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Educators face many challenges each day—large and small—that when addressed effectively have the ability to inspire better teaching, leading, and learning. Our staff continually ask themselves the same question you might ask yourself: As educators, how can we make a bigger, better difference in student engagement and knowledge?

Our consultants (former teachers and leaders themselves), researchers, and evaluators address that question in our blog by combining professional experience with sound research to offer insight and practical ideas for building student resiliency, prioritizing improvement initiatives, increasing staff motivation, interpreting data, and cultivating a positive school climate.

Our top ten (actually 11 because of a tie for 2nd) most popular blog posts for 2014 address many of these concerns. In case you missed one or two, here’s the entire list (click on each title to view the post):

Number 10-1What’s STEM got to do with it? 

by Whitney Cobb

Number 9 A “fresh eyes” perspective on school climate change

by Shelby Maier

Number 8Supporting nontraditional education programs in traditional settings

         by Katie Andersen

Number 7 Filling the STEM teacher pipeline

by Matt Kuhn

Number 6  Some schools say no to homework: Is that a good idea?

 by Howard Pitler

Number 5  What does “You 2.0” look like in the classroom?

by Bryan Goodwin

Number 4  An AWSM way to increase middle schoolers’ math  success

           by Kathleen Dempsey

Number 3  Is it struggle or is it effort? Maybe it’s a cultural thing

by Joshua Stewart

Number 2TIE  Student success is influenced by district leadership

  by Timothy Waters

Number 2 TIE The “innovator’s mindset” 

  by Howard Pitler

Number 1  Jump-start school improvement with fewer, not more,  initiatives

            by Kay Frunzi

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