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Marshall Memo 787 - May 20, 2019

1. Pushing back on eight outmoded beliefs
2. Breaking free of the five-paragraph essay
3. Dealing with classroom insensitivity by “calling students in”
4. Key considerations in staff discussions about race
5. Seven learning-to-learn skills for adolescents
6. Carol Ann Tomlinson on what teenagers need in school
7. Using “group contingencies” in elementary classrooms
8. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on data-driven instruction going off the rails
9. A West Virginia middle school maximizes engagement
10. How young children develop agency, literacy, and numeracy
11. A video of a lesson that went wrong

Marshall Memo 786 - May 13, 2019

1. Possible downsides of five education innovations
2. What schools can do to reduce student stress
3. Helping high-school students see the relevance of mathematics
4. The Goldilocks level of support when readers get stuck
5. Successful scaffolding in secondary-school classes
6. The evolving role of the school librarian
7. Getting sight words to stick in students’ minds
8. Teaching “physical literacy”
9. How to deal with suggestions that don’t make sense
10. What a good rubric should contain
11. Summer reading
12. Young adult books about Muslims around the world

Marshall Memo 785 - May 6, 2019

1. There aren’t enough teachers of color; what is to be done?
2. Fair and unfair grading practices
3. How to make learning stick
4. Drawing as a learning tool
5. Teaching students the skills of reading and writing online
6. Using multiple assessments to improve teaching and learning
7. Robert Slavin on what works in writing instruction
8. Literacy coaches working with teachers and students
9. The problem with saying we “like” and “love” students’ work
10. Advice on the college rat race
11. More children’s books about women leaders

Marshall Memo 784 - April 29, 2019

1. The trajectory of talent development
2. The best ways to grow teachers’ professional self-efficacy
3. A level playing field for African-American girls
4. A discussion protocol to promote civic discourse
5. How to get college students to do their reading
6. Making mathematics fun, efficient, and memorable
8. Yogi Berra guides a study of standards implementation
8. Yogi Berra guides a study of standards implementation
9. Children’s books about women leaders
10a. Texting to smooth the path to college
10b. The biases of media sources

Marshall Memo 783 - April 22, 2019

1. Robert Slavin on benchmark assessments
2. If adults don’t talk with children about race…
3. Beverly Daniel Tatum on racial isolation and schools
4. An analysis of children’s books about slavery for grades 1-6
5. A Florida teacher transforms her remedial reading classes
6. Pushing back on myths about creative classroom projects
7. Managing attention versus managing time
8. David Brooks on the reasons for our society’s malaise
9. Washington, Shakespeare, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, Napoleon, and Gandhi with modern haircuts

Marshall Memo 782 - April 15, 2019

1. Counteracting the normalization of failure
2. Making the heart of the school day more engaging
3. Does civic education make a difference?
4. An analysis of middle- and high-school reading interventions
5. Tweens: the changes they’re going through
6. Not making unreasonable behavioral demands of students
7. Jennifer Gonzalez on getting students moving in class
8. Combatting “precrastination”
9. Being smart about asking for advice

Marshall Memo 781 - April 8, 2019

1. Pedro Noguera on school integration
2. The role of tests in the meritocracy
3. Counteracting negative stereotypes about mathematics
4. Jennifer Gonzalez on low-value classroom projects
5. An alternative to dreary post-mortems
6. The difference between a plan and a strategy
7. Kindergarten entry age for students with disabilities
8. A heart-to-heart conversation with your boss
9. Setting limits on teen technology use at home
10. Children’s books on environmental awareness

Marshall Memo 780 - April 1, 2019

1. Effective interaction strategies for students with mental health issues
2. High support and high expectations for students and educators
3. Improving the effectiveness of a prepackaged reading program
4. Doing away with homework in a remedial math class
5. An improvisational curriculum unit on birthday songs
6. Getting families involved in young children’s literacy development
7. Why principals should teach
8. Young adult books that build empathy
9a. An infographic of leaves appearing in the spring
9b. Free digital books
9c. Top-notch children’s books

Marshall Memo 779 - March 25, 2019

1. “Do less, then obsess”
2. Supporting below-level readers as they grapple with difficult texts
3. Building literacy skills in secondary content classrooms
4. A New Jersey high-school district addresses equity issues
5. A study of teacher merit pay in North Carolina
6. Pointers for white teachers working with children of color
7. Including LGBTQ content in elementary classrooms
8. More books that build empathy in children
9. Questions to ask a book buddy

Marshall Memo 778 - March 18, 2019

1. Starting with why
2. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on effective instructional coaching
3. A troubling analysis of data-driven instruction
4. The “underserved third” in high schools
5. Teachers listen to their students’ suggestions
6. Evaluating a college prep intervention in Wisconsin
7. Using literacy activities to overcome cultural and language barriers
8. Educational technology: research on what works
9. Why don’t more educators know the research on teaching reading?
10. Books that build empathy in children
11. Preventing educator burnout

Marshall Memo 777 - March 11, 2019

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on handling negativity and getting good things done
2. Dealing with ineffective teaching
3. Swimming against the powerful digital current
4. Teaching climate change
5. Overcoming students’ pushback on the relevance of an assignment
6. Helping students see the long-term importance of high-quality writing
7. Making judgment calls on censorship in school libraries
8. Georgia’s standards for school librarians
9. Are vocabulary apps helpful?
10. An assessment of middle-school science programs
11. Children’s books that address Islamophobia

Marshall Memo 776 - March 4, 2019

1. Three ways feedback can be ineffective - and how to do better
2. Mike Schmoker on what’s missing in many literacy programs
3. How different prompts can improve students’ literary interpretations
4. A serious look at humor in schools
5. Adam Grant on keeping up with e-mail
6. Anticipating and addressing parent concerns about LGBTQ content
7. Children’s books about women at war
8. Having students compare traditional and modern poetry
9. An online school self-assessment tool

Marshall Memo 775 - February 25, 2019

1. Orchestrating balanced student participation in classrooms
2. Increasing “upstander” behavior to combat school bullying
3. Using young adult books to discuss bullying
4. A better way to observe, appreciate, and evaluate teachers
5. Arts education and student achievement, attitudes, and well-being
6. Dracula-like forces in schools
7. Putting a more positive spin on data
8. Compiling a “failure résumé”
9. A picture history of U.S. public libraries

Marshall Memo 774 - February 18, 2019

1. Improving math achievement for all students
2. Taking inventory of the knowledge required for student success in ELA
3. Getting the most from instructional coaches
4. Coaching a stressed-out teacher
5. Effective mentoring of student teachers
6. Insights on teenage behavior
7. Dealing wisely with student depression
8. Effective use of therapy dogs in schools
9. How the experts were marginalized in the debate on value-added
10. Similes for essential questions
11. A panel discussion of the Boston Valedictorian Project

Marshall Memo 773 - February 1, 2019

1. Bridging the digital divide
2. Effective use of assistive technology in upper-elementary classrooms
3. What teachers can learn from athletic coaches
4. A more flexible approach to social-emotional learning in schools
5. Cautionary notes on performance assessments
6. Strategic support for first-generation college applicants
7. Children’s books on the Jewish experience in America
8. Books featuring people with disabilities
9. An interview with Dylan Wiliam

Marshall Memo 772 - February 4, 2019

1. The challenges faced by young adolescent girls
2. David Brooks on talking through disagreements
3. Jennifer Gonzalez on choosing words wisely in classrooms
4. Trust 101
5. The characteristics of an effective professional learning community
6. Making paraprofessionals an integral part of PLCs
7. Helping students read biographies with a critical eye
8. Recommended biographies and memoirs
9. Pointed questions about classroom technology
10. Consumer information on classroom software

Marshall Memo 771 - January 28, 2019

1. A downstream report on Boston high-school valedictorians
2. Is there an illiteracy-to-prison pipeline?
3. Assumptions about children’s background knowledge
4. What it means to be a social justice educator
5. The results of more-equitable grading practices
6. Effective classroom quizzes
7. Fountas and Pinnell push back on some schools’ use of reading levels
8. Can the “Matthew effect” be turned around in kindergarten?
9. Key insights about dyslexia and the brain
10. Coaching conversations with resistant teachers

Marshall Memo 770 - January 21, 2019

1. Pushing back on posted learning objectives
2. Helping high-school students deal with exam stress
3. Rethinking high-stakes use of student surveys
4. A new twist on peer editing with Pennsylvania eighth graders
5. A student’s-eye view of good teaching
6. Paying attention to praise
7. Get students moving!
8. Staying in touch with “mobile-only” families
9. Addressing “racial illiteracy” in elementary classrooms

Marshall Memo 769 - January 14, 2019

1. An array of response options for school leaders
2. Efficient and effective ways to deal with a busy boss
3. “Trauma-informed” management of student behavior
4. Improving students’ assertiveness about consent
5. High-involvement teaching needn’t burn out teachers
6. Classroom moves that boost learning for students with disabilities
7. Getting maximum value from literacy computer games
8. The impact of eyeglass-wearing on Baltimore elementary students
9. Jennifer Gonzalez on the best classroom tech tools
10. Listening 101

Marshall Memo 768 - January 7, 2019

1. Good cop, bad cop: Can principals be coaches as well as evaluators?
2. A better time-management strategy than to-do lists
3. Respect for physical education
4. Note-taking 101
5. Supporting EL students in high-school math classes
6. Easing the transition for elementary English learners
7. Teaching young children about boundaries and consent
8. Another variable in A.D.H.D. diagnosis
9. A letter from a disappointed mother

Marshall Memo 767 - December 1, 2018

1. Balancing an innovative culture with tough love
2. Nature versus nurture in child development
3. Key insights from neuroscientists
4. What elementary educators need to know about the reading brain
5. A Florida ELA teacher gets high-school kids reading for pleasure
6. An attempt to prepare Tennessee students to succeed in college math
7. Showing interest in colleagues’ work through our questions
8a. A Shakespeare resources website
8b. A five-minute video on 2018

Marshall Memo 766 - December 17, 2018

1. Figuring out “what works” and getting educators to follow up
2. Dylan Wiliam on the powerful potential of formative assessment
3. More insights from Dylan Wiliam
4. Pushing the science of learning from the laboratory to the classroom
5. A new paradigm for the stressed-out, do-it-all principal
6. Principals who go to the real place
7. Questioning the research on “grit”
8. The habits of mind fostered by arts education

Marshall Memo 765 - December 10, 2018

1. Pedro Noguera on pathways to equity
2. What’s really going on in U.S. classrooms?
3. The uneven quality of assignments students are given
4. Turnaround pointers from a Virginia middle schooln
5. Skeptical questions about high-tech personalized learning
6. Structuring civil discussions on hot topics
7. Strategically using boredom to spark creativity
8. Which is better, reading hard copy or listening?
9. Award-winning Africa-themed children’s books

Marshall Memo 764 - December 3, 2018

1. Jon Saphier on building a trusting professional culture
2. Strategies for making big decisions
3. How making too many decisions can erode their quality
4. Improving high-school students’ discussions with classmates
5. The problem of ambiguous questions in history classes
6. Responding effectively to students’ writing
7. The effect of year-to-year classmate continuity on student attendance
8. Maximizing teachers’ contribution to their students’ futures
9. Getting a foot in the door with text messages to parents

Marshall Memo 763 - November 26, 2018

1. Trying to get a handle on personalized learning
2. Teachers making videos of lessons and reflecting on what they see
3. Principals freelancing with state teacher-evaluation policies
4. Are principals’ ratings of classroom observations fair?
5. A low-cost intervention to improve elementary students’ attendance
6. Jigsaw teaching done right
7. A comparison of online and in-person credit recovery courses
8. Award-winning children’s nonfiction books
9. Funded travel for educators

Marshall Memo 762 - November 19, 2018

1. Choosing words thoughtfully when communicating with students
2. A neurological argument for makerspaces and hands-on learning
3. Straightening out misconceptions on multiple intelligences
4. A study of teacher-evaluation reform in six urban districts
5. Personalized professional development
6. Science teacher leaders making a difference
7. Getting elementary scheduling right
8. A blended elementary mathematics lesson
9. Award-winning children’s books
10a. A guide to The Hate U Give
10b. Virtually exploring ten great museums

Marshall Memo 761 - November 12, 2018

1. How to handle the parts of your job you don’t enjoy
2. Jennifer Gonzalez on low-level seatwork and passive learning
3. A small rural school figures out professional learning communities
4. Digital or print: which is better for comprehension and note-taking?
5. Understanding and supporting transgender youth
6. Getting elementary students writing in math classes
7. Teaching prefixes, suffixes, and root words in grades 3-5

Marshall Memo 760 - November 5, 2018

1. David Brooks on American nationalism
2. Skillfully speaking truth to power
3. Do trigger warnings overprotect high-school students?
4. The debate about leveling texts – and students
5. Teacher questions and prompts in grade 4-5-6 science classrooms
6. Two ways of looking at personalization
7. Retrieval practice website

Marshall Memo 759 - October 29, 2018

1. Daniel Willingham on the reading wars: can’t we all just get along?
2. An interview with Donalyn Miller
3. Jennifer Gonzalez on note-taking
4. A profile of a well-educated person
5. Helping young men push back on “locker room culture”
6. Thinking through the MET project’s teacher-evaluation ideas
7. Successfully launching collaborative group workn
8. Thought-provoking questions for colleagues
9. Dealing with toxic staff members
10. Award-winning young adult books
11. The Apollo 11 moon voyage

Marshall Memo 758 - October 22, 2018

1. Teams using on-the-spot assessments to close achievement gaps
2. Getting teachers past their math phobia
3. Fostering positive academic mindsets in students
4. Dealing with harassment and disrespect in middle and high schools
5. Preventing teen harassment and dating violence
6. Do these students belong in special education?
7. A study of teacher-evaluation reform in six sites
8. Does attending private schools make a difference?

Marshall Memo 757 - October 15, 2018

1. Angela Duckworth puts grit in perspective
2. Planting seeds of empathy in classrooms
3. A high-school teacher explores issues of race and gender in science
4. The value of peer observation, done right
5. Learning-centered leadership in Florida high schools
6. Principles for effective teaching of English language learners
7. Five misconceptions about teaching ELLs
8. Online databases for school research

Marshall Memo 756 - October 8, 2018

1. Re-engineering learning with curiosity in mind
2. Developing emotional intelligence
3. What should schools do with relationship assaults in the news?
4. Can boys learn to be better men?
5. Building students’ ability to analyze distorted media messages
6. Getting a handle on questionable online content
7. Key steps before students write an argumentative essay
8. Improving fourth graders’ discussion skills
9. Daniel Willingham on the fallacy of learning styles
10. What makes young adolescents so… interesting

Marshall Memo 755 - October 1, 2018

1. A sobering report on students doing below-grade-level work
2. Classroom writing and speaking don’t prepare students for workplaces
3. Toward a better understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy
4. Getting students deeply engaged in learning
5. A fun, high-tech way to learn vocabulary
6. Seven key considerations when schools teach sex education
7. Giving students a digital toolbelt to deal with phony online material
8a. An infographics website
8b. Photographs of where children sleep
8c. A TEDx talk on understanding the world through mathematics

Marshall Memo 754 - September 24, 2018

1. Combatting grade inflation in high schools
2. Tough love for a stammering student
3. New information on teens’ use of social media
4. The missing piece in some principals’ classroom visits
5. A teacher’s advice on coping with classroom observations
6. Framing social studies inquiries with a good overarching question
7. Supporting students as they read texts above their leveln
8. Getting second graders reading more fluently
9. Helpful websites for student research

Marshall Memo 753 - September 17, 2018

1. Six traps new teachers should avoid
2. Why would any district continue to use VAM to evaluate teachers?
3. Doing justice to global warming in science classes
4. Strategies to reduce implicit bias
5. How many mistakes is it okay for struggling readers to make?
6. Better ways for students to solve math word problems
7. What should we make of disappointing research on preschools?
8. History books to hook reluctant readers
9. The Kappan poll

Marshall Memo 752 - September 10, 2018

1. Eleven leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln
2. Are you a curious person? If so, in what ways are you curious?
3. Common problems with discipline consequences
4. Leveling the playing field for introverted students
5. Getting students writing across the curriculum
6. Solving some glitches with student-led discussions
7. The state of state mathematics standards

Marshall Memo 751 - September 3, 2018

1. Three stumbling blocks with teacher-evaluation rubrics
2. Are elementary reading groups the most-effective approach?
3. The case against behavior charts
4. Orchestrating student-led discussions in a high-school English class
5. Curiosity as a desirable quality in colleagues
6. Fighting initiative overload and deciding on a new project
7. Boosting social-emotional learning in schools
8. Feedback to teachers from a young adolescent’s parents
9. An overlooked leadership skill
10. An infographic showing land use in the continental U.S.

Marshall Memo 750 - August 27, 2018

1. A program to enhance principals’ instructional leadership
2. What’s up with “you guys”?
3. Jennifer Gonzalez on getting to know students
4. What effective feedback looks like
5. The ask-tell-ask approach to feedback conversations
6. What makes an authentic performance task?
7. Building in success with performance tasks
8. Assessing readers and boosting students’ reading volume
9. Curriculum standards in non-Common Core states

Marshall Memo 749 - August 20, 2018

1. Nine suggestions for righting the errors of education reform
2. How a new principal can get off to a good start
3. Facing the issue of race in schools
4. A white teacher’s suggestions for doing right by students of color
5. Practical advice for successful project-based learning
6. Jennifer Gonzalez on teaching narrative writing
7. Ice-breaking and norm-setting in the first week of school
8. A teacher tells his own story on Day One
9. Survey data on teacher professional development
10. A study of Reading Recovery
11. Research findings on open-plan offices
12. A survey to get to know students

Marshall Memo 748 - August 12, 2018

1. Jon Saphier on what teachers look for in school leaders
2. A theory on why girls are underachieving in STEM subjects
3. Pushback on grit and growth mindset programs
4. Jennifer Gonzalez on choosing technology wisely
5. Questions about technology-driven personalization in classrooms
6. Passing notes as a middle-school ELA strategy
7. Reflections on coaching teachers and school leaders
8. YouTube channels with strong educational content
9. Recommended books of children’s poetry

Marshall Memo 747 - August 6, 2018

1. What is the impact of elite exam schools on their students?
2. High-achieving, low-income students: which college is best?
3. What college and career preparation looks like
4. Tracking and achievement grouping in high-school classrooms
5. How is Common Core ELA implementation going?
6. Capstone projects in a suburban New York middle school
7. What leaders should delegate and what they shouldn’t
8. Books by and about Native Americans
9. Grant Wiggins’s messages for teachers

Marshall Memo 746 - July 30, 2018

1. Celebration 101
2. Effective teacher coaching
3. A study of co-teaching in middle-school inclusion classrooms
4. A Nevada ELA team tries lesson study
5. Approaching a new school year with a “design” perspective
6. Tutoring Philadelphia students in writing
7. Anxious and depressed teens on devices: chicken or egg?
8. How effective is Direct Instruction?
9. Children’s books that feature Asian Americans

Marshall Memo 745 - July 16, 2018

1. What makes a leader uncoachable?
2. Attitudes that steer young women away from STEM careers
3. Literature that gets students thinking about ethics and justice
4. Insights on middle- and high-school study skills
5. Who’s doing the work here? More-effective grading practices
6. Teachers working smarter with technology
7. A teacher’s radical solution to working evenings and weekends
8. Advice for school librarians on challenges they receive
9. The efficacy of teaching reading and writing together
10. Teaching for “critical democratic literacy” in social studies
11. Fifty years of educational polling

Marshall Memo 744 - July 9, 2018

1. A major teacher-improvement initiative produces disappointing results
2. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell on effective literacy instruction
3. Three approaches to talking with teachers after classroom visits
4. A New York City physics teacher reflects on his craft
5. How can a good math PD program have so little impact?
6. Books to get first graders thinking

Marshall Memo 743 - July 2, 2018

1. Are schools right to stop offering AP courses?
2. Home visits spark change in a D.C. elementary school
3. Another side of parent involvement
4. Can nurturing altruism prevent teen suicides?
5. A Chicago teacher uses ancient teaching on tranquility and rationality
6. Attitudes about student agency in Texas first-grade classrooms
7. Combining the literary canon with contemporary texts
8. Advice to teachers and writers
9. Grade 5-8 curriculum materials

Marshall Memo 742 - June 25, 2018

1. The case against tackle football in schools
2. What respect looks like in the workplace
3. A British teacher deconstructs diagnostic classroom assessments
4. San Francisco de-tracks math in grades six to nine
5. How many educators are victims of sexual misconduct?
6. Michael Petrilli on low-hanging fruit for school improvement
7. Daniel Willingham with a new twist on teaching to learning styles
8. Time management tips for leaders
9. Four big questions for high-school students
10. The value of depth vs. breadth in career and technical education
11a. It’s hard to make a world map in two dimensions
11b. Why Fahrenheit?

Marshall Memo 741 - June 18, 2018

1. Strategies for making leaders better listeners
2. Ideas for improving “circle time” in preschool classrooms
3. What influences elementary teachers’ beliefs about mathematics?
4. A Consumer Reports-type review of online literacy resources
5. The upside and downside of stress
6. Recommended steps with a loved one suffering from depression
7. The lifelong impact of adverse childhood experiences

Marshall Memo 740 - June 11, 2018

1. Daniel Willingham on making educational theory relevant to teachers
2. Jennifer Gonzalez on five teaching strategies she stopped using
3. Making a virtue of failing
4. Helping students remember what’s taught
5. Effective teacher moves in elementary reading groups
6. Should books by accused harassers be removed from school libraries?
7. What high-school libraries can do for “developing” readers

Marshall Memo 739 - June 4, 2018

1. Dealing with the green-eyed monster in schools
2. Teaching the nation’s most challenging students
3. Seeking middle ground on school discipline
4. A Connecticut teacher experiments with a different kind of final exam
5. Bringing history alive
6. More students need glasses!
7. Digital self-harm
8. Three simple rules in a New York City elementary school
9. An interactive map of the displacement of Native Americans

Marshall Memo 738 - May 28, 2018

1. Can teacher evaluation recover from the mistakes of Race to the Top?
2. Teacher teamwork in successful schools
3. The value of students memorizing and reciting poems
4. Why learn math?
5. New recommendations for high-school math
6. The place of statistics in the high-school math sequence
7. What are makerspaces all about?
8. Leadership lessons from the U.S. Air Force
9. Giving non-directive guidance to colleagues
10. Children’s books that foster a growth mindset

Marshall Memo 737 - May 21, 2018

1. Chester Finn, Jr. on ten reasons U.S. high schools are flatlining
2. Making grades fair, accurate, specific, and timely
3. Jennifer Gonzalez on improving grading
4. Scheduling 101
5. Elementary teacher teams discuss student data
6. Keys to getting things done
7. Ways to energize flagging meetings
8. A California high school’s all-hands-on-deck mentoring program
9. Literature circles that help students appreciate graphic novels

Marshall Memo 736 - May 14, 2018

1. Douglas Reeves on revitalizing the teaching profession
2. Hiring for and developing emotional intelligence in teachers
3. Twelve ways teachers can build resilience
4. A teacher’s in-the-moment dilemma in an elementary math class
6. Closing the achievement gap in college science classes
6. Closing the achievement gap in college science classes
7. Improving the student teaching experience
8. Why two promising ELLs didn’t apply to four-year colleges
9. Research on learning English in middle and high school
10. Questions students should ask when reading nonfiction texts
11a. Economic diversity around the world
11b. Online social studies resources

Marshall Memo 735 - May 7, 2018

1. Using behavioral science to “nudge” students in the right direction
2. Which elementary students are assigned to the “better” teachers
3. Reading Recovery’s lessons for regular classrooms
4. Mike Schmoker on “whims, fads, opportunism, and ideology”
5. Improving the SMART goal-setting process
6. Making the school library an “equity hub”
7. Asking for help 101
8. Apologizing 101
9. Jennifer Gonzalez on project-based learning

Marshall Memo 734 - April 30, 2018

1. Life lessons
2. Which managerial coaching style works best?
3. Ten things entrepreneurial leaders should remember
4. Teacher accountability 2.0
5. Understanding the role of dialect in the black-white achievement gap
6. New York City reduces chronic student absenteeism
7. Building middle-school students’ math vocabulary
8. A former NFL player tackles advanced mathematics at MIT

Marshall Memo 733 - April 23, 2018

1. Hans Rosling on ten human instincts that distort our thinking
2. What continuous improvement looks like in a district
3. Assertiveness 101
4. Mike Schmoker on writing across the curriculum
5. Overcoming obstacles to effective writing instruction
6. Using text messages to improve kindergarten attendance
7. The multiple roles of instructional coaches
8. The impact of difficult-to-read math problems
9a. History videos
9b. A website for writing ideas

Marshall Memo 732 - April 16, 2018

1. Robert Slavin shares some surprising findings on elementary tutoring
2. Getting the most from instructional coaches
3. A Connecticut high school tackles its outmoded vocabulary program
4. A four-stage process to get high-school students writing well
5. What works best for home-school communication?
6. Teachers who bully students
7. Self-management 101
8. Self-management 102
9. Students writing a novel in a month

Marshall Memo 731 - April 9, 2018

1. Young adolescents 101
2. Teacher evaluation: ships passing in the night
3. Teachers’ on-the-spot adaptations during lessons
4. The critical role of teacher leaders
5. Disappointing middle-school math assignments
6. Teaching persuasion and argumentation
7. Mixing things up with student writing assignments
8. Double-entry note-taking
9. Bullying of students with hearing loss

Marshall Memo 730 - April 2, 2018

1. A supremely talented young musician finds another life
2. It’s not enough to praise hard work – especially with teenagers
3. The benefits of students staying with the same teacher for two years
4. What kinds of math errors should be discussed with the whole class?
5. The scourge of low-quality worksheets and how we can do better
6. Tapping school psychologists’ full potential
7. What people may not see when they look at NAEP data
8. Key elements of an effective summer school program
9. Online summer resources for students
10a. Science and math infographics
10b. Social mobility for U.S. subgroups
10c. An interview

Marshall Memo 729 - March 26, 2018

1. Time management insights for principals
2. Skillfully handling difficult conversations
3. A systematic approach to talent development
4. Have teacher-evaluation reforms helped?
5. A different way to address the challenge of deferring gratification
6. Seven keys to getting traction with professional development
7. Graphic texts about science, history, and coding
8a. A Boston Basics community toolkit
8b. A video of Broadway rehearsals

Marshall Memo 728 - March 19, 2018

1. Three levels of learning
2. The persistence of tracking as an example of the research/practice gap
3. Pushing back on test prep in elementary literacy classrooms
4. Designing a high-quality system of assessments
5. Why students should not use a checklist to assess websites
6. Effective mentoring of new teachers

Marshall Memo 727 - March 12, 2018

1. Walking the talk on growth mindset in mathematics classrooms
2. The powerful benefits of an adult being a high-school student for a day
3. Four counseling strategies for young adolescents
4. Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social.
5. Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
6. Weekly just-in-time help for struggling high-school students
7. Helping all students find “affinity spaces” that promote growth

Marshall Memo 726 - March 5, 2018

1. Teaching well when school leadership isn’t up to par
2. Nine ways assessments can improve teaching and learning
3. A new way of brainstorming, using questions
4. Sobering data on sexual harassment and assault
5. Two-way conversations nurture young children’s language skills
6. Resources for family math nights
7a. School climate surveys
7b. A survey on a school’s “vibrancy”;
7c. College tuition cost website

Marshall Memo 725 - February 26, 2018

1. A “bookend” approach to closing the achievement gap
2. A principal goes through a school day as a ninth grader
3. Should we set a two-hour limit on children’s daily screen time?
4. An Iowa high school shifts to standards-based grading
5. Does standards-based grading hurt students’ college chances?
6. Ideas for effective Tier 3 response to intervention
7. Why curate?
8. An interactive map of the spread of slavery in the U.S.

Marshall Memo 724 - February 19, 2018

1. The psychology of inequality
2. Focusing classroom visits on student learning
3. A teacher finds a better, faster way to comment on student writing
4. Escaping “red-pen mode” teaching grammar
5. Project-based learning in social studies
6. Less is more: projects in Advanced Placement Government

Marshall Memo 723 - February 12, 2018

1. Carol Ann Tomlinson on measuring what matters most
2. David Brooks on “changemakers”
3. A critique of how slavery is taught
4. An innovative approach to discussing race in a Michigan high school
5. Classroom discussions that come alive
6. Questions to ask about classroom rigor
7. A teacher shifts to standards-based grading
8. A study of teacher attrition in Texas schools
9. The absence of a single comma decides a $5 million lawsuit
10. A plagiarism poster

Marshall Memo 722 - February 5, 2018

1. Teaching students to be civil in classroom debates
2. A Virginia district develops student performance tasks
3. Thomas Guskey on the effective use of pre-assessments
4. Carving out time for teacher team collaboration
5. Using games to check for student understanding
6. How much should students struggle with new content?
7. Students taking responsibility for their own learning
8. Amplifying the impact of highly effective teachers
9. A website on scientific misconceptions

Marshall Memo 721 - January 29, 2018

1. Jay McTighe on what matters when we assess learning
2. PLCs at their best and worst
3. Reducing teachers’ anxiety about sharing data with colleagues
4. Validation 101
5. What is the role of schools in teaching about sexual harassment?
6. An alphabet of research on teaching and learning
7. Trying to use data to measure the value of a college education
8. Focusing curriculum units on conceptual understanding

Marshall Memo 720 - January 22, 2018

1. Teaching Lord of the Flies in a completely different way
2. Orchestrating “flow” in the classroom
3. Metacognition as a tool for increasing student success
4. Tough love in a Philadelphia high school
5. Making the best use of classroom read-alouds
6. What is the link between bullying and student suicides?
7. A survey on the sources of teachers’ classroom ideas
8. Empowering colleagues to tackle their own problems
9. A study of the Marshall Memo

Marshall Memo 719 - January 15, 2018

1. Self-awareness 101
2. Jon Saphier on high-expertise teaching and cultural proficiency
3. A roadmap for professional learning communities
4. Keys to effective team collaboration
5. Ideas for carving out time for teacher team meetings
6. What clickers can do for teaching and learning
7. The potential of repeated reading in elementary classrooms
8. Children’s books that respectfully portray people with disabilities

Marshall Memo 718 - January 8, 2018

1. Hidden rhythms within each day
2. Two views on the role of technology in schools
3. Children’s lying
4. Disciplinary literacy in a history and a physics classroom
5. “Text sets” that improve teens’ reading proficiency
6. Do multiple-choice tests measure higher-level thinking?
7a. Cornell notes video
7b. Websites on race

Marshall Memo 717 - January 1, 2018

1. Looking at a school with an anthropologist’s eye
2. A New Jersey teacher’s protocol for discussing hot topics
3. Effective teaching of controversial science topics
4. Why students plagiarize and what teachers can do about it
5. Tips for purchasing educational technology
6. Orchestrating productive struggle in middle-school math classes
7. Enough with the apologies!
8. The public’s and teachers’ ratings of teaching proficiency
9. A study of merit pay in a large urban district
10. Carol Dweck in an animated presentation on mindsets

Marshall Memo 716 - December 18, 2017

1. Which is more important in life, intelligence or critical thinking?
2. Walking the gauntlet at a young age
3. Discussing controversial issues in the classroom
4. More on classroom discussions of hot topics
5. How should personalized learning be handled?
6. Inappropriate responses to a grieving friend, and how to do better
7. Getting more participation from quiet students
8. The surprising impact of short interventions on math achievement
9. The results of shifting less-effective teachers to non-tested grades
10. How long it takes English speakers to learn a new language

Marshall Memo 715 - December 1, 2017

1. Supporting teens facing disrespect and sexual harassment
2. Unconscious biases in the classroom
3. Dealing with the desire to be liked
4. Which students have a growth mindset and which don’t?
5. Note-taking 101
6. Why set individual versus aggregate student improvement goals?
7. Guidance for educators and parents on educational apps
8. A report from a college classroom in the rural Northwest
9. Personalized learning – preliminary findings from a RAND study

Marshall Memo 714 - December 4, 2017

1. How to improve teaching, relationships, collaboration, and leadership
2. Building students’ executive functioning skills
3. An Oklahoma librarian makes her space a magnet for readers
4. The unintended consequences of leveled and “just right” texts
5. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell on the use of text reading levels
6. How schools can address the opioid epidemic
7. Supporting teachers confronted with student mental health issues

Marshall Memo 713 - November 27, 2017

1. David Brooks on the scourge of technology
2. How should schools be dealing with Charlottesville?
3. Orchestrating productive discussions about race
4. Strategies to help students discuss issues with civility
5. Vision and mission statements that actually inspire
6. A parent-teacher conference that doesn’t go so well
7. Focusing on content-area reading skills in upper elementary grades
8. The key role of incorrect answers in multiple-choice tests
9. What is the long-range impact of early-childhood education?
10a. Online case studies for classroom discussion
10b. The Wayback Machine

Marshall Memo 712 - November 20, 2017

1. Teachers as curriculum designers vs. curriculum implementers
2. Getting teens wondering before trying to teach them something
3. Creating effective “compelling questions” for high-school civics classes
4. Three challenges with instructional rounds
5. Keys to success in dual enrollment and early college high schools
6. Should we rethink mixed-achievement groupings in middle schools?
7. Tech tools to check for understanding in real time
8. Chicago neighborhood school attendance patterns in an era of choice

Marshall Memo 711 - November 13, 2017

1. Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about race
2. An Oregon superintendent focuses on equity
3. Arguing is a good thing – as long as it’s civil
4. Dealing with smartphone addiction
5. Harnessing test anxiety in a seventh-grade classroom
6. Strategy keys for tackling math problems
7. Telling fake from real news
8a. Award-winner student speeches
8b. Online Civics curriculum material

Marshall Memo 710 - November 6, 2017

1. Key insights on studying, remembering, and learning
2. Getting good writing from middle-school students
3. Best practices for addressing social, emotional, and behavioral issues
4. What to do when students talk when they’re not supposed to talk
5. How frequently should special needs students’ reading be assessed?
6. Fifteen websites with leveled texts

Marshall Memo 709 - October 30, 2017

1. What struggling students want their teachers to know
2. With social-emotional learning, less is more
3. Shame, embarrassment, and guilt in schools – what works?
4. Teaching problem solving in a fourth-grade classroom
5. What differentiation is all about
6. The real challenge of differentiation
7. How Campbell’s Law plays out in teacher evaluation
8. Who’s doing the work here? Shifting editing and correcting to students
9. Our tendency to do the easy stuff first

Marshall Memo 708 - October 23, 2017

1. More advice on teen smartphone use
2. New Jersey eighth graders grapple with global challenges
3. Daniel Willingham’s cautionary notes on manipulatives
4. A way of crystalizing a lesson plan in one sentence
5. Tapping into creative and metaphoric thinking in the classroom
6. Insights from fourth graders about classroom discussions
7. Where do middle-school math teachers go for support?
8. World War I information online

Marshall Memo 707 - October 16, 2017

1. What smartphones are doing to our minds
2. A proactive approach to classroom cell phone use
3. A big-picture look at students’ K-12 journey
4. Structuring lessons so students struggle productively and collaborate
5. Boosting the proficiency of high-school English language learners
6. Supporting college success for students from low-income families
7. Hidden factors in teachers’ evaluation ratings
8. Does studying the arts boost test scores?

Marshall Memo 706 - October 9, 2017

1. Getting students to tackle problems that don’t have easy solutions
2. Introducing multicultural novels in ways that hook students’ interest
3. How an elementary school’s individualistic ethos affected students
4. Fractions – the most problematic part of the elementary curriculum
5. How to get students writing in math classes
6. Robust discussions in middle-school math
7. Online resources for teaching about current events and fake news
8. An online site for students to publish their science research

Marshall Memo 705 - October 2, 2017

1. Dealing with the “eager beaver” dynamic in class discussions
2. Using a school’s internal expertise for professional development
3. Setting the bar higher for schools serving at-risk youth
4. Examining our own biases reading young adult literature
5. A critique of teacher-of-the-year awards
6. What explains the huge variations in teacher absences?
7. Photos and music of the Vietnam War

Marshall Memo 704 - September 25, 2017

1. Forgetting starts the moment something is taught; what’s to be done?
2. The power of retrieval practice to improve long-term memory
3. Should students be asked to memorize and recite poetry?
4. Kindergarten teachers boost their students’ vocabularies
5. Getting young students thinking and talking like scientists
6. Grappling with fractions misunderstandings in fourth grade
7. Going beyond compliance-driven teacher evaluation
8. How school counselors should and shouldn’t be spending their time
9. Critical feedback 101
10. A long sea journey in ten minutes

Marshall Memo 703 - September 28, 2017

1. Successful school turnarounds in the U.K.
2. What’s really involved in culturally responsive teaching?
3. Ten “restorative” literacy practices that close the achievement gap
4. How to assess a student’s alphabet letter knowledge in under a minute
5. The value of teaching about conspiracy theories
6. More evidence on the impact of later high-school start times
7. The annual PDK poll of attitudes on U.S. public schools
8. Ten “must have” young adult books
9. A Consumer Reports-type analysis of high-school literature textbooks
10. A timeline of the earth’s temperature since the last ice glaciation

Marshall Memo 702 - September 11, 2017

1. Five messages some principals need to hear from their teachers
2. Saying no with kindness
3. The impact of telling a story
4. Daniel Willingham on the persistent learning styles myth
5. Twelve big ideas in science
6. Looking at more than test scores to assess a school
7. Insights on adolescent cognition
8. Life skills to master before setting off for college
9. Why is merit pay being shunned by so many charter schools?
10. How truancy affects elementary students’ achievement
11. Should teachers be touting commercial products?

