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Registration Open for Spring Workshops!

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments


Gender Equity

Posted on: January 29th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

We hear a lot about gender equity these days on social media, in coffee shops, and even around the dinner table.    Wikipedia defines this as “the view that everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on their gender.”  It’s interesting to note that where gender equity is not always mentioned is in schools.  In “Gender Equity in the Classroom,”


Differentiation in the Primary Grades

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

When you hear the word “Differentiation,” what comes to mind? Some answer “hard” or “more work.” Some even get a nervous or sick look on their face, but what I think really makes educators feel weary is the thought of differentiation, not differentiation itself. Differentiation is about providing access to content for all students, through different texts, methods,


Teachers’ Mindsets

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

The term Growth Mindset is used fairly frequently these days, but where are we, as educators, in having our own growth mindset? Helping students believe they can get smarter, grow their skills, and take ownership of their learning is critical, but there is another side that doesn’t often get discussed; OUR mindsets.  Do we believe we can get smarter as teachers, increase and improve our own


Fresh Start: Feedback

Posted on: January 10th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

I love January! First, it’s my birthday month AND my husband’s birthday month, but even more; it’s a fresh start! We hear a lot about new year’s resolutions related to exercise, regaining health, and making better connections, but it’s also a great time to make an educational resolution. What do you resolve to do either differently, more consistently, or more “publicly”