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Helping Students Change the World Through Civic Engagement

The imperfect experiment of democracy has a common theme throughout its systems and levels of government:  

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Courses, Student Engagement

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Meet Our Course Writers!

How does Learners Edge determine the courses we offer? 

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Topics: Courses, Just For Fun

Supporting Students In Behavioral Crises

The lingering effects of the pandemic still affect us both mentally and physically. In, “Public Education is Facing a Crisis of Epic Proportions,” Laura Meckler writes:

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Topics: Classroom Management, Positive Behavior Supports, Courses

9 New Courses to Close Out 2022!

We are so grateful for you. You've taken our professional development courses, have read our blogs, and most importantly, you are doing the beautiful and challenging work of helping students grow and thrive- every day.

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Topics: Courses

Top 10 Tech Tools for 2023

It’s that time of year again: time for our annual list of tech tools and tips to launch you into the new year with renewed inspiration for teaching and learning. This year’s round up provides time-saving tools, innovative apps for artificial intelligence (AI), and a reintroduction to some “old” favorites. Get ready to dive into our Top Tech Tools for 2023!

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Digital Resources

Spark Student Creativity with Handmade Gifts

Handmade gifts are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! A sweet or savory treat baked in the kitchen, a gift that is handcrafted by sewing, knitting, woodworking, jewelry making, or any form of artwork–they are all special and unique. Handmade gifts demonstrate that the recipient is worthy of your most precious resource–time! When I’m using my hands to create, I often reflect on the recipient and all they mean to me. The holiday season can be hectic and overwhelming, and gifts that are made by hand are an opportunity to slow down, create with intention, and savor the opportunity to show loved ones you care.

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Topics: Arts, Holidays, Just For Fun

4 Podcasts to Center Your Mindset

Our world as teachers becomes more stressful than usual when we enter the holiday season. Additional events make their way onto our calendars, students become less engaged academically, and our personal “to do” lists expand.  Overwhelm and exhaustion creep their way into our mental state.

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Just For Fun, Podcasts

A Closer Look: Chronic Absenteeism in Schools

Schools and districts are reporting a dramatic increase in both student and teacher chronic absenteeism, which is the term for missing 10% of school days for any reason, including both excused and unexcused absences, and suspension. 

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Topics: Teacher Burnout

5 Quick Teacher Tips for Class Tomorrow

Since joining Twitter, I’ve come to love the small bites of learning I can grab in just a few minutes of scrolling. Whether it's a quick tech tip, classroom management strategy, or student project idea, Twitter is a gold mine! Follow our short list of favorite tip-sharing teachers for PD on demand in the comfort of your home, and scroll through this list of top tips to try tomorrow!

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Instructional Strategies, Technology, Social Media, Just For Fun

Our Favorite Things 2022 — Teacher Gift Style!

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Topics: Holidays, Teacher Appreciation, Just For Fun

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