Planning for Re-Entry and Beyond

Over the past month, we’ve been deep in conversation with our partners, community organizations, families, and each other to assess our new reality and determine the ways in which we can do the most good. We’re writing today to share a brief update about what comes next as schools plan for the next school year.  … Continued

Using Elaboration to Help Students Draw from Experiences

Elaboration is Expanding Upon Ideas to Make Connections [Students] see some of those same [math concepts] happening in their music classes. So, they are able to relate what I’m doing in my class to other classes, and it clicks so much more,” says Ms. Tatiyana Webb, a math teacher at Soulsville Charter School in Shelby … Continued

Making Visuals Work

What does learning science say about visual learning in the classroom? “I give [students] a lot of resources that they could use just so they don’t have one particular way of learning something. I like to use pictures, videos, whatever will help them to retain the information,” says Ms. LaShaudra Cox, a biology teacher at … Continued

School Districts and the Road to Equity

How Districts Can Overcome Opportunity Gaps Once and For All The screen read: “a2 + b2 = c2” Twenty seventh-grade students, seated in rows in this Tulsa classroom, were silently working from an old textbook. Their teacher, illuminated by an overhead projector, looked on. For about thirty minutes, I heard only the soft scratching of … Continued

Getting students to think about thinking

This is the fourth installment in a series of pieces from Leading Educators and the Learning Agency about opportunities to use strategies from the science of learning in diverse contexts to boost students’ learning.  There are often barriers to bringing research back to the classroom where it can benefit students most. This series shares learnings … Continued

Linking ideas and concepts in class

This is the third installment in a series of pieces from Leading Educators and the Learning Agency about opportunities to use strategies from the science of learning in diverse contexts to boost students’ learning.  There are often barriers to bringing research back to the classroom where it can benefit students most, so this series shares … Continued

Helping students retain information

This is the second installment in a series of pieces from Leading Educators and the Learning Agency about opportunities to use strategies from the science of learning in diverse contexts to boost students’ learning.  There are often barriers to bringing research back to the classroom where it can benefit students most, so this series shares … Continued

How to help students retrieve what they have learned

This is the first installment in a series of pieces from Leading Educators and the Learning Agency about opportunities to use strategies from the science of learning in diverse contexts to boost students’ learning.  There are often barriers to bringing research back to the classroom where it can benefit students most, so this series shares … Continued

Practice Makes Possible: What I Learned at LEI

Raye Wood is a teacher leader at Burton Elementary School in Greater Grand Rapids.  She is entering her thirteenth year in the classroom, and she completed her Doctorate of Education last spring.  She is a huge advocate for amplifying teacher voice and often blogs about her experiences in the classroom and beyond. Wow.  Where do … Continued

Leading Peers Through Change

Michelle Morrow is the Instructional Specialist at North Godwin Elementary School in Grand Rapids, MI, and part of the 2017 Leading Educators Grand Rapids cohort. This past July, Michelle spoke with us about her vision for school transformation after attending the 2017 Leading Educators Institute (LEI). We checked in with Michelle to hear about her … Continued

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