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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

Marshall Memo 838 - May 25, 2020

1. Jennifer Gonzalez looks over the horizon
2. A veteran online teacher shares what he’s learned
3. The kind of tutoring we’ll need in the months ahead
4. Covid-era practices that should continue after the pandemic
5. Measuring social-emotional learning
6. School leadership guided by brain research
7. The words students need to be able to read fluently
8. How overachievement can mask childhood trauma
9a. School reopening webinar
9b. Literature podcasts
9c. Young adult novels
9d. What students are reading

Marshall Memo 837 - May 18, 2020

1. Ideas for reopening elementary schools with social distancing
2. Keeping track of what’s happening in online breakout rooms
3. Embracing the new normal in videoconference job interviews
4. Orchestrating productive struggle with a fifth-grade math problem
5. Unconscious bias in secondary-school science classrooms
6. Why are the least-experienced math teachers teaching ninth graders?
7. A study of the language math teachers use
8. Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher on truly balanced literacy classes
9. Responses to criticism of social-emotional learning
10. Insights from psychology and neuroscience
11a. A detailed guide to online learning
11b. Online mental health resources
11c. An online activity to help students understand place value

Marshall Memo 836 - May 11, 2020

1. As the world warily opens up, details on virus transmission
2. Why is Covid-19 hitting some areas harder than others?
3. Will there be lasting changes from the pandemic?
4. Why one middle-school student who prefers online instruction
5. When schools reopen, what to do with students who are behind?
6. Douglas Reeves on schools that achieve excellence and equity
7. Reality TV and formative classroom assessments
8. Which predicts college success, grade-point averages or ACT scores?
9. How leaders can influence their colleagues
10a. An online children’s book on the pandemic
10b. Free audiobooks online
10c. School Library Journal free online
10d. Visualizing the pace of innovation
10e. A minicourse on cognition and classrooms
10f. An interactive feature on the brain

Marshall Memo 835 - May 4, 2020

1. Robert Slavin on an ambitious post-pandemic plan
2. Teachers’ concerns about online instruction
3. Why teaching in a virtual space is draining
4. Better ways of starting online conversations
5. Dealing with a child’s meltdown
6. A different way to teach Romeo and Juliet
7. Addressing resistance to the teaching of evolution
8. Successfully squelching workplace harassment
9a. A UbD unit on Covid-19
9b. Two student-created musical performances
9c. Online news by elementary students
9d. Tips for making a screencast

Marshall Memo 834 - April 27, 2020

1. Kids comment on doing school at home
2. Synchronous versus asynchronous instruction
3. Douglas Reeves pushes back on pass/fail grading in high schools
4. Angela Duckworth on minimizing screen time
5. Leadership and trust
6. Helping students see productive struggle in math as a good thing
7. Supporting students with dyscalculia
8. A primer on universal design for learning (UDL)
9. Seven questions on climate change
10a. Surveys on distance learning and well-being
10b. Free webcomics

Marshall Memo 833 - April 20, 2020

1. Should we worry about kids getting too much screen time?
2. Putting the pandemic in historical and epidemiological perspective
3. Planning for schools’ (hopeful) reopening
4. Is this looping’s moment?
5. Teachable moments during the crisis
6. Accurate teaching of slavery
7. Learning from a teacher survey and the principal’s self-assessment
8. Digital history projects
9. Notable children’s nonfiction and poetry
10a. Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge
10b. Media Bias Chart
10c. A virtual kid lit party
10d. Educational Leadership Special Report

Marshall Memo 832 - April 13, 2020

1. Making remote learning human
2. Teaching social-emotional skills at a distance
3. Lessons from a Hong Kong school that’s been closed since February
4. Classroom management when students are in their PJs
5. A student ponders cheating on an honor-code final exam
6. Free daily online drawing/cartooning lessons
7. Thomas Guskey on what changes teachers’ attitudes and beliefs
8. Psychological safety as an essential foundation of professional learning
9. Helping students discuss difficult issues
10. Getting all students to think, talk, and listen in classroom discussions
11. The role of debate in teaching self-confidence – and humility
12. Notable children’s novels

Marshall Memo 831 - April 6, 2020

1. Maintaining relationships with students while physically separated
2. Suggestions for online teaching
3. Grading dilemmas in the time of coronavirus
4. Dealing with Zoom problems
5. A New York City K-8 school’s mission for right now
6. Animated graphics on a virus’s exponential spread
7. Seven ways to optimize the work of a leadership team
8. Changing teacher-centric habits
9. Alexis Wiggins on group grading of discussions
10. Notable children’s picturebooks

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

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