Teacher PD Launchpad
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 have returned to in-person instruction. Our rooms might have gotten 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.
Bright Spots from Teaching in a Pandemic
Waleed Shaban, Office Manager of Rocketship Brilliant Minds | September 22, 2021
One school shares how home visits, a revamped learning lab, and intentional celebrations have helped brighten this school year!Read more ⟩
Back In The Classroom
Supporting Parents of Multilingual Students in Family/Teacher Conferences
Emma Volpe, Rocketship United Academy | June 1, 2022
Get thoughtful insight on how to create a more inclusive family-teacher conference environment.Read more ⟩
5 Ways to Strengthen Relationships in the Classroom
James Cross, Assistant Principal, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | February 20, 2022
A new age of education calls for a new level of connection. Here are some key tips to strengthen relationships in your classroom this school year.Read more ⟩
How BurnIn Mental Strategies Can Improve an Educator's Experience
Rocketship Public Schools | February 21, 2022
Learn how teachers use BurnIn mindset strategies to focus on strengths, deepen relationships, and navigate challenging times.Read more ⟩
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.Read more ⟩