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Education news, tips, & resources for February
Learning and Leading Professional News February 2021 Edition: Classroom Instruction
Welcome to the February edition of Learning and Leading, Solution Tree Canada's monthly newsletter created for Canadian educators.

This month we are focusing on the topic of classroom instruction and featuring reading suggestions, upcoming events and PD, and free resources to help you refresh and refine what happens in classrooms every day…great teaching!

This month, we are particularly excited to share with you two new Canadian-authored books: Teaching With Purpose by Karen Gazith and Problems-First Learning by Ted McCain.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Learning and Leading and please help us spread the news by sharing with your colleagues and professional learning network.

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New and Best-selling Books
Problems-First Learning
Problems-First Learning
By Ted McCain
Fully engage students by first introducing a problem and then empowering learners to solve it using creativity, innovation, collaboration, and other essential skills.
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Teaching With Purpose
Teaching With Purpose
By Karen Gazith
Built on seven well-researched principles, this practical resource outlines how to mindfully and purposefully cultivate a learning environment conducive to the success of every student.
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Inclusion Strategies and Intervention, Second Edition
Inclusion Strategies and Interventions, Second Edition
By Toby J. Karten
Rely on the second edition of this user-friendly guide to help you provide a strong learning path for both general learners and those with special needs.
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Teaching for Transfer
Teaching for Transfer
By Michael McDowell
Empower learners to transfer their current knowledge to new contexts, navigate challenging questions, solve real-world problems, and more.
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Personalized Deeper Learning
Personalized Deeper Learning
By James A. Bellanca
Access simple yet powerful personalized learning plans that any teacher—regardless of grade, existing curriculum, or student load—can adapt, scale, and sustain.
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Literacy Reframed
Literacy Reframed
By Robin J. Fogarty, Gene M. Kerns, Brian M. Pete
Despite reform efforts, reading growth has flatlined. With Literacy Reframed, you will discover a game-changing new way to think about—and teach—literacy.
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Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom
Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom
By Casey Reason, Lisa Reason, Crystal Guiler
Discover the steps K–12 educators must take to facilitate online learning and maximize student growth using readily available digital tools.
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Professional Development
Classroom Instruction Professional Learning
Improve your craft and increase student learning with our Classroom Instruction Professional Learning Services. When you're ready to request professional learning from a Solution Tree expert, we'll help you find the right fit for your schedule, whether it's one full-day session, two half-day sessions, or three two-hour sessions.
Expert Spotlight
Karen Gazith
Karen Gazith, PhD, is dean of academics of Les Écoles Talmud Torah Elementary and Herzliah High School in Montreal, Quebec. She has presented worldwide on topics related to leadership and meeting diverse needs in the classroom.
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Upcoming Events
Webinar
Free Webinar: The Seven Principles of Evidence-Based Teaching
with Karen Gazith
February 19, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. EST
Join expert Karen Gazith in this free webinar to discover seven evidence-based principles that lead to success for all students in the diverse classroom.
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Facing the Future Portable Event: Teaching In and Out of the Classroom
Portable Event Package
Facing the Future: Teaching In and Out of the Classroom
Dive deep into some of the most complex issues to emerge during remote learning and acquire concrete strategies you can use immediately to make the most of your students' learning time.
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75-Minute Immediate Impact Institute
75-Minute Immediate Impact Institute
Tips and Tricks for Delivering Content and Differentiating Instruction in Remote or Hybrid Learning Environments
Join full-time classroom teacher William M. Ferriter as he shares practical tips and tricks that will make learning more meaningful for students working in remote or hybrid classrooms.
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Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Teaching With Purpose that dives deep into how to incorporate strategic teaching and learning into the classroom.
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Rely on this teaching process template from Teaching With Purpose to help you plan for the three stages of teaching and learning.
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Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Problems-First Learning that offers pointers for shifting to a problems-first approach.
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
This Solution Design Form from Problems-First Learning will help your students create a formal project plan when given a problems-first assignment.
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The Solution Tree Blog
"Using Protocols in the Virtual Classroom" by Joe Cuddemi
There are many strategies to help facilitate the virtual learning experience. Organizing students into small groups can be a powerful learning structure to combat student isolation and increase student engagement. But how do you ensure that putting students into breakout rooms will produce positive learning outcomes for the group and for each student? One strategy that is effective in facilitating small-group learning is…
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Joe Cuddemi
Videos to watch and share
Creating the Anywhere Anytime Classroom Book Study
In our Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom Book Study, author Casey Reason outlines the essential elements of virtual education—from establishing a thriving online learning environment to delivering assessment and intervention in digital spaces.
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Authors David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson dive into differentiation
Watch as authors David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson dive into differentiation. They touch on why teachers are "brain-changers" and how their book helps educators ensure students from all backgrounds are successful.
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Additional Reading & Watching
Featured Video
Differentiating Instruction: It's Not as Hard as You Think
Video: Differentiating Instruction: It's Not as Hard as You Think
In this video, teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo explains that differentiating instruction is really about getting to know your students and making decisions, often in the moment, based on what they need. He offers some low-lift strategies he's learned over the years for making activities accessible for students with all types of gifts and challenges.
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Featured Article
5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices
By Rebecca Alber
Article: Highly Effective Teaching Practices
I remember how, as a new teacher, I would attend a professional development and feel inundated with new strategies. (I wanted to get back to the classroom and try them all!) After the magic of that day wore off, I reflected on the many strategies and would often think, "Lots of great stuff, but I'm not sure it's worth the time it would take to implement it all." We teachers are always looking to…
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