From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

February 1, 2018

Useful links, thoughts and quotes for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka, Director of Center for Christian Urban Educators.
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TECH TALK: Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

There are thousands of teachers around the world that are looking to connect their classrooms with other classes, guest speakers and virtual field trips. Yours could be the next. Find detailed instructions and activity ideas here.

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TEACHERS: Create a Dysgraphia-Friendly Classroom

Dysgraphia is a language-based learning difference that affects a student’s ability to produce written language. It is an invisible disability that often goes hand in hand with dyslexia. This article outlines six ways teachers can support students with dysgraphia.

Learning Disabilities Defined

DYSCALCULIA, DYSGRAPHIA, DYSNOMIA, DYSLEXIA, AND DYSPRAXIA: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES? These are a few of the hardest disabilities to explain and this article is helpful in making these complex disabilities easy for people to understand them.

TEACHERS: Secret Admirers and Classroom Management

In this article second grade teacher, Elena Aguilar, shares how a simple activity reduced friction in her classroom by guiding students to focus on each other’s strengths.

TEACHERS: What Failing Students What You to Remember

This is a call for teachers to look beyond a child’s actions when he/she is not performing, progressing, or participating and labeling him/her as a "poor student.” Instead teachers need to turn to asset- and strength-based creative ways to celebrate, honor, bolster, and include students who have been labeled—perhaps for years—by a letter grade that stands for failing as well as by negative, deficit descriptors.

TEACHERS: A Framework for Helping Students Fail

Allowing students to see failure as a negative experience is one of the worst things teachers can do. Helping students fail isn’t just a matter of making them feel better–it’s about thinking like a scientist, farmer, designer, or CEO–failing gives them the data they need to proceed. Read this and explore the role of failure in education, gain an understanding of the idea of “failing forward” and discover what teachers can do to help students fail well.

TEACHERS: 20 Different Student Journaling Ideas to Explore

This article includes Terry Heick's list of 20 different student journaling ideas to spice up classroom journaling adventures. For a more detailed explanation of each journal, you can read Terry’s article on TeachThought.

TEACHERS: 20 Ways to Provide Effective Feedback

While assessment gets all the press, it is feedback for learning that can transform a student’s learning.When feedback is predominately negative, studies have shown that it can discourage student effort and achievement. Teachers need to find appropriate feedback responses that will not discourage students’ learning. Here you will find 20 ideas and techniques on how to give effective learning feedback.

TEACHERS: 4 Myths About Creativity

Not everyone agrees on the value and importance of creative thinking in today’s society. Part of the problem is that there is no consensus on what it means to be creative. Different people think about creativity in very different ways, so it’s not surprising that they can’t agree on its value and importance. These common misconceptions about creativity must be addressed as teachers prepare students to be creative learners and thinkers.

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PARENTS: 5 Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Child, Today and Always

Today, February 1, is World Read Aloud Day, a day specially marked for the pleasurable experience of reading aloud to another human. There are many reasons to read aloud to one's children, aside from the mere fun of it. Here are five reasons that are worth remembering today and always.

PARENTS: 8 Reasons Playing is Great for Adults and Kids

As a parent, it can often feel as if suggestions for how to enrich your child’s life always seem to end up involving you spending money. Actually you don’t need to spend any money at all to have a positive impact on your child, simply playing with them at home can be beneficial. We’re talking imaginary dragons, playing house, or a game of leapfrog. Here are eight reasons putting a blanket on your back and pretending to be a superhero will be wondrous for your child.

SCHOOL LEADERS: How to Be a Collaborative Leader

Effective collaborative leadership can improve teacher practice and retention. It is a talent and skill developed through humility, patience, and vision and is essential to building collective teacher efficacy.

SCHOOL LEADERS: 106 Experts Share Their Thoughts on the Future of K-12 Education

Read the thoughts of 106 education experts who answered a single question: “What are your thoughts on the future of education?”

SCHOOL LEADERS: Three Lessons from Rigorous Research on Educational Technology

The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.Three big themes emerged from their study as outlined in a working paper they published, “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review.

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Mission Impossible: A Successful Turnaround Story

James Stephens International Academy

Wednesday, February 7, 1:00 EST

Best Practices to Empower Learners to be Lifelong Readers


Monday, February 12, 6:00 PM EST

Student-Centered Coaching


Monday, February 12, 6:30 PM EST

Fostering Confidence to Engage Students in Learning


Tuesday, February 13, 3:00 PM EST

Girl Rising: Inspiring Global Citizenship and Local Engagement


Tuesday, February 13, 5:00 PM EST

Every Student Succeeds Act

Education Week

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00 PM EST

Alan November: Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning


Thursday, February 22, 4:00 PM EST

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The Center for Christian Urban Educators seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators as they impact the lives of the children entrusted to their educational care.