How to Have Deeper Learning and Better Schools

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Jal Mehta from the Harvard School of Education Shares How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Listen to Jal Mehta Talk about Deeper Learning in Schools. Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Four Types of Learning Walks for Every School Leader

Education Elements

Everyone's first year at a new school comes with growing pains -- no matter if it’s their first role as a new Principal, or their 25th year opening a new, or newly redesigned school. Teams & Culture Coaches School Leadership


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50 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom

Ditch That Textbook

It's back to school time again and this year looks NOTHING like we have ever seen before. As summer comes to a close teachers are preparing for that big first day of school. If you are going back to school in-person […].

Looking Ahead to the 2020-2021 School Year

Digital Promise

A new school year is about to begin for millions of students across the United States, and schools are in uncharted territory as they navigate local, state, and federal recommendations and mandates (or lack thereof) for the health and safety of students and staff.

A Message to School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Flying under the radar in many cases are school leaders. As I work with schools on hybrid learning , I see firsthand the immense pressure on leaders to solve what seems like endless challenges that come from every direction.

Back to School Tips

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s hard to imagine school is back in a few weeks. I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: Great Back to School Activities. It’s Time to go Back to School.

Virtual Schooling Is Here to Stay: Reimagining Post-Pandemic Virtual Learning in Public Schools

Education Elements

From North Carolina to California to Alaska, public schools around the United States are planning to preserve a virtual school option for students after the pandemic is over. Crisis Management Virtual Learning District Leadership School Leadership

Using VR in Schools

Ask a Tech Teacher

for students with Special Needs — The Jackson School in Victoria, Australia has been using the Oculus Rift to help students with special needs and the Silesian University of Technology in Silesia Poland is doing therapeutic exercises with autistic students using virtual reality technology.

How AI technologies support school safety

eSchool News

Nowhere is this more evident than in our schools – in how we safely teach our students and how our students learn, safely. The challenge with schools is that, from a safety perspective, educational institutions were already under siege.

Leadership During Crisis: Lessons and Learnings from the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted traditional classroom instruction, but it has not stopped schools from fostering meaningful connections and engaging in robust, student-centered teaching and learning. What are the most pressing challenges facing school districts at this moment?

H?para: The Essential Tool for Every Google Classroom School

The CoolCatTeacher

para Student Dashboard at my school. para dashboard, students go to , sign in with their school Google account, and it works. para Improves the Google Classroom Experience Just remember, your school will need to purchase H?para,

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Making the Case for Transforming Summer School

Education Elements

For most of us, summer school was a punishment for not passing a class. But at the end of the day, the hours spent in summer school are hours not spent working, looking after siblings, or just socializing. Teachers Virtual Learning School Leadership

IT Challenges Schools Face


However, many schools and districts still struggle when it comes to understanding what IT tools and solutions might work for them – as well as how to leverage the technologies that they already have access to.

Going back to school face-to-face: 10 tips

Ditch That Textbook

After more than a year of remote instruction, some schools are going back to school face to face for the first time.For others, they've been face to face for a while, but the remote […]. The post Going back to school face-to-face: 10 tips appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Starting and Sustaining a Data Habit in Your School

Education Elements

District Leadership School Leadership DataKnowledge is Power! Measure what Matters! If our cliches are an indicator, we all know that data collection, review, analysis, and understanding is important.

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A Year of Digital Learning with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shutter and educators and students rapidly shifted to distance learning, those in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program had the advantage of already knowing how to use devices and apps for learning.

Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners. Verizon Innovative Learning schools standouts. Congratulations to the Verizon Innovative Learning schools’ 2018-19 Schools of Excellence Award winners: District of the Year: Strong Out of the Gate.

Leadership Questions to Help Guide Design of a Virtual School

Education Elements

To support the planning of opening a virtual school, leaders can be overwhelmed with the volume of questions to consider — logistics, strategy, and purpose to name a few. New School Design Virtual Learning School Leadership

When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First

A Principal's Reflections

As more and more states and countries reopen their respective economies, schools will soon follow. When school does reopen will it be safe? Reassurance that schools will be safe has to be backed up by action, and planning must begin in earnest now.

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about 16 Free Resources for Schools Who Are Closing Due to Coronavirus Get prepared now. Join the Facebook group Temporary School Closure Support – many helpful conversations are in there. Edpuzzle Pro is available for schools closed due to the virus.

Is It Worth Teaching School Kids SQL?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of interest from high school teachers about teaching databases. One of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors explains… Is It Worth Teaching School Kids SQL? These digital tools allow users to query vast amounts of information based on specific areas of interest.

How to Create a Positive Teacher Experience in Your School

Education Elements

She asked what I wanted for lunch, said she would order it, and that we would eat together during our Zoom meeting later that day (where we would begin to reimagine what summer school could look like). Teacher Retention District Leadership School Leadership

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Addressing Learning Loss in Schools With These Four Strategies

Education Elements

This conversation is critical as schools transition from virtual learning to in-person (and maybe back) this year, and begin planning for the summer and 2021-22 school year. Crisis Management Virtual Learning School LeadershipLearning loss is the baby elephant in the room.

