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Teacher Shortage on the Ground

Teacher Shortage on the Ground I recently read an article regarding improvements being made to a local office building.  The management company touted the construction of a new roof top lounge and relaxation facility.  The new amenity includes social spaces, gaming opportunities, community events, and complementary food and beverages.  The addition expanded the already existing […]

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Secondary Edition

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Secondary Edition We all have our influential core convictions regarding education.  Whether the topic is classroom management, instructional practices, or year long schooling, our beliefs are the collection of our experiences.  To specify, by “experiences” I am referring to things like the content (reading, podcasts, videos) we engage […]

Where is Higher Education Headed? 

Where is Higher Education Headed?  Like every other education sector, the landscape of Higher Education has had to pivot several times over the last four years. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 caused change in schools and the need to modify and adapt just about everything. However, education trends have also changed, and technology has certainly contributed to a […]

Options for Educators in Secondary Education

Options for Educators in Secondary Education Years ago, when I started college, I entered my freshman year with a rare moment of clarity.  Unlike most of my incoming class and friends, I knew my career path – I wanted to become a high school history teacher. With that understanding, I was able to navigate my […]

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Elementary Edition

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Elementary Edition As a stakeholder, knowing the perspectives of various educators will help you target your marketing to better meet the diverse needs of educators. Last year my future daughter in law, Hailey Carlson, was gearing up to do her student teaching. She has since graduated and started […]

Higher Education: Career Path Options in Higher Education

Higher Education: Career Path Options in Higher Education Higher Education Institutions offer several forms of employment for educators. Think about everything that goes into running a university or college campus, from registration to accounting to housing and communications. There are many options for educators wanting to teach outside the traditional classroom. Many higher education professionals […]

Options for Educators Outside of the Elementary Classroom

Options for Educators Outside of the Elementary Classroom There are a variety of reasons educators are leaving the profession. However, post-pandemic research regarding the turnover in the teaching profession includes an interesting insight. They indicated that educators are leaving their previous job, but staying in education and some hold different jobs within the same district. […]

Accommodating Special Needs Learners in Higher Education

Accommodating Special Needs Learners in Higher Education How does special education factor into higher education? Special education has a home in higher ed. However, it looks completely different than the K-12 sector. One significant difference is that there is no special education placement or an IEP in higher education. The IEP process only applies to […]

How to Combat the Challenges of Understaffed Elementary Schools

How to Combat the Challenges of Understaffed Elementary Schools It’s November and many school districts are still limping along with unfilled teaching positions. These positions are often referred to as critical shortage areas. On the top of the list has always been openings in special education. Other positions include speciality areas such as math, science, […]

Special Education in Secondary Schools

Special Education in Secondary Schools Special Education teachers were typically my favorite colleagues to work with. In my experience they were motivated, optimistic, empathetic, and great collaborators.  Moreover, you could see the bonds they formed with students because of the sincere care they had for them as individuals. This sentiment was typically reciprocated towards because, […]

Social Emotional Consideration from a School Counselor’s Perspective

Social Emotional Consideration from a School Counselor’s Perspective The high school counselor position is one of the most interesting groups of I work with.  Their influence on a student’s experiences happens throughout schooling and beyond.  To that end, counselors must be able to nurture relationships with students despite not having a set class schedule.  Moreover, […]

Social Emotional Considerations at an Elementary Level

Social Emotional Considerations at an Elementary Level The school counselor is a vital staff member at all grade levels. The student needs differ in elementary, high school, and higher education settings. However, their impact on the social and emotional well-being of students is tremendous. This past year, in the state of Montana, the accreditation committee […]

Social Emotional Considerations for Higher Education Students

Social Emotional Considerations for Higher Education Students Social-emotional learning aims to enhance student’s self and social awareness and relationship skills. These skills help students of all ages work effectively with others while strengthening their self-regulation and decision-making abilities. Adult learners, in particular, face various life challenges while making significant decisions, starting at 18! Social-emotional learning, […]

The ABC’S of Differentiation in Education

The ABC’S of Differentiation in Education Differentiation has always been an instructional model for educators. Basically, educators need to make changes in content, process, product, and environment to meet the diverse needs of their students. This is especially important because the elementary standards provide the building blocks of future learning. At an elementary level, typically, […]

Alternative Education Options—Secondary Education

Alternative Education Options—Secondary Education When I think of alternatives to main stream public education, my thoughts tend to go two reasons that explain why parents and students would be in these educational settings.  First is class size.  We know that a student can get more personalization if the student – to – teacher ratio is […]

Thinking Alternatively

Thinking Alternatively There is no one-size-fits-all style of education that fits all learners. This reality is faced daily by educators, not only in the K-12 classroom but also in higher education environments. The word college now means many different things, much more than it used to. Never before in the history of education have there […]

Can We Have Your Attention, Please?

Can We Have Your Attention, Please? Let’s talk about attention spans. Are they shortening? Studies suggest that attention spans have shortened considerably over the last few decades. Why is that? Think about it: as adults, when was the last time you had an entire day completely free from digital distractions? No text messages, email notifications, […]

How to Engage Students with Shorter Attention Spans

How to Engage Students with Shorter Attention Spans In today’s vast and varying world of education, there are a few topics in which teachers in any school or district will find common ground.  As you think about what items may be on this list – teacher pay, school safety, the use of technology – I […]

Elementary School Students & Their Attention Spans

Elementary School Students & Their Attention Spans Over the past 25 years, I have seen attention spans drastically decrease. These changes are both physical, social, and academic. In short, it is hard for young learners to sit and listen for long periods of time. However, elementary students have always had short attention spans. There are […]

School is in Session: Supporting Higher Education Institutions

School is in Session: Supporting Higher Education Institutions Colleges and Universities across the country have returned to school. Campuses are buzzing with adult learners who are there to further their education. When we think of the term “back to school,” it often seems to be more applicable to K-12 students. This time of year usually […]

Supporting Educators During the Back-to-School Season

Supporting Educators During the Back-to-School Season The start of the 2023-2024 School Year is here!  Across the nation, educators are experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, a nexus of “to-do” items, and a spectrum of interactions and expectations. Navigating this terrain is necessary – if not urgent – and is bound to establish a legacy your […]

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