Marshall Memo 701 - September 4, 2017

1. Leadership lessons from the CEO of General Electric
2. The five characteristics of highly effective teams
3. The dark side of 11 seemingly positive personality traits
4. Being candid without being a jerk
5. What kinds of parent involvement really make a difference?
6. Using technology to increase family engagement
7. “Nudging” student achievement with a simple, low-cost intervention
8. What is rigor, anyway?
9. Helping students read online news with a critical eye

Marshall Memo 700 - August 28, 2017

1. The impact of smartphones and social media on young teens
2. Strategies for getting colleagues to listen better
3. Being direct with people about mediocre practices
4. The long-term, spillover impact of English language arts teaching
5. Does teacher race affect exclusionary discipline of black students?
6. Why are black children often seen as older and less innocent?
7. Giving students timely feedback on in-class assignments
8. Getting educational technology right
9. Criteria for good classroom STEM problems
10. Random student group generator

Marshall Memo 699 - August 21, 2017

1. Beginning-of-the-year suggestions from a veteran teacher
2. Teacher evaluation in successful Massachusetts schools
3. How to get students writing good argumentative essays
4. Skillfully handling students’ errors
5. Jon Saphier on the collaboration teacher model
6. What leaders say to spark effort and courage
7. How important is class size in early-childhood programs?
8. Getting to know students from day one

Marshall Memo 698 - August 14, 2017

1. What makes some team meetings effective and others… not so much
2. Block scheduling used well
3. A South Carolina middle school tries a rotating schedule
4. Coaching advice
5. San Francisco high schools implement an ethnic studies curriculum
6. What’s the best way to take notes – a laptop or writing by hand?
7. Getting the most out of check-in meetings
8. How teachers can protect their prep periods
9. The success of early college high schools in North Carolina

Marshall Memo 697 - August 7, 2017

1. A Vermont middle school sends a letter to each graduate in June
2. Getting students doing authentic writing
3. Two schools of thought on teaching writing
4. Tips for writing a good college admissions essay
5. Reasons students cheat, and how to minimize dishonest behavior
6. Improving students’ performance on secondary-school math courses
7. Addressing the concerns of a negative colleague
8. Graphic novels for social studies classes
9. Material on the upcoming solar eclipse

Marshall Memo 696 - July 31, 2017

1. How principals can orchestrate effective PLCs
2. Exercising restraint when coaching teachers and principals
3. Are you decisive or stubborn?
4. Michael Fullan on bottom-up accountability
5. A quiz on the best teaching and learning techniques
6. What we can learn from multiracial students’ academic achievement
7a. Reading Like a Historian
7b. Khan Academy teams up with AP

Marshall Memo 695 - July 17, 2017

1. Why don’t principals step up to mediocre and ineffective teaching?
2. Ten things a new leader discovers
3. Improving students’ work by having them write for each other
4. Confronting myths about transgender youth
5. A framework for improving equity in school discipline
6. Tweaking the flipped classroom
7. A researcher’s thoughts on poverty and schools
8. How bullying affects students with special needs
9a. How orchestra conductors are like principals
9b. Spotting fake news
9c. Google Earth tools
9d. Drawing the states of the U.S. freehand

Marshall Memo 694 - July 10, 2017

1. The evolutionary origins of high-school social drama
2. The ultimate power standard – what kids will remember in 40 years
3. Short, frequent classroom visits followed by face-to-face chats
4. Getting students actively involved in consolidating their learning
5. Helping students fix common problems with text-based writing
6. The hapless school counselor in the TV series “13 Reasons Why”
7. Math homework crafted by students
8. Video production apps

Marshall Memo 693 - July 3, 2017

1. What to do in the aftermath of a difficult conversation
2. John Hattie takes a careful look at Carol Dweck’s growth mindset
3. U.S. history taught badly – and well
4. What does it mean to forget something?
5. Six ways high-school students can get engaged in school
6. A better way to read a novel together as a class
7. Getting students reading, writing, and thinking in each content area
8. The geography of teachers’ room assignments
9. A video on teaching the Declaration of Independence

Marshall Memo 692 - June 26, 2017

1. Making meetings meaningful – and clearing time for everything else
2. Talking to teens about romantic relationships and sexual harassment
3. Getting middle-school students doing productive group work
4. Does having power change people’s brains?
5. Teachers taking care of themselves
6. Tips for giving an effective pep talk

Marshall Memo 691 - June 19, 2017

1. The difference between improving teachers and improving teaching
2. Six principles for teaching writing
3. Seven forces that shaped history
4. Collaboration helps ordinary people do extraordinary work
5. Is “redshirting” kindergarteners a good idea?
6. Classrooms that close the digital divide
7. Do the arts produce higher test scores?

Marshall Memo 690 - June 12, 2017

1. Five dimensions of powerful classrooms
2. The “testing effect” – how practice quizzes improve learning
3. Dealing thoughtfully with timed math tests
4. Improving middle-school students’ motivation to read
5. The impact of students reading culturally relevant tests
6. Teaching climate science in a Rust Belt high school

Marshall Memo 689 - June 5, 2017

1. How to get students to actually read a teacher’s essay comments
2. Seven principles for teaching writing well
3. Should we continue teaching the literary canon?
4. Getting struggling students to read a lot
5. Why do students cheat and not feel guilty?
6. Challenges with reporting on students’ non-cognitive performance
7. Mastery versus performance orientation in Israeli classrooms
8. Effective leadership implementing Common Core standards
9. Part-day absenteeism among secondary-school students
10. Children’s book recommendations

Marshall Memo 688 - May 29, 2017

1. Dealing with feedback that seems totally off base
2. Key principles of student learning
3. Preventing cheating by shaping the motivational climate of classrooms
4. Insights for working with students with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia
5. Do the positive effects of Reading Recovery endure?
6. Does merit pay work?
7. When principals should delegate and when they should get involved

Marshall Memo 687 - May 22, 2017

1. Classroom observations that really make a difference
2. A school leader gets a lesson in empathy
3. Continuously improving the “user experience” in a school library
4. A private school in Salt Lake City changes how students are graded
5. What should students memorize and what should they Google?
6. Putting students in the driver’s seat for close reading
7. The power of nonverbal signals
8. When students should ask for help

Marshall Memo 686 - May 15, 2017

1. A principal remembers how she built trust
2. Giving and receiving feedback with grace and skill
3. A Georgia district works to improve classroom observations
4. Douglas Reeves takes on five myths about grading
5. Enlisting students to comment helpfully on each others’ work
6. Unintended consequences from New York City’s discipline policies
7. The minefield that girls and young women must traverse
8. Thomas Friedman on what the new era portends for young people
9. An online social-emotional survey

Marshall Memo 685 - May 8, 2017

1. A rational book about human irrationality
2. More on fostering resilience in the face of adversity
3. Successfully onboarding a new leader
4. First things first in instructional leadership
5. Teachers taking responsibility for schoolwide issues
6. An Illinois teacher improves the math homework he assigns
7. When should students be allowed to redo their work?
8. How the timing of student absences affects test scores
9a. Making time for teacher collaboration
9b. Radio stations worldwide

Marshall Memo 684 - May 1, 2017

1. Four characteristics of high-performing leaders
2. Building the resilience muscle in young people
3. Academic failure as a potential turning point
4. Daniel Goleman deconstructs emotional intelligence
5. The ABCs of effective mentoring
6. Accommodations, modifications, and interventions
7. Professional development: the good, the bad, and the ugly
8. Online tools to scaffold work for struggling readers and writers

Marshall Memo 683 - April 4, 2017

1. A new way of evaluating schools
2. Classroom videos as a professional development tool
3. A study of Michigan high-school students grappling with evidence
4. Preparing students to be discerning consumers of online news
5. What language and cultural competencies are employers looking for?
6. Improving job interviews
7. How to ace early childrearing
8. Questions to ask when buying technology

Marshall Memo 682 - April 17, 2017

1. Do schools teach the full range of skills needed for adult success?
2. Thomas Guskey on planning PD with the goal in mind
3. Weekly before-school professional learning in North Dakota
4. Orchestrating “productive struggle” in math classes
5. How can we help struggling students build strong vocabularies?
6. Creativity as the core of a 21st-century curriculum
7. Bullying hotspots in schools
8. Integrating movement into academic classrooms
9. How good is your knowledge of some key U.S. statistics?

Marshall Memo 681 - April 10, 2017

1. Keys to happiness
2. It’s not how much screen time students have, but how it’s used
3. Behavior-based interview questions for hiring an assistant principal
4. Students who developed strategies to deal with their disabilities
5. Harnessing the strengths of students with dyslexia
6. Universal design for learning in action
7. An ambitious kindergarten science curriculum
8. Some telling statistics on career technical education

Marshall Memo 680 - April 3, 2017

1. How the best leaders bring out the best in their teams
2. Four suggestions for giving feedback
3. A hidden factor in college admission of low-income students
4. Why learn math?
5. Common misconceptions with percentages
6. What to watch out for when using free digital content
7. Kindergarten is the new first grade – but not for all students
8. Third graders using iPad videos to improve their fluency
9. Peer tutoring between fourth-grade and kindergarten classes
10a. The solar system in perspective
10b. Bloom’s taxonomy for the digital age

Marshall Memo 679 - March 27, 2017

1. What the 2017 Oscars debacle teaches us about handling crises
2. A non-traditional approach to teacher supervision and evaluation
3. Not doing too much for early readers as they learn to self-monitor
4. A Massachusetts school helps its high-risk students manage stress
5. Changes in kindergarteners’ entering skills from the late 1990s to 2010
6. Three online math resources
7a. An interactive Africa map
7b. Nature in the raw

Marshall Memo 678 - March 20, 2017

1. Teaching a core social-emotional skill - Perspective-taking
2. Jay McTighe on test prep
3. Timothy Rasinski on effective early intervention with struggling readers
4. Sherry Turkle on technology devices in schools
5. Using Universal Design for Learning to personalize instruction
6. Balancing personalization and equity
7. Teachers discussing videos of their own classrooms
8. A report on “stubborn obstacles” to high-quality secondary teaching
9. How to maximize attention and learning
10. A video on setting limits

Marshall Memo 677 - March 13, 2017

1. The secret life of shy people
2. Strategies to prevent and deal with bullying
3. How to get the most out of small-group math conversations
4. The continuum from teacher-controlled to student-centered learning
5. Personalizing homework
6. A personalization skeptic
7. Distinguishing personalization, differentiation, and individualization
8. How not to lead a school
9. Why administrators should make time to teach
10. A graphic display of immigration history

Marshall Memo 676 - March 6, 2017

1. Instructional coaching is an ideal form of PD – except when it isn’t
2. Carol Ann Tomlinson asks ten questions about personalization
3. Understanding and taking advantage of cognitive diversity in teams
4. The Singapore American School plots a new course
5. Google Classroom as a tool for teachers and faculties
6. Anti-bullying resources

Marshall Memo 675 - February 27, 2017

1. Making classrooms and schools safe for introverts
2. The answer for lonely “singleton” teachers: A virtual PLC
3. Teachers’ impact on students’ academic and non-academic outcomes
4. The key variable in teacher attrition
5. Making learning visible – on-the-spot checks for understanding
6. Lesson study as a vehicle for improving on-the-spot assessments
7. Turn-ons and turn-offs in preschool classrooms
8. Four fundamental questions for teacher teams
9a. A Holocaust survivor gives his violin to a Bronx student
9b. Key websites

Marshall Memo 674 - February 20, 2017

1. Improving secondary-school classroom discussions
2. Fine-tuning elementary math discussions
3. Getting the most out of professional learning communities
4. A full-court press to close the achievement gap
5. Four ways to support the growth of readers and writers
6. The frequency and impact of teacher “churn” in New York City
7. Key factors in the success of Asian-American students
8. Using picture books to bring ancient history alive
9a. Sesame Street puts the ideas of Carol Dweck and Jeff Howard to music
9b. Pixar on storytelling
9c. Hans Rosling’s website

Marshall Memo 673 - February 13, 2017

1. A tribute to Rick DuFour
2. Who’s doing the work here?
3. Using student achievement to evaluate teachers
4. Predictive analytics as a tool for early intervention
5. Doing right by African-American students
6. Strategies for boosting the achievement of African-American students
7. Guided reading done right
8. Using primary sources to teach U.S. history
9. Educator guide on refugee and immigrant children

Marshall Memo 672 - February 6, 2017

1. Contemplative listening
2. High-quality discussion in history classes
3. Having students write before diving into all-class discussions
4. Teaching argumentation across the curriculum
5. Scaffolding reading by activating and filling in prior knowledge
6. Embracing assessment
7. Elementary fractions instruction that leads to success in algebra
8. Thirty-four picture books that support social-emotional learning
9a. Resources for Latin and Greek roots
9b. SAT prep website
9c. A free storytelling app
9d. World language websites

Marshall Memo 671 - January 30, 2017

1. How is primary care in medicine like classroom teaching?
2. Ten keys to effective teacher leadership
3. Doug Lemov on building students’ knowledge as they read
4. How difficult should adolescents’ reading material be?
5. Answering questions about disciplinary literacy
6a. Getting teens reading
6b. Model curriculum units on disciplinary literacy
6c. Reading Like a Historian
6d. Curated materials on disciplinary literacy

Marshall Memo 670 - January 23, 2017

1. Rethinking homework
2. Fred Jones on dealing with nasty backtalk from students
3. What 21st-century students need to know in mathematics
4. Nine possible ways to conduct a classroom discussion on a book
5. Does giving a laptop to each student improve teaching and learning?
6. Developing students’ question-asking abilities
7. Building urban teens’ awareness and assertiveness
8a. Teaching current events
8b. Trauma resources

Marshall Memo 669 - January 16, 2017

1. What the future holds
2. Robert Sternberg on intelligence, creativity, and wisdom
3. Jon Saphier on leading for high-expectations teaching
4. Mary Kennedy on good and not-so-good professional development
5. An Illinois high school detracks its ninth grade
6. Key characteristics of effective literacy instruction
7. Media literacy resources
8. A tool for spotting fake news

Marshall Memo 668 - January 9, 2017

1. Mike Schmoker on three focus areas
2. Carol Dweck on fine-tuning the growth mindset
3. Maximizing high-quality teacher planning time
4. Effective and ineffective teacher teamwork in the Common Core
5. What gets professional learning communities working well?
6. Research findings on ability grouping and acceleration

Marshall Memo 667 - January 2, 2017

1. A framework for assessing learning
2. One hundred years of research on grading
3. Eight ways to foster trust
4. The art of thinking about problems in a different way
5. Dealing with people who won’t let go of strong beliefs
6. Building critical thinking skills for the Internet
7. Making the best possible use of school time
8. Pointers for instructional coaches
9. Suggestions for successful summer school programs
10. A nine-second response to “gateway” bullying behaviors
11a. Photos of Earth from space
11b. Big-picture graphs of human progress
11c. Key scientific concepts

Marshall Memo 666 - December 19, 2016

1. The origins of implicit bias – and how it can be overcome
2. How the racial and economic achievement gap widens
3. The inhibiting cost of after-school sports, art, and club activities
4. A major study on later high-school start times
5. Teaching primary-grade students to be flexible with subtraction
6. Productive struggle in middle-school classrooms
7. A strategy to make multi-step word problems easier
8. Using individual conferences to get reluctant readers reading

Marshall Memo 665 - December 12, 2106

1. What should schools be doing about social-emotional learning?
2. The downside of empathy
3. Questions about the “power pose” research
4. Making an “irrelevant” novel into a dynamic learning experience
5. The ten best graphic novels of the year

Marshall Memo 664 - December 5, 2016

1. Improving student engagement in high-school classrooms
2. Using Twitter exit tickets
3. Fake it till you make it?
4. An English department deals with an unreasonable mandate
5. Running an enjoyable and productive faculty retreat
6. Why empathy is not always the best emotional tool
7. Stepping up to deal with mediocre and ineffective performance
8. Keys to high-quality instructional coaching
9. What teachers and principals spend each year
10a. A listening-reading website
10b. An online homework help tool

Marshall Memo 663 - November 28, 2016

1. Successful authors describe how they write
2. Practice makes perfect – but only the right kind of practice
3. How can we prepare students for the 21st-century economy?
4. Keys to classroom engagement
5. How literacy specialists can avoid simplistic and inaccurate solutions
6. The power of students reading along while listening to a podcast
7. Effective use of apps in the classroom
8. Dealing with the boss from hell
9. Unproductive organizational practices
10a. Visualizing Earth’s history on a football field
10b. Apprenticeship websites

Marshall Memo 662 - November 21, 2016

1. A passionate argument for bilingual education
2. Opening classroom doors
3. Getting through to the math-phobic student
4. Essential elements in effective content-area reading
5. Anxiety, depression, and self-harm among U.S. teens
6. Teaching interpersonal skills
7. Are low-income students really getting less-effective teachers?
8. Positive classroom psychology 101
9a. Performance Assessment Resource Bank
9b. Online music resources

Marshall Memo 661 - November 14, 2016

1. Ten ideas for improving results for students with special needs
2. Tweaking the time-honored initiate/respond/evaluate dynamic
3. How to deal with student backtalk
4. “Instructional rounds” in a California elementary school
5. Effective use of educational technology for high-risk students
6. Is sitting in classrooms bad for students’ health?
7. Graphic novels for elementary classrooms
8. Good nonfiction websites for students

Marshall Memo 660 - November 7, 2016

1. Five ideas from recent gender research
2. Fate control 101
3. What should high-school seniors make of all those college rankings?
4. High-school reading difficulties conflated with behavior problems
5. Do new Common Core reading tests measure content knowledge?
6. Building students’ savvy at navigating the Internet
7. World language students create a class blog
8. Conquering the grading beast
9. Improvising to bring computer access to all students
10. Teaching resources website

Marshall Memo 659 - October 31, 2016

1. Five steps to addressing implicit bias in schools
2. Perversions of “data-driven instruction” – and how to do it right
3. Suggestions for supporting a person who’s lost a loved one
4. Some leadership do’s and don’ts
5. Effective use of Google Docs in Colorado middle schools
6. A syllabus that invites students into a course
7. Using correct mathematical language through the grades

Marshall Memo 658 - October 24, 2016

1. What are kids learning from the presidential campaign?
2. Tuning schools to the adolescent brain
3. Dealing with chronic stress and burnout
4. Effective use of teacher-evaluation rubrics
5. The impact of peer review on upper-elementary students’ writing
6. Rethinking how writing is taught in high-school English classes
7. Getting students writing in math classes
8. Caveat emptor on personalized learning programs

Marshall Memo 657 - October 17, 2016

1. Should teachers remain neutral on hot political and social issues?
2. Bystanders pushing back on offensive speech
3. Dealing with excessive student absences
4. Project-based learning with fourth and fifth graders
5. A high school’s college-going culture: necessary but not sufficient
6. Reshaping the role of principal supervisors
7. Shortcomings in Oklahoma’s school rating system
8a. Third-grade math videos
8b. Fourth graders speak out about stereotyping
8c. Books featuring African-American girls
8d. Decoding educational jargon

Marshall Memo 656 - October 10, 2016

1. The impact of a major incentive-pay program
2. Does more experience continue to make teachers better?
3. A new way of understanding flaws in our thinking
4. Mastering the social-emotional side of school leadership
5. Should we ban laptops from classrooms?
6. Getting students reading and responding at four levels of rigor
7. Mock trials in a New York City classroom
8. Making museum visits an integral part of a creative curriculum
9. Mindfulness in schools
10a. Student shadowing
10b. Inspiring apps
10c. World War II activities

Marshall Memo 655 - October 3, 2016

1. Four secrets of peak performance
2. “Emotional labor” on the job
3. Getting students thinking at higher levels
4. Student work analysis to improve teaching, assessment, and learning
5. Elements of the Haberman principal interview

Marshall Memo 654 - September 26, 2016

1. Growth mindset thinking makes its uncertain way into schools
2. A middle-school teacher tries to shift to student-centered math
3. Harnessing adolescent rebelliousness
4. “Firewalks” in a California high school
5. The potential of instructional rounds
6. Fidgeters of the world, unite!
7. Keys to a successful staff retreat
8. Teaching about the election

Marshall Memo 653 - September 19, 2016

1. Outsmarting the “power paradox”
2. The decline of annual performance evaluations in the business world
3. Creating an ethos of mutual support in a class
4. An idea for making academic deadlines less daunting
5. Meaningful parent-teacher conferences
6. Tools for assessing PLCs
7. Australian students remix Romantic poetry with contemporary lyrics
8. Shared math language and concepts through the elementary grades
9. Online resources for teaching about the presidential campaign
10. Will colleges accept credits from dual-enrollment programs?

Marshall Memo 652 - September 12, 2016

1. “Noise” in decision-making
2. Are classroom observations accurate measures of teachers’ work?
3. A different way of thinking about differentiation
4. A professor changes his mind about cold-calling
5. Close reading of challenging texts in middle school
6. Good news about the rich-poor gap in kindergarten entry skills
7. On-the-spot assessment tools
8. The Kappan poll

Marshall Memo 651 - September 5, 2016

1. True grit
2. Successfully educating boys: what works
3. Teacher-student mediation in action
4. How to work with an opinionated colleague (who is wrong)
5. Should schools continue to teach cursive handwriting?
6. Do students’ appearance and grooming affect achievement?
7. Key elements of an effective open house
8. I wish my teacher knew…

Marshall Memo 650 - August 29, 2016

1. The gracious leader
2. Life lessons
3. Building relationships in the opening days of school
4. Smiling before Thanksgiving
5. Cultural factors in the education of Chinese-American students
6. Helping college students deal with first-year self-doubts
7. A teacher’s video

Marshall Memo 649 - August 22, 2016

1. Five considerations when making ethical decisions
2. The link between principals’ evaluations and student achievement
3. Priming the pump to improve the questions students ask
4. The Goldilocks level of teacher support during inquiry learning
5. Students who are afraid they won’t be perfect
6. Misconceptions about reading difficulty
7. Myths about differentiation
8. Research on effective K-12 mathematics practices
9. When are people most likely to think about leaving their jobs?
10. The downside of having a Plan B

Marshall Memo 648 - August 15, 2016

1. Failure and success teaching African-American boys
2. Black male success in high-school math
3. Should third graders memorize times tables?
4. Displaying a grade-by-grade progression of math concepts
5. Following high-school students’ progress after graduation
6. How school librarians can make the best use of time with principals
7. Implementing literature circles in an upper-elementary classroom
8. Using “I am” poems to get students fully engaged in texts
9a. A free online back-to-school survey
9b. Videos of teachers in action

Marshall Memo 647 - August 8, 2016

1. Making the shift from classroom rules to value principles
2. How aspects of adolescent masculinity affected a science museum visit
3. What motivates teachers to remain at a challenging school
4. In Chile, the social-class correlations of students’ mindsets
5. Should all students learn computer coding?
6. Being timely, responsive, and present as an online instructor
7. Concerns with project-based learning
8. Should teachers discourage young readers from using illustrations?
9. How should teachers assign students for group work?
10. Scaffolding that makes a difference for struggling first-grade readers
11a. A video on “white privilege”
11b. Reader’s theater scripts

Marshall Memo 646 - July 18, 016

1. We can do better than the “feedback sandwich”
2. How feeling threatened can heighten cognitive biases
3. Changing teachers’ mindsets about misbehaving students
4. The impact of high-quality math lesson plans
5. Should schools have Wi-Fi-free zones?
6. Advice for instructional coaches
7. Getting students ready to do college reading
8. Making the gap year accessible to all students

Marshall Memo 645 - July 11, 2016

1. David Brooks on altruism versus selfishness
2. The online life of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia
3. Teaching writing effectively
4. Can high-school students accurately assess each others’ writing?
5. Helping adolescents who struggle with writing

Marshall Memo 644 - July 4, 2016

1. Improving the life chances of boys and young men of color
2. Ideas for reducing gender bias in the workplace
3. Angela Duckworth on developing one’s passion
4. Dealing with dishonest people
5. Should students with learning disabilities take a foreign language?
6. A fourth-grade ELL writes a poem

Marshall Memo 643 - June 27, 2016

1. Effectively supervising and supporting principals
2. Coaching principals around a theory of action
3. Personality traits that aren’t on the teacher-evaluation rubric
4. Advice on “grit” from Daniel Willingham
5. Is handwriting obsolete?
6. Are children who’ve been exposed to lead permanently impaired?
7. Thirty-five ideas for improving professional development

Marshall Memo 642 - June 20, 2016

1. Balancing responsiveness and rigor in high-school science classrooms
2. A Nevada district implements the Danielson framework
3. Grand Rapids attacks chronic absences
4. Why a Response to Intervention initiative failed in two Florida schools
5. Shifting from superficial to effective supervision of principals
6. Standards for good thinking and discussion in a polarized world
7. Five ineffective literacy practices
8. Five keys to effective teaching
9. Suggestions for harnessing the energy of fidgety students
10. A critical look at math word problems
11. Online resources for using hip-hop in classrooms
12. An early draft of a Hamilton rap

Marshall Memo 641 - June 13, 2016

1. The impact of being treated like objects on girls and women
2. Why a college professor decided to stop lecturing
3. Three things that bug high-school students
4. Five things that prevent teachers from succeeding with students
5. Jay McTighe on teaching toward performance tasks
6. Innovations that changed the world
7. Classic folk and fairy tales for classroom storytelling
8a. U.S. immigrants’ countries of origin
8b. Summer reading from Kappan
8c. Can schools in low-income communities succeed?

Marshall Memo 640 - June 6, 2016

1. What Silicon Valley can teach school leaders
2. Is elementary school departmentalization effective?
3. Teachers making home visits
4. Whole-class, low-stakes assessments that involve all students
5. Broadening the appeal of high-school physics
6. Another way to beef up content knowledge in elementary schools
7. The impact of close-age mentors on high-school students of color
8a. The graduation speech that went viraln
8b. Wealth and achievement
8c. A hands-on physics project

Marshall Memo 639 - May 30, 2016

1. Yo-Yo Ma on collaboration and praise
2. A unified framework for school leadership
3. Developing student self-regulation
4. Student motivation – what works
5. The snowball effect of inculcating intrinsic motivation in students
6. The impact of incoming achievement on teachers’ evaluations
7. Does a double dose of high-school algebra improve student results?
8. The efficacy of early college high schools

Marshall Memo 638 - May 23, 2016

1. Successfully educating children who have experienced toxic stress
2. What are the implications of corporate leadership practices for K-12?
3. David Brooks on deciding better
4. Strategic planning 101
5. The virtues of single-tasking
6. Better news for one-on-one laptop programs
7. An analysis of middle-school classroom assignments
8. A critique of a study on overrepresentation in special education
9. A critique of the critique

Marshall Memo 637 - May 16, 2016

1. Why is it so difficult to improve the teacher-evaluation process?
2. Another look at the Measures of Effective Teaching study
3. Conditions for the continuous improvement of teaching
4. Counteracting summer reading loss
5. Using Reading Recovery techniques in guided reading groups
6. Keeping our technology use under control
7. Advice for leaders
8. The qualities of an effective high-school athletic coach
9. Consistency with classroom discipline
10. Are speed reading courses effective?
11a. World population growth animated
11b. Two centuries of U.S. immigration animated
11c. Common Core math sequence
11d. Survey on teacher evaluation

Marshall Memo 636 - May 9, 2016

1. Richard DuFour on PLCs and teacher evaluation
2. Charlotte Danielson on the best way to improve teaching
3. Doug Lemov describes the “stack audit”
4. Psychologists suggest a middle ground on keeping students back
5. Teaching students to write mathematical arguments
6. How librarians can help students become data-savvy
7. An “inside-out” approach to school improvement
8. A strategy for teaching students responsibility
9. Common Core curriculum resources

Marshall Memo 635 - May 2, 2016

1. Grit is essential, but it has an underside
2. Reconsidering the part that good fortune plays in our lives
3. What is the role of brick-and-mortar schools in the age of Google?
4. Twenty psychological principles for successful teaching and learning
5. Thinking positively about networking
6. Can classroom “walkthroughs” add value?
7. Teens’ cellphone dependence
8. Does students’ in-school cellphone use widen the achievement gap?
9a. Online lessons in the arts
9b. AP art website

Marshall Memo 634 - April 25, 2016

1. Charlotte Danielson on shifting from teacher evaluation to development
2. Culture shock for U.S. military veterans who become teachers
3. A compendium of key teaching principles from cognitive science
4. Building ownership by giving students some choices
5. Teaching evolution without violating students’ religious beliefs
6. What happens when we reassure students that anxiety is normal
7. Using Twitter in a middle-school classroom
8. Weaving financial literacy into the math curriculum
9. Defining “maker space”
10a. An app to form student groups
10b. A free school climate survey tool
10c. Information graphics and your brain
10d. An interview

Marshall Memo 633 - April 18, 2016

1. Five reasons not to use IQ tests, at all
2. How instructional coaches can build teachers’ trust
3. Grading less, learning from students, and giving better feedback
4. The potential and downsides of pre-assessments
5. Using Latin and Greek etymology to boost students’ ELA performance
6. A report on college and career preparation in U.S. high schools
7. The benefits of concentrating in one CTE area
8. An online database of science ideas and misconceptions

Marshall Memo 632 - April 11, 2016

1. Resilience: a fixed trait or a learnable skill?
2. Insights from Florida on selecting students for gifted classes
3. Racism without racists?
4. Getting students to write before they speak
5. Efficient and effective feedback to students
6. Emotional adaptation in elementary-school classrooms
7a. Patterns from vibration
7b. World language assessments
7c. Using lyrics to learn a foreign language
7d. Spanish learning resources

Marshall Memo 631 - April 4, 2016

1. Dylan Wiliam on feedback that makes a difference to students
2. Angela Duckworth on uses and misuses of assessing character traits
3. Thomas Guskey on evaluating and planning professional development
4. The seemingly impossible demands of the modern principalship
5. Rethinking traditional teacher compensation and support
6. Effective exit interviews
7. Making good use of the final minutes of a class
8. Interactive writing 101

Marshall Memo 630 - March 28, 2016

1. Five myths about technology in schools
2. Using a daily poem to jump-start high-school English classes
3. Question-asking as a key 21st-century skill
4. The best way to teach decision-making skills
5. Helping students be critical media consumers in an election year
6. Science teachers who know students’ misconceptions get better results
7. Teacher teams as powerful engines of change
8. Robert Slavin on the success and promise of Reading Recovery
9. How a cultural experience can change a student’s life

Marshall Memo 629 - March 21, 2016

1. Preparing children to start school ready to learn and thrive
2. Counteracting stereotype threat in urban seventh graders
3. Ten highly effective classroom practices from Down Under
4. Close reading 101
5. Words from other languages that might enrich English
6. Harvard’s “Best Foot Forward” classroom video project
7. Teaching students mathematical argumentation
8. Getting students engaged in advanced math problem-solving
9. What’s the ideal ratio of computer time in blended learning classes?
10. Questions principals might ask in the hallway
11. Are KIPP schools’ results explained by selection and attrition?
12a. Unite for Literacy website
12b. Retrieval practice website

Marshall Memo 628 - March 14, 2016

1. The debate on “no excuses” classroom discipline
2. “PLC lite” versus the real thing
3. The case for a very different high-school math curriculum
4. Are we conditioning girls to be scaredy-cats?
5. Teaching ELA and math students to use their brains in similar ways
6. Avoiding common errors applying Carol Dweck’s mindset thinking
7. The science achievement gap and how it might be closed
8. An infographic on where STEM college graduates work

Marshall Memo 627 - March 7, 2016

1. What makes a team effective?
2. A new perspective on closing the achievement gap
3. Project-based learning 101
4. A school network experiments with high tech and student choice
5. Opening up a daily 40-minute block in a North Carolina high school
6. How to hold onto high-quality new teachers
7. The effect of reading about the struggles of accomplished scientists

Marshall Memo 626 - February 29, 2016

1. Skills for the future
2. The changing role of teachers in a high-tech world
3. A Rhode Island school opens up an hour in the schedule every day
4. Dealing with very difficult parents
5. Leaders who are voracious learners
6. Adolescents’ deeper thoughts and needs
7. Information on Harkness teaching

Marshall Memo 625 - February 22, 2016

1. Work-life balance 101
2. Helping students learn self-regulation in their use of technology
3. Is it wise to showcase exceptionally good student work?
4. The power of shadowing a student for a full day
5. Study techniques that benefit students with A.D.H.D.
6. Misconceptions about teaching critical thinking
7. Online versus in-person professional learning experiences
8. Assessing the PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and ACT Aspire tests
9. Getting the whole truth when making a reference call

Marshall Memo 624 - February 15, 2016

1. Did the small-schools movement really fail?
2. Will New York State’s untimed tests be valid and fair?
3. A Massachusetts teacher works to understand his ELL students
4. Six suggestions for effective instruction of English language learners
5. Clearing up common misconceptions about ELLs
6. Three teachers radically revamp their curriculum units
7. Adapting to new standards for teaching world languages
8. An online tool to help students develop world language proficiency
9. What effective school boards do
10a. Ideas for Black History Month
10b. Games for world language classrooms
10c. Online help for young students learning Spanish

Marshall Memo 623 - February 8 2016

1. Instructional leadership by a team, not just the principal
2. Why some children grow up to be creative and others don’t
3. Supporting students whose families are constantly on the move
4. A comparison of four different programs for English learners
5. Getting reluctant middle-school students reading
6. A parent argues for “exit plans” from special education
7. Helping teachers stay sharp and fresh
8a. Dylan Wiliam classroom experiments
8b. A video of the weather for 2015
8c. Finding diverse books

Marshall Memo 622 - February 1, 2016

1. Why texting is the ideal medium for teen crisis counseling
2. Three key factors that nurture student resilience
3. More on emphasizing altruism in the college admissions process
4. Finding the right balance of talk, student voice, and technology
5. Squelching shame in reading classes
6. Effective use of exit tickets
7. Digital tools to support effective literacy teaching

Marshall Memo 621 - January 25, 2016

1. The effective use of appreciation, coaching, and evaluation
2. A healthier set of values for college admission
3. The curse of knowledge: a failure of empathy in the classroom
4. “I’m just not a math person”
5. Humility pays off for rookie managers
6. Maximizing wonder and creativity
7a. Hans Rosling film on ending extreme poverty in 15 years
7b. Radio stories
7c. A collection of notable letters
7d. A speech bank

Marshall Memo 620 - January 18, 2015

1. Dealing with tears in the classroom
2. Insights for helping troubled boys
3. Research synthesis on what makes a good writing program
4. Ways that technology can help humanities teachers differentiate
5. A keyboarding bill of rights?
6. Collaboration: Are businesses overdoing it? How about schools?
7. The difference that standards-based grading can make

Marshall Memo 619 - January 11, 2016

1. Creating an emotionally positive workplace
2. “Compassion fatigue” in the helping professions
3. History curriculum units on the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks
4. Keys to effective implementation of RTI
5. Ethical – and unethical – collaboration in secondary-school classrooms

Marshall Memo 618 - January 4, 2016

1. Qualities of an effective school leader
2. Practice-embedded educational research
3. Getting better at getting better
4. A sea change in school discipline policies
5. Zero tolerance for abandoning the use of discretion
6. Are traffic-light behavior charts effective?
7a. One teacher’s approach to grading math tests
7b. A history website

Marshall Memo 617 - December 21, 2015

1. Turning “I can’t” into “I can” in a high-school chemistry class
2. A teacher shadows a struggling high-school student
3. An Israeli study of girls’ middle-school math challenges
4. Does a growth mindset make students better math problem-solvers?
5. High schools that combine academic and social-emotional learning
6. Anti-bullying insights from Sweden
7. Dealing successfully with traumatic memories
8. The debate on inclusiveness in college science classes

Marshall Memo 616 - December 14, 2015

1. Are we surrendering too easily to digital distractions?
2. The qualities of a good teacher
3. The art of designing lessons with desirable difficulties
4. A five-step model for leading classroom math discussions
5. Negative relationships and how they affect a district’s performance
6. Teaching students to do Google searches that go beneath the surface
7. How much autonomy should teachers have in their classrooms?
8. Myths about adult bullying in schools and sports teams
9. Recommended graphic novels

Marshall Memo 615 - December 7, 2015

1. Resilience
2. How to help effective teachers stay in love with the classroom
3. Executive function and academic achievement
4. The discipline of cutting the length of a piece of writing
5. Fine-tuning student perception surveys
6. Getting students talking to each other about math
7. Common Core – stayin’ alive!
8. The new ESEA legislation and reading instruction
9. A mapping tool

Marshall Memo 614 - November 30, 2015

1. Is poverty the reason U.S. students don’t compare well internationally?
2. A high bar for using value-added measures to evaluate teachers
3. Tips for working with adult learners
4. David Brooks on a school that develops community and character
5. The evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance
6. Using data in world language classes
7. Graphic novels in high-school classrooms
8. A model backwards-designed Algebra I course

Marshall Memo 613 - November 23, 2015

1. Classroom practices that boost - and dampen - student agency
2. Overcoming cognitive biases that hamper innovative thinking
3. Six critical-thinking tools for navigating a complicated world
4. What to do when entering a new work situation
5. Feedback for someone having trouble accepting feedback
6. Which teachers end up with the neediest students in their classes?
7. Fostering reading joy and proficiency
8. A study of teacher expectations in first-grade classrooms
9. Online tools for homework and study skills
10. Surveys on social-emotional learning

Marshall Memo 612 - November 16, 2015

1. Key insights from Grant Wiggins
2. Richard Stiggins on formative assessment
3. Asking the right questions in PLCs
4. What UDL looks like in two classrooms
5. Four types of assessment and how they can be used
6. Going beyond growth mindset to teach students optimism
7. Hard isn’t bad
8. When should a teacher disclose a personal tragedy?
9. Measuring the “working alliance” between teacher and student
10. Helping students find primary sources
11. Recess in other countries
12. International comparisons

