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Marshall Memo 908 - October 25, 2021

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on making it through a very difficult year
2. Steve Graham on effective writing instruction in a third-grade class
3. Designing high-quality tests
4. Sparking powerful mathematical thinking
5. Getting students to write argumentative essays without rancor
6. A Virginia school rethinks its dress coden
7. Prize-winning young adult books

Marshall Memo 907 - October 18, 2021

1. Giving feedback that isn’t consigned to the bottom of the backpack
2. What rigor looks like in an equitable classroom
3. A high-school class debates whether Othello should be taught
4. Why is social-emotional learning more challenging with adolescents?
5. PLCs’ focus on standards: necessary but not sufficient
6. Clarifying the definition of SMART goals
7. Instagram and teen girls
8. Recommendations for young adult nonfiction

Marshall Memo 906 - October 11, 2021

1. Lorrie Shepard on integrating assessments with high-quality teaching
2. Preventing the college gender disparity in the early grades
3. Does flipped teaching work?
4. Research on restorative practices
5. A trauma-informed response to an out-of-control student
6. Can a simple intervention narrow the black-white suspension gap?
7. Reflective questions for anti-racist leaders
8. Problems with impromptu discussions of hot-button topics
9. Getting the most out of primary sources
10. Coming-of-age movies for students in middle school
11. Should students be allowed to retake tests?

Marshall Memo 905 - October 4, 2021

1. Should teachers be required to hand in lesson plans?
2. Some “known unknowns” about early reading instruction
3. Better information on the “best” colleges
4. Making research findings clear and informative for teachers
5. An analysis of DonorsChoose crowdfunding
6. How school librarians can maximize their impact in unsettled times
7. Some words for leaders to avoid
8a. Online Smithsonian resources
8b. A website for English teachers

Marshall Memo 904 - September 27, 2021

1. Rethinking “rigor” in secondary schools
2. What is the best way for teachers to present new concepts?
3. Teaching controversial issues: lessons from three countries
4. Does selling curriculum materials online improve teachers’ work?
5. Nevada second graders write up a storm on Twitter
6. Universal Design for Learning in math classes
7. Questions and answers on ESSER funds
8. Online practices from the pandemic that may continue
9. A new website with K-12 resources on climate change

Marshall Memo 903 - September 20, 2021

1. Can racial inequities be healed?
2. Is it helpful for social justice educators to talk about “white privilege”?
3. Correcting misconceptions about suspensions
4. Charter schools work on improving students’ college graduation rates
5. Using quick surveys to check in with students
6. Ideas for quieting a noisy middle-school class
7. Phi Delta Kappa poll results
8. Adaptations of best-selling books for young readers
9. More challenging math problems

Marshall Memo 902 - September 13, 2021

1. A tribute to Roland Barth
2. Five questions to help decide on priorities for the year
3. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell weigh in on the literacy debate
4. Does a one-year delay in kindergarten entry improve achievement?
5. With growth mindset interventions, context matters
6. Discussing hot political issues with high-school students
7. Teaching civics through local action
8. Jennifer Gonzalez on the dual attention problem
9. Recommended graphic novels about history and science

Marshall Memo 901 - September 6, 2021

1. Words that support and encourage students
2. Maxims for instructional coaches
3. Getting the most from teacher teams this year
4. More than “fluffy stuff” – social-emotional learning in math classes
5. Intentionally building primary students’ self-reliance
6. Ian Rowe on achievement gaps versus the “distance to 100”
7. Reading strategies to avoid – and to embrace
8. Should teachers tell students their personal opinion on hot topics?
9. How to avoid being a bad boss
10. Being present as a leader
11. A reenactment of a difficult conversation

Marshall Memo 900 - August 30, 2021

1. Mitigating the impact of smartphones and social media on adolescents
2. Some kids did better with remote learning. What now?
3. Skillfully handling hot-button issues in the months ahead
4. Strategies to get equitable student participation in math classes
5. Using dry-erase whiteboards in middle- and high-school social studies
6. Key elements in an elementary ELA/special education teacher team
7. Recommended readaloud books for the primary grades
8a. An amazing collection of challenging, non-routine mathematics problems
8b. A website to build critical Internet skills

Marshall Memo 899 - August 23, 2021

1. Deciding between virtual and in-person meetings
2. Putting a positive spin on wearing masks in school
3. U.S. history: what should be taught, and who decides?
4. Teaching an untracked 10th-grade English class
5. Helping students do better with mathematics word problems
6. Parental advice on getting smartphones for kids
7. Words of wisdom for rookie teachers
8. Curiosity as a key to good leadership
9. Recommended Franco-Belgian comics
10a. Fielding questions on Critical Race Theory
10b. History videos
10c. The best young adult books of all time
10d. Beginning-of-the-year surveys

Marshall Memo 898 - August 26, 2021

1. Ideas for the “new normal”
2. Parent support for social and emotional learning
3. Unappreciated benefits of the daily commute
4. Tweaking rubrics to provide “wise” feedback on students’ writing
5. Helping elementary students as they use digital writing prompts
6. Reading job applicants’ letters of support with a critical eye
7. More data on merit pay for teachers
8. Fixing what’s wrong with the Dewey Decimal system
9. Recommended children’s poetry books
10. Videos on African-American history
10b. A new women’s history curriculum

Marshall Memo 897 - July 26, 2021

1. Linguistically sensitive literacy instruction
2. Insights from a book distribution program in Philadelphia
3. For young children, which is better, paper or digital books?
4. How effective is Orton-Gillingham?
5. What kinds of mathematics do students need for the real world?

