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Addressing Online Learning and its Shortcomings During COVID

Shortcoming (noun): “A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person's character, a plan, or a system.” COVID-19 reshaped the world in many profound ways, one of those being the effects on traditional schooling and education. Millions of teachers, students, and families faced the uncertainty of how to continue learning amid a myriad of disruptions. School shutdowns. Teacher shortages. Mask mandates. Social distancing. Rising fear. Isolation.  Among the first shortcomings noted was the scramble to ensure students had technologically sound devices and could connect to the...
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Summer + Boot Camp = Thriving Teachers

When you hear the word “summer” what do you think of? For many people, summer means vacations, time with friends, and travel. Warm nights after hot days. Thoughts of a less hectic schedule, to sleep in, lounge about, enjoy the pool, read, go to art and music festivals. Summer is...
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Champions of Change: Education leaders of the year

Julie Young, vice president of education outreach and student services and managing director, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Prep Digital, was listed as one of five education leaders of the year by AZBusiness Magazine. This bi-monthly magazine identifies and analyzes the trends and issues that impact Arizona’s business environment and...
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Teacher Attrition, The Great Resignation, and What Comes Next for Schools

#TransitioningTeachers #TeacherMentoring Teacher shortages are not new and they’re not solely due to the pandemic. However, the pace of teacher resignations has been accelerated by COVID-19 to the point where education sector resignations are dramatically outpacing other professions. The Wall Street Journal cites federal data to note that from January...
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How to Teach from a Trauma-informed Mindset

Trauma is a physiological and psychological response to any threatening or deeply upsetting situation. These situations vary—the death of a loved one, child abuse or neglect, financial uncertainty, ongoing discrimination or bullying, a car wreck, being witness to community violence—there is no shortage of stressors. In a recent survey by...
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Supporting Online Students: Best Practices for Grades 6–12

If you’re an educational leader running or building a virtual program for your school or district, you already understand what may work in the classroom won’t always work in an online setting. Effective virtual instruction requires a different approach to teaching with strategies that consider how social, emotional, and academic...
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How to Boost Literacy Among Elementary School Students

Literacy is the gateway to opportunity. When students learn how to read and write at a young age, it has the potential to change the course of their lives by fast-tracking their comprehension and communication skills. But over the past few years, literacy rates have fallen among Arizona elementary school...
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