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IEP Meeting Tips

As a teacher, having to discuss a child’s deficits with his or her parents can be a very uncomfortable experience.  Every parent wants their child to have a successful, happy life and that certainly is possible for students who are challenged with a disability. 


Here are some simple communication tips that can make the parent feels like a partner in their child’s teaching team – rather than an unhappy or confused outsider.

Teaching ELL Math

Many lessons in existing curricula are designed for native speakers of English and do not support second language acquisition. This is particularly true for math instruction.


To help adapt math instruction for non-native speakers, ELL Math expert Tracie Heskett shares her specific strategies to teach math skills to English language learners.

One of the greatest challenges facing educators is getting students to be proficient, passionate readers. Surprisingly, the solution to conquering the reading challenge is surprisingly simple...

Teacher Legal Issues

The alleged child abuse scandal that rocked Penn State has put a spotlight on the legal issues and consequences surrounding the mandated reporting of child abuse.  School officials there are now in a position of defending themselves against alleged “inaction” and minimizing sexual abuse behavior as “horsing around.”


This extreme, headline-grabbing story shines a light on the legal responsibilities of educators. This is an opportunity to review what actions you can take to avoid liability or potential law suits.

Principal Survival Tips

Her are 10 survivial tips for school principals, whether you're new to school administration, struggling to keep your head above water or just looking to refresh your best practices.


Dr. Sandra Harris has authored several books on Educational Leadership and Best Practices for Principals. She shares her top 10 tips for effective administrators and principals.


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