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Professional Growth opportunities for teachers, administrators, and educators.

Jan 04, 2022


SEL Skills That Matter for Academic Success

Curiosity and persistence are the strongest predictors of academic success in math and reading, according to a study of students in 11 countries, including the United States. The study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is the first major global assessment of students’ social and emotional skills.

Dec 01, 2021


Opportunity to Develop and Implement National Education Policy

Founded on the principles of partnership, collaboration, and cooperation between the federal government and school-based educators, the United States Department of Education designed the School Ambassador Fellowship program to enable outstanding teachers, administrators, and other school leaders to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Education Department and expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education.

Nov 15, 2021


Next Generation Science Teaching Through Storylines

Districts, schools, and educators across the country are working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K–12 Science and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices for building and using science ideas to explain real phenomena and solve real problems.

Nov 15, 2021


Guidance for Evaluating Next Generation Science Materials

NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators in evaluating, selecting, and implementing instructional materials designed for next generation science.

Nov 01, 2021


Fundamentals of Impactful Instructional Materials During Remote Instruction

A recent report from the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University finds that high-quality instructional materials that incorporate technology, are culturally relevant, and bring caregivers into student learning, helped remote students meet or even exceed expectations during school shutdowns.


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