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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 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

Marshall Memo 883 - April 19, 2021

1. A school addresses racially disparate discipline referrals
2. Using students’ errors as teachable moments
3. Pandemic-inspired classroom practices that should continue
4. Advice on dealing with too much homework
5. Evaluating candidates’ résumés during a hiring process
6. Improving students’ “user experience” through course design
7. Online Beethoven resources

Marshall Memo 882 - April 12, 2021

1. Grading for learning, not sorting
2. Which Covid-time practices will we carry over to the new normal?
3. Using the chat function to deepen and extend student engagement
4. Positive endings
5. Options for spending recently approved federal funds
6. Maximizing the impact of 2021 summer schools
7. Involving students in constructing the criteria for good writing
8. Jim Knight on the vital role of instructional coaches
9. Recommended graphic biographies

Marshall Memo 881 - April 5, 2021

1. Race, gender, and behavior in a New York City kindergarten class
2. Improvement routines that continuously strengthen practice
3. The benefits of short-cycle planning
4. Supporting students as they emerge from remote instruction
5. Will online whiteboards be a lasting legacy of the pandemic?
6. A writer pays tribute to Beverly Cleary
7. Recommended books for 11-14-year-olds
8a. An online Q&A with Jay McTighe on returning to “normal”
8b. A video on the Suez Canal blockage

Marshall Memo 880 - March 29, 2021

1. Robert Slavin on tutoring as a crucial post-Covid intervention
2. New insights on summer learning loss
3. Six everyday supports for students who’ve experienced trauma
4. An ode to UDL (Universal Design for Learning)
5. Can people be “inoculated” against online nonsense?
6. Should history classes teach American exceptionalism?
7. Recommended children’s picture books and novels
8. Books for students to read with popular movies and TV shows

Marshall Memo 879 - March 22, 2021

1. New thinking on improving students’ writing
2. Teaching a history unit in a way that supports struggling readers
3. A workshop model in elementary math classes
4. Applying the Dunning-Kruger curve to equity training
5. Douglas Reeves on unfinished learning
6. Accelerating elementary students’ post-Covid achievement
7. Lesson ideas for supporting students during and after the pandemic
8. Pushing back on workplace harassment
9. How to respond when you’re asked for advice
10. Children’s and young adult books about periods

Marshall Memo 878 - March 15 ,2021

1. Is tutoring the best intervention for Covid-19 unfinished learning?
2. Continuous improvement 101
3. Getting teacher teams focused on equity
4. How three California schools treated students’ use of social media
5. Teaching students how to ask good questions
6. Two approaches to rigor in high-school social studies
7. Helping students manage their time
8. Online Library of Congress resources for science and social studies

Marshall Memo 877 - March 8, 2021

1. Making the best of imperfect teaching technology during the pandemic
2. What will change when we’re back to regular school?
3. Some recommendations for the fall
4. Tweaking the hiring process to improve diversity
5. What happens in middle school when adults aren’t looking?
6. Teachers’ commitment to social justice: necessary but not sufficient
7. Using the Goodreads online platform in high-school English
8. Bringing science instruction up to speed in Omaha
9. The surprising impact of a small compliment

Marshall Memo 876 - March 1, 2021

1. A study of quiet students
2. Getting an accurate assessment of Latinx parents’ school satisfaction
3. Keys to high-school success for African-American males
4. A strategy for dealing with concurrent hybrid instruction
5. Updating classroom jobs
6. The difference that principals make
7. Desirable difficulty – with support
8. Exit interviews 101
9. Webinars on remote and hybrid teaching

Marshall Memo 875 - February 22, 2021

1. Why are many students feeling overwhelmed by school assignments?
2. Four ways some schools are doing well with online learning
3. Using videos to improve classroom math discourse
4. How canonical texts can drive equity discussions
5. What parent involvement might look like in an urban school
6. Professional development for learning
7. The limits of observation checklists
8. Juggling the urgent and the important
9. The full story of Rosa Parks

Marshall Memo 874 - February 15, 2021

1. Thomas Guskey on effective PD for new programs
2. Dealing with controversial issues in the classroom
3. Racial disparities in Chicago’s teacher-evaluation process
4. Getting students to turn on their cameras
5. Making the most of breakout rooms
6. Thriving in the profession, despite the challenges
7. Resources for critical thinking about science

Marshall Memo 873 - February 8, 2021

1. Teacher teamwork that gets results
2. Getting teachers on board with professional learning
3. Douglas Reeves on how PD must change after the pandemic
4. Jay McTighe on checking for understanding
5. David Brooks on deeper conversations
6. A history lesson on racial inequality – and hope
7. A framework for relationships with young people
8. How to respond to another person’s self-criticism
9. This kid will go far

Marshall Memo 872 - February 1, 2021

1. Doing right by African-American history
2. Equity, inclusion, and social justice in the physics classroom
3. A teacher monitors unconscious bias
4. “Angels” unlock a young girl’s potential
5. Enthusiastic, student-driven revision
6. Having students “turn and talk” is not enough
7. Links to virtual field trips
8. Children’s books whose characters defy stereotypes
9. Resources for inclusive books

Marshall Memo 871 - January 25, 2021

1. Beyond fact checking: media literacy skills to combat “truth decay”
2. How social networking sites are used in one high school
3. Four key teacher roles in personalized classrooms
4. A continuum of inquiry-based learning
5. Getting middle-school students talking about transition to high school
6. Understanding mathematical equivalence in the elementary grades
7. How gifted students affect their classmates in heterogeneous classes
8. Updated media bias chart

Marshall Memo 870 - January 18, 2021

1. Boosting teacher morale during the height of the pandemic
2. Covid-time insights from emergency managers
3. Are digital media helpful for learning? It depends
4. Twitter and front-line educators
5. Cultural proficiency in the mathematics classroom
6. Keys to productive science conversations
7. Middle-school students generate questions as they read

Marshall Memo 869 - January 11, 2021

1. Students for whom remote instruction is working well
2. Finding and engaging “lost” students
3. It’s okay to not be okay
4. Expectations of black female teachers in predominantly white schools
5. What will it take to get all students reading well?
6. “Hauntings of past damage” – middle-school students’ literacy beliefs
7. Constructivism ad absurdum: learning from “Bean Dad”
8. Do schools make a difference?

Marshall Memo 868 - January 4, 2021

1. Kids sum up 2020
2. A tough time for teachers
3. Thoughts on remote instruction
4. Reimagining schools when we return to a new normal
5. Not getting Covid-19 in the final stretch
6. Teaching about exponential growth in elementary math classes
7. Selecting students for gifted programs
8. Grading smarter
9. Robots dance their circuits out

Marshall Memo 867 - December 21, 2020

1. A 30-minute intervention that produced significant improvements
2. Avoiding three unfortunate statements in math classes
3. Getting the right people to step up for leadership positions
4. How a faculty can crystalize its fundamental beliefs
5. Keeping social-emotional learning on track during the pandemic
6. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey on effective remote instruction
7. New horizons for teachers’ professional growth
8. Recommended children’s nonfiction books

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