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A Free Resource Hub Created for Elementary Teachers by Elementary Teachers

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Let’s be honest – these last couple of years of teaching have felt like we’ve switched from baseball to football mid-swing. Things are constantly evolving and changing.

We know that most educators are returning to in-person instruction. Our rooms might have a little more dust than usual but we haven’t forgotten how to throw strike after strike after strike when it comes to our lessons. This is a year to be bold, to be innovative, to do whatever it takes for our students.

That’s why we created the Teacher PD Launchpad – a free, resource hub where elementary educators share timely tips based on the three E’s of education.

Here you will find a collective of resources, tips, and best practices written and crafted by educators just like you.

Engagement refers to the level of effort, motivation, and curiosity our students and families show towards learning. Engagement includes how we, as teachers, create intentional opportunities for students to connect to their learning. It encourages us to examine when they’re really involved and getting messy with their work. Are students simply listening to you talk about the objective or are they responding in a collaborative Google Slide with partners?

Equity questions how we are meeting the individual needs of our students. How do we ensure ALL children receive what they need regardless of current circumstances and distance? Equity is ensuring all students have access to high-quality enrichment opportunities. It also encourages us to audit our curriculum to ensure all students see themselves in the stories they read and have opportunities to embrace other cultures throughout the school day.

Empathy requires us to teach with an open heart. We give grace to ourselves, to families, and to our students because we know everyone is doing their best. A virtual world limits our social interactions and leaves many of our emotional needs unmet. Empathy is how we care for each other given the uncertainty of the times. Empathy could be starting the day with a quick moment to see how everyone is feeling or with a social emotional lesson.

Take a look around, watch our professional development webinars, and see what might be beneficial to your kids, because when we share our knowledge with each other- we multiply it.

Virtual Teaching

3 Tips to End the School Year Strong

Piarra Pettus, from Rocketship United Academy | April 19. 2021

Miss our latest professional development webinar? Hear what key tips Ms. Pettus is implementing to help her class end the school year strong.

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3 Takeaways from the “Using Data to Accelerate Learning” Webinar

James Cross, 4th Grade Teacher, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | March 15, 2021

Learn how data can help you personalize your courses and give students the individualized support they need.

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Free Webinar on Social-Emotional Lessons to Support Today's Students

By Sara Amick, educator at Rocketship United Academy | January 27, 2021

Miss our recent webinar on social-emotional lessons that help students navigate the COVID-19 crisis and recent political turmoil? Get the highlights and full recording here.

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Missed our Webinar on Engaging Students with Exceptionalities? Get the Highlights Here.

Krista Pupillo, Integrated Special Education teacher, Nashville | January 12, 2021

Watch this insightful webinar here and use these tips in your own classroom! Don’t forget to download your resource sheet here for links to all the materials mentioned in the session.

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Back In The Classroom

3 Ways to Ease the Transition Between Virtual and In-Person Classrooms

James Cross, 4th Grade Teacher, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | January 11, 2021

Are you preparing to go back to a physical classroom after months of distance learning? Get advice from a teacher who has navigated both spaces during the pandemic.

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3 Ways to Support Families Outside the Classroom

James Cross, 4th Grade Teacher, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | January 12, 2021

Learn how food drives, craft nights, and mental health counseling and support families at your school during this time.

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5 Ways School Leaders Can Coach and Support Teachers

Eesir Kaur, Director of Professional Development | October 15, 2020

Are you a school leader looking to coach your teachers more effectively? Here's what works for us.

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