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This is a collection of the "In This Issue" headlines from the first page of all of the Marshall Memo issues to make it easier for subscribers to locate articles.

Articles with red headlines are "Classics" - the best of the best. 

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Marshall Memo 863 - November 23, 2020

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on building student connections in remote classes
2. Salman Khan on effective hybrid instruction
3. Successfully blending face-to-face with online learning
4. Making good decisions on educational technology
5. School leadership during Covid-time
6. Does anti-bias training work?
7. A teacher’s epiphany from a dated math problem
8. The six habits of effective school librarians

Marshall Memo 862 - November 16, 2020

1. Robert Sternberg on the kind of intelligence that really matters
2. Where the rubber meets the road: instructional tasks
3. Math coaching in elementary schools – what works
4. Personalizing learning during Covid-time
5. Persuading reluctant students to turn on their cameras
6. Quick meetings between classroom and special-education teachers
7. Novels that go with popular movies and television shows

Marshall Memo 861 - November 9, 2020

1. Dan Heath on preempting problems
2. Developing a theory of change to close the EL achievement gap
3. Personalizing instruction for students in a remote environment
4. Three ways to extend and deepen the education of young children
5. Rethinking class rank and high-school graduation honors
6. Is it time to retire Catcher in the Rye?
7. One teacher’s serendipitous beginning
8a. Eight brief videos on slavery and its aftermath
8b. Useful websites

Marshall Memo 860 - November 2, 2020

1. Handling the 2020 election results the day after
2. Understanding why some people believe conspiracy theories
3. Helping young children deal with an R-rated world
4. Promoting mathematical talk at home with young children
5. Real-time evaluation of PD initiatives
6. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell on the role of the teacher leader
7. Insights on the everyday actions of five different personality types
8. Do’s and don’ts of difficult conversations
9. Young adult books with characters who have reading difficulties

Marshall Memo 859 - October 26, 2020

1. The debate about the 1619 project
2. Observing teachers in a way that builds trust and improves practice
3. A psychological approach to correcting misconceptions about Covid-19
4. Addressing concerns about student screen time
5. Rethinking homework during remote and hybrid instruction
6. The best mindset for addressing students’ unfinished learning
7. A history of pandemics starting with the Bubonic plague

Marshall Memo 858 - October 19, 2020

1. Principal supervisors who focus on teaching and learning
2. Simple but powerful classroom techniques
3. Schools where all students grow and thrive
4. Tweaking the Danielson framework for remote instruction
5. The pandemic’s impact on schools and universities
6. How teenagers are dealing with the current crisis
7. A video on using Jamboard

Marshall Memo 857 - October 12, 2020

1. Teaching remote lessons in 25-minute chunks
2. Physical education in Covid-time
3. Carol Ann Tomlinson on working with students experiencing trauma
4. Developing and fine-tuning empathy
5. School administrators co-teaching
6. Do teachers’ Danielson scores predict student outcomes?
7. Encouraging words from the boss
8. Online maker resources
9. Graphic works on voting, government, and activism
10. Virtual connections

Marshall Memo 856 - October 5, 2020

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on managing hybrid and remote instruction
2. Adapting to mask-wearing
3. Trauma-informed schooling – done right
4. Teaching elementary students to be discerning with evidence
5. Making science more relevant and interesting for all students
6. A young white teacher implements culturally responsive pedagogy
7. Hiring for diversity
8. Using children’s books to teach about the world’s religions
9. Research on teacher study groups

Marshall Memo 855 - September 28, 2020

1. The pandemic’s likely trajectory
2. Building students’ writing proficiency with digital tools
3. Jennifer Gonzalez on preventing plagiarism in middle and high schools
4. Less class time on ELA, more on social studies
5. Fascinating and funny stories that detract from learning
6. Time management basics
7. School librarians’ role in promoting literacy
8. Children’s books about voting
9. Recommended 2019 young adult coming-of-age novels

Marshall Memo 854 - September 21, 2020

1. Ways to avoid correcting overload
2. Empowered online teaching
3. The way assignments are presented to students makes a difference
4. Can history teachers be neutral" Should they be"
5. A field guide to lying and cheating
6. “Readalikes” – books that go with three popular shows
7. Student agency and activism: recommended children’s books

Marshall Memo 853 - September 14, 2020

1. More on understanding the pandemic
2. Humanizing online instruction
3. Assessing schools’ academic quality by what students actually do
4. Ian Rowe on nurturing agency and opportunity for vulnerable youth
5. David Brooks on the fall and rise of the extended family
6. Using historical exemplars of collaboration in social studies
7. U.S. history podcasts for students
8. Children’s books about indigenous Americans
9. A brief video on white privilege

Marshall Memo 852 - September 7, 2020

1. Gloria Ladson-Billings on teaching about racial justice
2. Orchestrating deeper learning
3. Is there a silver lining to the year’s disruptions?
4. Thomas Guskey on reducing cheating in online classes
5. Keys to effective remote math instruction
6. Online teen-led conversations
7. Online book clubs
8. Getting students writing during the pandemic
9. A homemade lightboard for remote teaching
10. More on phonics and the “science of reading”

Marshall Memo 851 - August 31, 2020

1. Will we ever get out of the woods with this pandemic?
2. Lessons learned during the spring on effective online instruction
3. Maximizing student engagement in remote classes
4. Joe Feldman and Douglas Reeves on grading in Covid-time
5. Suggestions for teaching about racism
6. Problems with show-me-what-you-know assessments
7. A simple way to get students writing nuanced argumentative essays
8. Life-changing insights for young people with autism
9. Supporting students who stutter
10. Does accelerating students harm their midlife prospects?
11. Which colleges have the biggest long-term payoff?
12a. Online teaching resources
12b. Unpacking a popular YA novel
12c. Ideas for the 2020-21 school year

