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  • Teaching students the skills they need to step out in the real world is an exciting and rewarding job. Theres so much to learn! To keep you from feeling overwhelmed by that abundance, this weeks FREE tool is a process chart for helping you determine the areas where your students need instruction. The chart will ...
  • Kick off 2018 by revisiting your classroom climate. Have you built a sense of community? Do all of your students feel supported and welcomed? This weeks FREE tool outlines the basic practices that undergird positive classroom environments. Check it out to be sure youre maintaining the positive community you set out to establish at the ...
  • Even the most experienced teachers should come to class with well-thought-out written lesson plans or outlines. Written plans keep teachers on track and provide a framework for reflecting on and evaluating how things went after the fact. This weeks FREE tool is a table that breaks down the components of a good lesson plan to ...
  • Most educators are enjoying a much needed break from work this week. If that includes you, take a few minutes to reflect on how the year has gone so far by using this tool to evaluate your use of co-teaching approaches. Did you team teach? How did it go? Did you parallel teach? What would ...

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • W ill there be a government shutdown or will Congress pass another continuing resolution (CR)? The present CR expires on January 19th and it is unlikely that Congress will be able to reach a long-term spending deal by Friday. The CR is funding government operations at 2017 levels and is the third CR since the fiscal year began on October 1, 2017. Standing in the way of a final spending deal includes negotiations on: sequester-level caps for defense and NDD funding for FY 2018, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Protection for “DREAMERS” and border wall funding, and expiring authorization for...
  • Newly elected Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and newly appointed (by Mark Dayton, governor of Minnesota) Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) were recently appointed to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In a press release from Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee, she stated “Senator Tina Smith and Senator Doug Jones both have strong records of standing up for working families, and I’m pleased to welcome them both to the HELP Committee.” The Senate HELP Committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials and other matters relating to a wide variety of topics....

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