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How Do I Increase Student Engagement in Distance Learning?

With many schools starting the year either fully remotely or in a hybrid model, teachers are once again thinking outside the box of a traditional[...]
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Creating a Healthy Environment for Remote Learning

Genee' Johson is an 8th grade English teacher and Teacher Leader in the Center District 58 and a member of the CRTL Master Teacher Project. As part[...]
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To Improve Equity in Your School, Try Shared Leadership

As a BetterLesson instructional coach, I work with administrators who are determined to make schooling more equitable. Despite the health and[...]
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Trauma-Informed Teaching: Strategies that Work, Even in Remote Learning

This fall we are all — teachers, leaders, students, and families — dealing with trauma. And it can show up in intense and new ways. A teacher friend[...]
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BetterLesson Sponsors $1 Million Matching Grant Program for Professional Development

Due to the hardships of starting a new school year amidst the COVID pandemic, we have received a number of requests to extend the deadline of our[...]
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Teaching in a Hybrid Learning Model: 3 Ways to Use In-School Time

With states across the country still grappling with COVID-19, more and more districts are rolling out plans for a hybrid instructional model: some[...]
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Distance Learning Pushed Us to Standards-Based Grading. We’ll Keep it.

As we transitioned to distance learning this spring, our team at the Yeshivah of Flatbush was faced with a grading problem. We were using a typical[...]
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Distance Learning: How One Teacher Engaged K-2 Students with Disabilities

Mayra is a K-2 special education teacher, who works with 12 students at multiple grade levels in a self-contained classroom. Her school serves about[...]
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Stop the Slide: Using Data-Driven Instruction to Address Academic Gaps

We're all eager to return to our classrooms: to see our students, to set up our rooms, and to return to some normalcy. However, returning to school[...]
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Planning for Next Year: A Principal's Advice for Leading in a Pandemic

No one knows for sure what next year will bring - whether students will be in the classroom, online, or a hybrid of the two - but we know we need to[...]
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