September 9, 2016   |   By Lisa Jabara-May

Webinar: Early Literacy Instruction: 10 Research-Informed Practices That Can Change Every Classroom

As in many states, far too many of Michigan’s children are not reading proficiently by the end of grade three—and the situation continues to worsen. Addressing this problem can require broad and significant improvement in instructional practices. Toward that end, an Early Literacy Task Force (ELTF) in Michigan identified 10 research-informed classroom literacy instructional practices for Pre-K and 10 such practices for K-3 that can have a meaningful impact on student literacy.

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August 26, 2016   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Trauma-Informed Instruction: What Every Teacher and Administrator Needs to Know

One in four public school students has experienced at least one traumatic event that can affect learning or behavior. Thus, it is imperative that districts create a positive and compassionate school environment. Trauma-informed instruction provides all teachers and leaders a playbook for creating that environment, focused on developing the resiliency necessary to increase school success and improve academic outcomes.

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August 22, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Kickstart the School Year with New Micro-credentials on Financial Literacy, Global Competence, Effective Coaching, and Performance Assessment

BloomBoard is pleased to announce that in partnership with Digital Promise, a number of new micro-credentials are available in our ever-growing micro-credentials library

Micro-credentials–bite-sized demonstrations of competence for specific skills–have been gaining popularity for their ability to acknowledge an educator’s pursuit and recognition of learning, both formal and informal.

The beginning of a new school year is a perfect time to set professional learning goals. It's also a great time for educators to identify micro-credentials you want to earn, which can provide not only a framework for learning to meet goals but also recognition for accomplishments. More than 200 micro-credentials are now available, recognizing a wide range of professional competencies for educators. Check out the latest micro-credentials added:

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August 21, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

BloomBoard Buzz: Weekly Roundup of News for Educators

What are we reading this week? Here are our favorite blog posts, stories, and news from the world of education:

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August 18, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Preparing Students to Use Digital Tools this School Year

Guest post by Dana Sparkman, PhD faculty at Capella University

At the end of May, I visited with a teacher friend of mine at a local elementary school. After the usual discussion of the frantic end-of-school-year pace, she talked about some of her students. She’d had a very challenging year, a class full of students with a very wide range of learning needs. She worried that her students would “backtrack” a good deal over the summer.

One way for students to continue learning over the summer is through technology, but this time is often unsupervised and lacking specific learning goals. With the start of a new school year just around the bend, it's the perfect opportunity to get students back in the groove of learning and also remind them how to use digital tools responsibly and in a targeted way to support their learning. I suggested to my friend that she look at the collections on BloomBoard, and use them as a model for creating collections for her own students as they head back to the classroom this year.

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