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Getting Started with Studies Weekly

Getting Started with Studies Weekly So you’ve received your Studies Weekly blue box and you’re thinking, “Now what?” Starting a whole new curriculum can be intimidating at first, but there’s no need to fear! Getting started with Studies Weekly is easy. First things first, let’s open the boxes. Your boxes will contain the Students Editions,…

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4th Grade Class Collaborates with Studies Weekly on Curriculum

A California 4th grade class is making a difference for California’s social studies curriculum. Tiffany Vandehoven’s class at Bishop Elementary in California recently collaborated with members of the Studies Weekly curriculum team to strengthen and amplify the voices of California’s indigenous tribes in Studies Weekly Social Studies. Vandehoven reached out to Studies Weekly in March…

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How to Keep Teachers Happy

Are your teachers happy? That is a tough question to answer lately. But part of an administrator’s job is looking after teacher well-being, and ensuring teachers are motivated and feel appreciated. These efforts don’t have to be big. Small efforts to improve teachers’ happiness and job satisfaction helps them be stronger where it counts —…

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Phenomena-based Science Instruction Creates Equitable Learning Environments

As a subject, Science can be one of the most equitable topics taught in the elementary classroom. Race, culture, and socio-economic status can affect how prepared a student is to gain literacy or math skills, but phenomena-based instruction that pulls directly from the observable world around students puts all students on equal footing. “Centering science…

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Implementing Integrated Learning in Your School and District

“Life is integrated. Why isn’t learning?”   —Tom Vander Ark Charlie Perryman, Director of Professional Development with Studies Weekly, posed this question in a recent webinar with curriculum coaches and district personnel. “Can you think of a single job in the world today our students are going to enter, that doesn’t require integrated knowledge and thinking?”…