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Innov8: Teacher Resources

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We know that one thing teachers appreciate is a tool that makes their lives easier, so this week’s top eight news stories highlight new teacher resources that can help them save time or improve their practice.

An Innovative K-8 Human-Centered Approach at Design39

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While the Design39 facility renders many speechless, the teaching and learning that take place at “D39” leave visitors feeling inspired and more motivated than ever to create empowering learning experiences for students. Read more in our detailed account here.

Getting Smart Podcast | Competency-Based Blended Language Learning

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Language teacher Jennie Taranovich shares more about her success after shifting to a personalized and competency-based classroom environment that helps individual students meet their respective academic goals.

Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12

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When people think of large urban districts, they often think about all the challenges that they face. And it’s true--large urban districts often have to overcome many hurdles. But these challenges are not insurmountable, and Santa Ana Unified proves it.

10 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative

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As we come off of National Park Week, and as many families begin to look ahead to summer adventures, now is a good time to get the the word out about the Every Kid in a Park initiative and the way it can contribute to the learning of kids everywhere.

6 Simple Ways to Become a Better Teacher

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By: Lizzie Weakley. Sometimes, the simple little things that we can do on a day-to-day basis are the best ways for us to better ourselves. Here are six of my favorite daily techniques for becoming a better teacher.

Getting Smart Podcast | It’s Time to Update Your Graduate Profile – Here’s How

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Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21, shares more about the "Profile of a Graduate" campaign, created to help districts, parents, students and community leaders to envision the essential competencies for a successful graduate in their community.

Increasing Student Access Through Project LEAN In

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By: Sam Sakai-Miller. Project LEAN In is San Lorenzo Unified School District's program for implementing a 1:1 student:device ratio in classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Here are lessons learned, best practices and unexpected benefits.

Learning With Virtual Reality Ignites Creativity and Career Exploration

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By: Alexandra Lange. Virtual reality (VR) has sparked excitement in my science classroom, opened doors that I couldn’t have imagined just a year ago and encouraged my students to begin thinking more about their future careers.

Getting Smart Podcast | Language Learning Opens Doors to Opportunity in Work and Life

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Dr. Lisa Frumkes, Senior Director of Language Learning Products at Rosetta Stone, shares how learning a language at any age can be fruitful, providing opportunities for life and career experiences that you never imagined.

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