Marshall Memo 896 - July 19, 2021

1. Adam Grant on “collective effervescence”
2. Daniel Willingham on the psychology of remembering
3. The advantages of having students use handwritten notebooks
4. Beyond Black History Month
5. Managing by walking around – done right
6. Recommended reading for students

Marshall Memo 895 - July 12, 2021

1. Can deadlines spur better work?
2. Helping students feel valued and respected in the classroom
3. What to say when students shine
4. The role of gossip among students – and adults
5. A different structure for Socratic seminars
6. Fair, effective group work
7. Texting preschool parents: what is the Goldilocks frequency?
8. Reflections on teaching U.S. history
9. Recommended children’s books related to the Tokyo Olympics
10. Brief videos on civics
11. Media bias chart

Marshall Memo 894 - July 5, 2021

1. A historian reflects on attempts to control how history is taught
2. David Brooks on specific leadership actions that build trust
3. Beyond time management
4. Getting off to a strong start in Algebra 1 this fall
5. Supporting English learners in the wake of the pandemic
6. A 1990 article on the reading wars; what’s different?

Marshall Memo 893 - June 28, 2021

1. Michael Petrilli on Covid-time ideas we need to kiss goodbye
2. How will acceleration work this fall?
3. The daunting challenge awaiting next year’s first-grade teachers
4. Rethinking instructor evaluation in the wake of the pandemic
5. Getting the most out of a comprehensive performance review
6. Using music to explore three kinds of patriotism
7. Dealing with procrastination
8. Recommended elementary and secondary books on race relations
9. Recommended elementary and secondary books on women in history
10a. Rating U.S. civics and history standards
10b. Fractions assessments

Marshall Memo 892 - June 21, 2021

1. The link between classroom talk and equity in Detroit science classes
2. A North Dakota district thinks through its secondary ELA curriculum
3. Conducting a schoolwide literacy check-up
4. More on what it means to be an anti-racist educator

Marshall Memo 891 - June 14, 2021

1. Isabel Wilkerson on America’s caste system
2. Teacher expectations, assessments, and reading achievement
3. Improving reading comprehension for struggling fourth graders
4. Team commitments made by a high-school English department
5. Authentic performance tasks to measure deeper learning
6. Ideas for the effective use of ESSER funding
7. Teens need to chill out this summer

Marshall Memo 890 - June 7, 2021

1. Ways for leaders to see what they’re missing
2. Instructional coaches: developers of teachers or agents of change?
3. A survey to measure inclusion in the workplace
4. What is the impact of a four-day school week?
5. Improving high-school students’ attitudes about poetry
6. Shakespeare meets Facebook
7. Recommended multicultural books
8. Summer reading for middle-school students

Marshall Memo 889 - May 31, 2021

1. Keepers from Covid-time
2. Effective equity work in schools
3. Michael Petrilli on finding common ground
4. Getting higher-ups to adopt a good idea
5. Five components of clear writing
6. Will snow days be gone forever?
7. Recommended children’s picturebooks
8a. A video on infectious diseases
8b. Was online instruction all bad?
8c. The Massachusetts Acceleration Roadmap
8d. New ideas for U.S. history and civics

Marshall Memo 888 - May 24, 2021

1. Continuing effective Covid-time practices in the “new normal”
2. Maintaining high expectations in the face of unfinished learning
3. Elena Aguilar reflects on the year
4. Mike Schmoker on four keys to better professional learning
5. Using peer feedback in high-school writing classes
6. The difference between handwritten and computer note-taking
7. What is the purpose of mathematics?

Marshall Memo 887 - May 17, 2021

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on revitalizing classrooms after the pandemic
2. Douglas Reeves on what research really says
3. Figuring out an integrated approach to literacy instruction
4. An analysis of Success for All
5. Should class participation be graded?
6. Project-based learning in action
7. A study of homophobic bullying in a middle school
8. Better meetings 101
9. Books to read with WandaVision
10. Audiobooks on Asian-American topics

Marshall Memo 886 - May 10, 2021

1. Jon Saphier on courageous school leadership
2. An unfortunate tendency in PLC meetings
3. Online “Mastermind” groups for school leaders
4. Reasons for teenagers to come to school – and keep coming
5. John Hattie on continuing practices that worked during the pandemic
6. Pandemic learning loss: wrong and right solutions
7. Can school climate data be part of accountability?
8. Recommended children’s books on the AAPI experience

Marshall Memo 885 - May 3, 2021

1. Robert Pondiscio on what it means to be an antiracist educator
2. Substantive actions and words on diversity, equity, and inclusion
3. Conflict-agile school leaders
4. Outsmarting anxiety
5. A tool for measuring school climate
6. Three cautionary notes as regular schooling resumes
7. Common complaints about meetings
8a. Adam Grant on confident humility
8b. Media Bias Chart 7.1
8c. An infographic on figures of speech

Marshall Memo 884 - April 26, 2021

1. A tribute to Robert Slavin
2. Complementary facets of effective leadership
3. Reinventing schools for the “new normal”
4. Priorities for dealing with unfinished learning in math and ELA
5. Orchestrating “productive discussions” in elementary math classes
6. Five habits of mind students need to unlearn
7. Locating high-quality lesson ideas online
8. Children’s books to combat anti-Asian-American prejudice and hatred
9a. Teaching the economics of the pandemic
9b. Primary-source history online

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