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For the past twenty-five years AFT’s teacher-led, researched-based Thinking Mathematics course has been helping teachers improve math instruction. This summer, as part of an FCR-STEMLearn grant aligned with Florida State University and with support from AFT and the Florida Education Association, 196 elementary school teachers participated in a two week long summer institute to dive deep […]

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Ed. note: The New York Times recently published an article detailing the results of a new study on classroom decorations and their effects on learning in Kindergarten. The study suggests highly-decorated classrooms could be distracting students from their learning goals. We asked some early childhood educators to weigh in. Today’s post features one of the responses we received.  […]

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A good education is the door, the window, and the escape hatch to a better life. I believe, I embrace, and I live this notion. For more than 20 years I have worked to support the efforts of refugee and immigrant students in an urban district. As a native of Puerto Rico, and a second […]

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Ed. note: The New York Times recently published an article detailing the results of a new study on classroom decorations and their effects on learning in Kindergarten. The study suggests highly-decorated classrooms could be distracting students from their learning goals. We asked some early childhood educators to weigh in. Today’s post features one of the […]

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I like to take the first few weeks of summer vacation to do some serious reflection. I think about the school year and my successes and failures. This helps determine which books I read and classes I attend to help me prepare for the next school year. For the last few years though I have […]