IN THE CLASSROOM

Sacrificial Love

By: Veronica Williams

“Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”(1 John 4:7) The novel, Beloved by Toni Morrison recounts the black slave woman narrative.  It is a novel which describes vividly the profound effects of slavery in the 18th and 19th century, [...]  Read more.

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GUIDE TO STUDENT TEACHING

By: Dr. Kisha Daniels

Teaching is rewarding; however, the reality is that it can also be challenging. Whether you are a student teacher in a new school, a novice teacher just getting started, or an experienced teacher in need of a refresher; the key to being your best is understanding and navigating the highs and lows of your career.  Refer to the 4 “Rs” (not just Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) to help you plot a course to a successful year.  Read more.


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SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW TEACHERS

BY AMY DePAUL, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement

HOW NEW TEACHERS CAN WORK with VETERAN TEACHERS, PARENTS, and PRINCIPALS

It’s time to listen to the words of the teachers who excel on the job despite difficult circumstances. When they tell us they want a principal who provides professional development opportunities, when they say they want the chance to watch veteran teachers in their classrooms, when they call for teacher preparation programs to provide follow up, we need to hear them. Read more.

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INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY INTO CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION

BY DR. VIVIAN H. HAMPTON and DR. BARBRA F. MOSLEY

Technology is an essential instructional tool for novice practitioners and experienced teachers across all grades and subject areas. In today’s classrooms, teaching and learning are complemented with technology. In recent years, “new technologies” of the 21st century have emerged on the educational scene as an integral component of classroom instruction and learning. These technologies allow teachers to actively engage and motivate students in the teaching and learning process. It is generally agreed that the present generation of K-12 students have been exposed to a variety of digital technologies all of their lives. Read more.

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THE PLURALISTIC CLASSROOM

BY DR. MATT SILVERMAN and DR. ALLEN STUDNITZER

A school and its classroom can be a wonderful place for children. It can be an environment full of emotional warmth, nurturing, and understanding. School is a place where children should want to attend to enjoy and experience acts of giving, sharing, and learning. The classroom should be a learning community that is respectful with open access for all its members. Moreover, schools should be an institute of learning, thinking and provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills within hands-on projects and 21rst century educational activities. For many, school is a place of safety and security. Children and parents have come to expect that school is a place for pondering the complexities and miracles of the universe. Read more.

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BRINGING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, ACCOMPLISHED TEACHERS INTO OUR CLASSROOMS

BY  DR.  JOSEPH A. AGUERREBERE

Every child living in America deserves to be taught by a highly-effective teacher. In addition to being highly effective, teachers who reflect the diversity of their students have an added benefit in that they frequently understand the cultural experiences of those they teach. That understanding can lead to higher expectations for students, increased graduation rates, and greater college opportunities. Read more.

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ACHIEVING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM

By: Lenora Billings-Harris

There are barriers, booby traps and blocked roadways on our journey toward achieving cultural competence among educators and students in schools. What do you say to the White teacher who always wants to touch your locks or braids? How do you tell your principal to stop giving you a high-five every time he agrees with something you say? The biggest barrier to giving feedback in these type situations is the fear most people have when it comes to speaking up in a respectful way to encourage others to stop insensitive or inappropriate behavior. Read more.

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RESOURCES FOR TODAY’S URBAN EDUCATORS

By Erica Hernandez-Scott

Today’s urban educators must be skilled in many ways to ensure the success of their students. Anyone who has ever taught in a classroom knows that teacher preparation alone is not enough to reach the optimal level of effectiveness needed to facilitate student success. Ongoing professional development is needed to capitalize on the foundation that teacher preparation has provided. As such, teacher resources are needed to continue growth so that teachers can continue to learn and adapt for students in ways that support their personal and academic achievement. Read more.

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CULTIVATING THE STANDOUT TEACHER

By: Shana Tolliver

Imagine walking into a classroom that is creatively decorated and filled with students whose eager hands are waving in the air as they fully participate in the class assignment, students who know the schedule of the day and follow the rules without challenge. This isn’t just a nice dream; it is the reality for many teachers who have learned the secrets of becoming a standout teacher.

They are often the “go-to” teachers for their colleagues who need help with problem-solving or lesson plan ideas, and they have been recognized by their peers and administrators as having that something special. While many are born with the gift of being able to teach, becoming a stand-out teacher requires more than just a gift. Read more.

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BEYOND THE CULTURE, SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE

By: Delcia Mendez, Ethan Kahn and Angelia Ridgway, PhD.

Masters of Arts in Teaching Programs are preparing graduate students to become engaging secondary teachers, not only to earn a teaching license and master’s degree, but also to attain personal growth in the way they view how students learn and how to meet their various needs.

One such program at the University of Indianapolis selects a diverse group of 30 participants and places them in cohort-based groups each fall with a missionary zeal to serve diverse adolescent populations. Read more.