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Back-to-School Tips for Principals (Part 1)

It’s September at last and that means students across the country are back in the classroom. It’s a time when students anticipate new clothes, school supplies, lessons and experiences. Your faculty and staff spent a portion of their summer preparing for a great 2018-19 school year. [...]

September 5th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Back-to-School Tips for Superintendents (Part 1)

School is in session across the country and that means communities are coming together for the 2018-2019 academic year. Your principals, teachers and staff have already welcomed students back into the classroom. Students are reconnecting with one another and anticipating many new and exciting lessons and [...]

September 5th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – June 2018

We are pleased to feature our first-ever Team of the Month edition of Educator Spotlight! Over the years, we have received several requests to nominate a team of teachers for the Educator Spotlight honor. Team is defined as a group of educators who work together daily to support learning, student [...]

June 12th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Cultural Competence – Part I: First Steps

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to the change the world.”—Nelson Mandela As educators, we must work to meet the needs of all learners in our classrooms. To do this, we must participate in continuous professional learning and self-reflection. We are obliged to study [...]

June 4th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – May 2018

Educator Spotlight Announcing the May 2018 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. [...]

May 18th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

In-Service Days Complement Professional Development Activities

A rich knowledge base exists on the benefits of thoughtful, multi-year professional development activities for schools, districts, and dioceses, inspired in large part by federally funded research on school improvement, organizational change, and adult learning styles. Effective educational leaders are familiar with insights gleaned from this knowledge base, and typically [...]

May 8th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog, Professional Development, School Leaders|

Educator Spotlight – April 2018

Educator Spotlight Announcing the March 2018 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. [...]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

From Knowledge to Action: How Instructional Leaders Can Create Positive Change

“Act or accept.”  —Anonymous “Knowing about the ‘knowing-doing gap’ is different from doing something about it.” —Jeffery Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton, authors How do we turn knowledge into measurable action? How do we address the knowing-doing gap within education. As an educator, I try to live by the words, [...]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – March 2018

Educator Spotlight Announcing the March 2018 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. [...]

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

How STEM & the Engineering Design Process Develop Problem-Solving & Critical-Thinking Skills

STEM certainly is a hot topic in education right now, and for good reason. A strong STEM curriculum does more than just focus on skill instruction; it provides learners with an integrated approach that brings together their knowledge from different core areas and allows them opportunities for tangible problem-solving that [...]

March 14th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – February 2018

Educator Spotlight Announcing the February 2018 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. [...]

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

How Strong Instructional Leaders Can Bring Out the Best in Educators

Great leaders and managers recognize the importance of maximizing their resources, including recruiting and retaining the right people for their organizations. In the book, First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman state, “Select a person, set expectations, motivate the [...]

January 25th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – January 2018

Educator Spotlight We are starting the new year off with a fantastic group of dedicated and talented educators from across Catapult Learning. Announcing the January 2018 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted [...]

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|

More than an Extracurricular: Integrating Service Learning into the Curriculum

If your school is anything like the schools where I work or the schools where my children attend, parents organize service learning opportunities throughout the school year. There are food drives at Thanksgiving, coat and gift collections during the holidays, a full day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. [...]

January 17th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|Tags: , |

Investing in Self-Reflection: A Resolution for the New Year

“Happy New Year!” This time of year, and specifically those words, often lead one through a customary self-reflection of the previous year—personally and professionally—with recollections of the good, the bad, and the indifferent in hopes of setting new goals. January 1st brings optimism for a new beginning, the perspective of [...]

January 10th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|Tags: , , |

Investing in Self-Reflection: A Resolution for the New Year

“Happy New Year!” This time of year, and specifically those words, often lead one through a customary self-reflection of the previous year—personally and professionally—with recollections of the good, the bad, and the indifferent in hopes of setting new goals. January 1st brings optimism for a new beginning, the perspective of [...]

January 10th, 2018|Categories: EduBlog|Tags: , , |

Educator Spotlight – December 2017

Announcing the December 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

December 21st, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – November 2017

Announcing the November 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

December 4th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Student Agency: The Heart of Personalized Learning

During a visit to our school’s eucalyptus grove this year, I was amazed to watch a group of our kindergartners demonstrating the student agency inherent to this age group. Watching these young people interact in natural surroundings was witnessing student agency at its finest. Without prompting or instruction, [...]

December 1st, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Getting Started with STEAM: A Mini Toolkit

STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term STEM is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to competitiveness in science and technology development. STEAM is designed to integrate STEM subjects into various relevant disciplines in education [...]

November 20th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Another Look at What Is Special About Special Education

Two years ago, I wrote my first blog for Catapult’s EduBlog, titled “Back to the Future of Special Education.” That blog post explored the question, “What is special about special education?” from the perspective of the importance in taking a diagnostic and prescriptive approach to special education. Two [...]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – October 2017

Announcing the October 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

November 7th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Honoring Background Knowledge

"Education is all a matter of building bridges.” —Ralph Ellison One of my favorite television shows is Modern Family, and a favorite character on the show is Cam, the self-proclaimed farm boy from “Missoura” who often refers to his upbringing with tales that often include hog raising and [...]

November 7th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – September 2017

Announcing the September 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are [...]

