Student Surveys: Should Students Evaluate Teachers?
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  • October 8, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton A Response to Teacher Input in EdWeek Last spring, EdWeek released a series of 3 blog posts that included teacher responses to the question: “Should teachers encourage student evaluations of their classes and their teaching? If not, why not? If so, what are the best ways to do it?” Each teacher […]

Early Childhood and SEL
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  • October 1, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   As summer has faded and a new school year is well underway, it’s time to look ahead on what will be the top education issues facing teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the coming months. At least, that’s what this Forbes article indicates.  According to the author, there are many topics […]

Whole Child Education: What Does it Mean and Why Does That Matter?
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  • September 24, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   EdSurge’s latest article on the importance of teacher perception of whole child teaching practices raises a very important issue. The article puts it simply: teachers’ definitions of what whole child learning is drastically impacts the way they teach it and the way they conduct their classrooms in general. Some teachers […]

Teachers Know SEL Helps, But Where Are the Resources?
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  • September 17, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A recent survey reveals surprising insights into how teachers feel about the current push for more whole-child and social-emotional learning practices to be embedded in daily curriculum. According to the Education Week survey, 78% of teachers feel that it is definitely a part of their job to help students develop […]

The Key to SEL Success: Shifting to a Learner-Centered Approach
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  • September 10, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   I recently read a thoughtful piece from EdSurge on the difference between school-centered and learner-centered approaches to education. The author, a teacher, outed the hypocrisy of a standardized system that seeks to maximize all students’ potential and achieve equity but also labels and categorizes any student that might be seen […]

Partner Spotlight: Student Success Network
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  • August 27, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Recently, Resonant Education’s partner Student Success Network (SSN) released a report synthesizing new information on how social-emotional learning (SEL) growth affects academic outcomes, how young people’s personal identities, socio-economic status, and special education status interact with their SEL growth, and promising practices to improve youth SEL. This report and its […]

Principal Preparation and Pipelines
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  • August 20, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A Tennessee-based organization, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), recently released an article on the importance of education leadership in reforming student outcomes. In this article, evidence from the RAND Corporation stood out: principals are second only to classroom instruction in contributing to student outcomes, principals are multipliers of […]

What Makes a Strong School Leader?
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  • August 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   What makes a strong school leader? A research synthesis from the Gates Foundation details four ways strong school leadership can positively impact students and schools. The article states that strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement over evaluation, involve teachers in decision making […]

Do High Quality Principals Matter? A Review on the Importance of School Leadership
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  • August 7, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Principals Matter  A few years ago, Hechinger Report released an article detailing the importance of school leadership in both student achievement and teacher retention. This article was hardly the first of its kind—in fact, one of the most cited research articles on leadership was published almost thirty years ago.  […]

The Future of CBE: Lessons for Illinois
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  • July 30, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Recent reports have shared that employers are finding recent high school graduates increasingly unprepared for the workforce and in need of additional training to supplement this lack of skills. Illinois is no exception to this case. Illinois-based employers have also discovered that both high school graduates and postsecondary graduates still lack […]