What are the resources related to PARCC available for teachers for professional development?

Download free podcast by Julie Lyons on What Are the Resources Related to Parcc Available for Teachers for Professional Development? New teacher evaluations. New State Tests . New Standards . The myriad of educational changes may seem overwhelming at times, … Continue reading

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Spring and Summer Professional Development Opportunities for ELA Teachers By Julie C. Lyons

Professional development resources for ELA educators

With all of the changes that the Common Core has ushered in, keeping up professionally has been extremely difficult for most teachers during the school year. However, many teachers use the summer months for professional reading, reflecting on past practices, and planning new and improved lessons and activities for the upcoming school year: with that in mind, take a moment to check out the opportunities that are available to ELA educators this summer:
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Technology Tools Available to Help Elementary and Middle School Students Write Better Essays and Stories – by Julie Lyons

It’s easy for a teacher to become overwhelmed by grading, and when it comes to grading students’ writing pieces, the ask can become even more onerous. As most teachers know, specific timely feedback in student writing is a highly effective way to improve a student’s writing skills. However, with so many subjects to plan for and teach (at the elementary level), and so many students’ writing pieces to grade (at the middle school level), how can a teacher “do it all”?

Luckily, there are many technological aids that can assist teachers who are looking for ways to improve their students’ writing, whether that writing is an essay, story, or merely building the grammatical skills to revise and edit writing pieces.
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Below is a description of several technology tools that are available now for students and teachers… Continue reading

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