Marshall Memo 611 - November 9, 2015

1. Understanding the fundamental attribution error
2. How leaders can build trust
3. A study of teacher merit pay in Houston
4. Two case studies of data-driven improvement
5. An elementary school improves student attendance
6. A richer and deeper view of student success
7. Demo lessons: some suggestions
8. Ten common budget planning mistakes
9. Questions to ask before spending money on new technology
10. A California teacher on effective use of online resources
11. Why a boss’s feedback might be ignored
12. Economics demystified

Marshall Memo 610 - November 2, 2015

1. Richard DuFour on effective professional learning communities
2. John Hattie on the true purpose of assessments
3. Two different approaches to using interim assessment data
4. The surprising effect of retrieving information from memory
5. Spending more time on the right stuff and less on the wrong stuff
6. How is the new SAT different?
7. Some suggestions for teachers speaking truth to power
8a. SAM report
8b. Curriculum materials information
8c. John Kotter e-book
8d. Free Excel templates
8e. World stories for children

Marshall Memo 609 - October 26, 2015

1. Sherry Turkle on some downsides of 21st-century communicating
2. Are we losing the ability to converse in person?
3. Letters to the editor about technology and face-to-face communication
4. Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves on real PLCs
5. Mike Schmoker on effective professional development
6. Teaching about the presidential election
7. Ways to stop classroom cheating
8. Research on the causes of unequal student outcomes
9. Hans Rosling on statistics

Marshall Memo 608 - October 19, 2015

1. Four human biases that prevent organizations from succeeding
2. How schools can accommodate their introverted students
3. David Brooks pushes back on pure project-based learning
4. The “Goldilocks” level of scaffolding and support for students
5. Helping students become thoughtful, skeptical readers
6. Orchestrating classroom urgency
7. Should we teach reading in kindergarten?
8. Do’s and don’ts for schools hosting an author

Marshall Memo 607 - October 12, 2015

1. Changing the metaphor we use to describe the mind
2. What does real forgiveness look like?
3. Ruby Payne on connection and belonging in middle schools
4. Carol Dweck on glitches in the implementation of mindsets thinking
5. How can students’ opinions of teachers have maximum impact?
6. Some do’s and don’ts of using rubrics in classrooms
7. Four tiers of integrating instructional technology
8. World War II deaths

Marshall Memo 606 - October 5, 2015

1. Working memory 101
2. Should supervisors get involved while observing teachers’ classes?
3. Two levels of effective humanities teaching
4. Building writing proficiency in adolescent ELLs
5. What research tells us about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
6. Teaching digital etiquette to high-school students
7. Some ways cell phones can be helpful in classrooms
8. Video on Minard map of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia

Marshall Memo 605 - September 28, 2015

1. When educators act in ways that foster student misbehavior
2. Emotional health and self-renewal in classrooms
3. Teachers being clear about task, purpose, and criteria for success
4. A school connects with disconnected students
5. SMART goals in action
6. Steps for improving the teaching of writing
7. The wisdom of Yogi Berra
8a. Assessing the value of social-emotional learning
8b. Videos on how the brain works
8c. Suicide prevention curriculum

Marshall Memo 604 - September 21, 2015

1. What kind of smarts should schools be developing?
2. How serious are we about civic education?
3. Handling confrontations with particularly challenging students
4. Addressing various parent concerns
5. Twelve big ideas in science
6. Keys to increasing classroom rigor
7. Embarrassment, guilt, humiliation, and shame
8. Insights from Germany on assessing teachers’ professional competence
9. Finding numbers in the real world

Marshall Memo 603 - September 14, 2015

1. Cultural competence 101
2. Giving suggestions to colleagues who see themselves as “artists”
3. Bending the teaching quality curve toward greater effectiveness
4. Shifting students from a fixed to a growth mindset in math
5. How teachers can balance discipline with caring and passion
6. Ways to handle difficult conversations
7. Staying on task in a world of distractions
8. Consumer information on K-8 math textbooks
9a. The Kappan/Gallup Poll
9b. Global news online

Marshall Memo 602 - September 7, 2015

1. A troubling snapshot of classroom-level Common Core implementation
2. Dylan Wiliam on crafting effective “hinge” questions
3. Encouraging a metacognitive “voice” inside students’ heads
4. Three myths about differentiation
5. Learning from the most-successful Ohio districts and schools
6. Advice for writers of all ages
7. Dealing with tardy students
8. Using songs and their lyrics in high-school English classes
9. Maps showing U.S. racial segregation

Marshall Memo 601 - August 31, 2015

1. Are adolescents hard-wired to be crazy?
2. Improving the quality of essential questions
3. The power of student-generated questions
4. Can multiple-choice questions be instructionally useful?
5. Measurement versus assessment: the role of human judgment
6. Math anxiety is contagious!
7. Fred Jones on establishing classroom routines up front
8. McTighe and Wiggins on what can go wrong with unit plans
9a. A Mindset Kit
9b. Question stems at different Bloom’s levels

Marshall Memo 600 - August 24, 2015

1. The challenging job that science teachers have in today’s world
2. Effective apologies
3. Should employees’ performance rankings be shared?
4. Improving the quality of feedback after classroom visits
5. Infusing movement into secondary school classrooms
6. Salman Rushdie on his work
7. A TV game show’s techniques for improving professional development
8a. Web tools for adding questions to videos
8b. Free language teaching videos

Marshall Memo 599 - August 17, 2015

1. The power of words, and silence, from those in power
2. Micro-aggressions and trigger warnings in colleges
3. Alternatives to some ineffective teacher statements to students
4. Can schools have an impact on childhood obesity?
5. Five myths about teaching order of operations
6. Weeding out nonfiction books that don’t belong in the school library
7. Recommended math books for classrooms and school libraries
8. A prize-winning student essay on King’s “Dream” speech

Marshall Memo 598 - August 10, 2015

1. Are we putting too much pressure on children to be exceptional?
2. The new TNTP report on professional development
3. Why are so many classroom discussions disappointing?
4. A New York City high school experiments with alternative assessments
5. A Los Angeles high school pilots portfolio defenses
6. What video games taught a middle-school teacher about grading
7. The revised framework for Advanced Placement U.S. History
8. A free “get to know you” survey for teachers and students

Marshall Memo 597 - August 3, 2015

1. Instructional leadership, teamwork, efficacy, and student achievement
2. Improving the quality of middle-school classroom discussions
3. How teachers can get the year off to a good start
4. Are young people on their devices too much for their own good?
5. Another study of single-sex schooling
6. Mastery goals that help and mastery goals that don’t
7. Accents of the British Isles

Marshall Memo 596 - July 20, 2015

1. Atul Gawande on the need for professional teamwork
2. David Brooks on the difference between online and offline discourse
3. The power of “keystone habits”
4. Leaving behind ineffective lecture-style teaching
5. Issues with home-school partnerships in South Carolina
6. A graphic organizer to unpack characters’ thoughts and feelings
7a. Can you explain something using only the most common 1,000 words?
7b. The full article on the underrepresentation of minorities in special education classes

Marshall Memo 595 - July 13 2015

1. Creating an updated, online, crowd-sourced “core knowledge” list
2. The vital importance of schools’ professional working conditions
3. Unintended consequences of high-stakes testing in Texas
4. Five questions about early literacy instruction
5. Children’s books about engineering

Marshall Memo 594 - July 6, 2015

1. Grant Wiggins on the myth that everything of importance can be learned
2. Does the Internet make us overconfident?
3. Should schools ban D, the sub-mediocre grade?
4. Is the special-education placement rate of black students racist?
5. Keys to effective K-8 writing instruction
6. Probing for clarity, empowerment, and beliefs in PLC meetings

Marshall Memo 593 - June 29, 2015

1. The goal of education: cultivating eight intellectual virtues
2. The costs of workplace incivility
3. Light-touch communication with parents can make a big difference
4. Common Core writing standards: what’s new?
5. The brain benefits of hands-on learning
6. Classroom fidgeting is good – for some students
7. Graphic animation of the Atlantic slave trade

Marshall Memo 592 - June 22, 2015

1. Making sense of homework
2. Thomas Guskey on the difference between making mistakes and failing
3. Using the retrieval effect to improve vocabulary learning
4. The benefits of looping
5. “Flipping” staff and parent meetings
6. The quality of writing prompts in middle-school ELA classes
7. A California school puts students to work solving technology problems

Marshall Memo 591 - June 15, 2015

1. Grant Wiggins quotes
2. The limits and value of cooperative learning
3. Doing co-teaching right
4. Eight cautionary notes before buying a lot of technology
5. The Matthew effect with digital devices
6. Choosing the right technology: does one size fit all?
7. A middle-school science inquiry software program
8. Good news for Reading Recovery implementation

Marshall Memo 590 - June 8, 2015

1. Some ideas for improving teaching and learning
2. Can interim assessment analysis be useful?
3. Overcoming bad habits when looking at student learning data
4. Improving transfer of mathematics skills to other areas
5. A troubling study of unconscious racial bias in schools
6. Student misbehavior – what’s up with that?
7. Four key qualities of a successful summer reading program
8. Booktalks to prime students for summer reading
9. Humorous children’s picture books
10. Concerns about reviews of math materials by EdReports

Marshall Memo 589 - June 1, 2015

1. Improving teacher evaluation
2. Are teachers with the highest Danielson scores really the best teachers?
3. Using student surveys to evaluate teachers - cautionary notes
4. Keys to effective instructional coaching
5. Measuring students’ noncognitive skills
6. Separating boys and girls for middle-school anti-bullying lessons
7. The Matthew effect with educational technology
8. Which causes more academic loss, snow days or individual absences?
9. Wordless picture books as a key literacy element in kindergarten
10. Career advice from Robert Sternberg
11. George Mitchell reflects on conflict resolution
12. How people handle tensions at work

Marshall Memo 588 - May 25, 2015

1. To be successful, is it necessary to be a jerk?
2. Knowing ourselves
3. How to deal with TDS – technology distraction syndrome
4. Enhancing “frontchannel” discussions with a digital “backchannel”
5. A Tennessee teacher finds a way to engage his quiet students
6. A California high school recovers from initial technology glitches
7. Why math speediness and memorization aren’t the path to success
8. High-quality, Common Core-aligned curriculum materials
9. Preliminary data on New York City’s tougher stance on teacher tenure
10. Five ways to improve written material that’s sent to families
11. Explaining scientific material to novices
12a. Skillful observation of a full lesson
12b. Riding a reverse-steering bicycle
12c. Short instructional videos
12d. What teachers should know about the Common Core

Marshall Memo 587 - May 18, 2015

1. Keys to continuously improving teaching and learning
2. Hidden assumptions that undermine good teaching
3. Effective use of student perception surveys
4. How to engage middle-school students
5. Learning multiplication tables by fourth grade
6. In preschool, the best combination of adult direction and child play
7a. Draft ISLLC standards out for public comment
7b. Free teacher survey
7c. Online social attitudes self-assessment
7d. Video on science misconceptions
7e. When will we ever use this math?
7g. Five-minute lesson plan format
7g. Five-minute lesson plan format

Marshall Memo 586 - May 11, 2015

1. Scientific literacy - How much is enough, and how to teach it
2. Perceptive supervision of science classes
3. Well-chosen “hinge questions” to check for student understanding
4. Effective use of time in classrooms and professional development
5. Using classroom tablets in powerful ways
6. Apps to promote knowledge acquisition, making meaning, and transfer

Marshall Memo 585 - May 4, 2015

1. Four cognitive biases that can undermine success
2. Stepping up our game in mathematical literacy
3. “Worked examples” as a strategy for improving algebra success
4. Improving gender equity in science and engineering
5. Can more students benefit from a four-year college education?
6. Keys to college success for marginal high-school graduates
7. Seven steps to building relationships with teens
8. Preventing reading failure in kindergarten and first grade
9a. Graphics on changing American attitudes
9b. Statistics on athletes

Marshall Memo 584 - April 27, 2015

1. Behavioral economics and choice architecture
2. Solving lesson-planning challenges with backwards unit design
3. Latino students’ culture shock entering four-year colleges
4. Middle-school math teams wrestle with interim assessment data
5. Escaping the magnetic pull of the office and visiting classrooms
6. Getting high-school students moving – purposefully
7. Three ways to engage students and liberate original thinking
8. How to be effective in a panel discussion
9a. A visual history of Lower Manhattan
9b. Videos of school leadership
9c. A grammar website
9d. A dictionary for ELs

Marshall Memo 583 - April 20, 2015

1. David Brooks on resume virtues versus eulogy virtues
2. What drives many teachers away from high-poverty schools
3. Building schools’ capacity for improving teaching and learning
4. How teams can overcome some common group-process problems
5. Eleven criteria for an effective prekindergarten program
6. A student steps up
7. The characteristics of a good professional dialogue
8. Basic steps for handling difficult conversations
9. Twice-a-year check-ins with teachers
10. Resources for teaching about race

Marshall Memo 582 - April 13, 2015

1. Two kinds of school leaders: diminishers and multipliers
2. How can leaders turn around resistant colleagues?
3. Leadership 101
4. An alternative to VAM for improving teaching and learning
5. Creating a “trauma-sensitive” learning environment for students
6. Making summer reading less of a drag
7. The best way to improve the life trajectories of poor children?
8. The half-life of “cultural literacy”
9. A free, open-source survey on family-school relationships
10. Free, copyright-clear images, videos, and audio

Marshall Memo 581 - April 6, 2015

1. Linda Darling-Hammond on value-added measures of teachers
2. Helping young students feel positively about the color of their skin
3. A veteran French teacher trips the light fantastic
4. Charlotte Danielson’s short-form teacher rubric
5. Four qualities of great teaching
6. Suggested rules for school psychologists
7a. Spanish literature and culture website
7b. Website for teachers of Arabic
7c. French music blog
7d. A planning tool
7e. Chinese phrasebook app

Marshall Memo 580 - March 30, 2015

1. Unintended consequences from the use of value-added measures
2. When does a teacher’s learning curve level off?
3. Getting high-school students into the “historical problem space”
4. Effective time management for teachers
5. The origins and wanderings of the English language

Marshall Memo 579 - March 23, 2015

1. David Brooks on key skills for the 21st century
2. A company rethinks performance evaluation
3. Rebutting spurious arguments against the Common Core
4. Text complexity versus Lexile levels
5. Effective use of on-the-spot (a.k.a. formative) assessments
6. Shifting the way fractions are taught in fourth grade
7. Should students be able to stand up during class?
8. Math resources website

Marshall Memo 578 - March 16, 2015

1. Timothy Shanahan on real test prep
2. How to reduce academic cheating
3. Does the Common Core promote moral relativism?
4. Three ways young adolescents can build strong vocabularies
5. A Pennsylvania teacher makes poetry a daily routine
6. Using the newspaper for daily literacy instruction
7. A successful extended-day partnership in the Bronx
8. A Mississippi teacher flips test review
9a. Demystifying the Common Core
9b. Duolingo for Schools
9c. A consumer guide to Common Core math materials

Marshall Memo 577 - March 9, 2015

1. Jim Collins on school leadership
2. Measuring what matters most in schools
3. School climate as a major factor in student achievement
4. Can successful school improvement ideas be taken to scale?
5. How schools can push back the age of childbearing
6. The impact of tablets in a fifth-grade classroom
7. The power of reading aloud
8. Suggested multicultural texts geared to Common Core standards

Marshall Memo 576 - March 2, 2015

1. How mountain guides are like good organizational leaders
2. Understanding psychological distance and using it to our advantage
3. When student collaborative work is fruitful and when it’s not
4. Four steps to cultural competence
5. A course syllabus as a learning document
6. Ten children’s books about African-American heroes
7. An untapped source of material for character education
8a. A how-to guide for flipped classrooms
8b. TED talks on diversity

Marshall Memo 575 - February 23, 2015

1. How professional development activities are seen by teachers and higher-ups
2. Criteria for effective instructional coaching
3. Collegiality 101
4. A school focuses on classroom math questions
5. Two ways to improve the quality of academic discourse
6. Ongoing, continual assessment of teaching and learning
7. A math problem that will get third graders thinking
8. Another clever math problem
9. Best practices for preventing and responding to bullying

Marshall Memo 574 - February 16, 2015

1. John Hattie on effective school leadership
2. Applying the “what works” research in two challenging schools
3. How “American Idol” identifies and cultivates talent
4. Supervisor questions that get ELL teachers thinking about practice
5. Common core kindergarten expectations: are they too high?
6. Systematic, schoolwide vocabulary instruction
7. A protocol for small-group discussion of articles
8. Memorizing dry formulas is the road to “math Hades”
9a. Through the eyes of a child with autism
9b. Science databases
9c. National Core Arts Standards

Marshall Memo 573 - February 9, 2015

1. Why it’s so hard to replicate successful programs
2. A different approach to fixing failing schools
3. Difficult conversations 101
4. Overcoming barriers to instructional leadership
5. Moving foreign-language students up a continuum of proficiency
6. A Texas district revamps its foreign-language program
7. Some myths about technology in classrooms
8. Should students be allowed to bring their own devices?
9. Silent 15-minute online dialogues in a middle-school classroom
10a. World language websites
10b. Deliver us from prefixes

Marshall Memo 572 - February 2, 2015

1. How to deal with students’ naïve, inaccurate prior knowledge
2. Can likeness beget liking between teachers and students?
3. Beginning and ending lessons effectively
4. How technology can widen the achievement gap
5. Three letters to The New Yorker on parent-child conversations
6. I’m like, why are people talking this way?
7. A high-school student pushes back on the literary canon
8a. U.S. history map collection
8b. A statewide curriculum unit project

Marshall Memo 571 - January 26, 2015

1. “Lifeworthy” learning
2. Is annual testing really necessary?
3. How curiosity boosts learning
4. Are technology gizmos eroding our ability to concentrate?
5. Should high-school students have to pass the U.S. citizenship test?
6. Helping students deal with grief
7. The challenges of being a “floating” teacher
8. Synergy between books and movie versions
9. Supporting students with cue cards
10. Children’s books addressing disabilities

Marshall Memo 570 - January 19, 2015

1. Will multiple observers improve the quality of teacher evaluations?
2. The role of classroom discussion in high-level learning
3. Making later high-school start times work
4. Generating truly useful data in a school library
5a. Measures of America
5b. Monitoring student participation in discussions

Marshall Memo 569 - January 12, 2015

1. Helping students identify a moral fork in the road
2. Changing the way lower-income parents talk to their children
3. Improving student engagement in a middle school
4. From unkept resolutions to a personal mission statement
5. Knowing text complexity is not enough
6. Educational imperatives when teens view online pornography
7. The effect of low-level noise in classrooms
8. Ten pointers on the use of technology in schools
9. Online Shakespeare resources
10. Peer instruction network

Marshall Memo 568 - January 5, 2015

1. Salman Khan on classrooms of the future
2. Social-class differences in student assertiveness asking for help
3. More on understanding student help-seeking
4. What should schools and parents do about teenage sexting?
5a. Top infographics of 2014
5b. International exchange website

Marshall Memo 567 - December 29, 2014

1. Carol Dweck on fixed and growth mindset thinking among teachers
2. Learning to be “adaptively authentic” as a leader
3. Skillfully giving and receiving advice
4. How middle managers can successfully advocate for an idea
5. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey on doing close reading well
6. The double payoff of better physical education classes
7a. Grit self-assessment
7b. Rubric-making tools
7c. 12 Years a Slave toolkit
7d. 36 formative assessment tools
7e. ShareMyLesson resources

Marshall Memo 566 - December 22, 2014

1. Why not focus on improving average teachers?
2. The impact of a school’s professional environment on teacher growth
3. Do teachers who are effective with ELs also click with non-ELs?
4. Fostering hard work, genuine curiosity, and heartfelt passion
5. Nonjudgmental discussion, developing empathy, and repairing damage
6. The death of round-robin reading – and some good alternatives
7. “Productive failure” in an online geometry course
8. “Desirable difficulty” with handwriting
9. Rethinking how we teach letters in kindergarten and first grade
10a. The Ignorance Project
10b. A lesson and unit plan marketplace

Marshall Memo 565 - December 15, 2014

1. Vocabulary development as the key to closing the achievement gap
2. Differentiating feedback for adults – and helping them grow
3. Job-embedded, close-to-practice improvement of science teaching
4. Using data to see at-risk students’ futures – and change them
5. Feelings of stigma among EL students in California sheltered classrooms
6. Peer pressure as high-school students make academic choices
7. At what point should word problems be used in algebra classes?
8. Straightening out a classroom management mess
9. The best children’s books of 2014

Marshall Memo 564 - December 8, 2014

1. Dealing with discipline in New Orleans charter high schools
2. The best way to prepare students for Common Core reading tests
3. How should reading standards be interpreted in the classroom?
4. Six important Common Core shifts in math
5. Every child an engineer
6. The classroom secret behind the Buckeyes’ winning ways
7. More on teen sleep deprivation
8. Immersing students in the work of scientists and engineers

Marshall Memo 563 - December 1, 2014

1. Teacher involvement as the key to schoolwide change
2. Student-run Socratic seminars
3. Transforming dreary research papers with a dynamic inquiry process
4. Getting students acting as peer editors of each others’ writing
5. Developing executive function in young children
6. Five byproducts of on-the-spot classroom reading assessments
7. Reducing “summer melt”
8. The impact of students seeing a live performance of a play
9. Helping parents buy the right kind of technology for their children
10. A poll in which teachers are “graded”

Marshall Memo 562 - November 24, 2014

1. How to avoid some common problems in group decision-making
2. Using Socratic seminars in a high-school English class
3. Orchestrating authentic classroom conversations
4. Twelve secrets of highly productive writers
5. A birth-to-third-grade strategy for closing the achievement gap
6. Making homework meaningful for students and efficient for teachers
7. Effective inquiry-based science programs
8. High-school counselor caseloads and student college enrollment
9. Teacher preparation – does it matter?
10. A report on The Good Behavior Game
11a. Math resources
11b. A bank of Fred Jones PAT fun instructional games
11c. Eric Mazur master class

Marshall Memo 561 - November 17, 2014

1. Can body posture change a person’s level of confidence and efficacy?
2. The link between social-emotional learning and Common Core success
3. Teaching students how to speak effectively in front of an audience
4. Fostering high-quality classroom discussion
5. Helping students get past their resistance to writing
6. Using small-group routines to build ELLs’ skills and self-assurance
7. Improving high-school grading practices
8. Is Common Core math too confusing and too hard?
9. Speed bumps in the implementation of Common Core math
10. Getting elementary students moving in class
11a. Airline travel graphic display
11b. Story starter websites

Marshall Memo 560 - November 10, 2014

1. Lessons for schools from athletic training
2. A teacher turns down $5,000 in merit pay
3. Student-led discussions
4. Getting students to express substantive ideas in class
5. Transfer: extending what is learned in one context in a new context
6. How school libraries can make optimal use of digital content
7. Choosing the best e-texts
8. Accommodating dyslexia in regular-education classrooms
9. What does “personalized learning” look like?

Marshall Memo 559 - November 2, 2014

1. What the U.S. public knows – and doesn’t know – about education
2. A protocol for building supervisors’ skills at short classroom visits
3. Young black men save face while “geeking out” on computer science
4. How to scaffold challenging learning tasks
5. Teaching students to find the “MVP” phrase in a text
6. Techniques for getting students to quiet down and listen
7. Books for addressing gender stereotyping with young students
8. What makes for effective professional development?
9a. Inner voices
9b. Free learning apps
9c. Foreign language websites

Marshall Memo 558 - October 27, 2014

1. Carol Dweck on growth-mindset organizations
2. A rationale for annual state testing
3. Do reading tests measure what we think they’re measuring?
4. What students aren’t learning on their iPads
5. Advice for math teachers gearing up for rigorous standards
6. Buddy editing in a Massachusetts first-grade classroom
7. Response to Intervention for classroom management
8. RTI in first grade: when should students move to Tier 2 and 3?
9. Which are more effective, traditional or online science textbooks?
10. Online math resources

Marshall Memo 557 - October 20, 2014

1. What a teacher learned from being a student again
2. What engages adolescent learners?
3. Are we spending too much time teaching reading comprehension?
4. Assessment literacy for all
5. Another approach to discipline in a California high school
6. Improving parent-child math discourse with a family game night
7. Are boarding schools superior? A study in Australia
8. Better literacy approaches for adolescent English language learners
9a. Kappan/Gallup Poll
9b. Fishman Prizes for Superlative Teaching

Marshall Memo 556 - October 13, 2014

1. Teaching while walking around
2. Those who can, do; those who understand, teach
3. More Classroom Management 101
4. More on “just right” reading versus wrestling with complex texts
5. Overcoming cognitive bias by looking together at evidence
6. Summer melt: high-school graduates who don’t show up for college
7. Further thoughts on whether evolution is compatible with religion
8a. Tripod offers free student surveys for teachers
8b. Offbeat U.S.A. maps
8c. Classroom management apps
8d. Review apps

Marshall Memo 555 - October 6, 2014

1. Another take on “college and career ready”
2. Steven Pinker’s tips for professors (and others) on writing well
3. Richard Allington on three ineffective reading instruction strategies
4. Two misconceptions about close reading
5. Are we having students focus too much on finding evidence in texts?
6. The importance of good learning targets
7. Moving toward sanity with grades
8. Can evolution coexist with religion in the classroom?
9. A Virginia school teaches innovation K-12
10. Character website

Marshall Memo 554 - September 29, 2014

1. Using art to get students thinking and creating
2. A high-school English teacher takes on the n-word
3. Key insights on vocabulary instruction
4. Adapting interactive writing for grades 2-5
5. A teacher decides to dump weekly reading logs
6. Preventing and confronting plagiarism
7. Classroom management 101
8. Eight 8-minute talks by Harvard education professors
9a. The Out of Eden Walk
9b. Three TED-Ed Talks

Marshall Memo 553 - September 22, 2014

1. Insights on self-control
2. Pretesting as a key to learning
3. Seven ways assessments can build student motivation
4. Myths about testing
5. Are “just right” books too easy?
6. A balanced approach to challenge in literacy instruction
7. Should books in school libraries be organized by reading level?
8. Advice for parents on homework
9. Carol Ann Tomlinson on nurturing student motivation
10. Close reading with related sets of picture books
11. Books that celebrate friendship

Marshall Memo 552 - September 15, 2014

1. Igniting enthusiasm in middle-school students
2. What an excellent shop class suggests for teaching Common Core ELA
3. The difference between compliant and engaged students
4. Handling difficult conversations
5. Toggling between home dialect and academic English
6. What explains the success of Success Academies in New York City?
7. What principals trust most when doing teacher evaluations
8. Lessons from the Los Angeles iPad initiative
9. Sharing schools’ health and wellness information
10a. Harvard’s Usable Knowledge website
10b. The NBA Math Hoops app

Marshall Memo 551 - September 8, 2014

1. David Brooks on six virtues of the mind
2. Daniel Pink on what makes students want to learn
3. Creating lifelong questioners
4. Baltimore’s performance pay system
5. Boosting test scores without boosting an important kind of intelligence
6. Differences in girls’ and boys’ classroom preferences
7. How a school library can become a hub of ideas and resources
8. Why we focus on the negative, and what we can do about that
9. Beginning-of-the-year questions for parents
10. Apps to call on students randomly

Marshall Memo 550 - August 30, 2014

1. Feedback, the breakfast of champions
2. The fragile dynamic between confusion and learning
3. A cognitive psychologist talks about good writing
4. The “Matthew Effect” in classroom groups
5. Some surprising findings on kindergarten math instruction
6. Free student perception survey questions

Marshall Memo 549 - August 25, 2014

1. What’s up with the declining support for Common Core?
2. Arne Duncan eats a little crow
3. Six myths about the failure of progressive math
4. Helping students ask for help in the most helpful way
5. Theories on the surprising drop in teen pregnancies
6. Toward a more-reliable measure of needy students
7. Risk factors for incoming kindergarteners
8. Jay McTighe’s suggested curriculum unit planning resources
9. Science video games
10a. Reviews of Common Core-aligned materials
10b. Another “Consumer Reports” on textbooks
10c. Pros and cons for teaching about controversial issues
10d. SMART resources
10e. French writing

Marshall Memo 548 - August 18, 2014

1. What’s missing in American schools
2. Creating a sense of “us”
3. A middle-school boy’s journey from trouble to poetry
4. A program to address out-of-school barriers to learning
5. Are elementary schools sowing seeds of mathematical confusion?
6. Comments on New York State’s Common Core-aligned tests
7. A study of KIPP schools

Marshall Memo 547 - August 11, 2014

1. Orchestrating civil, constructive conversations
2. Reframing dropout prevention
3. Time-out as a tool to teach self-regulation
4. Ten classroom strategies that help traumatized students succeed
5. Common Core math struggles to get traction
6. One reaction to Elizabeth Green’s new book
7. Jay McTighe on Common Core implementation
8. Playful math is effective math
9. Is a double dose of math instruction worth it?
10. Writing an effective cover letter for a job application
11. Three questions to help students read more critically

Marshall Memo 546 - August 4, 2014

1. Effective versus mediocre classroom observation skills
2. Good teaching is built, not born
3. Low-stakes quizzing as a key to student mastery
4. How teachers can help students spread their wings
5. Daily writing to kick off college classes
6. Internal versus instrumental motivation – which is more effective?
7. Campbell’s Law comes to Atlanta
8. Reading liftoff in a Massachusetts middle school

Marshall Memo 545 - July 14, 2014

1. Counterintuitive findings on what improves long-term learning
2. Can local assessments eliminate the need for standardized tests?
3. The next time you’re tense about a challenging situation, try this
4. A Philadelphia principal shares his wisdom
5. Improving the writing of students with learning disabilities
6. How much digital text should young children be reading?
7. The best primary-grade music resources for libraries and classrooms
8a. Yummy Math website
8b. The status of teacher unions

Marshall Memo 544 - July 7, 2015

1. Lessons from watching coach John Wooden in action
2. A California teacher fights the good fight on student writing
3. Ways to get whole-class engagement
4. Suggestions for district foreign-language programs
5. Helping native English speakers pronounce Spanish diphthongs
6. The impact of New York City tightening its teacher-tenure policies
7. Information charts

Marshall Memo 543 - June 30, 2014

1. Applying 12-step strategies to organizational change
2. Noticing and acting on unethical behavior
3. Is math anxiety just another name for “bad at math”?
4. What do students really need to succeed in a community college?
5. Can high schools teach the basics and deeper stuff?
6. The critical importance of early learning
7. Technology and time management
8a. David Brooks on the democratic ideal
8b. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website

Marshall Memo 542 - June 23, 2014

1. David Brooks on different learning curves
2. Principles for teaching vocabulary in the early grades
3. Improving medical treatment and improving schools
4. A model for boosting student engagement
5. The efficacy of surveying students on their teachers’ work
6. Is phonemic awareness instruction appropriate for learning Spanish?
7. Does the Responsive Classroom program affect test scores?

Marshall Memo 541 - June 16, 2014

1. Two American educators immerse themselves in Japanese lesson study
2. Unpacking the cooperating teacher/student teacher relationship
3. Getting young people with autism communicating
4. Teaching young adolescents to view media more critically
5. Six secrets to success with middle-school boys
6. Teacher attendance in major school districts
7a. A virtual tour of Versailles
7b. A Chinese language learning website
7c. Bitesize study resources
7d. Revised New York State Education Department website

Marshall Memo 540 - June 9, 2014

1. A program of study for white students in a multiracial society
2. Exploring the “Latino paradox” in California classrooms
3. The Posse Foundation orchestrates college success
4. Are financial incentives enough to produce student success?
5. What’s academically appropriate for kindergarten?
6. A character report card
7. Being clear about what foreign-language achievement looks like
8a. State-by-state high-school graduation rates
8b. Apps for math fluency

Marshall Memo 539 - June 2, 2014

1. Eight conditions for improving student motivation
2. A high-school teacher works to boost student engagement
3. Multiple curriculum pathways in eleventh and twelfth grade
4. An alternative to ineffective “Q & A” teaching
5. Working with introverted students and colleagues
6. One teacher’s strategy for preventing bullying in her classn
7. Apps for problem-based math games
8. Using short bursts of exercise to help students with ADHD to focus
9. Why are Boston’s charter schools the strongest in the nation?
10. Do public schools do a better job teaching math than private schools?

Marshall Memo 538 - May 26, 2014

1. Is there a built-in bias in classroom observations?
2. Improving the way principals are evaluated
3. What to look for in a leader
4. Developing a “strong voice” in meetings
5. David Brooks on competence versus self-confidence
6. How to foster innovation and effectiveness
7. Six ways to engage high-school students that don’t work
8. What real student engagement looks like
9. Alternatives to timed math tests in elementary classrooms
10. Effective assessment of students’ mastery of basic math facts
11. A professor reflects on a half-million dollar teaching award
12. Homework and the lure of social media

Marshall Memo 537 - May 19, 2014

1. Bending the bell curve At the University of Texas/Austin
2. RU on track 4college? Text messages for graduating seniors
3. Nurturing young people’s curiosity and interest
4. What students worry about entering different levels of schooling
5. Providing a school environment that supports traumatized youth
6. A critique of the KIPP character-education model
7. Ten keys to a successful one-to-one laptop or tablet program
8. David Brooks on understanding a social phenomenon
9. With math achievement, do private schools really add value?
10. Selected multicultural books

Marshall Memo 536 - May 12, 2014

1. Why women are less confident than men and how it can change
2. What’s the true goal of education?
3. Thomas Guskey on planning professional development backwards
4. Rewarding students for the struggle
5. Digital reading is engaging, but what about deeper comprehension?
6. Why cooperative learning didn’t work in England
7. Improving math proficiency: what works
8. Rethinking attitudes about career and technical education
9. Phasing in Common Core standards and accountability
10a. Students at two very different New York City high schools compare notes
10b. Essential questions lists

Marshall Memo 535 - May 5, 2014

1. Managing the “invisibles” – high performers who shun the spotlight
2. Why are people less ethical in the afternoon?
3. Teaching strategies that engage high-school students
4. Differentiation: does it work?
5. Skepticism about automated essay-grading software
6. Expanding young students’ vocabulary
7. A powerful question for third graders
8. Ending a class strongly
9. What’s holding back female STEM achievement?
10. The elements of a good college experience

Marshall Memo 534 - April 28, 2014

1. Changing what leaders do, not what they are
2. Three keys to closing the achievement gap
3. Problems using value-added data to evaluate special educators
4. “Grit” as a crucial variable in teachers’ longevity and effectiveness
5. Interview questions to gauge candidates’ potential for teaching
6. Job-seeker advice n
7. Setting classroom and school rules in five areas
8. Dealing with a classroom crisisn
9. Motivating middle-school students
10. Parent involvement commentary

Marshall Memo 533 - April 21, 2014

1. Tips on raising caring children
2. When parent involvement helps – and when it doesn’t
3. Challenging “gifted” children without labeling them
4. Six keys to improving students’ writing
5. Freeing students from the straitjacket of the five-paragraph essay
6. How a teacher-written exemplar can support effective teaching
7. Using Kindles to motivate reluctant high-school readers
8. Introducing new science standards one grade at a time
9. Using technology in ways that truly foster creativity
10. Data on teen births and prevention
11a. Science lab simulations
11b. Five free rubric-building apps

Marshall Memo 532 - April 14, 2014

1. Linda Darling-Hammond on a system to nurture effective teaching
2. A better way to use teacher-evaluation rubrics?
3. What a basketball coach taught a college professor about teaching
4. Failure as feedback
5. How to get students writing well
6. Making parents partners in developing their children’s writing
7. The Lifelong Learning Inventory
8. Moral and ethical expectations
9. PD on Evernote and Dropbox

Marshall Memo 531 - April 7, 2014

1. What teaching is all about
2. Effective writing instruction
3. An Arkansas principal shares her strategies
4. Surveying teachers on new teacher-evaluation systems
5. Unintended consequences of high-stakes teacher evaluation
6. Getting beneath our business-as-usual, got-it-all-together selves
7. What to think about when negotiating a job offer
8a. Museum of Natural History virtual tour
8b. Online technology resources
8c. The College Scorecard website
8d. Videos of mathematical reasoning lessons
8e. Grammar help for students

Marshall Memo 530 - March 31, 2014

1. Small actions that can cut the pyramid of prejudice down to size
2. Thomas Guskey on class ranking and valedictorians
3. A college president makes the case for replacing the SAT
3. A college president makes the case for replacing the SAT
4. Student-led conferences and passage presentations
5. Getting middle-school students moving during class – without chaos
6. Should students be allowed to re-take tests?
7. Balancing children’s virtual world with face-to-face interactions
8a. Maps showing the step-by-step expansion of the United States
8b. One family’s unique approach to helping a son with autism

Marshall Memo 529 - Mar. 23, 2014

1. College for all?
2. Should more low-income students apply to highly selective colleges?
3. Student surveys as part of teacher evaluation
4. Charlotte Danielson on the Common Core and teacher evaluation
5. A Maryland high school revamps professional time
6. Ten key lessons on elementary foreign-language instruction
7. Why is the U.S. teen childbirth rate going down?
8. Bringing the Lewis and Clark expedition to life
9. Children’s books that turbocharge the math curriculum
10. Do single-gender classrooms produce better learning gains?

