5 Educational Concepts We Need to Eliminate in 2022

The past two years in education have been unlike no other. Schools having to pivot to remote teaching and learning over the course of a few days, to unrealistic safety protocols and guidelines, to managing the wellbeing of our staff and students, all while trying to do what we are all got into the businessContinue reading “5 Educational Concepts We Need to Eliminate in 2022”

SEL for All: 7 Ways to Prioritize the Social and Emotional Needs of Your Staff

Everyone agrees that social and emotional learning is critical for our students. But who is looking out for the well-being of school staff? Schools have worked tirelessly this school year identifying and supporting the physical, social, and emotional needs of their students. But what about the needs of our teachers? What about your needs? HowContinue reading “SEL for All: 7 Ways to Prioritize the Social and Emotional Needs of Your Staff”

Out with COVID, In with Big Ideas: Going Beyond Learning Loss

By Dawn McCotter, Van Andel Education Institute Learning Loss, Instructional Loss, Unfinished Learning…whatever you call it, the 2020-21 school year has left its mark on the learning process. Rather than focus on the negative, use this as an opportunity for schools to reimagine their instructional practices by leveraging the lessons learned from pandemic teaching andContinue reading “Out with COVID, In with Big Ideas: Going Beyond Learning Loss”

5 Things New Principals (and principals that are new to their school) Should Do Their First Year On The Job

Each year, thousands of new principals begin their journey in school administration. The first year for a new principal can be challenging, exhausting, and frustrating, but also extremely rewarding at the same time. Education Week reports that nearly half of new principals leave their school after three years, and nearly 20 percent leave every year.

Inch By Inch Chronicles – Who is Aime?

This is a guest post from Aime Hutton, a 5-time international best-selling author/compiler. So, who am I?  I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but I grew up in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.   Growing up, school was not a safe space for me. School is supposed to be a happy place for kids.  A place where theyContinue reading “Inch By Inch Chronicles – Who is Aime?”

Facing the Unknown

This guest article was written by Jesse Greaves-Smith of Teachers Starting Fires. He is an experiential educator and eLearning instructional designer focused on helping teachers free their potential and light their spark. The secret to growth as human beings is that we must boldly face the unknown. We must find one small piece of itContinue reading “Facing the Unknown”

5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills

Mental health support can be a key to preventing on-campus violence, but what can schools do to protect students and staff in an emergency? Behind the walls of schools located in urban centers, rural landscapes, and suburbs, US students and teachers have been practicing for the worst situation possible. Since the tragedy at Columbine High SchoolContinue reading “5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills”

Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence

The number of shootings that are occurring at schools is rising. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there have been 417 school shootings in the United States between 2010 and 2019. Sadly, when those annual totals are broken down, an upward trend becomes quite clear. The past two years have seen more schoolContinue reading “Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence”

5 Signs of Cyberbullying

According to Media Smarts, 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else. With the increased use of collaboration tools and social media, children can be bullied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.