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Understanding the Benefits of Personalized Learning

Learn more about the benefits of personalized learning to help guide you when implementing it in your classroom.

Teachers in America Briana Morales

Podcast: Helping Students Heal Through Writing with Briana Morales

2024 Illinois State Teach of the Year Briana Morales shares how she uses healing-centered engagement and storytelling to empower her students. Plus she shares writing activities to engage students in identity work and how to start a classroom dignity closet to help students in need.

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2024 Illinois State Teach of the Year Briana Morales shares how she uses healing-centered engagement and storytelling to empower her students. Plus she shares writing activities to engage students in identity work and how to start a classroom dignity closet to help students in need.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

WF2002500 Shaped 2024 Blog Post Why is Phonological Awareness Important for Reading Hero

Phonological awareness skills are important foundational knowledge for the effective development of letter-sound relationships. Learn more about how it can help students with reading development.

Dr. Shane Templeton
Foundation Professor Emeritus, Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; Into Reading Program Author

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HMH Teacher Ambassador Abbey Behnke shares instructional strategies and activities to engage students in vocabulary learning. Plus, she discusses how vocabulary is a catalyst for building reading comprehension skills.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

Scaffolding Writing Instruction Hero

Learn more about scaffolding writing instruction, a process that provides the support that students need to grow as writers.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

Superintendent of the Year Joe Gothard

Superintendent of the Year Joe Gothard talked with HMH about the achievement he's most proud of, the lessons he has learned from the implementation of new reading and math programs in Saint Paul, and his advice for fellow school leaders.

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

Belonging School Kentwood

See how teachers and curricula work together to create a sense of belonging and academic success in the fourth most diverse district in the nation.

Christine Condon
Shaped Editor-in-Chief

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

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Find out the answer to the question, “What is the role of assistive technology for ELL students in the classroom?” Plus, discover helpful tips and activity ideas for using technology in your classroom.

Dr. Giselle Carpio-Williams
Vice President Multilingual Advocacy & Content, HMH

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Explore the different types of assessments to monitor ELL students’ growth and progress and learn how to best use these assessments in your classroom.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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These math intervention strategies for struggling students provide lessons, activities, and ideas to support Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 math students who are two or more years behind grade level.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Executive Editor

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Leadership coaching for principals serves as a catalyst for personal and professional growth. Explore what leadership coaching is and what some of the benefits are for your school and district.

Dr. Jessica Huizenga
Associate Partner, The Center for Model Schools

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Learn more about the benefits of personalized learning to help guide you when implementing it in your classroom.

Mary Resanovich
NWEA Lead Assessment Designer, HMH

Strategies for Teaching Elementary Writing hero

Provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice writing, incorporate feedback, and revise with these research-backed writing strategies for elementary students.

Katie Risolo Radovich
First-Grade Teacher, Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York

Teacher Appreciation Week Hero

We reached out to teachers and asked them to share the most meaningful ways principals, students, and families can show appreciation for Teacher Appreciation Week and all year long. Here's what they said.

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

WF1880715 Shaped 2024 Blog Post Science of Reading Small Group Reading Instruction Hero

This article shares ideas on how to integrate the science of reading and evidenced-based instructional techniques in small-group reading instruction.

Dr. Martha C. Hougen
National Consultant, Presenter, Researcher, and Author

Dr. Heather Haynes Smith
Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Trinity University

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Explore 10 effective teaching strategies for the classroom that you can use right now to help support your students in performing their best.

Mary Dean
Shaped Contributor

WF1972850 Shaped 2024 Blog Post Exit Tickets as Formative Assessment R1

Make the most of a lesson's final moments with these examples of exit tickets as formative assessment.

Tatiana Ciccarelli
Senior Professional Learning Consultant, HMH

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Learn about what is think-pair-share in teaching and how to use this collaborative learning strategy in your classroom.

Dana Leon
Shaped Contributor

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Try these 9 summer math activities designed for preventing math summer slide. These are repeatable games and activities appropriate for all children in any grade.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Executive Editor

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