Marshall Memo 528 - Mar. 17, 2014

1. Three factors in professional happiness
2. People problems or system problems?
3. Teacher evaluation: principal assessments versus value-added data
4. A status report on computer scoring of writing
5. French children’s handwriting puts American students to shame
6. Foreign-language performance assessments
7. Should high schools start later in the morning?
8. Students help to create a kinder and gentler community
9. Math and science lesson videos from seven countries
10. Attacking summer slide in math
11a. A stunning 360-degree aerial photo of downtown Manhattan
11b. Foreign-language websites

Marshall Memo 527 - Mar. 10, 2014

1. Chester Finn finds the middle ground in U.S. school debates
2. Is the SAT helping?
3. Best practices with formative assessment
4. Alternatives to penalizing students for not doing homework
5. How to deal with three types of student errors
6. How Millennials are seen – and how they see themselves
7. Anger, in moderation, is emotionally intelligent
8. Manipulative ingratiation
9. Sex education: a story of too little and too much
10. Free online curriculum resources
11. An online foreign language assessment

Marshall Memo 526 - Mar. 3, 2014

1. Building better boys and repairing broken men
2. Dylan Wiliam on effective on-the-spot assessments
3. How four early-implementing districts are faring with the Common Core
4. Preparing high-school students to deal with college lectures
5. A teacher reflects on his impact
6. How can we measure a school’s success?
7. An informative high-school student survey
8. A charter school, district school, and parochial school collaborate

Marshall Memo 525 - Feb. 24, 2014

1. Good teaching, deconstructed
2. A San Diego high school uses schoolwide essential questions
3. What happens when a large high school has a single 1-hour lunch?
4. Is departmentalization in elementary schools a good idea?
5. The nuts and bolts of implementing a flipped classroom
6. The role of emotional intelligence in reducing bullying
7. Restorative practices in Pennsylvania secondary schools
8. Tweeting college scholarship information to students and parents

Marshall Memo 524 - Feb. 17, 2014

1. Insights on work/life balance
2. To trust or not to trust, that is the question
3. Why the public and politicians misunderstand teachers’ impact
4. Irresponsible attacks on the Common Core
5. A tool for assessing Common Core alignment
6. Rethinking small-group instruction with informational texts
7. Is the interactive whiteboard on the way out?
8. 40 world maps with data

Marshall Memo 523 - Feb. 10, 2014

1. David Brooks on the human skills most needed in the computer age
2. Downsides of the “tiger” culture
3. The ambivalence of modern parents
4. Getting principal evaluation right
5. A historical perspective on teacher-effectiveness research
6. Influencing bystanders to stand up to bullying
7. Slow down, accomplish more!
8. Deciding which vocabulary words to teach and how to teach them
9. Which college will be best?
10a. Black History Month websites
10b. Review newly drafted arts standards
10c. Twitter chats for educators

Marshall Memo 522 - Feb. 3, 2014

1. Recovering from a professional failure
2. Getting preschool right
3. Weathering the “perfect storm” of curriculum and testing
4. Linda Darling-Hammond on effective use of local assessments
5. Four student misconceptions about studying and learning
6. Tweaking a competitive review game to include all students
7. Effective use of primary documents in middle-school social studies
8. Making idioms comprehensible to English language learners
9. Insights on children’s second-language acquisition
10. French and Spanish websites

Marshall Memo 521 - Jan. 27, 2014

1. The “triple package” for success in America
2. Why do people work crazy hours?
3. Effective curriculum, assessments, and follow-up
4. How to cultivate grit
5. Making science tests fun
6. Very early dropout prevention
7. Supporting Common Core in the school library
8. Is reading popular fiction worthwhile?

Marshall Memo 520 - Jan. 20, 2014

1. Mike Schmoker on curriculum focus and simplicity
2. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey on “learning walks”
3. Hidden risks for beat-the-odds students
4. The impact of a well-designed summer reading program
5. Teaching third graders to focus on silent reading for 50 minutes
6. Three ways teachers can use language more effectively
7. A Texas English teacher steps up her beginning-of-class activitiesn
8. What works to improve vocabulary and comprehension?n
9. Better Lesson’s expanded Common Core selection

Marshall Memo 519 - Jan. 13, 2014

1. Six ways to build a positive culture
2. What teachers can do when students give an incorrect answer
3. Dealing with the heart of the teen pregnancy problem
4. Teaching about romantic love
5. Getting teacher evaluation right
6. Should a supervisor intervene during a classroom observation?
7. “Instructional rounds” conducted by teachers
8. Comparing early-warning data with teachers’ intuitions
9a. No Name-Calling Week
9b. Massachusetts curriculum resources

Marshall Memo 518 - Jan. 6, 2014

1. How talent can be grown
2. Six steps to receiving criticism well
3. Over-diagnosis of ADHD and over-prescription of medications
4. Shyness – what’s up with that?
5. Addressing a major health hazard
6. This kid will go far
7. A high-level classroom checklist
8. Five questions to get students thinking and talking
9. Online curriculum material

Marshall Memo 517 - Dec. 30, 2013

1. Some important occupational roles in a technology-dominated world
2. Rethinking assessment in light of what improves learning
3. A Massachusetts school confronts its achievement gap
4. A hero-villain narrative in the Los Angeles value-added debate
5. More concerns about value-added evaluation of teachers
6. Effective use of open-ended questions in elementary classrooms
7. Getting students to read poems with fluency and expression
8. Setting classroom tone from the get-go
9. A Connecticut physics class does the improbable

Marshall Memo 516 - Dec. 3, 2013

1. Grim news from the NAEP
2. A thorough analysis of value-added scoring of teachers
3. Helping students work through mathematical conjectures
4. Assessing Maryland fourth and fifth graders’ analytical writing skills
5. An emotionally smart literacy environment for ELLs
6. Running an anger-management group for troubled adolescents

Marshall Memo 515 - Dec. 16, 2013

1. Three things leaders need to focus on
2. The value of keeping teams together
3. How Google helps its managers go from good to great
4. A formula for student motivation
5. Combining flipped classrooms with mastery learning
6. Standards-based grading takes hold in an Iowa district
7. Using authentic historical texts to implement the Common Core
8. The debate on how to teach reading in the Common Core era
9. Ways to use technology in classrooms

Marshall Memo 514 - Dec. 9, 2013

1. Grant Wiggins on how students should demonstrate mastery
2. What does the research say about students evaluating their teachers?
3. Problems with annual evaluations
4. Asking job applicants about their philosophy of teaching
5. The impact of retention in first grade on parents’ expectations
6. The impact of retention on other students’ attendance
7. Infusing career orientation in the middle-school curriculum
8. What constitutes rigor in high-school AP courses?
9. Should objectives be posted in classrooms?

Marshall Memo 513 - Dec. 2, 2013

1. “Close reading” of a painting and the importance of patience
2. Montgomery County focuses on five key milestones
3. A lively debate among school librarians: Dewey or don’t we?
4. Why are so many job interviews a waste of time?
5. Restorative justice in action
6. When students are absent because of health problems
7. Advice to parents when their child is accused of bullying
8. The persistent allure of paper
9. What if your boss is a coward?
10a. Parent priority survey
10b. An interactive game on westward expansion
10c. Three great museums at your fingertips

Marshall Memo 512 - Nov. 25 2013

1. Improving the quality of post-observation conversations with teachers
2. Are classroom “walkthroughs” helpful?
3. Should the best teachers be assigned more students?
4. The spark of lifelong learning
5. On the first day of Christmas my lawyer said to me…
6. The ecology of cyberbullying
7. Do teachers know who is bullying whom?
8. Poetic novels
9a. 2013 World Factbook
9b. Beginning French website
9c. Latin study buddy
9d. Fun French exercises
9e. Spanish learning platform

Marshall Memo 511 - Nov. 18, 2013

1. Improving the quality of classroom observations
2. Does the Common Core dictate instructional methods?
3. Do charter schools “push out” low-achieving students?
4. An analysis of 480 mission statements from Pennsylvania districts
5. Ten cautionary notes on turnarounds
6. A California middle school addresses chronic absenteeism
7. Dealing with students who self-injure
8. Close reading 101
9. Finding the right books for Common Core-aligned reading
10. Fishman Prize nominations and applications

Marshall Memo 510 - Nov. 11, 2013

1. Problems when school leaders listen too well
2. Building key skills in a teacher’s first 90 days on the job
3. What to do when a student says, “I can’t do this”
4. An unconventional response to bullying in a sixth-grade classroom
5. Understanding informational texts
6. Effective teaching of science and math vocabulary
7. Teaching middle-school students about connective words
8. Are virtual math manipulatives as good as actual manipulatives?
9. Books with excellent graphics
10. A collection of fractured fairy tales
11. Spanish cognate website

Marshall Memo 509 - Nov. 4, 2013

1. Informational texts to the fore
2. Teaching students how to do close reading of complex texts
3. The Common Core and core knowledge
4. Getting students hooked on nonfiction books
5. Finding and replicating successful practices
6. Highly effective study strategies
7. Universal design for assessment
8. Using blogs and Twitter to improve teaching and learning
9. A New York City teacher flips her English classes

Marshall Memo 508 - Oct. 28, 2013

1. Common Core State Standards: the equity dimension
2. What teachers say about the Common Core ELA standards
3. Adjusting math language to the Common Core
4. What motivates educators to work harder and smarter?
5. Teaching perseverance to middle-school students in Boston
6. Effective coaching of new teachers
7. Ten pieces of advice for a job interview
8. Not feeling the love
9. The 50 most important inventions since the wheeln
10a. Interdisciplinary Chinese unit
10b. The Aeneid read in Latin

Marshall Memo 507 - Oct. 21, 2013

1. Managing negative emotions on the job
2. Teaching hope
3. Building students’ courage in a Massachusetts school
4. How the Common Core will transform reading instruction
5. Six myths and two facts about African-American youth and educators
6. Using the “wisdom of the crowd” to make good decisions
7. The ideal mentoring relationship for a new teacher

Marshall Memo 506 - Oct. 14, 2013

1. The strengths of the autistic mind
2. The downside of value-added evaluation of teachers
3. Robert Marzano on using learning as part of teacher evaluation
4. What should principals look for in blended classrooms?
5. Increasing rigor for below-level secondary-school students
6. Three ways to use writing in content-area classes
7. School libraries get with the times
8. What kind of knowledge makes science teachers more effective?
9. Using children’s books to enhance mathematics

Marshall Memo 505 - Oct. 7, 2013

1. Accelerating the rate of teachers’ professional growth
2. Eight reasons why toughness pays off in the classroom
3. Mastery, purpose and autonomy as keys to teacher retention
4. A teacher team solves its school’s homework detention problem
5. Using academic notebooks in middle-school classrooms
6. Sixth graders look everywhere for academic vocabulary
7. Preventing technology from taking over the writing process

Marshall Memo 504 - Sept. 30, 2013

1. Making a school into a community of leaders
2. A college professor finds out what it’s like to struggle in class
3. Saying no without being unpleasant
4. Making homework meaningful
5. Evolution and climate change in the curriculum
6. Getting boys to read
7. Helping students notice and make good use of graphics as they read
8. Jazzing up a science unit with fine-arts activities
9. Research findings on gestures, misconceptions, and budding engineers
10. Using mobile devices as tools in French and German courses
11. French schools give up their free Wednesdays

Marshall Memo 503 - Sept. 23, 2013

1. Management secrets from the world’s best soccer coach
2. Sharing personal information in the workplace
3. Managing time and priorities with savvy and wisdom
4. Language prejudice and what schools can do about it
5. How can art and music teachers demonstrate their contributions?
6. Does the Common Core mandate specific works of literature?
7. That pesky equal sign
8. The power of a museum visit
9. A coming-of-age ritual for young teens
10. How affirming values can reduce stress and boost achievement
11. Books about bullying in middle school
12. Primary sources online

Marshall Memo 502 - Sept. 16, 2013

1. How to make learning stick
2. Building reading and discussion skills one day at a time
3. Intervening with troubled high-school seniors
4. How to help students who hate math
5. “We tried advisory and it didn’t work”
6. What teaching the “growth” mindset looks like in schools
7. Getting students to take on seemingly impossible challenges
8. Reducing student cheating in online courses
9. Observations on French schools

Marshall Memo 501 - Sept. 9, 2013

1. Can teacher evaluation power school improvement?
2. Will value-added data help move out ineffective teachers?
3. Neuroscience insights for teachers
4. Mindsets about failure and effort
5. Why lotteries get so many people to part with their money
6. Does grammar instruction make better writers?
7. How assignment patterns affect student learning
8. The annual Kappan Gallup poll
9. Maps comparing geographic size

Marshall Memo 500 - Sept. 2, 2013

1. Atul Gawande on what it takes to change ineffective practices
2. Three unhelpful ideas about schools
3. More second thoughts on using test scores to evaluate teachers
4. Links between character, school connectedness, conduct, and grades
5. Guiding students to productive and polite online discourse
6. A structure to help students write a story
7. More websites with reviews of educational software
8a. King’s dream speech: the back story
8b. Charts showing civil right progress – and lack thereof
8c. World history graphic
8d. Music videos in several languages

Marshall Memo 499 - Aug. 26, 2013

1. Three myths about today’s students
2. Should Algebra II be an elective?
3. How to help students develop “grit” in math classes
4. Ideas on ADHD
5. What Americans think about the Common Core

Marshall Memo 498 - Aug. 19, 2013

1. The road from Mississippi to Harvard
2. Working smarter
3. Does a double dose of algebra help?
4. Should all students take Algebra II?
5. The problem with using raw test scores to evaluate schools
6. What is the future of MOOCs?
7. Eight ways that PLCs are working in Dutch elementary schools
8. What makes professional development ripple through a school
9. The importance of students feeling “known”
10. Daniel Pink’s three drivers applied to schools
11. Graphite: Consumer information on classroom tech programs

Marshall Memo 497 - Aug. 12, 2013

1. “Ooch” before you leap
2. Developing teenagers’ executive function
3. Dealing with a foul-mouthed kindergarten student
4. Tuning up a curriculum unit by focusing on the content
5. Super-early warning of high-school failure
6. Preparing students to deal with boring instruction in college
7. Increasing the content focus of teacher evaluation
8. Keys to effective professional development
9. Common Core curriculum development websites
10. How to use the semicolon

Marshall Memo 496 - Aug. 5, 2013

1. How to motivate people
2. What Google has learned about improving managers
3. What is “good work”?
4. Why people so often misjudge risks
5. The characteristics of effective teacher-training programs
6. Must close reading be “cold”?

Marshall Memo 495 - July 22, 2013

1. Making teacher evaluations accurate, fair, consistent, and helpful
2. Media multitasking while learning
3. Time management for principals
4. How effective are K-6 supplementary computer reading programs?
5. Questions to ask older students about their reading
6. The 25 best educational apps

Marshall Memo 494 - July 15, 2013

1. Smart use of technology for home-school communication
2. Collaboration is the key to effective organizations
3. An autobiography project in a New York City high school
4. Tracing student failure in algebra to the upper elementary grades

Marshall Memo 493 - July 8, 2013

1. Keys to teachers’ professional growth
2. Advice for new principals
3. Providing the best instruction for English learners
4. What the research says about teaching English to ELs
5. Effective instruction for preschool ELs
6. Humor as an important tool in the classroom
7. When is the best time to start foreign-language instruction?
8. TED talks on education
9. Pecha-Kucha – Speed-dating PowerPoint

Marshall Memo 492 - July 1, 2013

1. How our minds really work (we think)
2. Six principles of persuasion
3. Projecting warmth and strength as a leader
4. The motivation provided by having a partner and being part of a team
5. Building a culture of continuous improvement
6. More information on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
7. What is intelligence – and can we spot it?
8. Moving from race-based to class-based affirmative action
9. Questions on the Gettysburg Address at four levels of rigor
10. More on value-added evaluation of teachers
11. Suggestions for improving teacher evaluation

Marshall Memo 491 - June 24, 2013

1. The psychology of procrastination
2. Creating a learning system
3. What do fifth-graders know about writing?
4. Sleep disorders as another risk factor for students with disabilities
5. The power of hearing literature in the original language
6. Ideas for dealing with senioritis
7. How Common Core math standards change the game

Marshall Memo 490 - June 17, 2013

1. Links between students’ perceptions of their teachers and math scores
2. An analysis of New York City’s school climate surveys
3. A successful summer credit-recovery program in Iowa
4. Fair evaluations of teachers with ELLs and students with disabilities
5. The impact of getting comments on one’s work – and a score
6. The Fordham Institute evaluates the Next Generation Science Standards
7. Central-office folks seeing school through a student’s eyes
8. What the ELA Common Core and upcoming tests may be missing
9. High-school students’ job aspirations compared to their grades
10. Summer websites for students

Marshall Memo 489 - June 10, 2013

1. Restorative justice
2. Challenging young students to explain
3. Boosting the reading achievement of African-American male students
4. Keys to learning science vocabulary
5. New definitions of disabilities in DSM-5
6. Strengthening sheltered instruction for English language learners
7. Effective PD for science teachers working with ELLs
8. The importance of teaching the right kind of math in kindergarten

Marshall Memo 488 - June 3, 2013

1. Are we turning the corner on using test scores to evaluate teachers?
2. Are British school inspections effective?
3. The trouble with averages
4. What happens when novice teachers encounter reality?
5. An urban secondary school establishes a “reading culture”
6. Getting the most out of e-books
7. Can students benefit from Success for All in grades 3-5?
8. Are most kindergarten students spinning their wheels in math?
9. Which students get the best teachers?

Marshall Memo 487 - May 27, 2013

1. The nuts and bolts of giving a good speech
2. Getting off to a good start as the boss
3. The do’s and don’ts of running a hiring committee
4. Is it demoralization or is it burnout?
5. Are value-added scores for teachers accurate?
6. Superheroes help students read with fluency
7. Improving reading skills in grades 4-12
8. Another reason to doubt the efficacy of retention
9. Bibliocounseling in a Pennsylvania middle school
10. Advice on bibliocounseling programs
11. App reviews

Marshall Memo 486 - May 20, 2013

1. What makes boys form good “working alliances” with teachers?
2. What Common Core ELA instruction might look like
3. The kind of writing that the Common Core demands
4. Guiding young readers
5. Regular use of poems for literacy instruction
6. Reducing summer reading setback
7. Another dimension of parent involvement
8. Teachers who can anticipate their students’ misconceptions
9. Recommended children’s books
10. Internet resources

Marshall Memo 485 - May 13, 2013

1. A retired Massachusetts principal shares his moral compass
2. Pennsylvania principals learn what to look for in classrooms
3. Surveying teachers on evaluation procedures
4. Delivering criticism so it’s heard
5. Keys to working together productively and harmoniously
6. Making math meaningful
7. The limits of RTI
8. Research on pre-K programs
9a. Unit and lesson plan websites
9b. Helping principals be instructional leaders

Marshall Memo 484 - May 6, 2013

1. Thomas Friedman on filtering the Internet
2. Helping the children of poverty succeed in school
3. Carol Ann Tomlinson on teachers who make a difference
4. Insights on creativity
5. What pedagogical content knowledge looks like in history classrooms
6. Robert Marzano on being clear on learning objectives
7. “I want to be a waitress just like my mom”
8. Keys to successful home visits
9. Helping parents help their children with math homework
10. Tech tools to help students balance algebraic equations
11. Common Core support material

Marshall Memo 483 - Apr. 29, 2013

1. Richard Allington on doing right by struggling readers
2. Preparing students with special needs to advocate for themselves
3. High-achieving, low-income seniors’ college decisions
4. Using writing contests to prepare students for state writing tests
5. Dealing with a defiant student
6. Classroom management 101
7. A radical departure in foreign-language teaching
8. Gradually releasing responsibility using iPads in early reading
9. Children’s books about incarceration

Marshall Memo 482 - Apr. 22, 2013

1. Keys to effective professional development
2. The ideal workplace
3. Maximizing a student teacher’s learning
4. The downside of “no excuses” policies in some charter schools
5. A new frame of mind: whole-mindedness
6. What art did for one child
7. With a leader’s signature, does size matter?
8. The wisdom of Maya Angelou
9a. A science website
9b. Help with Algebra 1

Marshall Memo 481 - Apr. 15, 2013

1. Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins on essential questions
2. Teaching a hot topic: global warming
3. How should principals be evaluated?
4. Dealing with teachers who undermine the mission or retire on the job
5. Boosting the achievement of black and Latino high-school males
6. Spotting students who are suffering from depression
7. Further thoughts on the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) study
8. Your decision, my decision, or our decision?
9. Computers grading students’ papers – some push-backn
10a. Class pager
10b. Student design experiences
10c. Earth Day website

Marshall Memo 480 - Apr. 8, 2013

1. David Brooks on the purpose of universities
2. Can software grade students’ essays?
3. Professional learning communities as a core improvement strategy
4. Focusing short classroom visits on what students are learning
5. A Boston middle school shows the way
6. Teaching character in KIPP schools
7. How principals can keep teachers from losing heart
8. The importance of spatial ability
9. Getting students involved in authenticating historical fiction
10. A teacher-in-training encourages the “growth” mindsetn
11. Restorative justice in urban high schools
12. Model curriculum units

Marshall Memo 479 - Apr. 1, 2013

1. Are new teacher-evaluation systems making a difference?
2. Research on teacher pay-for-performance programs
3. Superintendents’ part in high-quality supervision and evaluation
4. The role of intelligence in school and adult success
5. The effect of teenagers’ choice of friends on college completion
6. Using video to improve classroom practices
7. What’s involved in teaching an effective online course
8. Getting struggling high-school students back on track
9. Does dual enrollment work?
10. The impact of a volunteer tutoring program in Northern Ireland
10. The impact of a volunteer tutoring program in Northern Ireland

Marshall Memo 478 - Mar. 25, 2013

1. A teacher who loves seventh graders
2. Should shame be used to curb teen pregnancy?
3. Why aren’t women’s academic successes paying off in the workplace?
4. Seven ways RTI can fail
5. Raising the bar for Hispanic students
6. A teacher learns the ropes “flipping” instruction
7. Are contracts and regulations really a barrier to change?
8. The death of “whom”
9. Two important words
10. Science websites
11a. Graphs of American immigration
11b. Intellectual freedom in libraries
11c. Using Dropbox for student work and grading
11d. Are you an introvert?

Marshall Memo 476 - Mar. 11, 2013

1. Handling seven interpersonal challenges with skill and grace
2. Fourteen traits of good leaders
3. How to deal with bad advice
4. Should schools teach about love?
5. Rethinking schooling for the new information age
6. With new teachers, first impressions are usually accurate
7. What does the first year of high school say about future prospects?
8. Are online college courses widening the achievement gap?
9. Developing students’ computational literacy
10a. Wealth inequality in America
10b. Electronic field trips

Marshall Memo 475 - Mar. 4, 2103

1. Compensating for the shortcomings of basal readers
2. An Arizona high-school teacher embraces the Common Core
3. An educator shifts her thinking in three key areas
4. Twenty-three facets of teaching – and what they imply for teachers
5. Twelve ways to blow a job interview
6. Dealing with acting-out students with skill, not meds
7. Ways to improve the College Scorecard website
8. Can non-native speakers teach a foreign language well?
9. How teachers can capitalize on a student’s family trip
10. Websites for students to share their reading life

Marshall Memo 474 - Feb. 25, 2013

1. Three approaches to dealing with cyberbullying
2. The death of logic in a college classroom
3. An astrophysicist sounds off
4. Which students get into eighth-grade algebra?
5. How can teachers encourage and assess creativity?
6. What makes the most difference in sustaining a good program?
7. The arts are essential to STEM progress
8. Helping students with specific learning disabilities learn vocabulary
9. Keys to learning a new language
10. The “social contagion” theory of good and bad grades
11a. A game about germs
11b. Dual-language and two-way immersion programs
11c. A Latin assessment
11d. Language-learning games
11e. Translating from any language
11f. The White House website in Spanish
11g. Language learning website

Marshall Memo 473 - Feb. 18, 2013

1. Motivational style as a key consideration for leaders
2. What is creativity and how should it be taught?
3. Using Google+ Hangouts to discuss physics curriculum and assessments
4. Vocabulary instruction that makes a difference
5. Technology tips from a Kentucky teacher
6. Robert Marzano on four levels of classroom questioning
7. Busted, chastened, and enlightened
8. A defense of standardized testing
9. The Freshman Transition Network

Marshall Memo 472 - Feb. 11, 2013

1. Worriers or warriors: who does better in high-stress situations?
2. Applying Maslow’s hierarchy with New Zealand teens
3. The art of taking criticism
4. Dealing with students’ sexualized behavior in the classroom
5. Effective use of interim assessments
6. Comparing science achievement among 15-year-olds worldwide
7a. Beat-the-odds schools
7b. Model curriculum units in Massachusetts
7c. HATs: History Assessments of Thinking
7d. A miniature historical rooms game
7d. A miniature historical rooms game
7e. Let’s Go 5-2-1-0
7f. Essay contest on interviewing an older adult
7g. Nutrition videos

Marshall Memo 471 - Feb. 4, 2013

1. Stopping adult sexual misconduct in schools
2. Weeping in the workplace
3. Planning for a difficult conversation with a teacher
4. How educators sometimes enable students
5. Can parent involvement be a negative factor in a school?
6. Some concerns about Facebook
7. The case for renaming “noncognitive skills”
8. Getting ambivalent high-school students into college
9. A program to curb adolescent drinking
10. Blogs for counselors

Marshall Memo 470 - Jan. 28, 2013

1. The mindsets that foster “productive persistence” in students
2. When students study on their own, what works and what doesn’t?
3. Using essential questions to improve a high-school history course
4. A teacher gets the most out of an iPad in her classroom

Marshall Memo 469 - Jan. 21, 2013

1. Two books on developing character in students
2. A survivor of sexual abuse speaks out
3. Insights on why so few Latina youth are going to college
4. Getting middle-school students to write their hearts out
5. Measuring the quality of math instruction
6. Graphs on the MET Project’s teacher-evaluation scheme
7. Interactive modeling in action
8. Common Core implementation can be whimsical
9. What good are multiple-choice tests?
10. Graphic novels in the classroom and the school library
11. A middle-school curriculum unit on persuasion
12. What busy principals can do to reach out to families
13. A free survey of parent involvement
14. Curiosity is the key

Marshall Memo 468 - Jan. 4, 2013

1. The Measures of Effective Teaching Project issues its final report
2. John Wooden, teacher extraordinaire
3. James Popham on formative assessment’s moment in the sun
4. Eight suggestions for improving parent-teacher relations
5. Peer leaders boost achievement in a New York City high school
6. A radically different approach to foreign-language instruction
7. Should a candidate use an iPad during an interview?
8. The key to long-term memory
9. Drug-addiction statistics

Marshall Memo 467 - Jan. 7, 2013

1. How did Finland’s schools get so good?
2. Six key strategic leadership skills
3. Is teenage sleep deprivation a serious problem?
4. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell reflect on guided reading
5. Helping students with autism meet Common Core ELA standards
6. A principal shifts his focus to working with teacher teams
7. A Boston teacher residency program under the microscope
7a. A Literacy Design Collaborative website
7b. Questions to ask vendors about Common Core alignment

Marshall Memo 466 - Dec. 31, 2012

1. Three case studies on the widening achievement gap
2. Boosting the achievement of low-income students
3. Charter schools and students with special needs
4. Does homework widen the achievement gap?
5. How superintendents should work with their principals
6. Teaching students with Asperger to deal with anxiety
7. Online courses are harder to teach than you think
8. How can students learn to collaborate?
9. Preventing principal burnout
10a. Geography games
10b. A digital literacy website
10c. Rethinking Howard Zinn’s A People’s History

Marshall Memo 465 - Dec. 17, 2012

1. What witnesses of bullying do – and why
2. E.D. Hirsch takes issue with Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed
3. Problems implementing interim assessments in high schools
4. Why some students are silent in the classroom
5. Five pointers for accommodating a student with Asperger syndrome
6. New factors for college-bound students to consider
7. Ten geography activities for secondary students
8. A NAEP report on the vocabulary achievement gap
9. Books on children with disabilities
10. Why learn math?

Marshall Memo 464 - Dec. 210, 2012

1. Madeline Hunter on pre-observation conferences
2. Fostering a “growth” mindset in students
3. Practice as a key to improving supervisory conversations
4. Comparing the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
5. High-school rank declines as a criterion for college admissions
6. A four-step plan for more meaningful grades and report cards
7. Marilyn Burns’s online math assessment tool
8. Close reading in the elementary grades
9. Robert Marzano on analyzing complex texts
10. Does a double dose of algebra help?

Marshall Memo 463 - Dec. 3, 2012

1. How to unleash creativity
2. Five myths about the common core ELA standards
3. What should “close reading” look like in elementary classrooms?n
4. A Pennsylvania district’s priorities on literacy
5. Leveling the reading-writing playing field for boys
6. Learning a rich English vocabulary in Japan
7. What works best for elementary-school ELLs?
8. Five ways to waste the potential of classroom iPads
9. How to make wise resource-allocation decisions
10. David Brooks on changing bad behavior

Marshall Memo 462 - Nov. 26, 2012

1. Coaching and managing principals to be instructional leaders
2. Can a leader be effective and liked?
3. A Missouri high school works on relationships with students
4. High-school seniors take freshmen under their wings
5. Some key changes with the common-core standards
6. Common-core aligned basal readers – or something different?
7. Four key classroom practices that boost ELLs’ achievement
8. Helping students improve their Google searches
9. How to maximize teenage learning
10. Which consonant strategy works best for beginning readers?
11a. Mapping U.S. election results
11b. Foreign-language online videos
11c. Foreign language websites
11d. Resources for comparing student work

Marshall Memo 461 - Nov. 19, 2012

1. Student survey data as part of teacher evaluation
2. How to make short, frequent, unannounced classroom visits work
3. More problems with value-added evaluation of teachers
4. Los Angeles experiments with a new teacher-evaluation system
5. Is favoritism wrong?
6. School librarians as part of professional learning communities
7a. Youth and Participatory Politics Survey
7b. Map of teacher union strength
7c. Professional learning networks for librarians

Marshall Memo 460 - Nov. 12, 2012

1. A stinging critique of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project
2. More concerns about the MET project
3. Carol Ann Tomlinson on what evaluation should be
4. Robert Marzano on conducting accurate teacher evaluations
5. Differentiation in a third-grade math class
6. The impact of school climate on LGBTQ youth
7. Dealing sensitively with issues surrounding adoption and foster care
8. Books on children navigating two languages
9. A surprising effect of soda drinking
10a. Recommended children’s books
10b. Math Common Core Toolbox
10c. Ethical thinking game

Marshall Memo 459 - Nov. 5, 2012

1. Charlotte Danielson on effective observation and follow-up
2. Robert Marzano on two layers of teacher evaluation
3. Weekly supervision and coaching of teachers in Newark, New Jersey
4. When evaluating teachers, what works best, high-tech or low-tech?
5. Key success factors with Peer Assessment and Review (PAR)
6. Literacy intervention teachers implement their theory of action
7. Principles of teaching on a Navajo reservation
8. A New Mexico teacher decides to wear a tie to school

Marshall Memo 458 - Oct. 29, 2012

1. Thoughts from David Allen, Getting Things Done author
2. How principals can get control of their time
3. The misuse of statistical correlations
4. What high-school students should learn about race
5. Problems with value-added teacher evaluation in secondary schools
6. The potential of computer games in schools
7. Different approaches to online learning
8. A California KIPP school uses blended learning
9. Using blogs to improve writing, especially for students with learning disabilities
10. Web 2.0 tools to boost writing proficiency
11. Ian McEwan reflects on the writing process
12. Bad dreams teachers have – and what they mean
13. Three possible reasons students are absent from school
14. The payoff of early-college programs for high-school students
15a. The state of U.S. teacher unions
15b. An interactive look at the universe
15c. The NEA’s website
15d. Common Core advice

Marshall Memo 457 - Oct. 22, 2012

1. Push-back on using test scores to evaluate teachers
2. New teacher-evaluation procedures in Colorado
3. Two “flipped classroom” gurus share some pointers
4. A high school finds numerous advantages to flipping math classes
5. Differentiating instruction in Seattle elementary classrooms
6. Advice on differentiating math teaching
7. Using the target foreign language 90% percent or more of classroom time
8. What questions reveal about a leader’s mindset
9. A status report on U.S. children
10a. Math apps for Androids
10b. PARCC and Smarter Balanced test items
10c. French holiday activities
10d. Classroom videos

Marshall Memo 456 - Oct. 15, 2012

1. How school working conditions affect teachers and students
2. Key characteristics of beat-the-odds principals
3. The impact of teacher self-efficacy on student achievement
4. Making homework meaningful – and less of a burden
5. Dealing with boredom in the classroom
6. Major misconceptions about classroom discipline
7. Understanding students with Tourette Syndrome
8. Robert Marzano suggests ideas for exit tickets
9. How to be discerning about new educational products
10a. Classroom library organizer
10b. STEM website
10c. Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
10d. Knowmia tutoring center
10e. Election websites
10f. Common Core website

Marshall Memo 455 - Oct. 8, 2012

1. Are we smarter than our ancestors 100 years ago?
1. Are we smarter than our ancestors 100 years ago?
2. What drives turnover – and staying power – in early-career teachers
3. Empowering students to combat bullying
4. Ways to help ADHD students
5. Strategies with autistic students
6. Lisa Delpit on race, diversity, and teachers fulfilling their potential
7. Will new math tests match the quality of the Common Core standards?
8. An opponent of online college courses changes his mind
9. Salman Khan on his evolving vision
10. A critic tees off on Salman Khan

Marshall Memo 454 - Oct. 1, 2012

1. College students try a social-media “sabbath”
2. The power of social norms to change behavior
3. Teaching struggling high-school students to write
4. When determining students’ reading levels, proceed with caution
5. Five common legal misconceptions
6. Tenure and classroom improvement
7. Four ways to build resilience
8. Free math apps for iPads

Marshall Memo 453 - Sept. 24, 2012

1. The MET project combines three measures for teacher evaluation
2. Cincinnati’s intensive teacher-evaluation process gets results
3. Using student survey data as part of teachers’ evaluations
4. Dealing with eight types of difficult and resistant staff
5. McTighe and Wiggins on implementing the Common Core Standards
6. Nine ways to maximize differentiation in classrooms
7. Academic gains from a program teaching social-emotional skills

Marshall Memo 452 - Sept. 17, 2012

1. Highlights of the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on Public Schools
2. The dramatic turnaround of two Welsh schools
3. When coaching teachers, practice makes perfect
4. Working smart with corrective feedback
5. Six characteristics of effective feedback
6. Alternatives to the traditional question-and-answer dynamic
7. The malpractice of over-parenting
8. What kinds of reports do parents really want on their children?
9. Supporting common-core implementation online
10. Robert Marzano on teaching argumentation

Marshall Memo 451 - Sept. 10, 2012

1. Making feedback to students effective
2. Dylan Wiliam on getting feedback right
3. Helpful, learning-focused feedback
4. Asking students text-dependent questions
5. Five myths about keeping students back
6. Does minimum grading inflate grades and lead to social promotion?
7. Catching up with students on the instructional use of social media
8. Grit – necessary but not sufficient
9. Common core “shifts”

Marshall Memo 450 - Sept. 3, 2012

1. Key factors in successful professional learning communities
2. Grant Wiggins on the fine art of giving feedback
3. Mike Schmoker on teacher-evaluation checklists
4. How to get the most out of the flipped classroom
5. A review of Paul Tough’s new book on character
6. Bystanders and bullying
7. Killing math achievement with kindness
8. History assessments online

Marshall Memo 449 - Aug. 27, 2012

1. Classroom rules 101
2. How effective science teachers handle homework
3. The beauty – and importance – of the globe
4. Defining a problem before jumping to solutions
5. The role of parent expectations on post-school outcomes
6. Observing teachers for feedback and evaluation
7. Should high schools do without substitute teachers?
8. Standards-based report cards
9a. Free online reading software
9b. Online balanced literacy resources for students with disabilities

Marshall Memo 448 - Aug. 20, 2012

1. The impact of teacher caring on Hispanic students’ math achievement
2. Douglas Reeves pushes back on educational folklore
3. Stopping small classroom cruelties before they escalate to bullying
4. Dealing skillfully with angry parents
5. Using formative assessments in foreign-language classes
6. Using diagnostic interviews to understand students’ math thinking
7. Taking clickers to the next level
8. Open-ended clicker systems
9. Why students should write research papers starting in first grade
10. Can online courses improve learning – and save money?
11. Will online courses put college professors out of business?
12a. Chinese dictionary and tools
12b. Interactive games for learning French
12c. Math virtual manipulative websites

Marshall Memo 447 - Aug. 13, 2012

1. Smart teacher retention is the best turnaround strategy
2. The power of the story
3. A sane approach to e-mail
4. Six secrets of highly productive peoplen
5. Getting past memorization in history teaching
6. What kinds of incentives work for students?
7. Should teachers’ value-added scores be published?
8. Ideas for universal design for learning
9a. Middle school portal
9b. Citizenship websites
9c. U.S. history resources
9d. Music brings an old man alive

Marshall Memo 446 - Aug. 6, 2012

1. An argument against requiring algebra – and some reactions
2. What’s right about the Common Core math standards
3. Insights from Native American, Hispanic, and Mestizo college students
4. Developing student “voice” in a Pennsylvania elementary school
5. Douglas Reeves makes the case for teaching handwriting
6. Preventing staff sexual misconduct in schools
7. Getting more from the special-education budget
8. What happens to student learning when teachers are absent?

Marshall Memo 445 - July 16, 2012

1. Twelve factors in a strong school culture
2. How does school climate affect teachers’ sense of efficacy?
3. From traditional spelling instruction to effective word study
4. Why are Finland’s students doing so well?
5. Does “just right” reading help students grow?
6. Skype talks with children’s book authors
7. Recommended children’s books
8. Do-Now ideas for English classes
9a. Common Core sample questions
9b. Five historical misconceptions

Marshall Memo 444 - July 9, 2012

1. Noncognitive factors as levers for improving academic achievement
2. Improving the dreary state of academic writing
3. Five ways NOT to teach vocabulary
4. High-leverage teaching practices for math and foreign language
5. Opinions on giving feedback
6. Is it important for nonnative speakers to lose their accents?

Marshall Memo 443 - July 2, 2012

1. Teaching evolution in the U.S.A.
2. Catching math learning problems early
3. Universal design for teaching science
4. Skillful use of interactive whiteboards in science classrooms
5. Another look at the Los Angeles value-added data on teachers
6. How do clothes affect behavior?

