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Using Great Teaching Strategies to Address “Unfinished Learning”

As you think about addressing learning loss, take some time to revisit what works best when we really need to get teaching right. Cathy Gassenheimer has been reading a new book that addresses this topic, Great Teaching by Design, by the powerhouse team of Hattie, Bustamante, Almarode, Fisher, and Frey. Check out her review and follow a link to watch an authors’ video highlighting key points.

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Lift Every Voice: Deepening the Teaching of Black History All Year Long

“As an African American educator,” writes Dieatra Howie, A+ College Ready’s Social Studies Content Director, “I am proud of the rich heritage that we possess, and I encourage educators to embrace the opportunity afforded to them to make a difference in the lives of their students. The lessons that are taught this month and beyond can change the trajectory of an individual student’s life.” 

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Three Hurdles Students Must Clear to Maximize Self-Assessment

When students incorporate self-assessment strategies into their study habits they learn more, retain more and have more success recalling and applying new knowledge. But there are three hurdles students must overcome first, writes James Clemens High School AP Psychology teacher Blake Harvard, and it’s up to teachers to convince them the high jumping is worth their time and effort.

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How Personal Disruption Can Lead to Professional Growth

Global executive coach Whitney Johnson’s belief in the individual as the fundamental unit of growth in any enterprise led her to conclude that disruptive innovation happens to people as well as organizations. In a recent webinar, Johnson talked about the power of cognitive dissonance as we experience the disruption, holding on both to our current selves and a new, different self. Here’s what Cathy learned.

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