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Thursday, 18 October 2018


Aisya and Hamas, two of the girls from Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools’ Udhailiyah branch who along with their classmates drafted a compelling appeal to Nike requesting samples of its Pro Hijab (photo: Aysha Saar).

By Chris McCarthy
After implementing the Teachers College Reading Writing Project program, I noted measurable progress in the quality of my students' writing and their ability to read both fiction and non-fiction with incisiveness. But is a workshop model compatible with the inevitable high-stakes exams students must take in high school? ..more
By Rich Lehrer and Kristen MacConnell
A new generation of technology is emerging that allows students to create highly refined, professional, and effective products with the potential for actual impact in their communities and the world. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi
A recent report by the Making Caring Common Project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education calls attention to the values at the core of education as the potential foundation for real social change. ..more
A four-step process where teachers and students create skills-based learning experiences ..more
How we've reimagined our gatherings to focus on teacher growth ..more
Powerful, practical examples of how education is changing. ..more
Our team led an online professional learning in course called Rethinking School. We uncovered three big ideas for changing schools, one classroom. one ..more
Four Time-Saving Strategies to Help Us Focus on Effective Teaching ..more
By Sue Easton
Just about every day on my Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn feed, I find an article about the importance of Social and Emotional (SEL) teaching and learning in our K–12 schools. The research seems conclusive: SEL teaching and learning is not an add-on, but a vital component of a balanced K–12 curriculum to ensure student achievement and, ultimately, the development of healthy, successful citizens. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Thirty years ago, the vision was simple and compelling: create practical training opportunities for practicing and aspiring principals in international schools. The PTC has stayed true to that vision over the course of three decades. ..more
By Janine Stegall
A servant leader is a servant first. She enriches the lives of other individuals. She builds better organizations. A servant leader creates a more caring environment. The PTC has offered a great opportunity to develop the servant leadership attributes that I strive to embody. ..more
By Martin Walsh
This year 100 percent of the students I counseled sent off early applications. This made for an incredibly busy fall and a stressful December. More students are applying in the early round than ever before. In December, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn, and Northwestern reported double-digit increases in applications. ..more
By Martin Walsh
“How long do admission officers spend evaluating the application essay?” a student asked me not too long ago. “No more than a few minutes,” I replied. “Three at the most.” The student was visibly shaken. And I get why. ..more
By Martin Walsh
With Donald Trump’s election a fait accompli it is time for counselors to grapple with the impact Trump’s administration could have on the college admission landscape. Like many educators, this is a conversation I never wanted to have. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge
Some PE teachers I have spoken with advocate making the grade for PE largely about participation. That way students who do not yet have the skill set to get high grades in PE won’t get discouraged, or so the thinking goes. But will that really make a difference? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Knowledge of vocabulary is highly correlated with academic success. Students with larger vocabularies demonstrate higher levels of reading comprehension and perform better on many of the kinds of achievement valued in schools. But vocab instruction often stops in late elementary school. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Katherine Muenks of Indiana University and David Miele of Boston College have published a research synthesis examining what we currently know about the ways in which students connect notions of effort and ability. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“Not teaching students the fundamentals of digital forensics,” writes Peter Adams, “puts them at an unfair disadvantage as they contend with a misinformation landscape that is increasingly tricky to navigate.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Phi Delta Kappan, Kim Marshall argues that school-based sex education is an urgent priority. “But if educators are going to be the ones teaching sex ed,” says Marshall, “they need to get it right, and their track record is not encouraging.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Crafting classroom inquiries that get at content through questions is the method recommended in this article reviewed by Kim Marshall. The first step in shaping a classroom inquiry is for teachers to identify an overarching, compelling question for a curriculum unit, to grab students’ attention and launch them into making evidence-based arguments. ..more
By Sophia Campbell & Natalia Mazhar, Grade 9 High School Students
We tackled this student “clique” issue by writing personalized notes to each student in Grade 9 with the goal of building community and showing each person that they are noticed, accepted, and appreciated for who they are. ..more
By Freddie Oomkens
To increase the amount of highly skilled teachers across the world, the University of the People (UoPeople) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) have launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. ..more
By Sylvia Hendricks
24 June 2018 was a historic day in Saudi Arabia, as women were given the freedom to take the wheels of their vehicles and drive for the first time in their own country. Expatriate women also gained the opportunity to feel the freedom of this significant change. ..more