Marshall Memo 442 - June 25, 2012

1. Atul Gawande on how to get better
2. “Commander’s intent” in the U.S. Army
3. A teacher learns from his students’ analysis of a classroom videotape
4. Building vocabulary in primary-grade classrooms
5. The impact of daily interactive writing on first-grade achievement
6. Summer reading ideas for secondary-school students
7. Transitional chapter books featuring African-American girls

Marshall Memo 441 - June 18, 2012

1. Managers: Get the monkey off your back!
2. Jim Collins on successful leadership in tough times
3. Hidden sexual abuse at an elite private school
4. What’s up with teenagers?
5. Does improving working memory make people smarter?
6. Content knowledge and the Common Core
7. Dealing with senior slump

Marshall Memo 440 - June 11, 2012

1. Peer Assistance and Review in Montgomery County
2. An argument against test-score evaluation of teachers
3. How can making learning more difficult improve learning?
4. How good is good enough?
5. How to deal with humans’ built-in sweet tooth
6. Cheating in online courses
7. A quiz on neuroscience and neuromyths
8. A call to arms on ELL educationn
9. Answers to the neuroscience quiz

Marshall Memo 439 - June 4, 2012

1. Learning to be “smart” in kindergarten
2. Keys to increasing students’ motivation
3. Incorporating social and emotional learning in literature classes
4. Can cell phones and social media be useful classroom tools?
5. What makes so many kids fat?

Marshall Memo 438 - May 28, 2012

1. What does it take to be a charismatic leader?
2. New skills that leaders must acquire
3. A “conversational” leadership style
4. When procrastination makes sense – and when it doesn’t
5. Helping quiet children get their money’s worth in school
6. Can computers score student writing as accurately as humans?
7. Reading Recovery, small-group instruction, and RTI
8. When pre-teaching is helpful and when it’s not
9a. Constitution contest
9b. Active math games

Marshall Memo 437 - May 21, 2012

1. Research on adolescent multitasking
2. Later school hours for sleep-deprived teens
3. Thoughts on racial and economic integration in schools and classrooms
4. What to look for in a new teacher
5. Ten pieces of advice for rookie teachers
6. Robert Marzano on how to build students’ self-efficacy
7. Reading comprehension: ten principles
8. School libraries that welcome students – and those that don’t
9. Websites with digital books, stories, and poems
10. Book recommendations from the International Reading Association

Marshall Memo 436 - May 14, 2012

1. The surprising difference that gender-neutral classrooms can make
2. What it takes for a rookie teacher to succeed
3. How to welcome a new teacher into a school
4. A different way to detect bullying in a middle school
5. With teacher evaluation, less is more, says Mike Schmoker
6. A rude student helps a college professor see the light
7. A Massachusetts school sets up its own innovation venture fund
8. Pathways to hope
9. How much change will the Common Core math standards require?

Marshall Memo 435 - May 7, 2012

1. Getting assessment right in the Common Core era
2. Five ways to collaborate with families of students with disabilities
3. What counts most in second-language instruction
4. Dealing successfully with students who have mental-health challenges
5. Shaping children’s behavior with well-chosen words
6. Dealing with a rival in the workplace
7. Should rookie managers be collaborative or bossy?
8. What kind of during-the-day break is most energizing and helpful?
9. Looking over your shoulder isn’t good for your IQ

Marshall Memo 434 - Apr. 30, 2012

1. Assessments that produce real learning
2. Better than postmortems: after-action reviews
3. Teacher evaluation that improves classroom performance
4. Teacher evaluation done right
5. Boston students push to include their opinions in teachers’ evaluations
6. More from the Measures of Effective Teaching study
7. Project-based learning in an Oregon alternative high school
8. How Washington has affected K-12 education in recent decades
9. Teen births decline

Marshall Memo 433 - Apr. 23, 2012

1. The best strategies for improving what goes on in classrooms
2. A discussion about teachers and teaching
3. How much can schools affect the wealth/poverty gap?
4. Leadership lessons from Brookline, Massachusetts
5. What habits of mind do students need to be successful?
6. Improving civics education in American schoolsn
7. Robert Marzano on using movement to improve learning and attention
8. A new explanation for the STEM gender gap
9a. Frenchified Teaching and Learning 2.0
9b. Spanish exercises

Marshall Memo 432 - Apr. 16, 2012

1. Ideas for improving teaching at the college and K-12 level
2. How colleges and schools can work better
3. Making school “grades” more accurate
4. Preparing students for college and career success
5. Beefing up career and technical education in high schools
6. Helping students achieve “civic multilingualism” with religion
7. The wisdom of John Wooden
8. How to deal with bad interview questions
9. When teachers should or should not speak up
10. Classroom steps to developing students’ vocabularies
11a. Origami website
11b. Science website
11c. Short video book reports

Marshall Memo 431 - Apr. 9, 2012

1. A critique of discovery/inquiry/constructivist/problem-based teaching
2. Ten principles of effective instruction
3. Douglas Reeves on the buy-in myth
4. Minuses and pluses in a California parent outreach program
5. Replacing round-robin reading with better practices
6. A prize-winning playwright whose stage is now a Georgia classroom
7. Children’s books with a global theme
8. Ideas for fine-tuning summer reading programs
9. Helping elementary students grapple with real-world data
10a. Combating underage drinking
10b. Google jockeying
10c. Middle-level chemistry

Marshall Memo 430 - Apr. 2, 2012

1. State policies on releasing teacher evaluations
2. A study of teachers’ attitudes on testing and performance evaluation
3. What do teacher teams do when they “look at data”?
4. Getting frequent feedback in college classes
5. Tips for co-teaching
6. Early math skills as key to later success
7. Strengths that may accompany dyslexia
8. The success of two-way bilingual programs
9. Helping students write persuasive essays
10. The importance of high-quality writing prompts
11. What happens to high-school students who graduate late?
12. College information website

Marshall Memo 429 - Mar. 26, 2012

1. Leadership lessons from Steve Jobs
2. How the most effective teams communicate and work together
3. What happens to team performance when the heat is on
4. Undermining the teaching of evolution
5. Ten keys to getting reluctant readers reading
6. Teaching difficult books
7. Principals as social-justice leaders
8. Online young-adult literature
9. Angela Lee Duckworth TED talk on “grit”

Marshall Memo 428 - Mar. 19, 2012

1. Applying “high-reliability organization” theory to a struggling school
2. A middle school raises the bar and gets results
3. Six literacy experiences children should have every day
4. Using vignettes to develop culturally responsive teaching
5. Mathematical reflections of “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally”
6. “All the research says…” – but does it really?
7a. Book Adventure
7b. Comic Creator
7c. Essay Map
7d. Fun English Games
7e. Reading comprehension

Marshall Memo 427 - Mar. 12, 2012

1. Major problems with value-added test-score evaluation of teachers
2. How to reduce students’ anxiety about tests
3. Getting higher-level responses to reading passages in classrooms
4. A first-grade teacher uses a “practice page” in interactive writing
5. Hyperbole as a tool to motivate reluctant writers
6. Mike Schmoker on the preconditions for effective PD
7. The success and failure of new principals in six urban districts

Marshall Memo 426 - Mar. 5, 2012

1. Is lecturing a dying instructional method?
2. Two phases in turning around a failing school
3. What neuroscience and psychology say about brain-based learning
4. Personalization 3.0 – using technology with a human connection
5. Helping people get better at walking in others’ shoes
6. Inclusion in a Boston elementary school
7. More on releasing teacher test-score data
8. Robert Marzano suggests three commitments to students
9. How to get commands obeyed in the classroom
10a. Videos of students talking about motivation
10b. STEM resources

Marshall Memo 425 - Feb. 27, 2012

1. New York City releases teachers’ “value-added” ratings
2. Bill Gates on public release of teacher ratings
3. What works – and what doesn’t – educating male students of color
4. “Reality pedagogy” to engage black male students
5. The role of school libraries in closing the racial achievement gap
6. Five virtues that schools should model and teach
7. How to spot a blossoming teacher leader
8. The right questions for a candidate to ask an interview committee
9. Making students’ oral language central to instruction
10. Preparing students for unfilled technical jobs
11. Six book recommendations
12. Online learning for Kansas fourth graders
13a. Teachable moment website
13b. Integrating LGBT issues into the curriculum
13c. Anti-bullying toolkit
13d. Online storytelling tool

Marshall Memo 424 - Feb. 20, 2012

1. Tennessee struggles to get teacher evaluation right
2. How can we accelerate the improvement of U.S. schools?
3. A low-tech intervention: collaborative reasoning
4. Pennsylvania students write a weekly letter to their parents
5. Using the arts to leverage academic achievement
6. Dealing with testing hysteria
7. A different way to group students by achievement
8. Robert Marzano on using writing to support understanding
9a. MOMA website
9b. Virtual visits to the world’s art museums
9c. Virtual math manipulatives in English, French, and Spanish
9d. An iPad foreign-language flashcard system
9e. Free clipart for students and teachers

Marshall Memo 423 - Feb. 13, 2012

1. To differentiate or not to differentiate, that is the question
2. What all students need from all teachers
3. Classroom language that opens students’ minds
4. How fluency can be a powerhouse in reading instruction
5. Shadowing high-school ELLs to boost academic language
6. Supporting ELLs in school
7. The Common Core State Standards’ emphasis on “close reading”
8. State-by-state rating of science standards
9. A principal’s impact over time

Marshall Memo 422 - Feb. 6, 2012

1. A middle school uses on-the-spot assessments to differentiate
2. Leading effective math discussions with students
3. Using multiple-choice questions and clickers in math classes
4. Making writing real for young adolescents
5. The challenge of teaching academic language
6. Stop wasting time with low-yield interview questions
7. Learning from failure
8. Parents who choose not to collaborate with their children’s schools
9a. NYC small schools report
9b. African-American history website

Marshall Memo 421 - Jan. 30, 2012

1. Why brainstorming doesn’t work – and what does
2. Ten steps to turning around a struggling school
3. Principles for differentiating instruction for ELLs
4. Value-added accountability in non-tested grades and subjects
5. Building background knowledge in young adolescents
6. Should elementary schools teach handwriting?
7. Research casting doubt on single-gender classes
8a. Hans Rosling video on population growth
8b. National sex ed standards
8c. Vocabulary exercises in four languages
8d. Latin dictionary
8e. Tech tools for teachers

Marshall Memo 420 - Jan. 23, 2012

1. David Brooks on what it takes to be a great leader
2. A systematic way for principals to support teacher teams
3. A Wallace Foundation report on effective school leadership
4. An underemphasized dimension of the principalship
5. British school inspection criteria
6. Applying Moneyball principles to schools
7. How each state is doing on K-12 educational policies and results
8. A first-grade teacher uses iPads in the literacy block
9. What is an appropriate reading-level goal for grade 3?
10. Tweeting history
11a. Flipped classroom concepts
11b. EDventures on bullying
11c. Free online graphic novels

Marshall Memo 419 - Jan. 16, 2012

1. Can schools achieve excellence and equity?
2. Three books offer advice on turning around failing schools
3. The new Gates Foundation study on measuring teacher effectiveness
4. Value-added data and the long-range impact of good teaching
5. Some information on the upcoming Common Core assessments
6. The importance of science readalouds for young children
7. A study of effective after-school programs
8. A curriculum to help young people filter and understand the news
9. Employment prospects for today’s youth
10. Levels of teen cigarette, marijuana, and alcohol use
11. What counts most when applying to college
12. Teen online resource

Marshall Memo 418 - Jan. 9, 2012

1. Moral education in schools
2. How mindset affects happiness – and productivity
3. Building students’ motivation to read
4. Getting more from primary read-alouds
5. Using puns to enhance ELLs’ language development
6. Is the amount of time students spend in schools the key variable?
7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on practice, winning, and leadership
8. A superstar teacher on principals and teachers

Marshall Memo 417 - Jan. 2, 2012

1. How important is happiness on and off the job?
2. Four keys to a thriving workforce
3. How to foster candor
4. The writing road to reading proficiency
5. Truly preparing students for success in college
6. A non-pullout approach for struggling readers
7. What works best in elementary reading instruction
8. Teachers’ religious faith as they work with diverse students
9. A report on merit pay from the business world
10. Teens learning about the birds and bees online

Marshall Memo 416 - Dec. 28, 2011

1. Asking students what they think about their teachers
2. Keys to inspiring the troops
3. Increasing students’ creativity
4. How to deal with students who look only at their grades
5. Students’ Internet indiscretions coming home to roost
6. Statistics on teen pregnancy

Marshall Memo 415 - Dec. 19, 2011

1. More-effective use of clickers in college classes
2. A college professor wrestles with the problem of student absences
3. Including culturally responsive pedagogy in teacher evaluations
4. Using scary prank videos to talk with students about online ethics
5. Helping fourth graders understand measurement
6. California high-school students learn about the world’s religions
7. Supporting religious-minority students in schools
8. Eleven court decisions on religion in public schools
9a. Brainology/Mindset website
9b. Face to Faith videoconferencing
9c. Religion facts
9d. A self-assessment on religious beliefs

Marshall Memo 414 - Dec. 12, 2011

1. Getting the most from each special-education dollar
2. Does co-teaching work?
3. Minority-group disproportionality in special-education classes
4. High-school students’ beliefs about career success
5. Providing instructional coaching when coaches are laid off
6. A high-school library takes shape
7. The “flipped” classroom
8. More on the Khan Academy
9. A California district’s blog on Khan Academy work
10. iPad apps for special-needs students
11. Free assistive-technology software to help students with writing
12a. Who might see your electronic content
12b. Contest on political courage
12c. Change the world contest

Marshall Memo 413 - Dec. 5, 2011

1. Three ways to make homework more effective
2. Extending learning time without breaking the bank
3. Getting the biggest instructional bang from technology bucks
4. How reading can support science literacy – and vice-versa
5. What happens when all students take algebra?
6. Problems in guided reading: too-difficult texts and too much support
7. How valid is
8. Why sleep is so important during adolescence
9. What’s needed to be a global citizen in the 21st century
10. Web resources for global teaching

Marshall Memo 412 - Nov. 28, 2011

1. The birds and the bees on steroids
2. What our use of certain words can reveal
3. Personalizing two Missouri high schools
4. A superintendent learns where the buck stops
5. Ideas for reducing misbehavior
6. Helping first-year teachers succeed in elementary literacy classrooms
7. Improving fluency without drudgery
8. Teaching students to “turn and talk” more productively
9. What are the highest priorities for a school librarian?
10. Online resources for school librarians
11. Making the most of historical fiction storybooks
12a. This American Life on middle-school kids
12b. Leveled reading website

Marshall Memo 411 - Nov. 21, 2011

1. Mike Schmoker on building a coherent curriculum
2. How KIPP schools get results
3. Third-grade teachers learn how to use math interim assessments
4. A comprehensive wrap-around program for high-risk youth
5. Facebook pages as a tool in high-school language classes
6. How will technology affect the teaching profession?
7. Is she America’s most experienced principal?
8. Learning from downstream data in Kentucky
9. Early warning systems for high schools
10a. Spanish smartphone apps
10b. Language resources
10c. Art museum websites
10d. Classroom donation site

Marshall Memo 410 - Nov. 14, 2011

1. What happened to the apps that made America great?
2. Addressing the rigor gap in schools
3. A Minnesota high school reforms its grading policies
4. Should practice work be graded?
5. Rethinking homework
6. Tips for improving teacher-made tests
7. Project-based learning done right
8. Addressing the “good-parenting gap”
9. A follow-up on Atul Gawande’s article on coaching
10. History-changing events
11. Young child risk calculator

Marshall Memo 409 - Nov. 7, 2011

1. Can young people learn to defer gratification?
2. Ideas for students who suffer from test anxiety
3. Thomas Guskey on overcoming obstacles to better grading
4. Tips for adopting standards-based grading
5. The power of having students re-do disappointing work
6. A model for turning around struggling Kentucky high schools
7. Asking multi-level questions about texts
8. Reading historical fiction in literature circles
9a. Seven billion people
9b. Google art project
9c. Real-world mathematics
9d. Resources for standards-based grading

Marshall Memo 408 - Oct. 31, 2011

1. Four metaphors for improving leaders’ performance
2. Value-added evaluation of teachers – can it work?
3. A principal’s insights from shadowing a third grader for a day
4. Three Texas high schools reform classroom instruction
5. How early-college high schools prepare at-risk students for college
6. Insights on learning foreign languages
7. The power of teachers watching classroom videos together
8. Guidelines for educators’ electronic communication with students
9. A report on children’s TV and electronics use
10. Buyers beware! Math textbooks aren’t yet aligned with Common Core

Marshall Memo 407 - Oct. 24, 2011

1. Bringing a new ethos to school sports – and the classroom
2. Teachers evaluating teachers
3. Keys to effective professional learning community teams
4. A guaranteed curriculum in a Louisiana district
5. What makes superstar teachers effective?
6. Fostering a sense of wonder in classrooms
7. Steven Pinker on good conquering evil
8. Douglas Reeves on dealing with complexity
9. What kind of parent involvement helps children the most?
10a. Boomwriter: getting children writing books
10b. Civil War 150th resources
10c. Common Craft explanations
10d. Sign language
10e. Combating youth drinking

Marshall Memo 406 - Oct. 17, 2011

1. Predicting and preventing classroom problems
2. Collaborative problem solving
3. An alternative to top-down school management
4. A Goldilocks analysis of assessment
5. Standards-based report cards in Kentucky
6. How is federal accountability faring?
7. Over-hyped materials
8. What not to do after a bad day
9. The impact of absenteeism on teaching and learning
10a. Teacher videos
10b. Global knowledge quizzes
10c. Identifying trees
10d. Treasure hunting 21st-century style
10e. Spanish games for elementary schools

Marshall Memo 405 - Oct. 10, 2011

1. Atul Gawande on coaching
2. The instructional coach as an equal partner
3. “Pull” versus “push” feedback to adults
4. A Minnesota literacy coach in action
5. Instructional rounds
6. How to teach so skills and information stick
7. A study of writing workshop in a Washington elementary school
8. Understanding literacy research
9. A study of LGBTQ youth in Wisconsin secondary schools
10a. Salman Khan video
10b. Literacy coaching tools
10c. Math computer games

Marshall Memo 404 - Oct. 3, 2011

1. David Brooks on the shortcomings of trying to teach empathy
2. A better way to deal with e-mail
3. Dylan Wiliam on the power of classroom assessments
4. A veteran New York City principal shows how it’s done
5. Homework: the good, the bad, and the ugly
6. More on “flipped” classrooms
7. A Massachusetts school addresses its boy/girl achievement gap
8. Supporting students after trauma and loss
9. Preventing youth suicide
10. Debunking single-sex classrooms
11. My school versus our school
12. Online video lessons

Marshall Memo 403 - Sept. 26, 2011

1. Applying Toyota’s lean-management principles to knowledge work
2. In order to succeed, students first need to learn how to fail
3. Howard Gardner on pursuing truth, beauty, and goodness in schools
4. Two chemistry teachers flip their classrooms
5. Going back to basics with writing
6. Connecting school mathematics to everyday life
7. Recommendations of books with an international flavor
8. College admissions steps website

Marshall Memo 402 - Sept. 19, 2011

1. The powerful effect of teacher collaboration and stability
2. A North Carolina teacher on how to make formative assessment work
3. A counterintuitive approach to dealing with leadership challenges
4. Remembering a childhood battle with dyslexia
5. Two approaches to the same middle-school science content
6. What do administrators do if students text during a school crisis?
7. Stretching the school library mission
8a. Myths
8b. Video game-making
8c. Nutrition

Marshall Memo 401 - Sept. 12, 2011

1. A poll on Americans’ attitudes about public schools
2. Structuring discussions on controversial issues in middle school
3. Teaching ethics and respect in a Boston charter school
4. Using Socratic seminars to teach ethics
5. Growing creativity in schools and universities
6. Fostering creativity
7. A budding teacher looks back on her elementary years
8. Dealing with emotional maltreatment of students
9. Addressing clicker cheating
10. Robert Marzano on discovery learning that really works
11. Research on student uniforms
12. What made Steve Jobs such an amazing CEO?

Marshall Memo 400 - Sept. 5, 2011

1. A New York City teacher has a change of heart about testing
2. Strategies for checking for understanding
3. Restorative processes in schools
4. A student survey on bullying
5. Addressing a negative adult climate
6. Must grammar be boring?
7. What’s working in a successful alternative school?

Marshall Memo 399 - Aug. 29, 2011

1. Six rules for fostering cooperation in the workplace
2. Suggestions for managers
3. Developing theories of action
4. Students asking their own questions
5. Getting to know students as the year begins
6. Supporting students who have an incarcerated parent
7. Lessons learned on standards-based grading
8a. Library of Congress materials for teachers
8b. National and state test data
8c. Children’s stories in Spanish
8d. Online games about France
8e. French children’s songs
8f. The virtual body in Spanish and English
8g. Virtual tours of cities around the world

Marshall Memo 398 - Aug. 22, 2011

1. Martin Haberman on urban schools
2. Improving students’ performance in subtraction
3. Key considerations with teacher evaluation
4. Seven essentials for professional learning in schools
5. Putting the knowledge base on good teaching to work
6. Teaching videos

Marshall Memo 397 - Aug. 15, 2011

1. The science of averting human error
2. The bystander effect; why some children intervene and others don’t
3. A teacher tells why she helped students cheat on state tests
4. Kicking off the school year with success
5. Adolescent books for professional study groups
6. Getting students thinking about what they read
7. What’s wrong with this classroom reading plan?
8. A good interview question for teachers and administrators
9. A science assessment website

Marshall Memo 396 - July 25, 2011

1. Fred Jones on assessment for learning: the sooner the better
2. How should teachers handle tattling?
3. The key to instructional coaching: combining pressure and support
4. The role of instructional coaches in Reading First schools
5. Developing self-regulation in preschool and kindergarten
6. The most productive kinds of preschool play
7. Douglas Reeves on successfully launching change efforts
8. The impact of Literacy Collaborative on K-2 students
9. Improving students’ problem-solving by visualization
10. Can science instructional videos dislodge students’ misconceptions?

Marshall Memo 395 - July 18, 2011

1. Five principles of good writing
2. Advice from the business world on leading winning teams
3. Is RTI working to prevent or to identify?
4. Improving preschoolers’ vocabularies
5. Getting middle-school students tracking their own data

Marshall Memo 394 - July 11, 2011

1. What purposes do colleges serve?
2. Using money and staff more effectively in tight budget times
3. Mini-observations and teacher-evaluation rubrics in Tennessee
4. Getting students involved in formative self-assessment
5. Boundaries in high-school counseling
6. Strategies to help students improve their writing
7. Research on how memory works
8. Nonfiction book recommendations
9. Children’s books that give a new spin to old tales

Marshall Memo 393 - July 4, 2011

1. Can schools teach self-regulation?
2. Changing children’s achievement-goal orientation toward spelling
3. An ode to memorization
4. How did Finland’s schools get to be number one?
5. Why go to college?
6. Helping children with autism succeed in regular classrooms
7. A short list of classroom effectiveness factors
8. Children’s book recommendations

Marshall Memo 392 - June 27, 2011

1. Identifying a common core of good teaching
2. How to foster cooperation in an organization
3. Promoting informal communication in the workplace
4. A Colorado school helps its students soar in reading
5. Moving students toward directing their own learning
6. Using cognitive styles in elementary math classes
7a. Hermitage Museum website
7b. Teacher book club
7c. Summer science websites

Marshall Memo 391 - June 20, 2011

1. Eight leadership paradigms
2. Using data wisely
3. What really drives high student achievement?
4. Should classes study the same book together?
5. What it takes to get all students on the path to college success
6. Early-college high schools show the way
7. An Illinois high school attacks senioritis
8. Using classroom videotapes to improve instruction
9a. Online historical documents
9b. Science video games

Marshall Memo 390 - June 13, 2011

1. Realistic goals for our poorest students?
2. A Memphis principal leads with love
3. An appraisal of Cincinnati’s teacher-evaluation system
4. Developing students’ intuition
5. Nine ways to improve student engagement
6. Legal illiteracy and its consequences
7. Idiomatic English as a stumbling block for ELLs
8. Effective ways for ELLs to expand their vocabularies
9. Learning new words
10. A discouraging report on middle-school mathematics PD

Marshall Memo 389 - June 6, 2011

1. Changing students’ thoughts and feelings about achievement
2. What the best principals look for in classrooms
3. How three Texas high schools got results
4. A better message for today’s college graduates
5. What’s a college degree worth? It depends
6. Another advantage of being bilingual
7. Making time for professional development
8. The impact of induction and mentoring on new teachers
9. Nudging boys toward non-traditional careers
10. News flash: student attendance matters

Marshall Memo 388 - May 30, 2011

1. The key to success: teachers learning about student learning
2. How teacher leaders can solve their core dilemmas
3. How teacher leaders can confront the “culture of nice”
4. What will schools of the future look like?
5. The impact of computers on student learning
6. Second thoughts about some classroom technologies
7. Learning from failure
8. Dealing with math anxiety
9. More on adolescent sleep deprivation
10. Helping elementary students make sense of science textbook diagrams
11. The impact of family literacy programs
12. An animated video on what motivates people

Marshall Memo 387 - May 23, 2011

1. Are international student-achievement comparisons fair?
2. A checklist for managerial decision-making
3. Advice for under-achieving high achievers
4. Should high-school hours accommodate teenagers’ sleep patterns?
5. Should a teacher physically intervene when students are fighting?
6. Do we need to rethink the teacher’s job?
7. Four questions that should drive professional development
8. What makes a team effective?
9. A school librarian gives students the skills to figure out the Web

Marshall Memo 386 - May 16, 2011

1. Developing character in schools
2. Three factors that produce highly effective teaching
3. Getting clear on goals, strategies, implementation, and results
4. Brain science and brain myths
5. What’s different about Millennial teachers
6. Giving feedback that empowers students
7. The view from JFK’s desk

Marshall Memo 385 - May 9, 2011

1. Five traits of highly effective leaders
2. Reducing academic pressure in high school
3. Boosting reading skill by podcasting Readers Theatre scripts
4. Six ways to get students writing in math class
5. Small steps to big gains in math achievement
6. Does play belong in early-childhood classrooms?
7. How to truly engage parents
8. Robert Marzano on lesson objectives
9. Rethinking math education

Marshall Memo 384 - May 2, 2011

1. Leaders’ quest for knowledge and practical wisdom
2. What Google learned about effective leadership
3. Using small wins to improve morale and performance
4. Suggestions for managing time and priorities
5. When studying is difficult, learning improves
6. Real men don’t ask for help?
7. Promoting risk-taking and meaning in high-school math classes
8. A Tennessee Saturday detention morphs into something different
9a. How stuff works
9b. Vocabulary building
9c. Virtual science and math
9d. Civil War Trust
9e. Civil War Edsitement
9f. Civil War documents

Marshall Memo 383 - Apr. 25, 2011

1. How focusing on the worst of the worst can pay dividends for all
2. Feedback that helps
3. A Tennessee teacher changes her approach to teaching writing
4. Seven steps to better spelling
5. The best strategy for counteracting summer reading loss
6. Supporting new science teachers
7. Making the most of elementary science textbooks
8. Checking for student understanding
9a. Free technology for teachers
9b. Foreign-language websites
9c. Figment
9d. Tikatok
9e. Showbeyond
9f. National library of virtual manipulatives
9g. GeoGebra

Marshall Memo 382 - Apr. 18, 2011

1. Helping first-generation college students succeed
2. What makes an effective lesson?
3. Preparing ELLs for college success
4. High-school seniors support struggling freshmen
5. Counteracting the fourth-grade slump
6. A Wisconsin teacher team gets results
7. Should schools teach financial literacy?
8. Guidelines for dismissing an ineffective teacher
9a. Stardust lessons;
9b. Motivating girls in technical fields

Marshall Memo 381 - Apr. 11, 2011

1. A formula for improving teaching and learning
2. Another venue for Internet bullying
3. The importance of school food
4. Tuning a middle school to the young adolescent
5. Cheating in high school
6. Preparing students to move on from high school
7. Advice to a departing principal
8a. Environmental issues
8b. Anonymous tips
8c. Student donations
8d. College searches
8e. Why chemistry matters

Marshall Memo 380 - Apr. 4, 2011

1. Wrong ideas about teacher hiring and evaluation
2. The history and civics knowledge deficit
3. Making history engaging
4. Helping third graders get the big idea
5. Moving students’ informational writing along a continuum
6. Using Spanish cognates to support the literacy development of ELs
7. Oral reading at its best
8. The payoff of talking to students
9a. Waldomaths
9b. Another Hans Rosling talk

Marshall Memo 379 - Mar. 28, 2011

1. The Khan Academy and its revolutionary potential
2. Improving attendance and engagement in a San Diego high school
3. Accelerating struggling middle-school students
4. Fixing teacher evaluation
5. How to get active student participation in class discussions
6. When veteran workers have a younger boss
7a. Free e-books
7b. Virtual manipulatives
7c. Multimedia math lesson plans
7d. Science lesson plans
7e. Science questions answered
7f. Resources on telling fact from opinion

Marshall Memo 378 - Mar. 21, 2011

1. Learning from failure
2. Learning from success
3. Being aware of ethical blind spots
4. A model for transformational change
5. Teaching high-school students to read challenging material
6. David Brooks on incentive pay and other phenomena

Marshall Memo 377 - Mar. 14, 2011

1. Making good decisions amidst too much information
2. David Brooks on the rational versus the emotional self
3. Five questions for education leaders
4. A critique of the workshop model for teaching reading
5. The power of clear learning targets
6. Mixing contemporary books with the literary canon
7. A “bricks and clicks” hybrid school in Arizona
8. What’s essential for mathematical success
9. How solid is the research on RTI?
10. A value-added formula’s nightmare consequence for a teacher
11. The fate of teacher incentive pay in New York City
12a. Internet picture dictionary in five languages
12b. Classic stories and fairy tales in Spanish
12c. Free French lessons
12d. Free German lessons
12e. Game for learning Mandarin

Marshall Memo 376 - March 7, 2011

1. Richard Allington on eliminating early reading failure
2. Assigning homework that gets done
3. Teaching ethical decision-making
4. A strategy for solving math problems
5. Ten ways to use online resources to build vocabulary
6. How to keep students from choking under exam pressure
7a. Insights on third-world countries
7b. Harvard course on justice

Marshall Memo 375 - Feb. 28, 2011

1. What makes some Los Angeles teachers highly effective?
2. Should teachers be able to opt out of collaborative work?
3. Small learning communities or professional learning communities?
4. Using on-the-spot assessments to tee up differentiated instruction
5. Formative assessments versus the formative assessment process
6. Using wiki-based literature circles to teach middle-school novels
7. Writing for the “It was a dark and stormy night” contest
8. Who are the bullies?
9. How to make sleep improve memory
10. The wages of teacher moonlighting
11a. It’s my life website
11b. Assessment and grading website
11c. Bullying prevention website
11d. Images for student projects

Marshall Memo 374 - Feb. 21, 2011

1. Giving a gentle nudge to colleagues who demand too little of students
2. What it took to turn around two underperforming Texas high schools
3. Getting staff ownership for an improvement plan
4. What do students mean when they say school is “boring”?
5. Improving secondary school students’ use of academic vocabulary
6. Quality standards for service learning
7. Dorothy Strickland on phonics
8. Three keys to improving reading achievement
9. Children’s book recommendations
10a. TIMSS videos of eighth-grade math and science teachers
10b. State-by-state ratings of U.S. history standards

Marshall Memo 373 - Feb. 14, 2011

1. Minnetonka keeps working on its grading policies
2. Making the shift to learning-based gradebooks
3. Getting students to do good metacognitive work
4. A seamless intervention system for struggling students
5. Surprising findings on social-emotional learning
6. How school working conditions shape teachers
7. Ending each school day on a positive note
8. Getting students to apologize to one another
9. Effective use of hip-hop in schools

Marshall Memo 372 - Feb. 7, 2011

1. Sobering statistics on the teaching of evolution in U.S. high schools
2. Richard and Rebecca DuFour on refusing to let students fail
3. Maximizing the impact of instructional coaches
4. The advantages of teaching writing in a computer lab
5. A teacher becomes a convert to online education
6. Advice on creating a class website
7. Making high-school transfer students feel welcome
8. How travel can take educators to a higher level
9. Unannounced videotaping of teachers for evaluation
10. No-pass/no-drive – does it work?
11. What factors close the achievement gap in primary-grade math?
12a. Black History Month resources
12b. Black history videos
12c. Student assessment continuum

Marshall Memo 371 - Jan. 31, 2011

1. Improving the way principals are supervised and evaluated
2. Teaching students to read complex texts - slowly
3. Using performance tasks in foreign-language classes
4. Three types of instructional websites and how to use them
5. Seven classroom uses of cell phones
6. Online and social media guidelines for educators
7. Helping students manage their online reputations
8. Mixed results from introducing popular culture in a classroom
9. Dealing with misconceptions and testing understanding of energy
10a. Book Drum website
10b. Jefferson Math website

Marshall Memo 370 - Jan. 24, 2011

1. David Brooks on civility
2. The best way to study and remember
3. How Brockton High School in Massachusetts turned itself around
4. Keeping effective young teachers in the classroom
5. An ambitious agenda for improving teaching
6. Rewarding teachers for their contributions, not test scores
7. Math doodles go viral
8a. Environmental health activities
8b. Vietnamese New Year
8c. Multi-lingual money quiz
8d. Alphabet pronunciation in five languages
8e. World geography quizzes

Marshall Memo 369 - Jan. 17, 2011

1. How widespread is emotional distress among gay teens?
2. Judging instructors on how their students do in subsequent courses
3. Video cameras in the classroom full time?
4. A Utah junior high school cuts its failure rate in half
5. Richard DuFour rejects triage
6. Writing IEPs aligned with the Common Core standards
7. Working with children who stutter
8. Guiding struggling students to figure out their misconceptions
9. Another critique of Accelerated Reader

Marshall Memo 368 - Jan. 10, 2011

1. Brain research on how to get smarter
2. How do people learn 100,000 words?
3. Helping students focus when they read online
4. Problems with value-added test-score evaluation of teachers
5. How valid are course evaluations filled out by college students?
6. Out of the mouths of babes
7. Writing an effective college-admission essay
8. Books that hook middle-school students on subject matter

Marshall Memo 367 - Jan. 3, 2011

1. Using value-added information with teachers
2. Time management 101
3. What happens after interim assessments?
4. Environmental education at its best
5. Teaching academic vocabulary to ELL students

Marshall Memo 366 - Dec. 28, 2010

1. Abraham Lincoln and school leadership
2. Wynton Marsalis on leadership
3. Three imperatives for being a great boss
4. Basing decisions on the right data
5. Is guilt part of what makes workers successful?
6a. Online anti-bullying resources
6b. Film clips for character-education classes

Marshall Memo 365 - Dec. 20, 2010

1. The fundamental attribution error and teacher accountability
2. Mike Schmoker on students writing more, teachers grading less
3. How high schools can maximize their graduates’ college success
4. Senior seminars for 12th graders
5. What works for boys in the classroom
6. Using hand gestures to signal reading comprehension strategies
7a. The best Hans Rosling video yet – in four minutes
7b. Ken Robinson talk
7c. No yell bell

Marshall Memo 364 - Dec. 13, 2010

1. Is pushing out ineffective teachers the right thing to do?
2. Identifying high-leverage teaching practices
3. What to look for when selecting teachers
4. Intensive weeklong supervision
5. How teaching gets better
6. Richard and Rebecca DuFour on PD nirvana
7. More on what the Internet is doing to our brains
8. Tips for teaching an online course
9a. Animated maps of the Middle East, the world’s religions, and democracy
9b. Students measure their ecological footprint

Marshall Memo 363 - Dec. 6, 2010

1. What Teach for America has learned about highly effective teaching
2. Improving teacher supervision and evaluation
3. Online literature circles in a Vancouver middle school
4. Douglas Reeves on grading policies
5. Report cards emphasizing student mastery, not compliant behavior
6. Getting “data-driven instruction” right
7. A step-by-step guide to effective use of interim assessments
8. Creating a schedule that allows struggling students to get help
9. Three teaching websites

Marshall Memo 362 - Nov. 29, 2010

1. What is technology doing to kids’ brains?
2. Factors that increase student cheating – and those that reduce it
3. A Maryland elementary school threads the needle on tracking
4. A Florida teacher sees flaws in “data-driven instruction”
5. A five-part strategy for good comprehension
6. Using textbook circles to improve content-area comprehension
7. The best children’s books about the birds and the bees
8. Selected children’s books published in 2010
9. A Georgia school tries a simple approach to wellness
10. International comparison of high-achieving students

Marshall Memo 361 - Nov. 22, 2010

1. Five steps to optimal job performance
2. The bigger goal of science education
3. Milwaukee struggles with “learning walks”
4. Confronting a problem teacher
5. Are remedial classes a good idea in high-school social studies?
6. A defense of differentiation
7. Building a strong middle- and high-school writing program
8. Writing a good college admissions essay
9. A teacher pleads for better tests
10. An effective program for advanced middle-school math
11a. More student writing with less teacher grading
11b. Historical documents online
11c. Clickers in college classrooms
11d. A TED lecture on math education

Marshall Memo 360 - Nov. 15, 2010

1. Dealing with procrastination
2. Grass-roots leadership turns around a large urban high school
3. Addressing issues of race and ethnicity in schools
4. A survey reveals grade 6-12 opportunity gaps
5. Ideas on improving school-based professional development
6. Decoupling teacher pay from years of service and academic credentials
7. Dealing with student misuse of electronic communication devices
8. Robert Marzano on effective practice
9. Life science website

Marshall Memo 359 - Nov. 8, 2010

1. The keys to highly effective schools
2. Richard and Rebecca DuFour on the elements of teacher teamwork
3. Fact and fiction on boy-girl differences
4. More ideas on gender-friendly classrooms
5. Thoughtful scaffolding during guided reading instruction
6. Dealing with school refusal
7. What schools need to know about homeless students
8. Vigorous exercise makes children smarter
9a. A website to help students choose the right college
9b. State-by-state differences in test rigor

