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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 […]

What is Microlearning?

What is Microlearning? Microlearning is one of the latest buzzwords in education. When implemented correctly it can be used to help students become more engaged in their learning. By understanding the basics microlearning is and how to incorporate it into a classroom, you can better help those clients who are still on the fence regarding […]

Micro-Learning Through Digital Platforms

Micro-Learning Through Digital Platforms Education’s timeline was shifted by the COVID -19 pandemic.  Seen as a turning point, practices, policies, and research that existed pre-pandemic have come under scrutiny.  Still, tension between crisis management and reform exists. In short, the goals of leaders during a crisis scenario tends to emphasize the need to minimize damage […]

Let’s Get Digital! Why Micro-learning Works. Let’s Get Digital! 

Let’s Get Digital! Why Micro-learning Works. Let’s Get Digital!  By now, most of us are familiar with Micro-learning. Micro-learning is an educational strategy that refines complex concepts into compact, digestible knowledge. As the term suggests, it presents information in concise, short bursts, each focusing on a specific learning objective. Micro-learning is done in business training in professional […]

Agile ESSA Data

Agile ESSA Data ESSA stands for the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal law in the United States that governs K-12 education policy. ESSA data refers to the various information and metrics collected under this legislation, such as student performance, school rankings, funding allocations, and educational program effectiveness. Businesses selling products and services to the […]

Reaching Every Parent Where They Are: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Reaching Every Parent Where They Are: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Communication is critical to any healthy relationship, which is undoubtedly true for schools, students, and parents. It’s no secret that students benefit in several ways when schools make an effort to foster healthy, strong relationships with families. Why is parent communication important? Studies suggest that parental […]

Communication Is Key To Effective Parent Communication

Communication is Key to Effective Parent Communication Communication is the key that opens relationships. As individuals and groups exchange information, both parties send and receive messages. These messages can have a positive or negative impact on further interactions. Over the years, I have learned the importance of effective communication with parents. As stakeholders, you can […]

Effective Parent Communication

Effective Parent Communication Schools are communities. And for communities to function with purpose, be nurturing, and foster innovation, effective communication needs to be at the center. What’s more, communication specifically with parents needs to be a priority. In fact, a 2020 survey conducted by Pew Research produced this finding regarding family engagement: “Information from the […]

Summer Professional Development for Teacher

Summer Professional Development for Teacher The summer has just begun issuing a well-deserved time for educators to relax, rejuvenate, celebrate, and learn! You read that right. That last word in the first sentence wasn’t a typo. The summer is a busy season for educator professional development. This reality counters conventional wisdom that frames teaching as […]

Why Summer & Professional Development Are a Perfect Pair

Why Summer & Professional Development Are a Perfect Pair Professional development and personal fulfillment can be accomplished this summer for educators nationwide. We live in a time where learning is at our fingertips, and although teachers enjoy having some time off during the summer season, they are always actively preparing for the next school year. […]

Summer Professional Development Options for Educators

Summer Professional Development Options for Educators Like many educators, one of my summer goals is to earn my professional development credit hours before I head back to school this fall. This allows me to replace hours required by state law for educators. This means I “get” two days off in October. Having the ability to […]

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