Marshall Memo 850 - August 24, 3030

2. Starting the year with an assessment of students’ literacy skills
3. Six principles for making good instructional videos
4. Improving racial diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
5. One way to mitigate bias when grading students’ work
6. Should schools be color-blind?
7. Driving school improvement in 100-day cycles
8. Preparing students for college reading, writing, and research
9. Recommended books on women’s suffrage
10a. A video on the racial wealth gap
10b. Selecting good curriculum materials

Marshall Memo 849 - August 210, 2020

1. A principal works with a problematic teacher (after confronting himself)

Marshall Memo 848 - August 3, 2020

1. Principles and practices for successful online learning
2. African-American students talk about their schools
3. Texts that get parents involved in children’s vocabulary development
4. Improving the quality of preschoolers’ conversations
5. Why do so many young women see advanced physics as “not for me”?
6. Questions for instructional coaches to ask their coachees
7. Math apps and online tools
8. Preschool books about diverse families
9a. Back-to-school surveys
9b. Backwards brain bicycle video

Marshall Memo 847 - July 27, 2020

1. Principles for successful school reopening
2. Mapping students’ support networks in preparation for the fall
3. Building relationships in an online world
4. A school shifts to online standards-based assessments
5. Saying no with class
6. Being a coach, not a micromanager
7a. Visualizing virus transmission
7b. Online UDL resources

Marshall Memo 846 - July 20, 2020

1. Cultural competence 101
2. Jennifer Gonzalez on blogs students can write
3. Language in math classes that can subtly discourage students
4. To group or not to group, that is the question
5. A study of high-school start times in Texas
6. A telling court decision on value-added measures
7. Another nail in the coffin of VAM evaluation of teachers
8. Being decisive without being a jerk
9. Recommended books of poetry for children
10. Culturally relevant books for a boys’ book club

Marshall Memo 845 - July 13, 2020

1. Cheerleading won’t help someone fearful of Covid-19
2. How cognitive biases affect the way we assess risk
3. Encouraging kindergarten play during remote learning
4. Discussing racism with elementary students
5. Listening 101
6. Helping high-school students cut down their technology use
7. “This is pretty easy” – not the best thing to say to students
8. One way to change a toxic colleague
9. Recommended children’s books featuring Latinx luminaries
10a. Suggested antiracist texts
10b. Device-free family dinners

Marshall Memo 844 - July 6, 2020

1. Looking ahead to online instruction in the fall
2. What’s best handled online and what works better in person
3. High-quality videos for flipped lessons
4. Toward a saner and more-equitable college admissions process
5. Countering three misconceptions about cultural proficiency
6. Learned optimism 101
7. Unnecessary intrusions in the classroom: what can be done?
8. At what grade should algebra 1 be taught?
9a. Frederick Douglass speech
9b. Should black be capitalized?
9c. School reopening surveys
9d. Summer webinars
9e. Details on all-remote schooling
9f. Scheduling student rotations for the fall

Marshall Memo 843 - June 29, 2020

1. The pandemic and six stages of grief
2. Thomas Guskey on low-stakes teacher-made assessments in the fall
3. A virtual readaloud book club
4. Students’ rights in a fifth-grade math class
5. Humor in the workplace: what works and what doesn’t
6. Toxic team members
7. Award-winning children’s books
8. Virtual school day and virtual summer camps

Marshall Memo 842 - June 22, 2020

1. Racial justice 101
2. Implicit bias in schools
3. Keeping male teachers of color on board
4. A critical look at curriculum standards on financial literacy
5. Key questions for school reopening
6. Does reading at the “instructional level” accelerate learning?
7. A better personality inventory than Myers-Briggs and Enneagram
8a. Video on Reconstruction
8b. Responses to racially insensitive comments
8c. Anti-racist resources
8d. When will we be able to…?
8e. Updated media bias chart

Marshall Memo 841 - June 15, 2020

1. Closing racial gaps
2. Implicit bias dealing with saggy pants
3. Psychological factors that perpetuate racism – and can be changed
4. Avenues to equity opened by Covid-19
5. Handling learning loss in the fall
6. School-based health services when schools reopen
7. Insights on remote instruction from college students
8. A poll of college educators on teaching during the pandemic
9. A teacher book study group that worked
10. Alternatives to three classic novels
11. Companion books to current movies
12. Oprah Winfrey’s panel on race

Marshall Memo 840 - June 8, 2020

1. It’s not enough to teach students to be nice
2. The impact of African-American teachers in advanced courses
3. Books to help understand the nation’s racial crisis
4. Building all students’ brainpower during remote learning
5. Using videos for remote teacher coaching
6. Nurturing school climate in a virtual world
7. Finely balanced leadership
8. Advice for juniors worrying about college
9. Recommended nonfiction books for children
10a. Working for racial justice
10b. Online writing ideas

Marshall Memo 839 - June 1, 2020

1. Doug Lemov on combining synchronous and asynchronous pedagogy
2. Why remote learning has been a boon for some students
3. School closure as an opportunity for young adolescents to flourish
4. A post-pandemic silver lining for high schools?
5. Addressing “Covid slide” in the fall
6. Emotionally intelligent leadership in a changing world
7. Four ways to be a leader when the chips are down
8. The surprising role of SAT scores in college admission
9. What it takes to implement developmental word study
10. The virtues of a clear mission
11. Makerspaces: possibilities and caveats
12a. Talking to young people about Covid-19
12b. Online writing prompts

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