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Susanne Leslie

Susanne Leslie, is the Lead Curriculum & Staff Specialist with Learners Edge. Prior to joining the Edge, Susanne worked as a parent educator in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program and worked with parents of 0-5 year olds. Susanne is the proud parent of two daughters.

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Getting Back on Track After the Holidays—10 Tips from Top Blogs

It’s no secret, the holidays are challenging! 

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Topics: Holidays, Student Engagement

Engaging Families and Communities in Students' Education

Student success is a shared interest of both school and family.”

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Parents, Student Engagement

The Importance of Play in the Classroom

This week's blog post writer, Susanne Leslie, is a Curriculum & Instruction Specialist with Learners Edge. Prior to joining the Edge, Susanne worked as a Parent Educator in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) with parents of 0-5 year olds which, we think, gives her special insight into the importance of being little. Susanne is the proud parent of two daughters.

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Topics: Early Childhood

Top 6 Ideas for Teaching When It's Cold

Minnesota is the home of Learners Edge and cold winters. The largest school district in the state closes schools when the wind chill is -40 degrees or the temperature is -25 degrees, and occasionally, the Governor will close all schools. We know how long winter can be when students are stuck inside. They get restless, are full of energy, and may struggle to regulate their behavior. These factors can make teaching and learning challenging.

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Topics: Content Areas, Student Engagement, teacher resources

Book Recommendations for Your Winter Break Reading List

My grandmother was a janitor at the Minneapolis Public Library. She loved to read and was happiest when surrounded by books. Every day, our loved-to-read-grandma called my brother and me to see how we were and to gently ask, “What are you reading?” She taught us no matter how the day goes, a book is a friend waiting for you when you get home. Grandma Lucille taught us a love of reading. 

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Topics: Holidays, Courses, Books, reading

A Classroom Teacher's View on Homework

When thinking about homework, teachers find it beneficial to communicate their policy with the families of their students. After recently completing a Learners Edge course, Jennifer Lindsey, a 4th grade teacher from Pennsylvania, reflected on her homework philosophy which includes the purposeful roles teachers and families play.

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Topics: Teaching Advice

New Professional Development Certificates to Give You an Edge


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Topics: Learners Edge News, "personalized professional development", Personalized Continuing Ed, Courses, Masters Degree

Introducing Our First Virtual Book Club

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Topics: Literacy, educator wellness, Blended Learning, Books, reading

3 Lessons & Resources from Ted Lasso and What We Can Carry Forward From COVID

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Teaching Excellence, 21st Century Learning, Content Areas, Courses, teacher resources

Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Special Populations, Teaching Excellence, Courses, Student Engagement, Teaching with Equity

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