The Importance of Play in Schools


But how does play lead to growth, and what is the best way to nurture play in school? It can be tempting for schools to shorten recess in favor of more academic time. School-age children at play. Harvard Graduate School of Education. Play’s importance in school.

Most Schools Are Not Ready for Coronavirus, But They Can Be

Digital Promise

With each passing day we learn of more schools that have temporarily shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus. school districts prepare for internet-based “teleschools” in anticipation of increasingly likely long-term closures.

4 steps to combat ransomware in schools

eSchool News

Your custodian sees a flyer advertising a free meal for school employees and uses his phone to access the QR code at the bottom. These real-life scenarios all could lead to your school or network’s data and operations software being held ransom by hackers.

Making the case for paperless schools


Some studies have shown that taking notes by hand is better for long-term comprehension, so students should be encouraged to keep on using handwriting for note-taking as opposed to typing while in school. Making the case for paperless schools. School Management

Post-Pandemic Possibilities for School

Education Elements

About a year ago, we dealt with one of the largest supply shortages we've faced as a modern country. While toilet paper was certainly in high demand, it was actually active dry yeast that had people scrambling.

Introducing Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning are excited to introduce Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection —a web app designed to connect members of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools community to each other and to key resources. The app brings features from several third-party platforms together in one place, making it a “one-stop shop” for participating educators to access all things Verizon Innovative Learning schools. “We

Slow Pivots — What’s Driving the Change to Reimagine School Schedules?

Education Elements

School schedules and use of time are one of the few remaining relics of the industrialized learning model. Even when most schools moved to virtual learning in March 2020, many organizations replicated the existing bell schedule and instructed teachers to move their onsite instruction online.

Getting started with learning stations in middle school

Ditch That Textbook

The post Getting started with learning stations in middle school appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. This post is written by James Hunt, a 6th grade science and geography teacher in Southeast Missouri. James was selected as Teacher of the Year at his building in 2019.

Continuing a Digital Transformation with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Watch the video below to see how Newburg Middle School has grown in its second year as a Verizon Innovative Learning School. Blog Educators Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Empowering Students with Technology through Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Before schools closed, Madrid teachers noted how the iPads empowered students in the classroom. Blog Educators Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

20 Back-to-School Articles

Ask a Tech Teacher

On everything from get-to-know-you activities to getting yourself ready: 11+ Back-to-School Night Tips. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Great Back to School Classroom Activities. Back to School Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price. Plan a Memorable Back to School Night. New School Year? 5 Top Ways to Integrate Technology into the New School Year. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year.

What to Know Before Moving From High School Teacher to College Professor

Ask a Tech Teacher

A logical step for many teachers is to progress from teaching High School to College. Here’s an good article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor on what you should know to make that a successful endeavor: What to Know Before Moving From High School Teacher to College Professor.

A Personalized High School: How It Works

The CoolCatTeacher

Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. Julia has been an educator for nineteen years, spending the last three years as the principal for a new innovative real-world learning school in Issaquah, WA. Prior to opening Gibson Ek, Julia worked at Issaquah High School as an English teacher and soccer coach before spending several years as an Assistant Principal.

Designing School for Human Flourishing & Thriving Democracy

Education Elements

New School DesignAfter interviewing hundreds of parents, teachers, and students across the country, we’ve found almost everyone wants the same things for the kids they care about.

Why Computer Science Should Be A High School Graduation Requirement


Yet, according to a report, only 15 states require all high schools to offer computer science. Many parents, educators, and education institutions are calling for computer science to be a high school graduation requirement. As one commentator pointed out: Schools teach math to students regardless of whether they want to become mathematicians because it is foundational. There are a number of benefits to taking computer science in high school.

Does Your School Need Online Cyber Safety Education?

EdNews Daily

The post Does Your School Need Online Cyber Safety Education? Digital Featured Technology School CybersecurityBy Pat Craven Did you know that 400,000 kids per year are victims of identity theft? And many children are targeted by their peers via cyberbullying.

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. Snapshots include Covina Valley School District in Covina, CA, where the CISCO Networking Academies allow high school students to study the latest networking, security, and cloud technologies.

Redesigning High School through the XQ: Super School Project

Digital Promise

We are excited, proud, and humbled to partner with Vista Challenge High School to develop an XQ Super School ! It is one of the 10 chosen Super Schools and a member of our League of Innovative Schools. It will be a school that embraces technologies and networks as means to inspire and be inspired — to dive deeper into the disciplines and arts to find understanding and compassion — to build a better world. Blog From the CEO League of Innovative Schools

8 Back to School Prep Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic


For teachers, the first day of school always involves plenty of planning. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic makes school planning difficult at best and often full of uncertainties. Familiarize yourself with your district’s back to school guidelines.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” – these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand. Learn how they work, why more schools don’t use them, and common mistakes schools make as they implement this model. The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles.