03 Mar 2014

In this post about NTC's Symposium, Leslie Baldacci focuses on how attending to the social and emotional needs of students and their teachers is foundational for academic success. Social and emotional learning reminds us that the heart of teaching beats strong in knowing our students, building their capacity for empathy, and in fostering strong relationships and resilient, persistent learners.

03 Mar 2014

In this post about NTC's Symposium, Theresa Myers reports that, through participation and facilitation of Professional Learning Communities, we give teachers the chance to grow professionally and become leaders as they work towards using best practices in teaching to excel student learning. The skills that are embedded in PLCs are also a foundation of Quality Mentoring in which all mentors use as a platform for their work.

03 Mar 2014

In this post about NTC's Symposium, Dalia Zabala says beginning teachers are in particular need of support to properly implement the CCSS as, in addition to the many challenges of being a first year teacher, many are now faced with the challenge of developing and aligning lesson plans to a whole new set of standards that they may have never seen before.

03 Mar 2014

In this post about NTC's Symposium, Amy Liszt reports that Common Core State Standards represent a significant opportunity for refining and improving practice to promote student learning. Like any new initiative, the key to its’ success will be in the implementation. Most importantly, we must support teachers by first helping them understand the standards and then giving them strategies and tools to make the necessary shifts in their practice. 

03 Mar 2014

In this post about NTC's Symposium, Rob Schwartz explores how blended learning can transform K-12 education and educator professional learning, by using technology as a better way to differentiate and personalize instruction for our students.