About the author: Melissa Greenwood | SmartBlogs

Melissa Greenwood Melissa Greenwood is SmartBrief’s senior education editor, with responsibility for the content in a variety of SmartBrief’s education e-news briefs. She also manages content for SmartBlog on Education and related social media channels. Prior to joining SmartBrief, Melissa held a variety of positions in the education field, including classroom teacher and education editor and writer..

Brenda Overturf is the chair of the International Reading Association Common Core Standards Committee and a literacy consultant, providing professional development and assistance to schools and districts nationwide. She is a former member of the IRA Board of Directors, and has published four books on implementing the English language arts standards. 

What are the biggest shifts in K-12 language arts standards and how will they look in the classroom during transition and post implementation?[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBlog on Education has launched a monthly education content award, recognizing content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.

SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field — quick disclaimer: there is so much wonderful content out there that I’m sure we’ll miss some — we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award.[…] Continue Reading »

In this Q-and-A, Kimberly Moritz, superintendent of schools at Randolph Central School District in New York discusses the district’s journey to a data-driven culture.

What strategies have you used to adopt a data-driven culture in your district?

A few key strategies have set us up for success in this area. First, a lot of people talk about data inquiry meetings, but don’t make them mandatory.[…] Continue Reading »

In this Q-and-A, Scott Burdick, principal at Pine Valley Elementary School in South Dayton, N.Y., discusses how his school uses data and technology to help personalize student learning in math.

How is your school/district personalizing learning in the math classroom to ensure students are on a path to college and career readiness?

We’ve implemented an adaptive diagnostic assessment tool to support our need to get actionable data about each student.[…] Continue Reading »

Self-worth. Engagement. Purpose. These are three signposts on the journey to unlocking student potential, according to Russell Quaglia, president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.

Quaglia presented the third general session at the ASCD annual conference in Los Angeles, eliciting a standing ovation at the close of his session: Moving Forward with Our Greatest Resource: The Students or Student Aspirations: The Key to Unlocking Schools Potential.[…] Continue Reading »