UnboundEd Blog

Find the latest research, commentary, and resources to empower educators and help all students meet the challenges of higher standards.

Final Thoughts from Standards Institute

Throughout last week, educators attending the Winter 2018 Standards Institute took a deep dive into the standards and were charged to confront themselves and the biases that show up not only in their instruction but the education system they support. As the conference came to a close, here are just some of the epiphanies they left with:         …

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3 Tools for Engaged School Leaders

Leadership requires us to steadily build and reassess our character as well as the skills we need to inspire and collaborate with others. As leaders, we must adapt our mindset and tools to fit the diverse environments we work in and all the individuals we serve. Your growth as a leader has an impact on student learning and can help …

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The Mathematics Guides Explained

We often hear educators ask, “What does standards-aligned mathematics instruction look like?” The UnboundEd Mathematics Guides answer this question by providing an in-depth look at one or a few clusters of math standards at a time. Each grade-level guide, from Kindergarten to Algebra II, explains what new, high standards for mathematics say students should learn in each grade. The Mathematics Guides …

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Deepening our Understanding of Bias: 3 Books to Read Now

It is time to talk about bias. As educators, we have the responsibility to create safe spaces in our schools. At UnboundEd, we believe that it is impossible to create that safe space without discussing bias and racism—and their impact on academic opportunities for students of color. In our Bias Toolkit, we dive into best practices school leaders can use …

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Interview with Dr. Andrew Chen

The math standards can help more students progress, but only if teachers understand them. To help more teachers use the math standards effectively, UnboundEd asked Dr. Andrew Chen, President of EduTron, to discuss the math standards and the type of instruction they require. In this podcast, Dr. Chen explains: The standards from a historical context and how key turning points …

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Gifts From Grandma

Watch as students solve and then discuss an Equal Groups/Group Size Unknown problem. A student uses a level-3 multiplication and division strategy to simplify the problem and make solving it easier. The video shows: Practices that engage students in solving Equal Groups/Group Size Unknown problems. One student decomposing the dividend to complete division with more familiar numbers and a second …

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5 Things We’re Reading

This month’s issue of 5 Things We’re Reading is a selection of recent studies, news, and commentary on topics that affect educators in our community. Next time you read something that resonates with you, share it with us on Twitter by mentioning @unboundedu. You can also add your comments by posting this reading list on Facebook. 1. Education inequalities at the school …

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Bear Bag: Tactics for Early Elementary Engagement

Preschool teacher Julie Litwin uses props and engaging questions to make complex science comprehensible to preschool students. In this video, Litwin, an experienced preschool teacher and the assistant director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Albany, New York, demonstrates an introduction to polar bears. Her multi-prop lesson includes using straws and black paper to explain how a polar bear absorbs heat …

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