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A New Framework for Addressing the SEL of Students with Diverse Needs

Categories: Authors, Instruction, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Solution Tree, Student Engagement

At first glance, the title of my book Raising Equity Through SEL: A Framework for Implementing Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Restorative Practices may read to some like many buzzwords to cover in one source. Social and emotional learning (SEL) alone is a behavioral framework focusing on self and social awareness competencies and responsible decision-making (CASEL, 2020b).

The title includes trauma-informed, culturally responsive teaching and restorative justice, so readers know that the book is not just about SEL. Instead, it guides for assisting multiple student needs by implementing practices from these pedagogies through an equity and SEL integration framework. This book is written to help begin or strengthen your equity journey by paying close attention to your own emotional intelligence (EQ) and the EQ of those around you. Read more

Avanti Is a Future of Education Technology Top Ed Tech Product Finalist

Categories: 21st Century Skills, Instruction, Technology

Whether you’re a current subscriber to Avanti or are curious as to what this innovative new tech tool is all about, we have exciting news to share. The esteemed organization Future of Education Technology (FETC) has named Avanti as a Top Ed Tech Product of the Year finalist.

FETC hosts the popular education technology conference known worldwide for its influence and innovation. According to the FETC website, for over 40 years, the National Future of Education Technology® Conference has gathered the most dynamic and innovative education leaders and professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices, and pressing issues. FETC is known to educators and technologists as the best place to engage with the thought leaders and pioneers who are leading the charge in classrooms, schools, and entire districts.

Avanti, the personalized professional learning platform created by teachers for teachers, has earned high marks for its ability to help educators take control of their professional learning. The word is out. Avanti stands ready to provide you with the content you need, created by teachers you can trust, to bring your vision of success to life—for you and your students.

Here are the top five reasons why Avanti has claimed such an honor:

Avanti maximizes educators’ time and ability to impact student success.
With hundreds of videos sortable by grade level and popular relevant topics—including engagement, building relationships, direct instruction, learning goals, and assessments—it’s quick and easy to find a strategy that is applicable to your students’ needs.

Avanti is a tool made for teachers with limited time and a hunger to learn.
Not only is it fast and easy to search for content that’s relevant to you, but the videos are also short, teacher-friendly, and accessible—and they get right to the strategy. The more you use Avanti, the more your teacher toolkit will grow. Plus, Avanti professional development applies toward state licensing requirements where applicable. Check your state education department for eligibility.

Avanti offers a place to reflect and collaborate with other teachers.
You can journal your reflections in the app and keep them private to track your professional development hours—or you can share them with the community, ask questions, and give advice on different strategies.

Avanti allows you to participate in live streams and collaborate with others on a variety of relevant topics.

Ask questions, get answers, and collaborate with practicing teachers for one hour once a month.

Avanti is a small investment to make a big impact on student achievement.
For $98 a year, you get access to hundreds of proven teaching strategies (with new ones added monthly); a place to take notes, collaborate, and learn from other teachers; downloadable implementation, planning, and reflection tools; and live streams with experienced teachers.

At Avanti, our Vision is to empower teachers to choose professional learning that will make the most positive impact on student success and their own personal calling to teach. Discover for yourself the power of this unprecedented online tool for teachers. Claim your free 7-day trial today.

Nine Ways to Create Powerful Teaching and Learning

Categories: 21st Century Skills, Authors, Instruction, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Student Engagement

 Elliott Seif is the author of Teaching for Lifelong Learning: How to Prepare Students for a Changing World.

In my various roles in education, I have had direct teaching experience, conducted professional development with hundreds of preservice and practicing educators, and observed and had important discussions with teachers over many years. All these experiences have helped me learn a lot about powerful teaching and learning and what seems to work well for many teachers in many circumstances and situations.

My ideas and suggestions below, based on my many years of experience, will hopefully be helpful to educators and suggest ways to think about powerful teaching and learning. I have classified these suggestions into nine categories, and you may find the categories themselves helpful as a way of thinking about how to improve teaching and learning. Read more

4 Types of Activities-Assessments That Every Teacher Should Know and Use

Categories: Assessment, Instruction, Student Engagement

What kinds of activities best prepare students for a changing and uncertain world? I would like to suggest that four powerful types of activities, each of which can also be used as assessments, should be part of an arsenal of tools that all teachers should develop in order to prepare students for their future. Each incorporates opportunities for students to develop key ideas and understandings, a critical knowledge base, and core reading, research, communication, thinking, and collaboration skills. Each can be adapted for all grade levels.

Open-Ended Assignments

Open-ended assignments pose questions and offer activities that lead students to think and explain rather than give simple yes or no answers (Gardner, 2005). They can be used to provoke interest and curiosity in what is to be learned, to teach content and critical skills, and to provide opportunities for independent and deeper learning. They often provide students with writing opportunities and/or a chance to participate in discussions with multiple possible responses. They are also designed to create new ways of thinking about problems and challenges, allow for alternative possibilities and options, and enable students to be innovative and to think outside the box. Read more