Shaped

A community-driven blog—supporting educators, building lifelong learners, and shaping the future of education.

Podcast: Julia in Ellicott City, Maryland, for Teachers in America
Onalee Smith
Shaped Editor

Meet Julia Allan, a Kindergarten teacher in Howard County Public Schools. She talks about equity in education, social-emotional learning, the tooth fairy, bus stresses, and the joys of seeing her students grow together.

Learning Moments: Teachers in America Podcast Season 2
Onalee Smith
Shaped Editor

New episodes for 2020! Hosted by Noelle Morris; a podcast for teachers, celebrating teachers. Hear firsthand from the K-12 teachers who are shaping young lives around the country every day.

February 2020: Celebrate a Holiday in Class Every Day
Onalee Smith
Shaped Editor

Have fun every day in February by picking a holiday to celebrate each day in class. Ideas range from fun facts to share to more detailed classroom activities.

Stuck on a Math Problem? Try Solving It Another Way
Richard Blankman
Shaped Staff

Inform your students that math problems rarely have a single method for solving them and frequently have multiple solutions.

THE LATEST
Fostering a Sense of Belonging: A School Transformation Story
Learn how Chastain Road Elementary School implemented a strong behavioral and social-emotional learning program to dramatically decrease discipline referrals and improve school culture.
Jessica Patterson
Principal, Chastain Road Elementary School, South Carolina
Joy Ellison
Assistant Principal, Chastain Road Elementary School, South Carolina
February 21, 2020
6 Women's History Month Activities for Students
Cover the significance of the women's right to vote and celebrate the women who have made a difference in society with these Women's History Month activities and lesson plans.
Christine Condon
Shaped Editor-in-Chief
Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Staff
February 21, 2020
Benjamin Banneker’s Prime Observation
Benjamin Banneker was an important mathematician in history, in part for being an early African American intellectual who studied astronomy, clocks, nature, and mathematics, among other things.
Richard Blankman
Shaped Staff
February 18, 2020
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships: From F to the Brink of B in a Single Year 
After attending the Model Schools Conference, Belleview-Santos Elementary School instilled a culture resulting in growth from a state grade of an F to almost a B.
Ashley Kemp
Former Principal, Belleview-Santos Elementary School; Current Principal, Evergreen Elementary School, Marion County Public Schools, Florida
February 13, 2020
SXSW EDU 2020: 4 Sessions You Won't Want to Miss
HMH will be at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas, March 9–12, with sessions on creating SEL ecosystems, addressing equity within our nation’s schools, supporting early learners using AI, and the future of learning.
Onalee Smith
Shaped Editor
February 13, 2020
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