Marshall Memo 358 - Nov. 1, 2010

1. Four leadership lessons from the military
2. What the U.S. Army can teach us about negotiation
3. Teacher teams need time for high-quality collaboration
4. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s leadership turnaround strategy
5. A high-school teacher discovers how to get truly helpful feedback
6. Effective lesson purpose statements
7. Four strategies for helping struggling 7-12 students
8. Reducing suspensions in Montgomery County
9. Unintended consequences with open-ended math questions
10. Doubts about the impact of character-education programs
10. Doubts about the impact of character-education programs
11. Does a teacher have a free-speech right to decide what to teach?
12. Problems with the English curriculum in grades 9-11
13. Children’s book choices

Marshall Memo 357 - Oct. 25, 2010

1. Is firing ineffective teachers the answer?
2. Keys to improving teaching and learning
3. Integrating content knowledge with reading instruction
4. The importance of writing in the curriculum
5. What’s the alternative to round-robin reading?
6. Getting RTI on track
7. “Lecture” is not a dirty word, says Rick Wormeli
8. Ingredients in successful advisory programs
9a. The English Companion website
9b. All-school book suggestions

Marshall Memo 356 - Oct. 18, 2010

1. Thomas Guskey on mastery learning
2. Richard and Rebecca DuFour on what constitutes a Professional Learning Community
3. Evaluating the quality of upper-grade literacy instruction
4. The five facets of trust
5. Dealing with depression in students
6. Supporting students with autism
7. Confused beliefs about learning disabilities
8. Home computers making a positive difference for disadvantaged youth
9. Getting book-phobic ninth graders to read
10. Six children’s book recommendations
11. Preparing for college success
12a. Using cell phones as clickers
12b. Supporting students from military families
12c. Technology quiz
12d. Disney’s Planet Challenge
12e. A foldable graphic organizer for studying vocabulary

Marshall Memo 355 - Oct. 11, 2010

1. Suggestions for an effective teacher evaluation process
2. Collaborative problem solving to deal with chronic discipline problems
3. Developing executive skills in “lazy” students
4. Teaching students to argue in science classes
5. Improving student achievement in algebra
6. What the research says about extending the school day and year
7. How effective leaders communicate their ideas
8. Project-based learning in a Pennsylvania classroom
9. How much foreign language should be used in language classes?
10a. Gallup online student poll
10b. Teaching about the Day of the Dead
10c. French phonetic exercises
10d. Interactive French exercises

Marshall Memo 354 - Oct. 4, 2010

1. Is differentiation undermining effective curriculum and instruction?
2. The truth about getting a college degree
3. An early warning system to prevent student failure
4. Boosting middle-school students’ academic vocabulary
5. Avoiding the pitfalls and doing RTI right
6. Comparing implementation of Everyday Mathematics and Investigations
7. Working to counteract fourth-grade slump
8. Essential questions for high-school civics education
9. Teachers who cross the line to sexual misconduct
10. What movies and TV are doing to girls
11a. ELL resources website
11b. A report on tiered interventions in high school

Marshall Memo 353 - Sept. 27, 2010

1. Managing ADHD behavior
2. How to prevent good ideas from being shot down
3. What can we learn from a pirate captain’s job description?
4. Boosting middle- and high-school ELLs’ performance
5. Comparing middle-school results in New York City K-8 and 6-8 schools
6. What makes some middle-grade schools more effective?
7. More concerns about individual merit pay for teachers
8. Using value-added data to evaluate teachers
9. A study of merit pay in Nashville
10. Wide variations in New York City high-school results
11. The positive effects of humor in classrooms
12a. A shift on head lice
12b. Teen sex and school achievement
12c. Closing the boy-girl spatial ability gap

Marshall Memo 352 - Sept. 20, 2010

1. Oversexualization of “tween” girls and what middle schools can do about it
2. Addressing chronic student absence
3. Twelve leadership suggestions from a college department head
4. The power of professional learning communities
5. The prerequisites of teacher collaboration
6. Using “public research lessons” to hone national standards
7. Scaffolding student writing
8. Robert Marzano on expectations
9. Autonomy, mastery, and purpose in the classroom
10. Projects – the right amount of choice – and the right kind
11. Effective use of expert visitors in the classroom
12. A parent communication tool

Marshall Memo 351 - Sept. 13, 2010

1. Research-based approaches to studying
2. Early-grade assessment in China
3. How to teach academic vocabulary to middle-school students
4. Differentiating with open questions and parallel tasks
5. Key elements in high-quality student projects
6. Enhancing literature circles with blogging
7. Treating teenagers differently
8. College knowledge
9. Body language speaks loudly
10. National Punctuation Day

Marshall Memo 350 - Sept. 6, 2010

1. Using team accountability versus individual merit pay for teachers
2. The flap over the Los Angeles Times’ release of teachers’ ratings
3. Carol Dweck on fostering a “growth” mindset
4. Homework that gets done and contributes to learning
5. Dealing with cheating in suburban high schools
6. Advice for working with reporters
7. Green schoolyards
8. Fixing ineffective practices in writing workshops
9. Are smaller learning communities the answer?
10. Forging links between preschool and primary-grade teachers
11. What engages high-school students?
12a. Online assessment tools
12b. Online images
12c. Oil spill website
12d. Online computational knowledge engine

Marshall Memo 349 - Aug. 30, 2010

1. Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign as a model for school reform
2. Four leadership mistakes
3. The role of gossip in the workplace
4. Analyzing failure
5. Preventing adults’ anger from impairing job performance
6. How principals spend their time
7. The difference that SAM (a school administrative manager) can make
8. Effective and ineffective PD for principals
9. Alfie Kohn on critically assessing assessment programs
10. A report on black male graduation rates

Marshall Memo 348 - Aug. 23, 2010

1. James Popham on using test scores to evaluate teachers
2. The new Wallace study on leadership effects on teaching and learning
3. Ten-minute screening interviews
4. Working with children of alcoholics and addicts
5. Ideas on “blended” foreign language courses and scheduling
6. A report on effective use of technology in classrooms
7. Children’s book recommendations
8a. Thinkfinity website
8b. Online health activities in Spanish and English
8c. High-school French activities online
8d. Arabic calligraphy website
8e. Cloze test creation tool
8f. Voices of middle-school Latinos
8g. Science fair resources

Marshall Memo 347 - Aug. 16, 2010

1. Why a first-rate kindergarten teacher is worth $320,000 a year
2. Helping teen girls deal with the hidden culture of female aggression
3. A young boy’s only hope
4. “Backchanneling” – students type real-time, online reactions to a film
5. Should high schools teach Huckleberry Finn?
6. Dysfunctional teacher hiring, evaluation, and tenure-granting
7. Which comes first in math – skills or concepts?
8. Can television programs improve preschool children’s achievement?
9. Another problem with plagiarism

Marshall Memo 346 - Aug. 9, 2010

1. An orchestra conductor talks about his leadership style
2. Bullying: teaching students what’s wrong and how to do what’s right
3. Six ways for principals to be learning leaders
4. Three levels of professional coaching
5. Running a secondary advisory program
6. Stopping smoking before it gets started
7. More on smoking
8. Is it possible that home computers widen the achievement gap?
9. A brochure on stuttering

Marshall Memo 345 - July 19, 2010

1. Creativity can be taught
2. David Brooks on books versus the Internet
3. Three concerns about DIBELS, TPRI, and PALS assessments
4. Prekindergarten and kindergarten vocabulary instruction

Marshall Memo 344 - July 12, 2010

1. Five things that make the biggest difference in schools
2. The best ways to teach math concepts and math skills
3. Making middle-school math more fun in Great Britain
4. The impact of ability grouping in developed countries’ schools
5. Creative teaching of two novels in an urban high school
6. Depth versus breadth in high-school science classes – it matters!
7. Getting to yes through interest-based bargaining
8. Why moving to a better neighborhood is not enough
9. A map of states that have adopted the Common Core Standards

Marshall Memo 343 - July 5, 2010

1. What schools can – and should – do about off-campus cyberbullying
2. The wise and effective use of power
3. Douglas Reeves on six critical school-success factors
4. Five practices that support classroom excellence
5. Is there hope for a 15-year-old non-reader?
6. A website of cool math problems

Marshall Memo 342 - June 28, 2010

1. Thinking through the details of merit pay for teachers
2. Concerns about interim assessments
3. The effective use of “clickers” in the classroom
4. In science teaching, facts alone are not enough
5. A high-school administrator’s valedictory thoughts
6. Boy-girl differences in reading

Marshall Memo 341 - June 21, 2010

1. Effective teaching strategies that don’t take more time
2. How can we make the best use of technology in classrooms?
3. Creating online troubleshooting guides
4. Spatial skills – the key to STEM
5. Getting a critical mass of highly skilled teachers in turnaround schools
6. The dark side of the GEDn
7. Using digital games in the classroom
8. Writing improves reading
9a. PD website
9b. Online museums
9c. High-school study aids website
9d. Career search website

Marshall Memo 340 - June 14, 2010

1. Low-stakes accountability in Japan through interim assessments
2. How Finland’s schools got so good
3. New York City’s “School of One”
4. Vision therapy – does it work?
5. Story beginnings that hook the reader
6. Children’s book recommendations
7a. International space station taking shape
7b. Classic literature summer reading list
7c. Books for boys who don’t love to readn
7d. Cool books list
7e. Books across America

Marshall Memo 339 - June 7, 2010

1. Teacher prejudice and minority-group achievement in the Netherlands
2. The National Early Literacy Panel Report
3. Phonics or meaning in kindergarten and first grade?
4. Toward balanced literacy
5. Knowledge as the essential underpinning of reading proficiency
6. Intensive teacher coaching around vocabulary development
7. Counteracting the dominance of narrative texts in preschool classrooms
8. Effective teaching of academic vocabulary in middle schools
9. Improving girls’ math and science achievement
10. News flash! Student attendance matters!

Marshall Memo 338 - May 31, 2010

1. The power of swift, predictable, moderate consequences
2. Eleven “better practices” for getting results
3. Getting the most from teacher teams
4. Richard Allington on helping struggling readers succeed
5. How should teachers measure students’ vocabulary knowledge?
6. How to make middle-school science instruction stick
7. Questions for states adopting the Common Core Standards
8. Four ways the Common Core standards can produce results
9. New teacher resources website

Marshall Memo 337 - May 24, 2010

1. The effect of female teachers’ math anxiety on girls’ achievement
2. Advice from other sectors on turning around failing schools
3. How can value-added measures be used more effectively?
4. Rethinking teacher compensation with value-added measures as one piece
5. Teaching struggling readers to get meaning from informational texts
6. Bullying and a school’s “ecology”
7. A Texas principal describes her opening moves
8. The importance of a good teacher-school “match”
9. Rethinking math instruction

Marshall Memo 336 - May 17, 2010

1. Carol Dweck on helping students deal with setbacks and failure
2. Rethinking teacher compensation
3. Myths and hopes about merit pay
4. Five questions about merit pay
5. Merit pay ideas from Arkansas
6. Students evaluating college instructors – implications for K-12?
7. Guiding principles for elementary literacy coaches
8. Coaching makes a difference

Marshall Memo 335 - May 10, 2010

1. Nurturing teachers and making schools learning communities
2. A career ladder proposal
3. Should value-added data be used to evaluate teachers?
4. Daniel Pink on motivation
5. Cooperative learning as brain-friendly differentiation
6. Advice on AP courses
7. Using partner reading to build vocabulary and confidence
8. Robert Marzano on effective use of nonlinguistic representations
9. Inside Mathematics website

Marshall Memo 334 - May 3, 2010

1. What kind of parent involvement makes the biggest difference?
2. What a principal learned from coaching gymnastics
3. Does starting small produce big achievement gains?
4. Advice for new teachers
5. Getting new science teachers off on the right foot
6. How to turn around a failing teacher
7. Insights from a national principal training program
8. Preventing serious school violence
9. Helping students become more sophisticated about advertisements
10. Essential questions on economic policy
11a. Engineering girls website
11b. Middle-school science website
11c. Science and Olympics

Marshall Memo 333 - April 26, 2010

1. The truth about Jaime Escalante’s triumph at Garfield High School
2. Managers who diminish employees’ talent – and those who multiply it
3. A Michigan middle school makes the leap to standards-based grading
4. Getting the best from twenty-somethings
5. Mixed results from paying students for achievement
6. The power of a second language
7. Academic English as a unifying goal
8. What it takes to be ready for college and careers
9. Which approach works best for ELLs?
10. Ethical dimensions of students’ online behavior
11a. French language exercises
11b. Spanish verb conjugator
11c. Multimedia Chinese dictionary
11d. Japanese study materials
11e. Free materials for language teachers
11f. Brainy quotes

Marshall Memo 332 - April 19, 2010

1. Why the worlds of teachers and research are so far apart
2. Classroom and behavior management 101
3. Robert Marzano on teaching inference
4. Early college high schools
5. How the “sheepskin effect” varies from group to group
6. Improving high-school guidance counseling
7. Should value-added data be used to evaluate teachers?
8. “Clickers” in the classroom – do they help?
9. A book that clarifies what guided reading is
10. An Arkansas community reads the same book together
11. Recommended children’s books
12. Global connection websites

Marshall Memo 331 - April 12, 2010

1. Fred Jones on integrating good teaching and classroom management
2. What students should be reading in school
3. Ten keys to being an effective department chair
4. A longer school day – necessary but not sufficient
5. Characteristics of an effective after-school program
6. What can be done to reduce bullying?
7a. Jon Saphier video on checking for understanding
7b. A challenging U.S. puzzle map
7c. Online courses
7d. More incredible websites

Marshall Memo 330 - April 5, 2010

1. Student engagement is the key
2. An Ohio high school revamps its schedule
3. A Colorado high school tries something completely different
4. Culturally relevant pedagogy: combating the myths
5. Conditions for successful professional learning communities
6. What principals should do when students write about violence
7. Twelve ways to get information to stick in students’ brains
8. David Elkind comments on recess coaches

Marshall Memo 329 - March 29, 2010

1. A Minnesota district gets rid of “lethal” grading practices
2. A new book about intelligence
3. Why are so many U.S. adults skeptical about scientific theories?
4. How organized should recess be?
5. Effective PD for secondary literacy
6. Engaging a wide range of readers
7. Improving the accuracy of college ESL students’ writing
8. Robert Marzano on summarizing
9. A gay teacher makes his mark
10. This teacher loves Diigo

Marshall Memo 328 - March 22, 2010

1. Grant Wiggins on state tests
2. Professional learning communities and schoolwide coherence
3. Teachers learning from video recordings of their own teaching
4. Avoiding four traps in reading instruction
5. Boosting adolescent reading achievement
6. Using a more effective instructional sequence in science classrooms
7. Good books to read aloud with preschoolers
8. The power of suggestion
9a. The Story of Stuff
9b. Smithsonian website
9c. Visible body

Marshall Memo 327 - March 15, 2010

1. Getting students to slow down and appreciate reading
2. Keys to getting sixth graders reading
3. A teacher experiences the problems of grouping
4. What makes teacher teams effective?
5. Defusing an angry parent with “mineral rights” questions
6. A Brooklyn high school schedules differently
7. Should high-school physics be taught before biology and chemistry?
8. The basics of differentiation

Marshall Memo 326 - March 8 2010

1. Can good teaching be taught?
2. Mathematical knowledge for teaching
3. Using video clips to help teachers tune in to their students’ thinking
4. Lightweight and heavyweight instructional coaching
5. An online professional community in Maryland
6. What boosts motivation for bored adolescents
7. Ideas for turning around failing schools
8. Richard DuFour on asking the right question
9. Why merit pay is a distraction and a delusion

Marshall Memo 325 - March 1, 2010

1. New Haven middle-school teachers rethink math instruction
2. Can the five-paragraph essay be a useful teaching tool?
3. Should middle schools have honor rolls?
4. Getting away from traditional grading in a Kentucky middle school
5. Can schools help parents of LGBT students become more accepting?
6. What kind of leadership is most effective in hard times?
7. Douglas Reeves on the care and feeding of stressed-out teachers
8a. Educational videos website
8b. Special Olympics Project UNIFY
8c. ELL lesson plans website
8d. Math forum website
8e. National Geographic website
8f. Books for visually impaired students
8g. Wordle website
8h. Open sources software
8i. Spanish website
8j. Spanish language drills
8k. French website
8l. Chinese and Japanese writing website
8m. Native speaker recordings website
8n. Calendar website

Marshall Memo 324 - Feb. 22, 2010

1. How interim assessments failed in two Pennsylvania districts
2. Three ways to handle discipline
3. Helping slow learners succeed
4. Increasing the amount of informational reading in primary classrooms
5. How to maximize “brain torque” in classrooms
6. What’s most important in your high school?
7. Service learning in action
8. Making service learning count
9. Service-learning projects in Oregon

Marshall Memo 323 - Feb. 15, 2010

1. The two sides of competition
2. Nancie Atwell on reading the right stuff
3. A three-step process for improving the achievement of struggling students
4. Getting students to self-assess in elementary classrooms
5. Effective use of squishiest in a New York City school
6. Criteria for effective service-learning programs
7. The Penny Harvest program in action
8. The n-effect in classroom dynamics
9. Redefining the role of the school library in the information age
10. Problems with requiring algebra in middle school
11a. A powerful film about a Paris classroom
11b. More on merit pay
11c. Black History Month websites

Marshall Memo 322 - Feb. 8, 2010

1. Is quality learning possible while multitasking?
2. Getting ready to write
3. A push to improve teaching in college classrooms
4. Teaching morality in school
5. Applying the concept of distributed learning
6. Succeeding with students who are hard to like
7. A multi-dimensional learning plan
8. Robert Marzano on effective classroom games
9. What works in sex education?
10a. A principal’s blog
10b. Learning disabilities website
10c. Khan Academy
10d. National Lab Day website
10e. Teaching finance website

Marshall Memo 321 - Feb. 1, 2010

1. The pedagogy of poverty
2. Lessons from effective Chicago elementary schools
3. Marilyn Burns on math interviews
4. Fair and accurate grades for exceptional learners
5. Tuning in to students’ “currencies”
6. Teaching insights from computer games
7. Response to Intervention as a strategy for ELLs
8. The benefits of having recess before lunch

Marshall Memo 320 - Jan. 25, 2010

1. What qualities predict a teacher’s success with students?
2. Good handwriting – Right from the start
3. Using iPods to help students learn literary analysis
4. Targeted instruction to help ELLs succeed in content-area classes
5. Why do so many students hit the wall in college calculus?
6a. Another Hans Rosling masterpiece
6b. Foreign language video clips
6c. Exploring French art
6d. Spanish language practice online
6e. Teaching medieval Islam

Marshall Memo 319 - January 18,2010

1. The influence of mindsets on teaching and learning
2. “I’m just not good at math” – why do we tolerate this statement?
3. A high school eliminates tracking
4. A school district and a university work together on a common problem
5. Success for students with high-functioning autism
6. Restorative dispute resolution
7. How a school cleared the halls by the end of passing time
8. Outdoor recess in a middle school?
9. A survivor tells all

Marshall Memo 318 - Jan. 11, 2010

1. What Teach for America is learning about highly effective teachers
2. Should teachers try to match instruction to students’ learning styles?
3. Adapting
4. Using peer coaches to build oral reading fluency
5. A new tool for evaluating principals
6. What to novels teach about Muslim girls?
7. Richard DuFour on improving ‘good’ schools
8. When student evaluations of teachers become popularity contests

Marshall Memo 317 - Jan. 4, 2009

1. What kind of learning works best?
2. Teaching more challenging mathematics in preschool
3. A Massachusetts high school’s students write and produce films
4. Changing beliefs in a tumultuous time
5. Preparing special-needs students for success in college
6. How children shape their own environment – not always for the best
7. Boosting students’ mindfulness
8a. Project Explorer website
8b. Shakespeare website
8c. Grants website
8d. Using cell phones as “clickers”
8e. Foreign language websites

Marshall Memo 316 - Dec. 27, 2009

1. Teacher self-efficacy and adopting new techniques
2. How instructional coaches can work with resistant teachers
3. Seven keys to effective professional development
4. Applying the lessons of The Elements of Style to teaching
5. What works in all-boy classes?
6. Ideas, evidence, and argumentation in science classes
7a. Virtual college fairs
7b. Alternatives to dropping out
7c. Street games
7d. Newspaper front pages online

Marshall Memo 315 - Dec. 21, 2009

1. How is the health care crisis like the problems in our schools?
2. Getting the most out of instructional coaches
3. Individual merit pay for teachers: an idea whose time has not come
4. Using performance-based rubrics to evaluate teachers
5. Detecting problems early and intervening
6. Diagnosing struggling students’ vision problems
7. Wellness education in a Massachusetts school
8. The best motivator is…
9. Resilience in a crisis
10. An evaluation of three school-reform programs
11. Neuroscience for Kids website

Marshall Memo 314 - Dec. 14, 2009

1. What will it take to improve all schools?
2. Ten turnaround keys
3. The critical importance of reteaching
4. Robert Marzano on a powerful way to improve student learning
5. A graphic organizer to facilitate math problem-solving
6. Strategies for helping students who harm themselves
7. Addressing nutrition and health in a Bronx classroom
8. Are the “best” schools really the best?
9. Stories and novels that teach math
10. Ideas on parent involvement

Marshall Memo 313 - Dec. 7, 2009

1. Revisiting Dan Lortieís ìunholy trinityî from Schoolteacher
2. ìPositive devianceî as a strategy for solving difficult problems
3. Why turnarounds seldom work
4. Faculty meetings that build skills and school culture
5. Nutrition 101
6. Students getting enough sleep
7. Teaching civility

Marshall Memo 312 - Nov. 30, 2009

1. Making connections with all students
2. How to boost the quality of classroom discussions
3. More about improving classroom discussions
4. Ensuring academic rigor for English language learners
5. Student-led report card conferences in Kentucky
6. What it takes for teachers to maintain high expectations
7. Using trained dogs to help reluctant readers
8. Presuming competence with special-needs students
9. Financial literacy for teens
10a. We Can Change the World Challenge
10b. Citizen Science Central

Marshall Memo 311 - Nov. 23, 2009

1. Why math teaching lags in the U.S. ñ and what we can do about it
2. Improving the teaching of history at Indiana University
3. How to radically improve a low-performing school
4. What kind of parent involvement is best in middle and high school?
5. Five skills needed to be an effective innovator
6. Crisis management 101
7. Stereotype threat in action
8a. Play scripts online
8b. Life magazine photos online
8c. Engineering magazine online

Marshall Memo 310 - Nov. 16, 2009

1. Five ways to get the best from students
2. Getting girls tinkering
3. Involving students in the assessment process
4. Using on-the-spot assessments
5. Robert Marzano on interactive whiteboards
6. Making marking meaningful
7. A trap some college professors fall into ñ and K-12 teachers too?
8. Is going to college worth it?
9. Whatís involved in closing the achievement gap?
10. The impact ñ and limitations ñ of smaller classes
11a. Creative activist toolkit
11b. Instructional videos online

Marshall Memo 309 - Nov. 9, 2009

1. The difference between strategic planning and having a strategy
2. Using improv theater in English language learning classrooms
3. Collaborative professional learning in a Chicago school
4. A balanced assessment system
5. Effective use of during-the-year assessments in Vermont
6. The pros and cons of elementary departmentalization
7. Variations in instructional practices from classroom to classroom

Marshall Memo 308 - Nov. 2, 2009

1. High expectations ñ what do they look like in schools?
2. Students as potential leaders against bullying
3. Guidelines for resolving ethical dilemmas
4. Alcohol- and drug-related suspensions from athletic events
5. Heading off a suicide contagion
6. Advice on preventing dropouts ñ from a former dropout
7. The characteristics of idealistic, contented, and disheartened teachers
8. A proposal on merit pay
9. The relationship between a sense of efficacy and job stress
10. A California teacher surveys her students

Marshall Memo 307 - Oct. 26, 2009

1. Teacher teams getting results
2. James Popham on improving assessments in schools
3. Turning Bloomís taxonomy upside down in history classes
4. An unexpected study/memory strategy
5. Tips for difficult conversations
6. Ideas on decision-making from the business world
7. Conductors as leadership models

Marshall Memo 306 - Oct. 19, 2009

1. What it takes to sustain good teachers
2. Using behavior-based interviewing with teacher candidates
3. What makes an effective math teacher
4. Key components of new teacher induction
5. Avoiding false choices and doing what's right for students
6. The impact of “stereotype threat” on eighth graders
7. Three principles of leadership
8. School boards and effective policy-making
9. Cellphone cheating in schools
10a. Social justice websites
10b. Connecting with schools around the world
10c. Websites to enhance use of digital whiteboards for foreign-language teaching
10d. Foreign language Web resources

Marshall Memo 305 - Oct. 12, 2009

1. Five keys to highly effective inner-city schools
2. Elementary mathematics - harder to teach than we think
3. A surprising way to develop “executive function” in kindergarten
4. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth in middle school
5. A more ambitious approach to family involvement
6. Statistics on the fate of high-school dropouts
7. Using data to prevent youth violence in Chicago
8. Paintings from the New Deal

Marshall Memo 304 - Oct. 5, 2009

1. Brilliant, eccentric teachers who hook students
2. Robert Marzano on maximizing student learning of new information
3. Key characteristics of high-performing schools
4. Using integrated literacy circles in middle-school content classes
5. E.D. Hirsch on the history and importance of core knowledge
6. Total student load: a key factor in student achievement
7. Principals learning to listen, collaborate, and lead
8. Carpe diem, says Frederick Hess
9. A simplified college financial aid form makes a big difference
10. Math and science portal

Marshall Memo 303 - Sept. 28, 2009

1. Why physics matters
2. Middle-school students watch a play about drinking and smoking
3. Dealing with adolescents' test and performance anxiety
4. The right kind of test preparation
5. Rethinking the way we teach and assess literacy in the digital age
6. Getting Web 2.0-addicted secondary students writing
7. Restructuring a middle-school math inclusion class
8. A principal who texts with her 2,000 high-school students
9. What happens when high achievers go to lower-tier colleges?
10. Ten tips for effective presentations
11a. Test yourself for hidden bias
11b. Online Mandarin Chinese
11c. High-school biology blog

Marshall Memo 302 - Sept. 21, 2009

1. The curious dynamics of being new to a leadership position
2. Robert Marzano sets the record straight
3. Douglas Reeves on fixing grading practices
4. What makes effective schools soar
5. Teaching students how to engage in effective argumentation
6. The influence of effective teachers on their colleagues
7. What's working in Montgomery County, Maryland
8. Categories for evaluating teaching
9. Value-added reports for teachers in New York City

Marshall Memo 301 - Sept. 14, 2009

1. How children's racial attitudes are shaped
2. Keys to turning around failing schools
3. Robert Marzano on vocabulary acquisition
4. Girls in math and science
5. Merit pay in Portugal: is it working?
6. Online curriculum resources
7. Quest Atlantis

Marshall Memo 300 - Sept. 7, 2009

1. Three suggestions for effective teaching - with caveats
2. Deep skills for the 21st century
3. Teaching 21st-century skills well
4. Six myths about creativity
5. Teaching the core concepts of K-12 science
6. How good are state curriculum standards for evolution?
7. A middle-school dropout prevention program in Philadelphia
8. Is Accelerated Reader's point system reducing high-quality reading?
9a. Big Apple eighth graders show their stuff
9b. College choices website
9c. Band leaders website
9d. Author directory website
9e. Weight bias website

Marshall Memo 299 - Aug. 31, 2009

1. Why people misunderstand us
2. Procrastination - the triumph of impulsivity over future benefits
3. A Georgia teacher takes the plunge for reading workshop
4. Ten ways to get students involved
5. A cautionary note on two-way bilingual classes
6. Making civics education stick
7. The impact of good teaching
8a. Hans Rosling does it again
8b. Five videos on classroom management

Marshall Memo 298 - Aug. 24, 2009

1. Advice from the business world on handling e-mail
2. How distributed leadership affects student achievement
3. What's most important as teachers decide where to teach?
4. Effective ways to communicate with parents
5. A balance of rigor and play in kindergarten
6. Which is best for ELLs, an English or a Spanish reading intervention?
7. Effective use of comics in world-language classrooms
8. Eight first-rate new children's books
9a. Teacher collaboration website
9b. RTI websites
9c. World languages websites

Marshall Memo 297 - Aug. 17, 2009

1. Key factors in turning around failing schools
2. Quality problems in district and state evaluations of school principals
3. The best ways to expand kindergarten students' vocabularies
4. An effective intervention with a struggling third grader
5. A low-cost way to accelerate high-achieving students
6. Mike Schmoker on capturing wasted classroom time
7. Ideas on teaching evolution
8. Are “dumb” students really dumb?
9. An online math textbook

Marshall Memo 296 - Aug. 10, 2009

1. Solving the standards/compassion impasse
2. Schools where failure is not an option
3. Doing remediation right
4. What can be done to prevent dropouts?
5. Can whole-class instruction help all students learn?
6. Pointers for teaching unfamiliar material
7. The rappin' math teacher
8a. Through Students' Eyes website
8b. Photovoice website

Marshall Memo 295 - July 20, 2009

1. Which works best for teaching reading: strategies or content?
2. Twenty-five ideas from a talented New York City teacher
3. Another precinct heard from on “value-added” assessment of teachers
4. Getting boys reading
5. Parent input on class placement decisions
6. A CEO's advice on giving feedback and hiring

Marshall Memo 294 - July 13, 2009

1. Cooperative learning's strengths - and what it takes to make it work
2. Advice to a rookie principal: stroll!
3. Online quizzes on everything

Marshall Memo 293 - July 6, 2009

1. Examining the use of interim assessments in Philadelphia
2. Strategies for supporting four types of teachers
3. Having real conversations
4. Wendy Kopp on finding good teachers and dumping strategic planning
5. Getting the most out of every professional development dollar
6. Is there such a thing as foreign language learning disability?
7. Unregulated, pernicious sex education
8. A protocol for small-group discussion of a text
9a. An online arts education handbook
9b. TWIPs

Marshall Memo 292 - June 29, 2009

1. Can deferring gratification be taught?
2. How to make professional development stick
3. The benefits of full-service community schools
4. Five school-reform ideas that didn't work out
5. Is abolishing teacher tenure the answer?
6. The importance of phonological awareness for Spanish ELLs
7a. Getty Museum website
7b. It helps to be able to see well

Marshall Memo 291 - June 22, 2009

1. A Canadian province goes for whole-system reform using six principles
2. A high school makes good use of content-area tutoring
3. What we know (and don't know) about literacy instruction for ELLs
4. Bridging the gap between students' Internet savvy and in-school literacy
5. Fifth graders read e-books, respond, and chat electronically
6. Using joke books to improve a student's prosody
7. Using British singer Susan Boyle as a lesson on expectations

Marshall Memo 290 - June 15, 2009

1. Help for privileged students
2. Working smart when teaching affluent students about social justice
3. Douglas Reeves on teaching social responsibility
4. Shifting a large high school's culture from “me” to “we”
5. A schoolwide, community-wide reading experience
6. Effective use of literacy coaches in secondary schools
7. Hard questions about scripted reading programs
8. A Kentucky teacher shapes middle-school students' behavior
9. A Norwegian approach to dealing with bullying
10. What's the best way to calculate the high-school graduation rate?
11. Stopping “summer slide” in Baltimore elementary schools
12. Children's book recommendations
13. National Writing Day

Marshall Memo 289 - June 8, 2009

1. Sense and nonsense on grade inflation
2. Developing moral children
3. Doing a better job with environmental education
4. A five-step strategy for differentiating fourth-grade math
5. Preventing last-minute high-school dropouts
6. Three types of school-district culture - and which is most effective
7. Using “balanced scorecards” in school districts
8. Gender differences in math
9a. A new report on teacher evaluation
9b. Open-source lessons
9c. Discussion boards
9d. Online teacher discussion forum

Marshall Memo 288 - June 1, 2009

1. Problematic student beliefs about school
2. Enhancing literacy and family involvement with one activity
3. Ideas for family writing activities
4. Problem-solving conferences
5. Gradual release of responsibility
6. Three levels of scaffolding in early phonemic awareness
7. Two views on teaching online college courses
8. A community college decides on outcome goals and assessments
9. Hugging is the new “hello”
10. Velocity: how the medium affects the message
11a. Three-minute explanations
11b. A new interactive programming language
11c. Poetry slams

Marshall Memo 287 - May 25, 2009

1. How some schools in Israel become safe havens in tough communities
2. How the achievement gap widens - and how to close it
3. Rick Stiggins and Rick DuFour on common interim assessments
4. Nine tips for making word study effective in grades K-2
5. Ten myths about schools
6. Seven skills that students need
7. College readiness defined
8a. College readiness standards and resources
8b. Math resources website
8c. Facts about religions

Marshall Memo 286 - May 18, 2009

1. What can effective parenting tell us about teaching?
2. Purpose-driven school work
3. Three additional Rs: reasoning, resilience, and responsibility
4. Ten ways to support students' resilience
5. Building trust
6. Ten fatal leadership flaws
7. Neutralizing “stereotype threat”I
8. A program to build academic vocabulary in middle school
9. Early identification and treatment of alcohol abuse
10. A national poll of students' state of mind
11. Negative findings on four supplementary reading programs

Marshall Memo 285 - May 11, 2009

1. David Brooks on how geniuses are made
2. Mike Schmoker on 21st-century learning
3. Preventing the early grades from becoming an academic boot camp
4. “Warm demanders” and “compassionate disciplinarians” in high school
5. A schoolwide prevention program for student behavior
6. The value of a comprehensive school climate survey
7. Should schools teach empathy?
8. “Instructional rounds” in schools
9. How good are the five most popular reading basals?
10. The similarities between managing and mothering
11. Literacy Cookbook website

Marshall Memo 284 - May 4, 2009

1. Five lessons on using data
2. Active recall - the key to remembering
3. Improving teaching by building and sharing a repository of knowledge
4. Larry Cuban on what works in classrooms
5. What is the most important precursor to college success?
6. Learning from failure
7. Turning around a Philadelphia high school
8. Douglas Reeves on Web 2.0

Marshall Memo 283 - Apr. 27, 2009

1. What's involved in addressing an ethical dilemma?
2. Making teams effective
3. The abuses - and uses - of multitasking
4. Teaching students how to do Internet research
5. How to develop digital literacy - in students and ourselves
6. Getting the most from elementary math coaches
7. Ways to identify gifted and talented students
8a. Causes of World War I
8b. Flat classroom project
8c. Great plant escape
8d. Flashcard exchange
8e. Language island
8f. French linguistics

Marshall Memo 282 - Apr. 20, 2009

1. Grim statistics on teen pregnancy and ideas for prevention
2. Is single-sex education a silver bullet?
3. Teaching ELLs the art of conversation
4. A better way to teach a textbook chapter
5. Advice for teacher leaders presenting to colleagues
6. Evidence-based coaching of teachers
7. Tips to get students writing
8. Books to put in children's hands for the summer
9. Children's books with rhythm and rhyme
10. Subgenre booklists

Marshall Memo 281 - Apr. 13, 2009

1. Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano on teacher supervision and evaluation
2. A new book on whether intelligence is inherited or acquired
3. Teaching elementary math using multiple “genres”
4. Using a powerful poem with high-school students
5. Seven steps in action research
6. Douglas Reeves on maximizing the impact of teacher leaders
7. Faculty book groups
8. Behavioral economics comes to the school cafeteria
9. Computer games that bring learning alive
10. Flashcards 2.0

Marshall Memo 280 - Apr. 6, 2009

1. Why real thinking is hard - and how to maximize it in the classroom
2. Counteracting beliefs about innate intelligence
3. A broader view of school accountability
4. A study of the teaching of writing in high school
5. The Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
6. What schools should teach about sex
7. Are unions to blame for failing urban schools?
8. Twelve principles for successful labor-management collaboration
9. The president speaks out on saggy pants
10a. Quarterly goals for student reading levels
10b. PBS's teacher website

Marshall Memo 279 - Mar. 30, 2009

1. Leadership lessons from Honest Abe
2. The uses of regret
3. E.D. Hirsch on reading tests that could narrow the achievement gap
4. New York Times readers respond to Hirsch's article
5. A New York middle school involves students in improving their writing
6. Fluency and comprehension: why can't they just get along?
7. Standards-based report cards: how are they faring?
8. Picture books that hook middle-school readers
9. Websites for teachers

Marshall Memo 278 - March 23, 2009

1. The anatomy of a turnaround
2. “Learning walks” help transform a Rhode Island middle school
3. A report on the state of professional development here and abroad
4. A district's high schools focus on using after-school PD time well
5. How goal-setting can cause problems
6. Six ways schools can cope in a time of scarce resources
7. What makes a difference for students arriving from other countries
8. How touch helps learning
9. Involving students in assessment and self-improvement
10. Mostly disappointing results from software programs

Marshall Memo 277 - Mar. 16, 2009

1. Mike Schmoker on practices that could transform schools
2. Key steps in overcoming teachers' resistance to new ideas
3. What works in teacher professional development
4. How literacy coaches can be more effective
5. Teaching “executive skills” to adolescents
6. Chicago's new high-school data project
7. Understanding foreign-born students' math approaches
8. What to include in an effective post-interview thank-you letter
9a. Teen reading website
9b. Forms of government website

Marshall Memo 276 - Mar. 9, 2009

1. Howard Gardner on developing intellectual qualities for the future
2. Leaders who are smart and creative but lack wisdom
3. Survey findings on American teachers
4. The role of socio-emotional skills in developing proficient readers
5. How state reading tests sell students short
6. Weak vocabulary instruction in ten pre-K reading programs
7. Which are the best elementary math curriculum programs?
8. A revision of Bloom's taxonomy
9. Using dance steps to teach chemistry

Marshall Memo 275 - Mar. 2, 2009

1. A sea change on race
2. James Popham spotlights six areas for improvement
3. Collaboration between schools and child welfare agencies
4. How far will value-added assessment of teachers get us?
5. Do cash incentives improve student achievement?
6. Rick Stiggins on getting students involved in the assessment process
7. Effective questions for interviewing principal candidates
8. Should principals talk about “my teachers” and “my school”?
9. Getting the most out of a tutoring program
10. Early vocabulary enrichment
11. The importance of recess
12. Students stand and deliver in a Minnesota elementary school
13. Mapping Africa website

Marshall Memo 274 - Feb. 23, 2009

1. Can a BlackBerry addict be a focused, productive leader?
2. Dealing with the “leadership trap”
3. Applying the “broken-windows” theory to schools
4. Two teachers at opposite ends of the spectrum
5. Four keys to effective teaching
6. Standards-based grading that benefits students with special needs
7. Upper-elementary students' social and psychological development
8. What is the impact of achievement grouping in the lower grades?
9. The power of intentional, explicit vocabulary instruction

Marshall Memo 273 - Feb.16, 2009

1. A young teacher learns from her veteran colleagues
2. A new report on professional development of teachers
3. Closing the achievement gap the smart way
4. A step-by-step process for implementing peer assessment
5. A program that gives students instant feedback on their writing
6. What Reading First got wrong - and what schools need to do now
7. Five pillars of literacy instruction
8. Principles for using “Response to Intervention” in literacy classrooms
9. Should children be allowed to just read?
10. Children's book recommendations
11a. Online “field trips”
11b. Four helpful programs
11c. A website to learn about neurobiological disorders
11d. Poetry website

Marshall Memo 272 - Feb. 9, 2009

1. Insights on procrastination - and ways to avoid it
2. Doing mini-observations right
3. An outstanding middle school in Boston
4. Getting students involved in self-assessment and self-improvement
5. Gradual release of responsibility in classrooms
6. Clearing up myths about Advanced Placement courses
7. Preparing seniors for college and work
8. Figuring the cost of an out-of-school program
9. The virtues - and limits - of recess
10a. Cyberbullying websites
10b. Old newspapers online
10c. Real-world math applications

Marshall Memo 271 - Feb. 2, 2009

1. A spontaneous fifth-grade inquiry project
2. Important caveats on classroom “clickers”
3. New consequences for misbehaving high-school students
4. A New York high school's R-E-S-P-E-C-T plan
5. Alcohol and drug use, abuse, and dependence: what schools can do
6. What's really going on with teenage sex?
7. “Broadening School Accountability”
8. “Response to intervention” at the high-school level
9. Two books on intelligence
10. A new idea for classroom seating

Marshall Memo 270 - Jan. 26, 2009

1. Sometimes you have to call people out
2. Warm and competent - can people be both?
3. Avoiding dumb decisions
4. Tips for making a presentation
5. Riffing on the dream
6. Marie Carbo on matching teaching strategies to students' learning styles
7. An alternative to Ruby Payne's approach to teaching poor children
8. Ruby Payne defends her work
9. Collaborative problem-solving with difficult students
10a. 44 morphing presidents
10b. Blog to improve students' writing
10c. Interactive computer models website
10d. Bullying prevention website
10e. Continuing math education for teachers

Marshall Memo 269 - Jan. 19, 2009

1. Teaching “outrageous” lessons
2. Using poetry to teach grammar
3. Changing low expectations about student learning
4. Four myths about Asian-American students
5. Supporting first-generation college-going students
6. Are good teachers made - or born?
7. A test for unconscious bias and unintentional racism
8. The Civil War in four minutes!

