May 9, 2017   |   By Ray Huang

‘13 Reasons Why’ Your District Needs Suicide Prevention Training


The hit Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’ is getting a lot of attention on how it irresponsibly romanticizes teen suicide. The series is about a high school student who leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says contributed to her suicide. The show has been both praised and panned by viewers and has prompted discussion about depression, bullying and suicide.

The series has also prompted many schools to send home letters to parents to make them aware of the show and the sensitive subject matter. Schools have also addressed this among their staff, however talking about it is just the beginning.

Here are 13 reasons why your school or district needs a competency-based professional learning program on suicide awareness and prevention:

  1. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.1
  2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.1
  3. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.1
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August 16, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Melissa Mirabello

Melissa Mirabello is a high school English teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all different levels. When she's not bringing her boundless energy and enthusiasm to the classroom, she builds collections of teaching ideas and resources on BloomBoard, covering broad topics like establishing classroom norms and voice in writing, and specific books like The Catcher in the Rye and The Stranger.

We chatted with Megan about using hooks and warm-up activities to set the stage for class, the teachers that made her want to become a teacher, and her goal this year to narrow the achievement gap for her minority students.

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August 5, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Curator Spotlight: Megan McClure

Meet Megan McClure, a Secondary English and Media Arts teacher with a background in journalism, creative writing, and film. Megan is constantly striving to find new ways to engage students through innovative, often multimedia, classroom activities. Her drive to integrate new ideas and technology into her practice, and to share these ideas with other educators, led her to become a BloomBoard collection curator—and one of our most prolific, at that!

Megan has created over 30 collections, most of them focusing on communication and how educators can use technology to improve students' writing and communication skills. We asked Megan to tell us a little more about the personal experiences that led her to create one of her favorite collections, her growth goals for the upcoming school year, and more.

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June 24, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

EdTech Leaders Share Tips to Power Summer Professional Learning

We asked educators around the web about their thoughts and goals for balancing personal growth and learning with that much-needed recharge over the summer. Check out what they said below, and then start your learning journey with these recommended resource collections

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June 16, 2016   |   By Alicia Barnes

Collection Curator Spotlight: John Larmer at Buck Institute for Education

Want to brush up on a new strategy this summer that can make your teaching more creative, engaging, and fun? Take a closer look at Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is an approach to learning in which students develop solutions to real-world problems and challenges. For everything you'd want to know about adopting PBL in your classroom, you need look no further than the expertise of Buck Institute for Education (BIE).

BIE is a nonprofit that creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices for all grade levels and subject areas. We chatted with BIE's Editor in Chief, John Larmer,  who is the writer and editor of BIE’s PBL Toolkit Series and co-author of the Project Based Learning Handbook. Read on to hear what he has to say about the PBL resource collections BIE has developed for BloomBoard, the innovative work districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools are doing around PBL, and how PBL can restore "the joy of teaching."

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