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Marshall Memo 999 - March 18, 2020


Marshall Memo 830 - March 30, 2020

1a. More ideas and resources for remote learning: Jennifer Gonzalez
1b. More ideas and resources for remote learning: Video Showing How a Virus Can Spread in a Classroom
1c. More ideas and resources for remote learning
1d. More Ideas and Resources for Remote Learning: Permission from Publishers to Read Books Online
2. Is now the time to bring back “current events”?
3. Social media in a Florida high school
4. Administrative constraints on instructional coaches
5. Interleaving – the key to students retaining skills and concepts
6. Why do many kids hate the sports they once played with enjoyment?
7. Things to stop doing for greater happiness
8. What leaders can say when they’re put on the spot

Marshall Memo 829 - March 23, 2020

1a-o. More ideas and links during the coronavirus crisis
2. Use it or lose it: the value of retrieval practice in the classroom
3. When does learning transfer from one situation to another?
4. Another voice in the ongoing debate on early reading
5. Are decodable texts appropriate in the primary grades?
6. How should instructional coaches be evaluated?
7. Reducing attrition among new teachers
8. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic novels about social justice

Marshall Memo 828 - March 16, 2020

1. Susan Moore Johnson on the difference that working conditions make
2. Mike Schmoker on lesson planning 101
3. A key variable as principals evaluate teachers and decide on tenure
4. Microinterventions on microaggressions
5. Developing political empowerment in high-school students
6. Essential questions for habits of mind
7. Getting books to children who live in “book deserts”
8. Books for students to read after watching the movie
9. Online teaching resources for the coronavirus crisis

Marshall Memo 827 - March 9 2020

1. Nine suggestions for effective teaching in diverse classrooms
2. Teachable moments on LGBTQ issues
3. How Iceland dealt with teen drinking, drugs, and delinquency
4. Refraining from doing too much of the thinking for young writers
5. Can teacher-recorded videos be used for classroom evaluations?
6. Books to spark thoughtful discussions in elementary classrooms
7. Lesson resources online

Marshall Memo 826 - March 2, 2020

1. Teaching social studies in troubled times
2. “Compassionate directness” in the workplace
3. Firing 101
4. Antiracist work in schools
5. Can administrators observe classrooms without being disruptive?
6. Who’s doing the work here? Ideas on the correcting workload
7. Who is best qualified to evaluate curriculum materials?
8. Ideas for individual student reading conferences
9. Getting more value from “turn and talk”
10. Do teachers plateau after their first few years?
11a. A video on resolving racially tense situations
11b. The Smithsonian online

Marshall Memo 825 - February 24, 2020

1. Daniel Willingham on the phonics/balanced literacy debate
2. Teacher reactions to a new teacher-evaluation policy
3. A study of unconscious bias
4. Persuasion 101
5. Reaching students with disabilities
6. Executive functioning as a key skill in the early years
7a. An infographic of the 100 most-spoken languages in the world
7b. The Student Perception Survey Toolkit

Marshall Memo 824 - February 17, 2020

1. Addressing unconscious racial bias in schools
2. Culturally responsive school leadership in Michigan
3. Carol Ann Tomlinson on what works best in reading, and for whom
4. Timothy Shanahan on effective elementary reading instruction
5. Problems when students read only “just right” books
6. Three questions school leaders might ask about literacy instruction
7. Dealing with rational and irrational resistance to change
8. Does “data-driven instruction” work?
9. Semi-self-contained sixth grades in Maryland middle schools
10. Picture books for middle- and high-school students

Marshall Memo 823 - February 10, 2020

1. Mike Schmoker on a radically simplified ELA curriculum
2. Reading as liberation
3. How teachers’ standards and expectations affect student performance
4. Lifting the curtain on SparkNotes
5. Jennifer Gonzalez on effective use of cooperative learning
6. Classroom materials on the 19th Amendment

Marshall Memo 822 - February 3, 2020

1. Educating for full civic participation
2. A tale of two states: U.S. history textbooks in Texas and California
3. Improving students’ skills as media consumers
4. Finding middle ground on early reading instruction
5. Running records: a quick and “surprisingly fruitful” diagnostic tool
6. A Tennessee district revamps its ELA curriculum
7. Adam Grant suggests a strategic interview question

Marshall Memo 821 - January 27, 2020

1. Reducing burnout and attrition among special-education teachers
2. High-school debate and “cultural capital”
3. Teaching The Odyssey with a social justice perspective
4. Linking afterschool programs to the regular school day
5. Phonics is only part of good literacy instruction
6. Increasing joy in primary-grade math classes
7. Four-text sets to build students’ reading power
8. Recommended storybooks and audiobooks
9a. Impeachment teaching resources
9b. A video on probability

Marshall Memo 820 - January 20, 2020

1. Dylan Wiliam on two strategies that really work in schools
2. Another problem with random lessons from the Internet
3. Restorative justice: avoiding mistakes and implementing it well
4. Are Asians smarter at math?
5. Sixth graders use quick writes to explore social justice
6. Should students lead IEP meetings?
7. A website to build critical thinking about online content

Marshall Memo 819 - January 13, 2020

1. Questions to ask students during a classroom visit
2. Clickers and peer discussion in high-school classes
3. In math, which comes first, conceptual understanding or skills?
4. Problems with a teacher-evaluation process
5. Effective practices for students with special needs
6. Who is best at spotting junk on the Internet?
7. U.S. educational trends for 2019
8. The challenge faced by every elementary school
9. Books about the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind experience

