All posts by Michael Alderman

How to keep kids learning over the summer

School’s out for summer! And as fun as that is to say, there’s a real danger for students during the summer: learning loss. Studies have shown that kids can lose […]

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Here’s how to help your kids process the news of last week

After the events of the past few days, we’re horrified. Shocked. Speechless. And while the killings of two more black men by the police are devastating, it is an obvious […]

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How one teacher created a community garden from a vacant lot

On Aldine Street in Newark, nestled between a parking lot and an abandoned building, you’ll find a thriving community garden. Two years ago it was an overgrown, vacant lot with […]

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How one teacher grew an arts program into a network-wide showcase

Second and third graders, violins in hand, silently walk into the auditorium and take their seats. Katy Brodhead, the music teacher at KIPP THRIVE Academy, walks around the stage checking […]

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7 MOOCs to help you grow as a teacher

MOOC’s, or massive open online courses from places like Coursera, offer opportunities for educators at any level to acquire new skills, or learn more about the teaching profession. For New […]

Six interview tips you’ll want to know, from our recruitment team

Interviewing requires a lot of thought and preparation. We sat down with the KIPP New Jersey recruitment team to learn a little bit more about what pitfalls usually trip up […]

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Three ways you can hack snow days for learning

If you live on the east coast of the states, chances are you had a snow day already (or two) this year. We had snow in New Jersey. For. Days. […]

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Brain Rules for teachers, part two

Did you get something out of last week’s Brain Rules post? I sure hope so. This week, we’ll look at the other six brain rules John Medina covers in his […]

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Twelve Brain Rules for educators, part one

Of all the books I read in 2015, John Medina’s Brain Rules impacted the way I think about learning the most. Today we’re going to look at how our brains […]

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How to do it: 3D printing in your classroom

How many times have you looked at a new piece of education technology, and wondered, ‘how is this actually helping kids learn’? Enter the world of plastic and ed-tech. Today, […]