Show 111: Engaging Students with the Local Community

Ken EhrmannpowerED Up Podcast

Kelly Shrein is the 2022 Alaska Teacher of the Year. She has embraced her community in Anchorage, Alaska to create a more meaningful, authentic, and engaging curriculum. Students are constantly engaged in learning objectives that can have a direct impact on the local community. The authenticity of learning expands into her classroom conversations. The third-grade students are well-versed and able … Read More

Show 76: Summer PD Series, Show 76

Ken EhrmannpowerED Up Podcast

Creating meaningful, real world experiences for students can be a huge undertaking. Our guest co-host Laura Boyd showcases amazing ways to facilitate these experiences involving the local community. We break down the strategies needed to start these experiences from the ground up. We also share the impact it can have on the way students approach learning in the classroom and … Read More

Community Members Supporting Schools

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Community members can support schools a number of ways. They can Adopt-a-School, provide snack packs, gift cards, prayers, donations, reading time, angel trees, lunches, handwritten notes, and other donations. Social media can be a tool that community members use to support their local schools. Community Members Supporting Schools Community members have expressed concern that schools are failing communities and … Read More

Remembrance Day

Teach Better TeamBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th at 11AM. This post honors Remembrance Day and the importance of helping students make a connection to their community. “In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row” – “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian Army Lt. Col. John McCrae Growing up in Canada you learn this poem or hear it … Read More

Posting in a Pandemic

Teach Better TeamBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Positivity is important when communicating with families; however, in order to stay authentic, one should not be excessively positive. Tell the whole story, be honest and vulnerable, and prepare for a two-way dialogue when communicating with stakeholders. Posting in a Pandemic: Excessive Positivity Isn’t Always Authentic Leaders inspire vision and confidence in their organization, and schools are no different. … Read More