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August 2020

An Instructional Coach is:

an educator whose chief professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders.

-PA Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC)

The Start of a New Season...

What a summer this has been! We know all of you have been busy thinking about how to transition your lessons to the virtual setting. We loved collaborating with everyone who reached out over the summer! Please continue to reach out to us for support. Check out our Instructional Coaching Playbook pictured below to learn about some of the ways we can work with you! We will be putting a hard copy in your mailbox soon!
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Look for a gift in your mailbox this week! We thought we all could use a little calm this school year, so each teacher will get a Calm Strip. Calm Strips are sensory adhesives that can stick to surfaces such as notebooks, laptops, desks, phones, etc. There are many ways you can use them:


  • Rub with your fingertips: The strips feature a bumpy texture that you can rub your fingertips against for a calming effect.
  • Scratch with your fingernails: The scratching sensation can help in situations where you need something to do with your hands.
  • Pick at the edges: The Calm Strips use a reusable adhesive that makes sure that any picking along the edges won't raise up the whole sticker and if it does you can just press it back down. Pro tip: make sure to pick the long edge!

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Be on the Lookout!

Look for these features (and more) in upcoming newsletters:
  • Strategy Spotlight

  • Teacher Feature

  • Professional Learning opportunities

  • PD in a Box

Newsletter Challenge

Thank you so much for reading our newsletter! Each newsletter will contain a challenge, riddle, or other activity to complete for a prize. Click on this link and press the plus in the corner to add an idea to the Padlet and be eligible for our August prize drawing!

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