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Teacher Voices: A Good Mentor and a Good Read Will Help New Teachers Ease Some First-Year Stress (Sara Steindorff, Pike Road)

A+ ABPC Program Coordinator Emily Strickland is asking educators how they’ll be spending their summer break. Sara Steindorff, a second grade teacher at Pike Road Elementary, plans to peruse her year-long “highs and lows” journal now that she has some time to reflect more deeply on what worked, what didn’t, and why. She also shares a tip for new teachers that can help relieve stress.

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Teacher Voices: “Recharge in June, Refocus in July” Is Good Advice for Novice and Veteran Educators Alike (Elisabeth Burns, Vestavia Hills)

This summer, ABPC Program Coordinator Emily Strickland is asking a selection of teachers engaged in our statewide educator networks to let us know how they’ll be spending their summer break. Ninth grade English teacher Elisabeth Burns will get serious about new professional learning in July, including four weeks interning in school libraries as part of her master’s work.

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Teacher Voices: Professional Learning Never Stops for Teachers of Young Children (Frances Granger, Pike Road Schools)

This summer, ABPC Program Coordinator Emily Strickland is asking a selection of teachers engaged in our statewide networks to let us know how they’ll be spending their summer break. First Grade teacher Frances Granger is another contributor who plans to mix relaxation with lots of professional learning. Her advice for newbies? “Work on mastering one major teaching strategy a year” to develop deep understanding.

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