Marshall Memo 818 - January 6, 2020

1. When observing, being aware of our biases and perceptual filters
2. How much can we rely on intuition?
3. Four principles for giving feedback to students
4. Can young children understand natural selection?
5. Literature circles in a Brooklyn high school
6. Young adult and nonfiction books by African-American authors
7. U.S. immigration 1919-2019

Marshall Memo 817 - December 30, 2019

1. Supporting teachers in a culturally responsive manner
2. Good judgment produces good decisions
3. Accurate teaching about climate change
4. Spotting and fixing ELLs’ learning challenges in real time
5. Onboarding a new student who knows no English
6. Life advice for high-school and college kids
7. A hands-on experiment on the spread of classroom germs
8. Supporting ELLs as they make sense of content
9. Key questions when tackling a moral dilemma
10. Middle-grade and picture books by black authors and illustrators
11. Thought-provoking math problems

Marshall Memo 816 - December 16, 2019

1. Questioning, the most basic teaching tool
2. A successful program for long-term English language learners
3. Video coaching with a positive spin
4. Troubling data on youth suicide
5. Rethinking nightly reading logs
6. Online supplemental materials: caveat emptor
7. What’s missing in science textbooks
8. The best kids’ books of 2019

Marshall Memo 815 - December 9, 2019

1. Is it possible to be happy 80 percent of the workday?
2. A way to make meetings more productive
3. Choosing an effective instructional coach
4. Getting the most out of co-teaching partnerships
5. A step-by-step guide to correcting educational misconceptions
6. Cutting and self-injury
7. Top-rated graphic novels and young adult and nonfiction books

Marshall Memo 814 - December 2, 2019

1. Thomas Guskey on grades and comments
2. Teacher-led versus student-centered classrooms: either-or?
3. What makes a great team?
4. Trauma-informed schooling
5. An analysis of adolescent stress
6. The impact of racial attitudes and beliefs in schools
7. Award-winning nonfiction children’s books
8a. An animation of the growth of New York City
8b. A little-known fact about Central Park

Marshall Memo 813 - November 25, 2019

1. How a bird launched project-based learning in a first-grade class
2. Mike Schmoker on improving K-3 literacy instruction
3. Fixing gifted education’s underrepresentation problem
4. Recognizing and addressing racial stress in African-American youth
5. Banning the n-word in schools
6. Boosting the math achievement of below-level middle-school students
7. Organized recess
8. How to avoid overreacting to an angry message
9. High-quality children’s fiction
10a. Earthquake visualizer
10b. Why is this so hard?

Marshall Memo 812 - November 18, 2019

1. Understanding two very different kinds of memory
2. Pushing back on lesson plan micromanagement
3. Addressing teacher stress and burnout
4. Schools communicating with four generations of caregivers
5. A PD program for principals falls short
6. Using Barbie, Batman, and Bratz dolls to teach proportional reasoning
7. Recommended young adult books with Latinx authors and topics
8. Does full-day preschool make a difference?

Marshall Memo 811 - November 11, 2019

1. What is personalized learning, and does it work?
2. Knowledge as the key to closing the reading achievement gap
3. Orchestrating an effective coaching plan
4. Differentiated coaching
5. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on small teaching moves with outsize impact
6. Mentoring versus coaching of school principals
7. What is Shakespeare’s place in the modern English curriculum?
8. Nine questions for a PLC data meeting
9. Recommended nonfiction books with Latinx authors and topics
10. A scientific literacy curriculum

Marshall Memo 810 - November 4, 2019

1. Elena Aguilar on effective instructional coaching programs
2. Overcoming psychological barriers to collaboration
3. Pushing back on workplace bias against women and people of color
4. Advice to new principals
5. Advice-giving 101
6. Should students read books by morally reprehensible authors?
7. Books by and about Latinx people
8a. Tracing a troubling family history close to home
8b. A graphic comparison of how immigrants fare in the U.S.
8c. Women, A Century of Change

Marshall Memo 809 - October 28, 2019

1. Getting better at dealing with microaggressions
2. What to do when you really blow it with someone
3. Teaching history with feeling
4. Two English professors debate the literary canon
5. Fine-tuning a credit recovery course in high school biology
6. Risk and protection factors for LGBTQ youth
7. Common misperceptions on facts and beliefs
8. Award-winning young adult books

Marshall Memo 808 - October 21, 2019

1. Educators open up about their own mental health issues
2. A middle school does a schoolwide readaloud on mental health
3. Can teachers be amateur counselors with their middle schoolers?
4. Why teens are so moved by plays and films about suicide
5. Dealing effectively with in-person and online bullying
6. Dyslexia: myths, look-fors, and classroom strategies
7. Questions that help PLCs close achievement gaps
8. Using a voicemail app to run cross-district book discussions
9. Principals’ and teachers’ differing responses to the same questions
10. A principal keeps the fire burning bright

Marshall Memo 807 - October 14, 2019

1. Taking full advantage of the freedom that ESSA provides
2. Preventing school shootings
3. Mindfulness in schools
4. The distance between adults and today’s young people
5. The power of classroom meetings
6. The effect of teachers’ race and experience on student achievement
7. Are all students really getting it?
8. Increasing student participation in class
9. A study of states’ teacher-evaluation policies
10. Young adult books featuring mental health issues
11. Online curriculum resources

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