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Helping Graduates Prioritize Life’s Next Step

Graduation.  That word brings back great memories and, this year, thousands of celebrations are ahead.  With graduation, change comes, and many young people are trying to answer this question: what’s next? From the choice of career to cost of higher education to starting a job or even investing, their decisions are coming fast. You, as …

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Healthy Classroom Environments: Wellness Habits for Students

We’ve all had rough days, and students are no different. Whether they’re navigating a tough day or simply feeling neutral, creating a classroom atmosphere that prioritizes both physical and mental health is crucial. Emotional well-being is closely linked to academic performance. When students feel emotionally supported and self-aware, they are better equipped to engage in …

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4 Ways Teachers can Overcome Spring Fever

As the warmth of spring emerges and flowers begin to bloom, teachers often face a common challenge—spring fever. This phenomenon is where students feel distracted as they anticipate the end of the year and summer, which adversely affects their academic performance. With the right strategies, teachers can help their students remain focused and engaged in …

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Strategies to Support Struggling Readers

With March being “National Reading Month,” events are planned across the country as resources being made readily available for reading teachers and parents. However, the Stride PD Center recognizes that most teachers do not consider themselves “reading teachers,” and those teachers need specific strategies to help struggling readers. This blog will offer several specific ideas, …

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Igniting Curiosity: A Heartfelt Journey to Lifelong Learning

NOTE: I will be leading a live session at Promising Practices 2024 on this same topic and go much deeper. If you have not registered, then please do so to attend this award-winning conference: Promising Practices. The theme this year is “Limitless! Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning.” Today, all educators, are challenged with tapping …

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The Leadership Pivot: A Successful Second Semester

A new semester can bring new challenges, but it can also drag the obstacles from the first semester – kicking and screaming – into another marathon of instructional practices, professional development, and paralyzing data sets.  As leaders, if we aren’t careful, we get caught in the year’s flow and miss an opportunity to take what …

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Self-Care and the Holidays: Recharging over Winter Break

Now that we are in mid-December, attention is quickly turning toward the winter break. Teachers often look forward to the winter break as a time to unwind, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. How teachers spend their holiday breaks depends on their individual preferences, obligations, and specific life circumstances. In the past, …

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