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SEL Essentials at Year’s End: Honoring the Learning of the 20–21 School Year

Learning has not been lost; it’s simply that different kinds of learning and growth have occurred. These non-traditional experiences matter. They are vital parts of the foundation of learning that students will bring with them once they return to physical school buildings. As educators, it will be up to us to resist a deficit mindset and instead to honor such experiences—and, most importantly, to help students build upon these foundations.

May 25, 2021  |  By Peter Brunn & Kristy Rauch
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SIPPS Teacher Spotlight: Donna Carrington-Shelley, Primary Support Teacher

Donna shares her one-year journey implementing the K–12 SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) program and reflects on what SIPPS has done for her as a practitioner and for her students in becoming confident, independent readers and learners.

May 12, 2021  |  By Rachel Solis
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Caring School Community Teacher Spotlight: Carrie Landheer, Oakland, CA

Collaborative Classroom is proud to spotlight Bay Area native and 4–5 combo teacher Carrie Landheer of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA. In an interview with…

May 12, 2021  |  By Emily Cremidis
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District Spotlight: Laura Mendes of Springfield Public Schools, on Their Partnership with Collaborative Classroom

"The organization’s approach and stance with us has always been responsive and about keeping our students at the center of all we do and all the decisions we make."

Apr 30, 2021  |  By Peter Brunn
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School Leader Spotlight: Christie Graves, North Rose-Wolcott Elementary, New York

We’re honored to spotlight Christie Graves, the Assistant Principal at North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School in North Rose, NY. In this interview, she shares her experiences implementing Collaborative Literacy and SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words).

Apr 19, 2021  |  By Katy Cortelyou
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Exploring Comprehension Through the Lenses of Questioning, Inferring, and Synthesizing with Tanny McGregor

For more than three decades I’ve been in pursuit of something invisible, elusive, and difficult to measure. I’ve wondered about it, written about it, and tried to quantify it. Even though I am closer to understanding it now than ever before, I’m still deeply curious about it and seek to uncover more about it with every lesson I teach.If you’re familiar with my work, you already know what I’m talking about here: reading comprehension. Better yet, let’s think of it in terms of something more personal: a student’s thinking.

Apr 3, 2021  |  By Tanny McGregor
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