Marshall Memo 268 - Jan. 12, 2009

1. How can we help students remember more?
2. Explicit teaching of spelling in the elementary grades
3. A strategy for improving math instruction
4. A freshman advisory program in a New York high school
5. Can cell phones be instructionally useful?
6. Less mayhem and more learning at recess
7. Virginity pledges don't work
8a. Virtual books online
8b. A unit on baseball and unionism
8c. Child labor curriculum material
8d. David Macaulay's new book on the human body

Marshall Memo 267 - Jan. 5, 2009

1. What helps develop students' self-efficacy beliefs?
2. Do commercial teacher selection interviews pick the best teachers?
3. Trouble-shooting and addressing possible learning barriers for ELLs
4. Using cooperative learning to support English language learners
5. Beefing up ninth-grade teacher teams
6. The benefits of student-led report card conferences
7. What kind of home reading support makes the biggest difference?

Marshall Memo 266 - Dec. 29, 2008

1. Newly appointed leaders want quick wins, but beware of the traps!
2. Fine-tuning leadership for five types of entry challenge
3. Getting “the vision thing” right
4. How to implement a strategic plan so it works
5. What fosters creativity in a leadership team?
6. Response to intervention: timely help for struggling students
7. Sustained silent reading - The research evidence and common sense
8. Using “sound boxes” to help readers with phonemic awareness

Marshall Memo 265 - Dec. 22, 2008

1. How changeable are people's personalities over time?
2. The long-term impact of an elementary student intervention
3. Should elementary schools think in terms of college readiness?
4. The two sides of teacher burnout: demands and resources
5. Are scripted reading programs the solution?
6. An Indiana schools hangs 45 art masterpieces in the hallways
7. Best practices at four high-performing high schools
8. Museum websites

Marshall Memo 264 - Dec. 15, 2008

1. Leading with passion
2. A critique of Ruby Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty
3. Is more time in school the answer?
4. “Response to intervention” - why isn't it catching on?
5. How can a public library be a gap-widener?
6. Essay-writing as a strategy for fostering resilience in children
7. Reaching diverse learners in reading classes
8. Matching text difficulty to students' reading levels
9. Highly recommended children's fiction
10. Nonfiction book picks

Marshall Memo 263 - Dec. 8, 2008

1. What works in the world's best schools
2. Six keys to turnaround efforts
3. Overcoming denial and resistance
4. The potential of instructional coaching - and how to do it right
5. Literacy coaches - mentors or directors?
6. Running an effective workshop
7. Improving a fifth/first-grade reading buddies program

Marshall Memo 262 - Dec. 1, 2008

1. What constitutes “good work”?
2. Five rules for effective leadership
3. Using student “guardians” to deal with high-school bullying
4. How to promote “word consciousness” in elementary classrooms
5. A list of staff-student “boundary invasions”
6. Helping to combat stereotyping of Arabs
7a. What was this beautiful machine?
7b. Online teacher resources
7c. Online e-Books

Marshall Memo 261 - Nov. 24, 2008

1. The debate over single-sex classrooms and schools
2. Maximizing time on task in classrooms
3. Using film clips to spark advisory-group discussions on character education
4. How good are computer-adaptive tests?
5. New math courses for high-school seniors
6. “Boundary invasions” as possible precursors to sexual abuse
7. A 21st-century school-home communications system
8. A free online K-3 supplementary reading program

Marshall Memo 260 - Nov. 17, 2008

1. Skill deficits that underlie student behavior problems
2. Seven skills that students need to succeed in college and beyond
3. Lesson study in American schools
4. Programs for English language learners - and how they stack up
5. Pluses and minuses of book leveling systems
6. Alfie Kohn frets about the dark side of self-control

Marshall Memo 259 - Nov. 10, 2008

1. Are boys “naturally” better at math and science?
2. At what age should students learn about the Holocaust?
3. Mentoring new teachers - what best practice looks like
4. Putting a stop to sexual harassment
5. High expectations in action
6. Advisory groups help turn around a Washington high school
7. Successful advisory groups in Virginia
8. An enhanced homeroom period in a California high school
9a. One more election resource
9b. After-school program resources
9c. Five freedoms project

Marshall Memo 258 - Nov. 3, 2008

1. What we know and don't know about merit pay for teachers
2. Parent involvement in low- and high-performing high schools
3. The power of surveying students - and listening to what they say
4. The “marshmallow test” - can kids be taught to defer gratification?
5. The sorry state of science curriculum standards and textbooks
6. Teaching social justice in schools
7. The answers to last week's quiz on teachers' legal liability

Marshall Memo 257 - Oct. 27, 2008

1. How a leader can avoid being a “dictator by default”
2. Speechmaking 101 - being authentic and connecting with your audience
3. The basics of differentiated instruction
4. Guidelines for writing tests that are fair to everyone
5. A middle ground between retention and social promotion
6. Using riddles to improve reading comprehension - and have fun
7. Adapting interactive writing for a third-grade class
8. A quiz on teachers' legal liability
8. A quiz on teachers' legal liability
8. A quiz on teachers' legal liability

Marshall Memo 256 - Oct. 20, 2008

1. Strategies for turning around failing schools
2. Nine characteristics of effective school leaders
3. Using stories effectively in the classroom
4. Combating summer reading loss with a strong home reading program
5. Professional development and coaching: the one-two punch
6. To have a word wall or not, that is the question
7. Counteracting students' stereotypes about Africa
8. How content-area teachers can motivate students to read
9. Rethinking “gifted” education
10. Recess without mayhem
11a. Election resources website
11b. Mix It Up lunch day

Marshall Memo 255 - Oct. 13, 2008

1. Are we ready for value-added assessment of teachers?
2. Test preparation: the good, the bad, and the ugly
3. Failure is not an option: the A-B-I grading system
4. Douglas Reeves on teacher leadership
5. Websites for classroom study of the presidential election
6. Insights on during-instruction assessment
7. Children choose their favorite books
8. Recommendations for new children's books
9a. Review of Accelerated Math
9b. Caution on calculators

Marshall Memo 254 - Oct. 6, 2008

1. Peer assistance and review - a better way to evaluate teachers?
2. The long-range impact of kindergarteners' school attendance
3. A college professor on five types of problem students
4. The importance of coherence
5. A consumer guide to elementary math programs
6. How well are Gates-funded small high schools working?
7. Census website

Marshall Memo 253 - Sept. 29, 2008

1. Three reasons why learning about evolution matters
2. Five standards for evaluating a leader
3. How to foster creativity and innovation
4. Should colleges stop using the SAT and ACT for admissions decisions?
5. What discourages girls from pursuing STEM careers?
6. Ideas for preventing student cheating
7. A curriculum unit treating a high-stakes state test as a genre
8. A system for explicitly teaching reading comprehension
9. Using pictures to understand the S-T-O-R-Y
10. Children's books with characters who write

Marshall Memo 252 - Sept. 22, 2008

1. Five to ten minutes of “Poetry Academy” a week boosts reading achievement
2. Nurturing independent writers in the primary grades
3. A study of Florida middle-school literacy coaches
4. What produces high student engagement in middle-school classrooms?
5. A theory on why computers aren't helping student achievement
6. Should elementary students rotate to different classes or stay put?
7. What teachers should say - and not say - during a political season
7. What teachers should say - and not say - during a political season
8. Online college tours

Marshall Memo 251 - Sept. 15, 2008

1. Interim assessments: avoiding pitfalls and using best practices
2. Alfie Kohn on teaching and learning
3. Making the best use of school time
4. Teachers of color respond to racial challenges
5. Instructional uses of cellphones

Marshall Memo 250 - Sept. 8, 2008

1. Teaching evolution in a Florida high school
2. The “new paternalism” in successful inner-city schools
3. Are financial incentives for students a good idea?
4. Does paying students and teachers for AP results improve outcomes?
5. A college teacher criticizes Advanced Placement
6. Leveling the gender playing field

Marshall Memo 249 - Sept. 1, 2008

1. Jay McTighe on using assessments for learning
2. A Georgia district orchestrates three levels of interim data analysis
3. Student-led conferences in a California middle school
4. A teacher reflects on the pluses and minuses of e-mail
5. Writing as a key to college-bound student achievement
6. Four ways to promote adult learning in schools
7. Is this the best way to get high-school students to love reading?
8. Using videotapes of classes to improve teaching
9. Why aren't more young women becoming engineers?
10. Researchers' doubts about Open Court and Reading Mastery
11a. Online comparison of state standards
11b. Teacher leaders blog

Marshall Memo 248 - Aug. 25, 2008

1. Social intelligence as a key to good leadership
2. How Pixar revs up its creative juices
3. The promise and pitfalls of Response to Intervention (RTI)
4. The power of two-way bilingual programs
5. Making class work as involving as football and drama
6. What to look for in a meeting
7. A Wisconsin principal on paperwork, meetings, and reluctant teachers
8. Children's books for the presidential race
9a. Online election game
9b. Online pre-algebra and Algebra I games
9c. Teen Read Week
9d. Banned books
9e. Lesson plans on picture books

Marshall Memo 247 - Aug. 18 2008

1. A veteran high-school teacher on discipline
2. Going beyond “sweating the small stuff”
3. Homophobia, harassment, and murder in a California junior high school
4. Giving elementary students a vision of college in their future
5. Two different kinds of school leaders

Marshall Memo 246 - Aug. 11, 2008

1. How teachers and leaders can make their ideas stick
2. Using digital storytelling in the classroom
3. Using frequent assessments as part of flexible, agile teaching
4. Rick and Becky DuFour weigh in on tracking
5. A book about being a Muslim teenager in America
6a. A website for using Civilization
6b. An ancient history simulations website

Marshall Memo 245 - Aug. 4, 2008

1. Dangling on a climbing wall and feeling students' pain
2. Mentors, moxie, motivation, and Moms - four keys to college
3. Using song lyrics with literature in a middle-school classroom
4. Seven principles of effective vocabulary learning
5. Learning how not to handle a student's annoying question
6. Billy Beane's (indirect) advice on hiring teachers
7. Getting and keeping effective teachers
8. Three keys to improving student achievement
9. Hands-on classroom computer projects
10. Busting myths about early readiness
11a. Science and current events website
11b. History website
11c. C.I.A. website

Marshall Memo 244 - July 21, 2008

1. The art of nudging - improving decisions by wise “choice architecture”
2. Bringing “gifted” education to the masses
3. Are extracurricular activities the secret weapon of American schools?
4. More debunking of myths about male-female brain differences
5. Peer mediation at work in a Rhode Island high school
6. Braille makes a comeback
7. Teachers, parents, and the “math wars”
8. Getting middle-school students on track for college
9. Free curriculum websites - the wave of the future?
10. “Clickers” as achievement boosters and gender-gap closers

Marshall Memo 243 - July 14, 2008

1. If they don't read much, how they ever gonna get good?
2. A consumer report on grade 6-12 reading programs
3. Improving writing in middle and high schools
4. A professor's experience grading AP history exams
5. Making the best use of short classroom observations
6. Kentucky fifth graders engrossed in a local history project
7. The yin and yang of critical and creative thinking

Marshall Memo 242 - July 7, 2008

1. Key research findings on teaching English language learners
2. A thoughtful refutation of Piaget's developmental stages
3. Insights about elementary math teaching
4. The importance of well-chosen wrong answers
5. Does keeping back first and second graders work?
6. Is Reading Recovery an effective intervention for ELLs?
7a. Arts website
7b. A website for ELLs' teachers and parents

Marshall Memo 241 - June 230, 2008

1. In-the-moment assessments in physics instruction
2. Building learning into an organization
3. How to fulfill the drives that motivate employees
4. A Pennsylvania district targets failing middle-school students

Marshall Memo 240 - June 23, 2008

1. Dylan Wiliam on using minute-by-minute and day-to-day assessments
2. Students who pretend to understand when they don't
3. Teachers give candid advice to a first-year principal
4. What would get more girls to study physics and engineering?
5. Rhode Island's performance-based assessments for high-school seniors
6. Children's book recommendations
7a. Route 21 website
7b. Crossword-creating website

Marshall Memo 239 - June 16, 2008

1. Jay McTighe on three roles teachers can play in their teams
2. Helping English language learners navigate U.S. group dynamics
3. Helping young people find purpose
4. Zero-tolerance discipline policies - problems and alternatives
5. Delaware's new system for evaluating principals
6. Young teacher leaders hit the wall
7. Combat pay for teaching ninth graders?
8. Comics-making website

Marshall Memo 238 - June 9, 2008

1. Amitai Etzioni on moral education in schools
2. Teaching the big ideas of science and lighting a fire in students' minds
3. Three C's for improving urban science education
4. The power of a science lab in a Kansas elementary school
5. Twelve qualities of powerful professional learning
6. What will it take to get the best teachers into the neediest schools?
7. What do students need to be ready for college success?
8. Too much test prep, too late, doesn't work
9. Preparing for a teacher interview
10a. Safe Internet surfing
10b. Kid-friendly browsers
10c. Online ecology game
10d. Physical education video

Marshall Memo 237 - June 2, 2008

1. Cultural shifts to launch successful professional learning communities
2. The seven stages of teacher teamwork
3. Five key conditions of PLCs
4. Judith Warren Little on effective teacher teams
5. Freeing up principals to be instructional leaders
6. How can educators make their meetings more effective?
7. Developing self-regulation in elementary school students
8. CD-ROM storybooks in the classroom
9a. Turnaround schools
9b. Spanish sayings, tongue-twisters, and riddles
9c. Online language learning
9d. French slang
9e. Latin “Mad Glibs”

Marshall Memo 236 - May 26, 2008

1. Why are all the newbies teaching ninth grade?
2. An analysis of three effective high-school reform models
3. Findings from the business world about implementing ideas effectively
4. A Georgia “core knowledge” school struts its stuff
5. Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe on teaching for understanding
6. Douglas Reeves on not using grades to leverage attendance
7. How are Millennial teachers different from Gen-X and Boomers?
8. Teacher book groups enrich professional practice
9. A deaf tutor's advantages teaching English
10. The treatment of Islam in ten world history textbooks
11. What are the most important factors in pre-school classrooms?

Marshall Memo 235 - May 19, 2008

1. Twelve symptoms of a school in decline - and what can be done
2. Four recommendations for turning around underperforming schools
3. Preparing students for new 21st-century literacies
4. The importance of teaching advanced vocabulary to young children
5. Are one-to-one laptop programs effective?
6. Who are the most famous Americans?
7. Preparing in high school for the world of work
8. Counselors as key leaders in anti-bullying efforts
9. A cry for broader, deeper high-school social studies
10. Information on child sexual abuse
11. Arts websites

Marshall Memo 234 - May 12, 2008

1. Five virtues for school principals
2. Is supervising the heck out of teachers the answer?
3. Using “reflective assessment” to improve students' retention
4. How can teachers teach so students remember?
5. Stepping up math and science teaching in U.S. classrooms
6. Making time the variable in high-school math courses
7. Building middle-school students' momentum
8. An Alabama inclusion model for middle-school special-needs students
9. Why hasn't Reading First boosted students' reading comprehension?
10. A science lesson-planning format
11. Earth sciences website

Marshall Memo 233 - May 5, 2008

1. E.D. Hirsch on the elementary antecedents of high-school achievement
2. Douglas Reeves on effective leadership of literacy instruction
3. Howard Gardner on excellence, engagement, and ethics in U.S. schools
4. A study zeroes in on the shortcomings of “critical friends groups”
5. Teaching African-American students to “translate” to formal English
6. A Kansas high school welcomes its new ninth graders
7. An Iowa high school beefs up senior year
8. Minimizing teacher absenteeism
9. High student mobility - what can schools do?
10. How board games build preschoolers' math understanding
11. Collecting and analyzing data on youth services
12. A map showing carbon emissions across the U.S.

Marshall Memo 232 - Apr. 28, 2008

1. What brain research says about learning, health, exercise, and stress
2. An expert comments on resilience and happiness
3. Getting the best teachers to the students who need them the most
4. Giving the children of poverty a fair shake
5. Ruby Payne on boosting disadvantaged students' achievement
6. The potential of full-service schools - and lessons learned
7. School refusal behavior and what schools can do
8. Putting books in students' hands over the summer
9. Are real-world math examples helping kids learn?
10. College Summit video

Marshall Memo 231 - Apr. 21, 2008

1. How a sense of efficacy affects teaching and learning
2. The ingredients of effective professional development
3. Transactional strategies instruction for reading
4. Five elements in students' motivation to read
5. Using read-alouds in high-school ELL classes
6. Websites where students can post their own book reviews
7. Keys to an effective early-childhood literacy program
8. The value of play for early-childhood students with special needs
9. How principals can support student teachers
10. Assessing a school's parent outreach and involvement
11. Kindergarteners lead parent conferences with PowerPoint scripts
12. The best response to the “What is your weakness?” interview question
13a. Get it, Got it, Go! A preschool growth measure website
13b. Websites where students can post art projects
13c. Evaluating websites
13d. Conducting an arts audit

Marshall Memo 230 - Apr. 14, 2008

1. Strategies for keeping promising new teachers in the profession
2. Analyzing the costs and benefits of educational improvement strategies
3. The five roles of transformational leaders
4. Dealing with staff members' illnesses and tragedies
5. Can assistant principals get beyond the three Bs?
6. Using students' “Daily News” stories in primary-grade ELL classes
7. Emphasizing output with English language learners
8. “Write talks” as a springboard for student writing
9. Combating obesity in the cafeteria and the gym
10a. You don't need to run marathons to stay in shape
10b. Biography website
10c. Library of Congress website
10d. United Nations website
10e. Math fun facts website
10f. Arctic exploration website

Marshall Memo 229 - Apr. 7, 2008

1. Teacher teamwork and results at Adlai Stevenson High School
2. Is the five-paragraph essay a good formula for student writing?
3. Homework: Issues of fairness and effectiveness
4. One way for principals to follow up on mini-observations
5. Ten myths about brain-based learning
6. A New York high school successfully detracks
7. Tracking and a widening achievement gap in North Carolina
8. Tough love in Cheektowaga, New York
9. How computers can help achievement
10. Acing a predictable interview question
11. The impact of class size on students' on-task behavior
12. Comprehensive sex education: does it work?

Marshall Memo 228 - Mar. 31, 2008

1. Are the “math wars” finally over?
2. Focus, rigor, and coherence in math standards
3. What do strong learning standards look like?
4. The special reading skills needed in each secondary content area
5. Primary students signal their comprehension strategies
6. A program to get preschool students writing their own books
7. The impact of Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
8. The importance of field trips
9. Further insights on bullying
10. How teacher absences affect student achievement
11. Why is smoking linked to educational attainment?

Marshall Memo 227 - Mar. 24, 2008

1. The importance of a clear, concise strategy statement
2. Deciding what maters and sweating the details
3. Richard Elmore on effective professional development
4. Small steps to bringing your life into balance
5. The art of paraphrasing well in meetings
6. How to avoid getting blindsided by bad news
7. School board member guidelines from Arkansas
8. Dr. Seuss story maker

Marshall Memo 226 - Mar. 17, 2008

1. Basketball and track coaching - implications for the classroom
2. Developing optimism and efficacy
3. Douglas Reeves on strategic planning
4. Character education that addresses both good and evil
5. Rethinking bully-prevention programs
6. Do the arts make children smarter?
7. A media literacy course in a New York middle school
8. Alarming statistics on sexually transmitted diseases
9. Smaller primary-grade classes and the achievement gap
10a. Web-based chemistry questions
10b. A test review website
10c. Websites for first-year teachers

Marshall Memo 225 - Mar. 10, 2008

1. Ten keys to managing time and priorities effectively
2. More time management tips
3. Helping failing high-school students catch up
4. Flexible modular scheduling - how it works
5. A Marine Corps officer handles a troublemaker
6. A zero-tolerance policy on drinking at high-school sports events
7. Clear video explanations of wikis, blogs, and such

Marshall Memo 224 - Mar. 3, 2008

1. Are all-boy and all-girl classrooms better?
2. Addressing the “quiet” problems of at-risk youth
3. Systematically teaching academic vocabulary in middle schools
4. What's the difference between reading skills and reading strategies?
5. Phonemic awareness in Spanish helps improve reading in English
6. Using readalouds to build content knowledge and vocabulary
7. Supporting students who have epilepsy
8. Course-management systems
9a. The serious business of play
9b. A startling statistic

Marshall Memo 223 - Feb. 25, 2008

1. David McCullough on leadership
2. Keys to giving students feedback
3. Invisible principals - and what they can do about it
4. Douglas Reeves on improving grading practices
5. Getting students researching and thinking on their own
6. The value of debate for secondary-school students
7. Classroom routines to structure students' thinking
8. Findings from a new poll on homework
9. Teaching students to “d-code” works of art
10. High-quality school websites

Marshall Memo 222 - Feb. 18, 2008

1. Arthur Costa on five ways to deepen classroom thinking
2. Keys to teaching for understanding
3. An artist's suggestions for energizing classroom instruction
4. E.D. Hirsch on curriculum, skills, and standards
5. E.D. Hirsch on test prep
6. Alarming findings on teen smoking
7. New thinking on physical education and health
8. More on exercise and achievement
9. A computerized way to detect concussions
10. A parent reacts to a standards-based report card
11. Frederick Hess on collective bargaining agreements

Marshall Memo 221 - Feb. 11, 2008

1. Eric Jensen, an advocate of brain-based education, makes the case
2. Robert Sternberg offers a critique
3. Dan Willingham joins the debate
4. Judy Willis offers more cautions on using brain research
5. Eric Jensen responds to his critics
6. How explaining something to Mom helps children learn
7. Advice for those who mentor new principals
8. The limits - and importance - of educational research
9. Research reviews of dropout-prevention programs
10. How much freedom should new teachers have with the literacy curriculum?
11a. MIT courses online
11b. A report on teacher evaluation
11c. The Doing What Works website

Marshall Memo 220 - Feb. 4, 2008

1. Dealing honestly with race in schools
2. A process for handling difficult meetings
3. An Illinois high school takes on “senioritis”
4. Effective vocabulary instruction in middle schools
5. Implementing block scheduling
6. Dealing with bullying at the secondary level
7. Mix It Up at Lunch Day to get students out of their cliques
8. The crucial role of arts education
9. Psyching middle school students for college
10. Recent college graduates help high-school students aim for college
11a. Geography knowledge website
11b. Math help website
11c. NASA website
11d. Plagiarism and copyright website
11e. Middle-school practical math website
11f. Math teaching videos
11g. Adolescent literacy website

Marshall Memo 219 - Jan. 28, 2008

1. Malcolm Gladwell looks at intelligence and I.Q. tests
2. Holding our ground against achievement-lowering test prep
3. The curriculum gap that widens the achievement gap
4. Ways to get students reading at home
5. Can one urban school's success be transferred to other schools?
6. “Response to intervention” in Iowa
7a. Another incredible Hans Rosling video
7b. Primary-grade literacy website
7c. Website for teaching the First Amendment
7c. Website for teaching the First Amendment
7d. Website with NBC News archives

Marshall Memo 218 - Jan. 21, 2008

1. Insights on effective physical education programs
2. How can we get elementary students to be more physically active?
3. Research on boosting teaching and learning
4. Ideas on improving teacher evaluation
5. Jay McTighe on making classroom assessments effective
6. Student humiliation in middle schools - and what to do about it
7. Student-led, teacher-supported parent conferences in Anchorage
8. Middle-school students give advice to their teachers

Marshall Memo 217 - Jan. 14, 2008

1. Robert Marzano on the art and science of good teaching
2. Fluency and speed: a chicken-and-egg question in literacy
3. Suggestions for managing angry and aggressive students
4. Improving staff collegiality by using the Myers-Briggs
5. Teacher interview questions tapping candidates' prior experiences
6. Do high-ego leaders produce better results?
7. Kids pick their own Newbury Award winners
8a. Twenty great children's books
8b. Websites featuring real-world math
8c. China's meteoric rise in historical perspective

Marshall Memo 216 - Jan. 7, 2008

1. Debunking the myth of the “model minority”
2. Getting Asian-American students talking more in classrooms
3. Advice on rewarding students for their work
4. Effective use of interim assessments in a San Diego high school
5. Can strategic plans help?
6. How useful are “walk-throughs”?
7. A new checklist for assessing elementary classrooms
8. The new instructional leadership
9. The do's and don'ts of principal mentoring
10. The qualities of a good mentor
11a. Classic children's books
11b. Exploration history websites
11c. A contest on growing plants on the moon

Marshall Memo 215 - Dec. 31, 2007

1. A college student gets it - and tries to pass the message along
2. How can we help adolescents avoid risks?
3. Effective interim assessments in two Newark schools
4. “Teacher learning communities” supporting formative assessments
5. Suggestions for giving feedback to students
6. Getting students involved in assessing their own work with rubrics
7. Zeros are not an option in this school
8. Should we grade students on current or end-of-year expectations?
9. Making good use of extra learning time
10. Middle schools or K-8 schools: does it make a difference?
11. How is the presidency like the principalship?
12a. Six-trait writing website
12b. Having fun with English website

Marshall Memo 214 - Dec. 17, 2007

1. An idea that's saved thousands of lives - and could help schools
2. Tapping into students' creativity, practical skills, and wisdom
3. Orchestrating experiences and class discussions that get at big ideas
4. Thomas Guskey on effectively following up on formative assessments
5. Getting students involved in formative assessments
6. A South Carolina high school gets students reading over the summer
7. A Nebraska high school refuses to let students fail
8. Arizona schools that are effective with Latino students
9. Lessons from the Jena, Louisiana noose incident
10. After-school toolkit

Marshall Memo 213 - Dec. 10, 2007

1. How to make brainstorming sessions truly productive
2. How effective leaders use stories to inspire the troops
3. Four tips for facilitators
4. A way to engage English language learners in classroom discussions
5. Giving middle-school math students a choice of difficulty level
6. A California elementary school swings for the fences
7. A high school involves parents in their children's work
8. Alarming HIV and AIDS statistics
9. A follow-up on an ADD/ADHD study
10. Why peer tutoring often produces disappointing results

Marshall Memo 212 - Dec. 3, 2007

1. Closing social-class achievement gaps in math
2. Increasing minority enrollment in higher-level math classes
3. Improving math problem-solving achievement
4. What it takes to implement a district-wide vision over time
5. Helping English language learners master math terms
6. Supporting the vocabulary development of ELLs
7. Why it helps to be bad at something to teach well
8. A world-class astronomer reflects on her career
9. Do laptops help?
10. Math websites

Marshall Memo 211 - Nov. 26, 2007

1. Richard DuFour on loose-tight leadership
2. Persuading teachers to buy into professional learning communities
3. Why Singapore's students do so well in math
4. Marilyn Burns on helping struggling students master math
5. Do manipulatives help students understand math?
6. How to make math more compelling in secondary schools
7. Does co-teaching in inclusion classrooms work?
8. An online vocabulary quiz that raises money for the hungry

Marshall Memo 210 - Nov. 19, 2007

1. Early behavior problems do not doom a child to failure
2. Effective vocabulary teaching in kindergarten
3. Genes, race, and intelligence
4. How American and Chinese teachers respond to their students' errors
5. A structure for mastering middle-school math vocabulary
6. Teaching students to write
7. Thomas Guskey on effective professional development
8. Character education done wrong - and right
9. “Smart and good” - integrating character and performance goals
10a. Professional learning community website
10b. Video archive online

Marshall Memo 209 - Nov. 12, 2007

1. How do students learn history, really?
2. Dealing with cellphones and wireless laptops in classrooms
3. How a California school district focused and improved
4. Preparing all students for college
5. Green Bay, Wisconsin shows public school students the way
6. Teaching high-school science students to read for understanding
7. Using reading strategies to improve content-area achievement
8a. 21st-century skills website
8b. Websites on blogs and wikis

Marshall Memo 208 - Nov. 5, 2007

1. Good judgment - what it looks like on the ground
2. Bringing coherence to district improvement efforts
3. Douglas Reeves on good coaching
4. How to raise big money for your school
5. More advice on raising and managing funds
6. Early diagnosis of vision problems
7. Warning students about “the choking game”
8. Supervising Generation X
9. Follow-up conversations after classroom visits
10. Sorting out quality research from ideological claptrap
11. The effects of racially diverse classrooms and schools
12a. Darwin's theory attacked and defended
12b. Online leadership profile
12c. Lesson plans on racial understanding

Marshall Memo 207 - Oct. 29, 2007

1. A school decides it will refuse to let students fail
2. A San Diego high school systematically develops vocabulary
3. Successfully converting large high schools into small schools
4. Counteracting “stereotype threat” in middle schools
5. Number sense: the key to helping struggling elementary students
6. “Response to intervention” for quicker, better delivery of services
7. Once a poor reader, always a poor reader? Not!
8. Do we need a longer school day and school year?
9a. Dynamic history maps website
9b. Music and lyrics for all subjects
9c. Little Rock websites
9d. Constitution website
9e. AVID article
9f. For high-school students: Be the first in your family to go to college

Marshall Memo 206 - Oct. 22, 2007

1. Carol Dweck on praising for effort, not intelligence
2. What makes an effective middle-school reading program?
3. Key factors in good pre-school programs
4. Intervening in middle school and ninth grade to prevent dropouts
5. Answers to legal quiz
5. Answers to legal quiz
6. The elements of a strong K-8 science program
7a. Professor Garfield website
7b. Learning toolbox website
7c. Cornell notes website
7d. All Kinds of Minds website
7e. Social studies website
7f. Science simulations website
7g. Periodic table of elements website
7h. Exploratorium website

Marshall Memo 205 - Oct. 15, 2007

1. Closing the achievement gap in Brookline, Massachusetts
2. Advice for handling interviews with reporters
3. What should teachers and principals know about school law?
3. What should teachers and principals know about school law?
4. Ethical guidelines for the use of surveillance cameras in schools
5. Three things that low-income students need to succeed in college
6. What does college readiness look like? A new report
7. Improving the odds for students whose families move frequently
8. Which DIBELS subtests are most useful for first graders?
9. The goals of public schools
10. Should No Child Left Behind be radically re-thought?
11a. Online language practice
11b. Help setting up a blog

Marshall Memo 204 - Oct. 8, 2007

1. Formative assessments as an integral part of teaching
2. How Finland's schools work to prevent student failure
3. Less is more? Four ideas for American schools
4. Helping middle-school students get organized
5. Using insights from the military to improve student achievement
6. Single-sex classrooms in South Carolina
7. What makes first-born children smarter?
8. Alfie Kohn on ways that schools foster cheating
9. Using skill sheets to monitor students' writing progress
10. Online access to books and children's book illustrations
11a. Live Google clouds
11b. Historical maps online
11c. Tomasito's Mother Comes to School
11d. Teacher resources online
11e. Finding original sources online

Marshall Memo 203 - Oct. 1, 2007

1. Richard DuFour on real professional learning communities
2. The science of stamina - managing our energy
3. Quirky children - are they just different or do they need help?
4. Strategies for improving middle-school classroom discussions
5. Walking in the shoes of students with disabilities
6. Books that turn on young readers
7a. A history teacher's website
7b. A virtual thesaurus
7c. Authors' websites

Marshall Memo 202 - Sept. 24, 2007

1. Project-based learning done wrong - and right
2. Four cautionary notes on schools-within-schools
3. How teacher leaders can have optimal impact in classrooms
4. Teacher leaders - the why and the how
5. Ten roles for teacher leaders
6. A Texas teacher talks about reading
7. Getting to root causes with “five whys”
8. Early failure prevention in Oklahoma
9. A principal's beginning-of-the-year message
10. Four keys to high achievement
11a. Teacher Leaders Network online
11b. Technology information website
11c. Computer teachers' website

Marshall Memo 201 - Sept. 17, 2007

1. Starting small to make big changes
2. Teacher professionalism and common assessments in high schools
3. Effective discipline across racial lines
4. Teachingc Internet research skills to middle-school students
5. Ways to get balanced participation in meetings
6. Should we give students second chances with their writing?
7. Two examples of literacy leadership
8. One more nail in the coffin of traditional professional development

Marshall Memo 200 - Sept. 10, 2007

1. A theory about homework
2. Strategies for turning around a culture of despair
3. Eight ways that arts classes can broaden children's education
4. Uncovering the hidden intelligence of children with autism
5. What high schools can do to prepare students for college writing
6. New online computer games
7. Setting up classroom blogs
8. Underestimating the ability of shorter kindergarten boys
9a. Supporting student with cancer
9b. High-school lesson plans on race

Marshall Memo 199 - Sept. 3, 2007

1. Four keys to effective parental involvement
2. Pre-mortems are better than post-mortems
3. Pittsburgh's summer program for rising ninth graders
4. Consumer information on reading programs
5. Writing instruction: what works for adolescents
6. Helping students understand algebra via four key concepts
7. Jonathan Kozol's advice to novice teachers
8. Bridging the gap in warring societies
9. An actress's book to help girls get serious about math
10. Service learning ideas

Marshall Memo 198 - Aug. 27, 2007

1. More on effective urban schools from Karin Chenoweth
2. Building a customer-service orientation in schools
3. The best way to teach thinking
4. Can schools tap into the potential of Facebook, MySpace, wikis, etc.?
5. Information on obsessive-compulsive disorder
6. Scoring your school's technology program
7a. New listings in the What Works Clearinghouse
7b. Enhancing after-school programs

Marshall Memo 197 - Aug. 20, 2007

1. Key questions to guide school improvement
2. Five success principles for African-American male students
3. From the mouths of babes
4. A California middle school's full-court press on reading
5. Three ways to get students reading
6. Sure-fire read-alouds for the elementary and middle grades
7. A Virginia school changes its approach to test preparation
8. Supporting high achievers in heterogeneous middle-school classrooms
9. Steps to effective discipline
10a. Questions for a student in trouble
10b. Rapid tobacco addiction

Marshall Memo 196 - Aug. 13, 2007

1. Avoiding three common errors in school-improvement planning
2. Will New York City's student cash incentives program work?
3. Is retaining struggling students in kindergarten effective?
4. Key factors in early reading instruction
5. The impact of a service-learning project on fifth graders
6. Stamping out clichés in student writing
7a. A masterful graphic presentation
7b. TeacherTube
7c. Translation software
7d. Online author audio clips
7e. Healthy schools website
7f. Diabetes information website
7g. A new book about a successful Maryland school

Marshall Memo 195 - July 23, 2007

1. A high-school English unit on how language reveals character
2. Including children with autism in regular classrooms
3. Helping districts focus on their core mission and theory of action
4. Effective schools in South Africa
5. Summer learning loss
6. Criteria for high-school computer reading programs
7a. Parent involvement study
7b. Hurricane Katrina documentary and curriculum

Marshall Memo 194 - July 16, 2007

1. How Asian teachers polish lessons to perfection
2. Making the mission statement REAL

Marshall Memo 193 - July 9, 2007

1. Important news about the brain's plasticity
2. Leaders who make sure they hear the bad news
3. The ultimate test for a leader: failure
4. Using cognitive coaching to help students improve their writing
5a. Virtual field trips
5b. Virtual monument tours

Marshall Memo 192 - July 2, 2007

1. Can schools teach critical thinking?
2. How fifteen schools beat the odds
3. What does it take to achieve at very high levels?
4. How can a verbal learner teach students who are visual learners
5. Realistic rules for cell phones

Marshall Memo 191 - June 25, 2007

1. Ways to get students to give their best
2. Can “mindfulness” help students slow down and be less violent?
3. Are single-sex schools the answer to black male underachievement?
4. Unintended consequences of fluency monitoring in reading classes
5. Beyond fluency
6. The What Works Clearinghouse rates character education programs
7. Teaching students to be critical consumers of media messages
8. Brief reviews of graphic novels

Marshall Memo 190 - June 18, 2007

1. Ruby Payne - victim-blamer or class explainer?
2. Rick and Becky DuFour on what professional development might be
3. The new professional development - it's all about results
4. From “inservicing” teachers to fostering professional learning
5. Five educators talk about effective professional development
6. Five conditions under which teacher learning will flourish
7. Five pitfalls in conventional staff development
8. Three ways to personalize learning in high schools
9. The role of “citizen facilitator” in meetings

Marshall Memo 189 - June 11, 2007

1. How frequent quizzes can improve long-term memory
2. Teaching algebra with a social conscience
3. The professional development potential of classroom videotapes
4. Rating whole-school improvement models
5. Bill Gates on conquering complexity with a five-step process
6. Is Sounder a good novel for classrooms?
7. High-school biology websites

Marshall Memo 188 - June 4, 2007

1. Why do children favor those they see as lucky?
2. Helping teenagers make good moral decisions in a crazy world
3. How schools can build students' resilience in five key areas
4. How schools can support high-risk students with special needs
5. The shape of better testing to come?
6. Getting the right “grain size” in test reports
7. Involving parents in their children's education via a website
8. How participation in sports helps young women achieve in science
9. A principal's summer book club with his teachers
10. Evaluation tools for after-school programs

Marshall Memo 187 - May 28, 2007

1. Leaders who thrive on complexity to create better solutions
2. Carol Dweck's work on acquired versus innate intelligence
3. Teaching debating in middle-school content-area classes
4. Effective school-wide programs to prevent bullying
5. Missouri educators use podcasts to reach and excite their students
6. Douglas Reeves suggests three interviewing approaches
7. How is college like a sleepover?
8. The benefits of a longer school day
9. Twins - separate or together in school?

