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How to Enable Play in Remote Learning

Young children learn through play. Research tells us play is essential for healthy brain development, and it can help children manage stress and recover from trauma. Children need to play more than ever during this difficult pandemic, but it can be hard to figure out how to bring it into a remote teaching space. Two Chicago Public School teachers shared their strategies for building play into their kindergarteners’ virtual experiences: Supporting students’ families to value […]

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5 Tips for Bringing Fun into Virtual Learning

After months of remote learning, have you and your students become Zoom-bies? Or does it feel like time might be standing still? Avoiding “Groundhog Day” syndrome is key for virtual classroom engagement. At NTC, we help schools create Optimal Learning Environments. This is hard in-person, but creating them remotely adds another layer of complexity. Being developmentally appropriate is critical to creating a space that supports student learning. This means knowing what’s a good fit for […]

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The Big Leap: Risks and Rewards in New Times

Conventional wisdom and reasonable actions have proven themselves inadequate. The spotlight of 2020 made it plain that our society is dependent on a vibrant system of schools. A system that adapts to every child’s unique assets, so the American Dream is a reality, not a myth, for all. Uncertainties cloud the future. Yet we must forge ahead with courage, confidence, skill, and will…We must leap to get to solid ground. We’ve been in moments of […]

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President Donald Trump’s rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) revokes American promise to nearly 800,000 young children.

New Teacher Center CEO Ellen Moir issued the following statement: Our country has been lauded as the ‘land of opportunity,’ where anyone can succeed if they just work hard enough. However, we know that this is not true. Those born into poverty, certain zip codes, or certain backgrounds all face barriers to reaching their full potential. The latest assault on DACA takes back the promises our government made to children of undocumented families, and brings […]

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Beyond the right answer

How ‘Productive Struggle’ Builds Our Understanding By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  Somehow we recognize it immediately, the scene in this lesson about interior angles of a polygon, videotaped in an eighth-grade classroom somewhere in the United States. Over the course of a 49-minute period, the teacher passes out papers, calls out directions from the board, asks questions and […]

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The Art and Science of Developing Student Agency

By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  Dreaming up a capstone project for his science class, Ryan Gallagher wanted something that would put his San Diego eighth-graders in the driver’s seat, as learners. “There’s this game,” he said with a wry smile, “and middle school kids can see it.” Convinced that their teachers know the right answers, the students play […]

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