergencies can happen anywhere and unfortunately; emergency situations do occur on school campuses. If a person is attempting to dial 9-1-1 from a school phone, would they be able to reach an outside line for help?  What […]

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5 Tips for Effective School Leadership

The new school year is always stressful, no matter how many years of education experience you have. School leaders are meeting new students, parents, and staff members and trying to make sure that everything runs smoothly. This year, remember these 5 tips related to school leadership for the 2019 school year: Work on relationships with […]

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