Marshall Memo 186 - May 21, 2007

1. Involving students in the improvement process
2. Four keys to high-impact teaching
3. Advice on interviewing teachers
4. New research on obesity - and its implications for educators
5. Using Universal Design for Learning to reach all students
6. Working with students who have Tourette's Syndrome
7. Professional development that promotes better use of assessments
8. Reducing the isolation of special-education teachers
9. Tracking high-school graduates

Marshall Memo 185 - May 14, 2007

1. How teacher leaders can support interim assessment data analysis
2. The added value of added time
3. Purging math classrooms of four practices
4. Questions that get at the beauty of mathematics
5. A Texas school experiments with an online math program
6. When should teachers blow the whistle on violent student writing?
7. Are laptop programs worth the expense?
8. Ideas for tapping into teachers' “deep smarts”
9. The limits of brain research
10. School-based mental health supports

Marshall Memo 184 - May 5, 2007

1. The inner life of employees - and how bosses affect it
2. Teaching - and measuring - vocabulary
3. Eleven ways to improve students' writing
4. The perils - and potential - of formative/interim assessments
5. A New Mexico district boosts elementary reading achievement
6. Interim reading assessments in Boston
7. Does the DIBELS accurately identify students at risk of failure?
8. Dancing up a storm in gym class
9. A review of The Power of the Positive No by William Ury
10. Protocols online

Marshall Memo 183 - Apr. 30, 2007

1. Lessons from 15 highly effective schools
2. Studying the learning curve in improving schools
3. An Arizona high school shows the way
4. Helping first-generation college students succeed
5. Heterogeneous grouping in International Baccalaureate courses
6. Alternatives to “zero tolerance” discipline policies
7. The limits of hands-on math manipulatives
8. Learning to touch-type in the elementary grades
9a. Annotated book lists
9b. A third-grade podcast
9c. More student Web work

Marshall Memo 182 - Apr. 23, 2007

1. The brutal facts about educational research
2. How children learn
3. Resilient principals - how they deal with adversity
4. Being a less frantic leader
5. Professional development that fosters adaptive teaching
6. Ethics 101
7. Accountability without tears
8. Preparing students to be successful in college
9. Violence prevention

Marshall Memo 181 - Apr. 16, 2007

1. Ten ineffective classroom practices
2. Mel Levine on the skills needed by high-school graduates
3. A student campaign to squash offensive language
4. Pay-for-performance: necessary but not sufficient
5. Power to the principal!
6. Exercise and the brain
7a. Leadership toolkit online
7b. Online teaching and learning resources
7c. Plagiarism websites
7c. Plagiarism websites
7d. Rhode Island curriculum website
7e. Investor education materials online
7f. “Raised by Women”

Marshall Memo 180 - Apr. 9, 2007

1. Teaching “grit” - the key qualities of persistence and self-discipline
2. Finding the right balance between literary classics and newer books
3. Cooperative learning as a brain-friendly learning mode
4. Structuring literature circles for ELL students
5. Six strengths of resilient school leaders
6. Pros and cons of the co-principalship model
7. Grooming assistant principals for the big time
8. Eleven practical tips on substitutes
9. Intelligent computer tutoring programs˜
10. A study of American elementary classrooms
11a. Online science museum
11b. Another science website
11c. Grade 7-12 math and science teaching prizes
11d. Web sharing of favorite middle school lessons and strategies
11e. Teen book website

Marshall Memo 179 - Apr. 2, 2007

1. Mike Schmoker on key levers for improving teaching and learning
2. Five steps to building a diverse learning community
3. Douglas Reeves on turning school improvement plans into reality
4. Larry Cuban on the real test of a reform strategy
5. How doctors mess up - and what it can tell us about schools
6. Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering on productive homework
7. Second graders shunning a classmate: what to do?
8. Warning adolescents about the “choking game”
9. Time management 101
10. Pointers on reaching out to a corporate partner
11a. Starting with what you can do
11b. Wisdom from NYC middle schools
11c. Thirty ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Marshall Memo 178 - Mar. 26, 2007

1. Caveat emptor on educational software
2. Common assessments and teacher teamwork in Nebraska
3. An Ohio district launches professional learning communities
4. Using coaches effectively in South Carolina
5. A New York district gets teams meeting three ways
6. What a boss should provide
7. Research on after-school and summer programs
8. A meeting agenda that focuses on results
9. A Navajo reservation school has it both ways
10. The Marines' mission-based orders
11a. Lifting the veil
11b. What it takes in middle school
11c. Reading Recovery research
11d. Do you know what a fifth grader knows?
11e. Lessons from “American Idol”

Marshall Memo 177 - Mar. 19, 2007

1. “Professional learning communities” in a Michigan district
2. An Illinois high school shifts the conversation to results
3. Marilyn Burns on “peeling the onion” with struggling math students
4. Five ways to help failing students succeed
5. Ideas from the U.K. on combating self-harm
6. Advice on applying for grants
7. How some students are using MySpace, Facebook, etc.

Marshall Memo 176 - Mar. 12, 07007

1. The power of feedback
2. Closing the achievement gap with the right kind of literacy instruction
3. An alternative to teaching whole-class novels
4. A pen-pal program in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
5. An advisory program in the Bronx
6. Monitoring early literacy progress in Canada
7. Duking it out on the value of homework
8. More thoughts on what makes homework productive
9a. Teaching geography in history courses
9b. Indian education website
9c. Websites on technology for special-needs students

Marshall Memo 175 - Mar. 5, 2007

1. Keys to creating a professional learning community
2. Math fundamentals in the primary grades
3. Parrot math versus real math
4. Critical reviews of reports from ideologically driven think tanks
5. Dealing with an angry parent
6. A professor reflects on her life with autism
7. Think before you hit “Send”
8. What's behind the fourth-grade slump?
9a. What's the difference between dribbling and reading?
9b. A jerk by any other name
9c. Stressed out in Belfast

Marshall Memo 174 - Feb. 26, 2007

1. Lessons from Virginia's “school turnaround specialist” program
2. Using “balanced scorecards” in schools
3. Anxiety and its effect on students' math performance
4. What brain research says about early reading instruction
5. Phonics advocates respond
6. Integrating the arts into the core curriculum
7. Ideas for implementing a co-teaching program
8. Differentiating instruction for a student five years below level
9. Answers to the quiz on ADD/ADHD in last week's Memo
10. The differential impact of not getting enough sleep
11a. Nipping unethical behavior in the bud
11b. A school-family-community partnerships toolkit

Marshall Memo 173 - Feb. 19, 2007

1. How can we help students do their best work on state tests?
2. Differentiated instruction - watching the masters at work
3. A new view of attention-deficit disorder
4. Best practices using data
5. Fighting the myth of the “model minority”
6. Self-discipline as a variable in girls' achievement
7a. Whom do you trust?
7b. Online fundraising resources
7c. Usable knowledge website
7d. Student research help online
7e. Renewable energy website
7f. Middle-school science website
7g. International communication website
7h. Global awareness resources

Marshall Memo 172 - Feb. 12, 2007

1. What schools can do to influence students who witness bullying
2. How are formative reading assessments like Apgar scores?
3. The case for teacher-led professional development
4. School phobia: what should be done
5. Making math relevant in vocational classes
6. Knowing what you're learning - and why
7. Chester Finn takes on the fatalists
8a. Which elementary math programs work best?
8b. Art enrichment online

Marshall Memo 171 - Feb. 5, 2007

1. Peter Senge and colleagues on four key leadership capabilities
2. A description of how authentic leaders develop
3. Writing for freedom
4. An English school's “best practices” for its highest-risk students
5. Keys to importing the best ideas to your school
6. Effective use of computer animations to teach science concepts
7. Which is more important, package delivery or a child's education?
8a. Arts education handbook online
8b. Molecular microscope images
8c. A podcast on Byzantine rulers

Marshall Memo 170 - Jan. 29, 2007

1. What will it take to close the achievement gap?
2. Which is the best alternative to middle schools: K-8 or 7-12?
3. The best way to improve adolescents' self-esteem
4. Can a single lunch period work in a large high school?
5. The principal as technology leader
6. Time management tips from England
7. Wireless “clickers”

Marshall Memo 169 - Jan. 22, 2007

1. Eight steps to high-achieving schools
2. Preventing early reading difficulties
3. What's needed to get advisory groups working well
4. Ways to avoid the need for retention
5. Using case studies in professional development
6. How principals can ensure first-rate professional development
7. A checklist for staff handbooks

Marshall Memo 168 - Jan. 15, 2007

1. Neutralizing “stereotype threat” in middle-school students
2. Acting courageously without being foolish
3. Six misconceptions that trip up new managers
4. A guide to networking
5. Improving high-school science labs
6. Using writing in mathematics classrooms
7. A definition of math literacy
8. If you need a friend, get a dog
9a. Teaching and learning website
9b. Teaching and learning website
9c. High-school math on the Web and TV
9d. Online lesson planning

Marshall Memo 167 - Jan. 8, 2007

1. Are we all bigots? And does it matter if we just behave?
2. Questions leaders might ask themselves
3. Early, systematic teaching of sophisticated vocabulary
4. The value - and limitations - of teaching reading strategies
5. Five ways to increase student writing in math classes
6. Chronic procrastination and work avoidance - what people can do
7. Precocious sexuality on stage in a suburban middle school
8a. Discovery box websites
8b. Why study science?

Marshall Memo 166 - Jan. 1, 2007

1. What it takes to get high achievement for all students
2. Doug Reeves's suggestions for improving school culture
3. Using the “Learning Cycle” to teach difficult science concepts
4. A three-step process for improving middle-school science learning
5. A report on improving high-school science labs
6. Should upper-elementary teachers specialize?
7. Using science and literacy instruction in tandem
8. Combining reading instruction with social-emotional learning
9. Ten questions to assess parent involvement
10. Doing right by “star” teachers
11a. Web resources for teachers
11b. Science ideas on the Web

Marshall Memo 165 - Dec. 18, 2006

1. Formative assessments and final grades - are they compatible?
2. Learning from higher-performing countries' science teachers
3. What science teachers need to know
4. Preventing failure before student are referred for special education
5. Keys to effective youth mentoring
6. Diminishing returns from conventional reading instruction?
7. Report on successful charter high schools
8a. Online help teaching evolution
8b. Online science courses

Marshall Memo 164 - Dec. 11, 2006

1. Teaching blind people to use canes - and what it can teach others
2. Lesson study thrives in a California elementary school
3. A teacher-led study group in Colorado
4. Does hands-on science teaching prepare students better?
5. Do small schools produce higher achievement?
6. Getting an impartial analysis of educational programs and products
7a. Fractured fairy tales online
7b. National Geographic maps online

Marshall Memo 163 - Dec. 4, 2006

1. The curse of knowledge
2. Rick Stiggins on what good formative assessment can accomplish
3. Social-emotional learning programs in secondary schools
4. What is school climate? How can we improve it?
5. Helping struggling readers catch up
6. “Extreme” jobs
7. Tough love from managers
8a. History online resources
8b. Google resources for educators

Marshall Memo 162 - Nov. 27, 2006

1. What will it take to close the achievement gap?
2. Under what conditions do boys learn more?
3. Grant Wiggins on “intelligent grouping” versus tracking
4. James Popham on formative assessments
5. The case for a weekly principal's memo
6. How to build trust in a school
7. Differentiation 101
8. What principals can do about steroid use
9a. Math and science lessons online
9b. Special-needs planning resources

Marshall Memo 161 - Nov. 20, 2006

1. A radical reform plan for new and restructuring schools
2. Piloting an innovative reading assessment for elementary ELL students
3. Do single-sex classrooms and schools produce better results?
4. The “big ideas” of Indian education in Montana
5. Fighting stereotypes about Native Americans
6. Five pedagogical standards for English language learners
7. Checking for understanding with classroom “clickers”
8. Five factors that propel students to success
9. Daily physical exercise for students in North Carolina
10. Grant-writing advice and websites
11. Formative assessment graphic

Marshall Memo 160 - Nov. 13, 2006

1. Hidden problems that afflict middle-school girls
2. How a high school reduced its course failures by 1,000
3. Eight ways to improve adolescent literacy achievement
4. Do timed reading speed drills improve student achievement?
5. Laying students' science misconceptions to rest
6. A middle-school advisory-group program in Omaha
7. Using short stories to combat bullying
8. Blogger no-nos
9. Cool technology websites

Marshall Memo 159 - Nov. 6, 2006

1. Ronald Ferguson on the black-white achievement gap
2. How relevant is brain research to educators?
3. Richard Elmore on more effective use of time in American schools
4. A New York City high school's alternative discipline process
5. Rick DuFour on teacher collaboration for student achievement
6. Music as an essential “liberating art”
7. What makes formative assessments work - and not work
8a. Free children's books online
8b. A writing contest with a difference
8c. Two good magazines for children

Marshall Memo 158 - Oct. 30, 2006

1. The role of schools in reducing economic inequality in the U.S.
2. Areas where principals can make the most difference
3. Effective writing instruction in middle and high schools
4. Students write better when they know what they're writing about
5. A California high school uses the Toulmin model to teach writing and logic
6. Making optimal use of the six-trait writing rubrics
7. A riposte to Fitzhugh on non-fiction writing
8. The case for better sex education for American teens
9a. Art museum websites
9b. MERLOT website
9c. A website on ancient Mesopotamia

Marshall Memo 157 - Oct. 23, 2006

1. What the research says about good teaching of vocabulary
2. Self-defeating literacy practices in the name of higher test scores
3. Making literacy skills an integral part of content-area instruction
4. Developing critical thinking in struggling high-school readers
5. Teen readers' book choices
6. Ideas to stimulate poetry-writing in the classroom
7a. Best practices website
7b. History and current events websites
7c. U.S. history website
7d. Website on after-school science resources
7e. Free classroom posters on writing
7f. Teaching from movies website

Marshall Memo 156 - Oct. 16, 2006

1. What happens when teachers don't immediately correct students' errors?
2. A different kind of high-school education
3. Learning progressions for a more coherent science curriculum
4. Can a “no cut and all play” policy work?
5. Five dysfunctional time management approaches
6. Differing teacher and parent views on parent involvement priorities
7a. Red-faced in New York
7b. Math skills websites
7c. Online lesson plans
7d. A Minnesota school's creative website
7e. Online professional development
7f. Classic books online

Marshall Memo 155 - Oct. 9, 2006

1. Which tools work best to change schools?
2. Leadership advice from a symphony orchestra conductor
3. Successfully facilitating teacher team meetings
4. Getting enough sleep
5. Boy brains and girl brains: what teachers can do
6. Should high schools stop offering Advanced Placement courses?
7. A missing ingredient in the high-school curriculum

Marshall Memo 154 - Oct. 2, 2006

1. Grant Wiggins on teaching so students can transfer what they learn
2. A better approach to test preparation
3. School refusal behavior - what's behind it and what can be done
4. Dealing with cyberbullies and other online hazards
5. An Arkansas district deals with parent challenges to library books
6. Key characteristics of successful dropout retrieval programs
7. Ideas for rethinking the K-8 science curriculum
8. Big ideas for a school health curriculum
9. Is Reading First working?

Marshall Memo 153 - Sept.25, 2006

1. What are a principal's highest-leverage activities?
2. Advisory programs in middle and high schools: problems and promise
3. Why friendship is not the best criterion for forming teams
4. How to avoid “parking lot syndrome” after staff meetings
5. Effective implementation of new professional development ideas
6. Capitalizing on students' strengths
7. Key values underlying successful differentiation of instruction
8. Questions to guide content teachers when they assess ELL students
9. Using picture books in middle school
10. Co-teaching to support ELL students in St. Paul
11a. Does a teacher's gender matter?
11b. New NCTM math expectations
11c. Singapore Math
11d. Restating purpose

Marshall Memo 152 - Sept. 18, 2006

1. Mel Levine on teaching to students' strengths
2. Carol Dweck on increasing student motivation
3. Doug Reeves on pulling the weeds before planting the flowers
4. Professional development: how do we know if it's really working?
5. A principal radically reshapes her faculty meetings
6. Closing the boy-girl achievement gap in one Colorado school
7. How caring pays academic dividends
8. Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences: some cautions and some ideas
9. Preparing students to succeed in advanced high-school courses
10a. A high-school redesign toolkit
10b. A back-to-school asthma plan

Marshall Memo 151 - Sept. 11, 2006

1. Getting past walking on eggshells on race, gender, etc.
2. E-mail: how to keep it under control
3. The case for using rubrics to evaluate teachers
4. Keys to successful middle schools
5. School safety in a Cambridge, Massachusetts high school
6a. What about science and social studies?
6b. Online literacy resources

Marshall Memo 150 - Sept. 6, 2006

1. A protocol for discussing articles in faculty meetings
2. How principals can support teacher data teamwork
3. Building resilience in high-risk students
4. Keys to improving long-term retention of what's taught
5. What can large high schools learn from the small-schools movement?
6. Thinking outside curriculum boxes
7. Vancouver, Washington works to improve secondary literacy instruction
8. Sizing up state standards
9. Online homework support for students
10. How can the arts support democracy?

Marshall Memo 149 - Aug. 28, 2006

1. Asking the right questions when teaching reading
2. Short classroom visits - a powerful professional development tool
3. College essays that work
4. Sorting out the purposes of grading
5. Testing: the good, the bad, and the ugly
6. Can computers grade student writing?
7a. A website that deconstructs standards
7b. Social studies simulation software

Marshall Memo 148 - Aug. 21, 2006

1. Checker Finn takes on the pessimists
2. The art and science of co-teaching
3. Peer tutoring to support students with special needs
4. Dropouts - what can be done?
5. Ideas to get students writing
6. Making sustained silent reading productive
7. How much freedom should teachers have to depart from the script?
8. What makes a middle-school field trip worthwhile?
9a. Getting teens to sit with kids they don't know in the cafeteria
9b. A “bio-cube” for writing biographies
9c. Getting boys to read
9d. Encouraging young writers
9e. Earth photos from space
9f. Creating for an international audience
9g. A family-involvement guide
9h. Safe in cyberspace

Marshall Memo 147 - Aug. 14, 2006

1. How a Boston school boosted home reading
2. Research insights on ELL instruction
3. A dozen leadership lessons from the school of hard knocks
4. How is driving on an interstate like running a school?
5. Planning an effective freshman transition program
6. What teachers should do when they can't stand a student
7. Taking phys. ed. up a notch produces academic gains

Marshall Memo 146 - July 24, 2006

1. Classroom assessments as a key change lever
2. Ten ways for a principal to be a staff developer
3. Valuable work, necessary work, and waste work

Marshall Memo 145 - July 17, 2006

1. Wise schooling - the key to black student success
2. Fixing high schools that have become “dropout factories”
3. A compromise plan for cellphones in schools
4. What the National Reading Panel said about sustained silent reading
5. Jay Mathews defends his Newsweek “best schools” list

Marshall Memo 144 - July 11, 2006

1. A study of praise and students' beliefs about intelligence
2. Reading fluency - How to foster it, and what doesn't work
3. Key factors in out-of-school-time programs
4. The overrepresentation of minority students in special education
5. Online professional development for teachers
6. Another view of single-sex schools and classes
7. Children with autism

Marshall Memo 143 - July 10, 2006

1. A novel approach to closing the achievement gap
2. Formative assessment: the engine of professional development and student learning
3. A Georgia teacher on the front lines of the evolution battle
4a. An online venue for teachers to market unit and lesson plans
4b. A consumer guide to after-school science resources
4c. Research on single-sex classes

Marshall Memo 142 - June 26, 2006

1. Six conditions that foster organizational learning in schools
2. The yin and yang of shared instructional leadership
3. A comparison of Writers' Workshop with a more structured model
4. Responses to the David Brooks column on different books for boys
5. A rejoinder to E. D. Hirsch on strategies for teaching reading
6. What new teachers need
7. Power naps after lunch?

Marshall Memo 141 - June 19,2006

1. Keys to turning around underperforming schools
2. Distortions from summer loss, flunking, test prep, and accommodations
3. Direct approaches to preventing teen suicide
4. Should boys and girls be assigned different novels in school?
5. The consequences of shortchanging science and social studies
6. Computers in the high-school English classroom: how not to do it
7. What makes the difference in middle-school math?
8. Aspen Institute high-school report

Marshall Memo 140 - June 12, 2006

1. “Professional learning communities” produce results
2. Using interim assessments to improve writing
3. Advice on nurturing student writers
4. Keys to an effective writing program
5. Deepening literacy instruction
6. World history standards: a critical state-by-state report
7. Tips for meeting facilitators: paraphrasing with skill
8. Just-in-time worrying and other leadership pointers

Marshall Memo 139 - June 5, 2006

1. What's the scoop on foreign language teaching?
2. Finding common ground in the math wars
3. Math skills are not enough; teach big ideas too!
4. Computer-chosen cold-calling in math classes
5. A study of three high-school reform models
6. A teacher fine-tunes her “do now”
7. Math lesson on plotting demographics

Marshall Memo 138 - May 29, 2006

1. Project-based learning at its best
2. An Oregon elementary school's achievement surges
3. A successful high-school reading program in Kentucky
4. Audio books spur reading achievement
5. Art as a bridge to learning
6. Programs that integrate arts and technology
7. Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch in dialogue
8. What's needed for success in real jobs?
9a. Do college-ready skills = job-ready skills?
9b. The ideal high-school graduate
9c. Ranking states on proficiency standards
9d. Ballroom dancing
9e. Creating memorials
9f. Classroom rules
9g. Summer activities for educators
9h. Billy Collins poem

Marshall Memo 137 - May 22, 2006

1. Doug Reeves on making change through networks
2. What immigrant students give to their American-born peers
3. Having it both ways: a hybrid model in two high schools
4. Why a small-school effort crashed and burned in Denver
5. An Illinois high school puts seniors to work in classrooms
6. Rigorous 21st-century standards for high-school graduates
7. A MicroSociety program in a Washington elementary school
8. Departmentalizing and looping core elementary subjects
9. Reading in color

Marshall Memo 136 - May 15, 2006

1. Grades that really inform students and parents
2. What principals can do to “grow” their teachers
3. Teacher researchers in North Carolina
4. Motivating middle-school students to read
5. Interview questions to spot data-savvy teachers
6. Writing as a key vocational skill
7a. A new assessment of three high-school programs
7b. Virtual field trips

Marshall Memo 135 - May 8, 2006

1. “Deliberate” practice makes perfect
2. Five key messages that school leaders must convey to the troops
3. Keys to improving struggling schools
4. Memphis schools embrace Good to Great
5. Educators need to be better mediators
6. A revised Bloom's taxonomy. Who knew?!
7. Different strokes for different folks

Marshall Memo 134 - May 1, 2006

1. Reading aloud with high-school juniors and seniors
2. How can Reading Recovery inform regular classroom teaching?
3. E. D. Hirsch on our flawed theory of action for reading improvement
4. Will better public libraries close the knowledge gap?
5. Grant Wiggins on “Leading by Design”
6. Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth
7. College-bound kids on steroids?!
8a. College-ready standards
8b. Math and science careers website
8c. Middle and high-school science bowls

Marshall Memo 133 - Apr. 24, 2006

1. A teacher reflects on a lesson that flopped
2. Building real self-confidence in tweens
3. James Popham on how to stop educator cheating on high-stakes tests
4. Teaching students to care
5. Is gum-chewing the real issue?
6. Effective use of young adult literature
7. Taking phys ed online
8. Student filmmaking in the digital age

Marshall Memo 132 - Apr. 17, 2006

1. Five strategies for teaching young adolescents
2. Grant Wiggins on effective interim assessments
3. The impact of quick, frequent assessments on teaching and learning
4. Orlando Patterson on the “cool pose culture” of black male teens
5. How looping fosters racial integration in a London secondary school
6. Flawed textbook “master narratives” of Martin Luther King, Jr.
7. Pointers for going K-8
8. “Radical” math concepts that are now commonplace
9a. How reliable is Wikipedia?
9b. Alternatives to staff meetings
9c. Websites with free lesson plans and materials

Marshall Memo 131 - Apr. 10, 2006

1. Should schools teach patriotism?
2. Robert Marzano on teaching academic vocabulary
3. Richard Allington on the three-tier reading curriculum model
4. Is there a viable alternative to tracking?
5. Detracking high-school math: how two schools made it work
6. Ideas for successful detracking
7. Dealing with cyberbullying
8. Helping third graders get better at solving math word problems
9. Using noncertified tutors to boost reading achievement
10a. Online lesson plans
10b. Student-written “wikis”
10c. Arts websites

Marshall Memo 130 - Apr. 3, 2006

1. E. D. Hirsch on the critical importance of background knowledge
2. A psychologist's perspective on core knowledge
3. Mel Levine's keynote speech at ASCD
4. Effective use of computers in school
5. Keys to good after-school programs
6. Parent mini-surveys
7a. Hooking reluctant readers with iPods
7b. A way of responding to anger
7c. Online museum exhibits

Marshall Memo 129 - Mar. 27, 2006

1. Guidelines on apologizing
2. A teacher tries formative assessments with her sixth graders
3. Should students be assigned roles in literature circles?
4. Theme and book ideas for literature circles
5. When it comes to literacy, there are no shortcuts
6. Tactics for helping students read difficult textbooks
7. Later starting times for high schools
8. Two teachers rebel against Open Court
9. What to look for in new teachers
10a. A new “clicker”
10b. Online poetry resources
10c. After-school math kits

Marshall Memo 128 - Mar. 20, 2006

1. Interviewing all students to gather data for school improvement
2. Including teachers in classroom walkthroughs
3. What principals can do to make good teaching possible
4. Peer assistance and review for teachers
5. Four “pillar practices” for bringing out the best in teachers
6. Implementing a new program: dealing with seven stages of staff concern
7. Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe offer nine principles for teaching
8. What a teacher learned by becoming a biology student for a year
9a. Samuel Freedman on New York schools
9b. 90/90/90 schools website
9c. McREL advice on school change
9e. Working with a school from another country

Marshall Memo 127 - Mar. 13, 2006

1. Roland Barth on promoting collegiality in schools
2. The “DNA” of school leadership
3. Seven common mistakes that school leaders make
4. SMART goals and continuous improvement
5. An accelerated math curriculum in de-tracked classes
6. Getting students to understand evolution, even if they don't believe it
7. A high-school student newspaper digs deep
8. Why students drop out
9. An emerging consensus on college-ready expectations
10a. More on block scheduling
10b. Weblink to a telescope
10c. Math resource

Marshall Memo 126 - Mar. 6, 2006

1. Great teaching lessons from a winning basketball coach
2. A San Diego high school boosts literacy instruction
3. Ways that principals can help teachers “think like assessors”
4. Embracing assessment
5. Popham on what makes for good classroom assessments
6. The skinny on homework
7. Does block scheduling work?
8. How the Norfolk, Virginia schools went about “reculturing”
9. Ten no-no's for principals
10. Helping students deal with anger
11a. Advisory groups in a Wisconsin high school
11b. A protocol for success with ELLs
11c. Should high schools have valedictorians?
11d. What's more important, the First Amendment or the Simpsons?

Marshall Memo 125 - Feb. 27, 2006

1. A Texas teacher gets his students writing
2. Developing creativity in students
3. Math learning - and much more - in a California high school
4. Tackling low literacy skills in Rhode Island
5. An in-school mentoring program
6. Should twins be together in the same classroom?
7. Rekindling the flame for mid-career employees
8. Does Accelerated Reader work?
9. Does Voyager work?
10a. Advice on advice
10b. After-school program success factors
10c. What works with ELLs?

Marshall Memo 124 - Feb. 20, 2006

1. Effective ways to get students to do their homework
2. Books that get African-American boys reading
3. Four keys to high achievement among African-American boys
4. Boosting African-American males into engineering careers
5. Connecting with Latino learners
6. Preparing students for success in math
7. Teachers who make a difference with high-risk students
8. Using “your mama” jokes to boost students' literary skills
9a. Should we reward students for good attendance?
9b. Dropout prevention
9c. Do long words impress?

Marshall Memo 123 - Feb. 13, 2006

1. What's this? High-school students observing their teachers?
2. Montgomery County's professional development plan
3. Team testing - an alternative approach to assessment
4. Another way to assess student understanding
5. Jazzing up middle-school science with poems and such
6. Making the most of external partnerships
7. How can we make every child a reader?
8. “All the research says…”
9a. “Value-added” under the microscope
9b. Setting up a Teachers as Readers group
9c. Data-driven instruction weblinks
9d. History video clips

Marshall Memo 122 - Feb. 6, 2006

1. How can “average” school leaders produce extraordinary results?
2. More on the male-female achievement gap
3. A Nevada principal shares his wisdom
4. How reliable is the Observation Survey?
5. What is your board's “theory of action?”
6. Kids write the darndest things
7a. Boosting the middle grades
7b. Self-discipline trumps all

Marshall Memo 121 - Jan. 30, 2006

1. How tough must a leader be to get results?
2. Why are boys doing worse in school?
3. Helping English language learners succeed in content-area classes
4. Options for teacher training in the education of ELLs
5. Using online software to boost student learning
6. Don't raise your hand in this school!
7. A teacher peer-review program in Chicago
8. Take our daughters and sons to work day

Marshall Memo 120 - Jan. 23, 2006

1. Teachers mentoring teachers - a model program
2. Strategic planning for schools - without the baloney
3. What can we learn from driver's ed.?
4. Lesson plans: suggested elements
5. Students win one in Philly
6. Suggested ground rules for civil discourse
7a. Can standards and differentiation coexist?
7b. No Name-Calling Week

Marshall Memo 119 - Jan. 16, 2006

1. Tom Hehir speaks out on special education
2. Talking sense about science education
3. What does “rigor” look like in the classroom?
4. Nine common elementary math misconceptions
5. Using Harry Potter in middle-school classrooms
6. Dealing with bullying
7. What does it mean when a student looks away after a question?
8. What's wrong with this assignment?

Marshall Memo 118 - Jan. 9, 2006

1. How praise can motivate - or kill motivation
2. The key role of spelling in students' reading and writing achievement
3. High-school miscreants working to be “students in good standing”
4. Using literature to teach character education in middle school
5. Preventing and breaking up fights
6. Checking out your school's parent-friendliness
7. Keys to high staff morale
8. Arguments against school uniforms
9a. Fundraising reforms
9b. Food allergy information
9c. Digital camera uses
9d. What works best to support new teachers

Marshall Memo 117 - Jan. 2, 2006

1. Evidence-based decisions: advice from the business world
2. How did I miss that? “Bounded awareness” in decision-making
3. Is strategic planning completely useless?
4. Collaborative creation and scoring of student assessments
5. Making classroom assessments part of the learning process
6. A successful elementary writing initiative in Missouri
7. Model professional development in Kansas
8. Helping kids navigate school

Marshall Memo 116 - Dec. 19, 2005

1. Bringing real, rich, and relevant learning to the “New WWW”
2. What literacy looks like in the age of the read/write web
3. Ways to bring the digital world into the classroom
4. An argument for de-emphasizing computers until the middle grades
5. What giving a laptop to every student can - and cannot - achieve
6. Thoughts on the most effective use of computers in schools
7. Making computers servants of the curriculum
8. Five principles for effective meetings
9a. Cyberbullying policy
9b. Online maps
9c. Resources for creating virtual libraries
9d. Digitized historical documents
9e. International exchanges via the Internet
9f. The dog and pony show

Marshall Memo 115 - Dec. 12, 2005

1. Richard Allington on choosing an elementary reading program
2. Ratings of comprehensive school reform programs
3. How state science standards stack up
4. Does Good to Great apply to schools?
5. A middle school's four-step plan for student misbehavior
6. Administrators cross-training in New Mexico
7. Problems using data in schools
8. What high-impact high schools do
9. Eleven characteristics of good professional development
10. Do's and don'ts on accommodations for children with special needs
11. Books that teenagers love
12a. Ask-a-scientist website
12b. Standards for coaching
12c. ELA lesson plans
12d. Online scoring of student writing
12e. A hands-on lesson in germ transmission

Marshall Memo 114 - Dec. 5, 2005

1. Enlisting students as data-based decision-makers
2. Important distinctions between benchmark and formative assessments
3. Teachers' reactions to formative assessments
4. Can hot-shot teachers help turn around low-performing schools?
5. Ideas for dealing with teacher transfers and bumping
6. Jonathan Kozol on the pedagogy of poverty
7. Blended special-needs classes in New York City
8a. Understanding by Design math curriculum
8b. The results of kindergarten retention
8c. A gaping gap
8d. Reports on value-added assessment
8e. Principal/counselor collaboration

Marshall Memo 113 - Nov. 28, 2005

1. “Acting white” - is it an urban legend?
2. Can an authentic leader be a chameleon?
3. Are we hard-wired to be creationists?
4. What's best for “gifted” students?
5. What gets parents involved?
6. Combating summer learning loss
7. Japanese ideas on improving teaching
8. Training for effective teams

Marshall Memo 112 - Nov. 21, 2005

1. Getting students involved in classroom assessments
2. Four “theories of action” for boosting teacher effectiveness
3. What we can learn from computer/video games
4. Developing America's human capital
5. How to build students' determination
6. A rapid-response team for harassment incidents
7. Distributing leadership in Edison schools
8. A parent rebellion against constructivist math
9a. More on the evolution controversy
9b. The kids are watching!
9c. Nominations for super-teacher award
9d. Equal time for criticized teachers
9e. Drug prevention and school safety modules

Marshall Memo 111 - Nov. 14, 2005

1. Using assessments to improve teaching and learning in real time
2. Checking for understanding in elementary math classes
3. Planning instruction using a “table of specifications”
4. Making students partners in the use of formative assessment data
5. Six ways to judge the quality of formative assessments
6. Using grades as a communication tool rather than a goal
7. Videotaping to give students quick feedback
8. Improving reading fluency and comprehension in the elementary grades
9. Ten key concepts for teaching evolution, and how the states stack up
10a. Report on extended time
10b. Digital portfolio samples
10c. Rubrics website
10d. Student self-assessment website

Marshall Memo 110 - Nov. 7, 2005

1. Seven practices that improve teaching and learning
2. Keys to success for English language learners
3. What troubled boys need to succeed in middle school
4. Meeting the needs of gay and lesbian middle-school students
5. Improving the way science is taught
6. Middle-school ideas from Arizona
7. How to turn stress to your advantage
8. Hiring with three different kinds of intelligence in mind
9a. The academic and social benefits of recess
9b. Ideas for advisories
9c. Teacher movies

Marshall Memo 109 - Oct. 31, 2005

1. Intervention and access for children with special needs
2. Modifying classrooms for struggling students - and everyone else, too
3. Keys to high achievement for Latino students
4. Are you happy with the way science is taught in your school?
5. Programs that increase time for high-risk middle-school students
6. Finding and creating time for teacher teams to meet
7. Effective formative assessments