What You Won't See in Classroom Observations

When it comes to classroom observations, your role as a school leader can resemble that of a field researcher. You take detailed, objective notes. You observe everything around you, from the objects in the classroom to the behavior of teachers and students. You analyze your findings and draw conclusions using a rigorous, pre-established framework. Most of all, you have an opportunity to gain groundbreaking insights that further your most important responsibility: ensuring students get the top-notch education they deserve. With that in mind, it’s important to evaluate those frameworks themselves, and find opportunities to augment them.

Unlocking Student Voice: Letters to the Newsela Editor

Throughout March, Newsela students were hard at work reading and writing about topics that matter to them most. In celebration of student voice, teachers sent us their students’ letters to the editor. Now, we’re excited to publish some of their best work with responses from our managing editor, Steph Vatz.

Gun Policy and School Safety Polling Results

Last week, high school students on Newsela weighed in on a topic that’s on the mind of students and teachers everywhere: gun violence in schools. Students participated in a 5-question poll related to gun policy and school safety to make their voices heard, and now the results are in.