October 3rd, 2017|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Making Your Classroom Lessons Breathable

Let me start out by saying that I appreciate the attention to “best practices” that goes into the creation of the professional development (PD) sessions that consultants like myself deliver to teachers. The work of a consultant is challenging, time consuming, and sometimes grueling. To do what we [...]

June 8th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – May 2017

Announcing the May 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

June 1st, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|Tags: |

Educator Spotlight – April 2017

Announcing the April 2017 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

April 27th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Developing Learner Voice: The Transition to Student-Directed Learning

Research has shown that developing learner voice may be the most powerful lever available to improve student learning in schools. Students learn better when they are engaged partners throughout the educational process.1 When students plan educational activities, their investment, ownership, and consequent learning is greatly increased.2 At Catapult [...]

April 4th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Using Social Stories to Support Autism Students’ Learning

Navigating the autism community and differentiating between what may be “the buzz” and what is an evidenced-based strategy is often difficult for teachers and parents alike. Further compounding this navigation is that the media often covers only fads, or “quick fixes,” rather than those strategies that have been [...]

March 15th, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

The Power of Reflection for Teaching & Leading

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” —Peter Drucker, author and founder of Drucker Business Institute A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview a superintendent and a school board member for a graduate school assignment on [...]

January 31st, 2017|Categories: EduBlog|

Literacy Instruction: Casting a Wider Net

Over the course of 40+ years in Special Education, my enduring passion has been dedicated to individuals with significant reading disabilities (Dyslexia). Historically, professionals working with this population have largely targeted individuals of average or above average intellectual ability who had an unexpected difficulty learning to read relative [...]

December 13th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Lifelong Learning and Innovation Skills

The partnership for 21st Century Learning, or “P21,” was founded in 2002, intending to bring together the business community, education leaders, and policy makers in order to, “position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education and to kick-start a national conversation on the importance of [...]

November 30th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – September 2016

Announcing the September 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

October 13th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Building Classroom Walls That Teach

As educators, we know that environment influences learning, and in particular, that classroom environments influence literacy development. We also know this to be true for grades Pre-K−12.While the start of school is still a week away for some of us, I wanted to write about a topic that [...]

August 29th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

The Special Education Teacher Identity Crisis: Prescriptive or Pragmatic? Part II

In The Special Education Teacher Identity Crisis: Prescriptive or Pragmatic? Part I, I discussed the special education teacher “identity crisis” as it relates to taking a more diagnostic/prescriptive role to planning instruction versus a more pragmatic role. I also described my observations of two special education teachers at [...]

August 8th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Top 10 EduBlogs of 2015−16

As we look back at the blogs posted by our EduExperts over the last eleven months,  we notice several topics popular with our blogs readers throughout the 2015−16 school year. These topics range from the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) to differentiated instruction to special education and more. Following is a list of [...]

July 5th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences in Your Local Community

Preparing students for the real world is central to current education pedagogy. To do this, educators create problem- and project-based learning assignments, encourage students to work collaboratively, develop engaging lessons, and produce a myriad of learning opportunities and assessments.  Whether we are talking about project-based learning, inquiry learning, [...]

June 29th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – May 2016

Announcing the May 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

May 31st, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Engaging Special Needs Students with Experience-Based Learning

Students with special needs have unique strengths, motivators, preferences, and interests in a learning environment. By identifying and addressing these elements, educators can encourage a higher level of engagement. In experience-based learning, facilitators take a step-back approach—allowing for natural discovery of consequences and problem-solving-based learning The result of [...]

May 9th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – April 2016

Announcing the April 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

April 29th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Facing Hard Facts and Tough Decisions

As I looked at the calendar and considered what I wanted to write about in this blog, I started to reflect on my last few months of work-related travel and my conversations with school leaders throughout the country. I also thought about the countless conversations about education that [...]

April 26th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Five Ways to Motivate the Reluctant Learner

Educators can readily identify the student who seems to lack motivation. While he or she is generally not a behavior problem in the classroom, the unmotivated student can cause a teacher many sleepless nights. There are a variety of labels used to describe a student who just doesn’t [...]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – March 2016

Announcing the March 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

March 31st, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Educator Spotlight – February 2016

Announcing the February 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are our [...]

February 29th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Academic Intervention: What Does It Really Mean?

Outside the classroom, the word “intervention” has pretty clear associations. Think of the literal meaning of the word—a coming between—and how it manifests itself in our culture. We all know of instances where people have had to place themselves in someone else’s pathway and make them travel in [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Teacher Education, Part II: What Makes an Effective Teacher Education Program

“Evidence shows that effective teachers are the most important in-school contributors to student learning.” —from “Best Practices for Evaluating Teacher Ed. Programs” How do we prepare effective teachers? What are the components of an effective teacher preparation program? To begin researching the answer, I wrote the blog “Teacher [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|

Educator Spotlight – January 2016

Announcing the January 2016 Educator Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to our educators. The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the positive impact they have on children and schools throughout the country. They are [...]

January 27th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog, Educator Spotlight|

Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap: How School Leaders Can Transfer Knowledge into Action to Impact Student and Teacher Learning

“Action expresses priorities.”   —Gandhi “Action is the foundational key to all success.”   —Pablo Picasso A new year has begun, and along with it come the resolutions–to eat better, exercise more, read more, stay in touch with friends, travel; the list goes on. The beginning of a new year [...]

January 19th, 2016|Categories: EduBlog|