New Ways to Engage Students: Makerspaces

By Grace Rubenstein, CEI Intern Take the leap and join one of the latest innovations in STEM education at the primary and secondary school level. A makerspace can be in a school, a library, and even a museum. Any location commonly visited by children is the perfect point of interception for developing minds. Through age[…]

Building Compassion through Games and Strategies

By Jordan Gilliard, CEI Intern Games and fun, hands-on activities help students tackle more difficult concepts and feelings in a casual yet high-spirited way. Robert Marzano has conducted more than 60 educational studies showing that there is a significant effect on students’ academic achievement when games and activities are applied to their learning process. Activities help[…]

Mirror Neurons in Education

By Amber Nicole Dilger, CEI Intern.  Chances are you have heard about mirror neurons by now, but how have you incorporated the idea of them into your school?  If you missed it, there was a fascinating clip on NOVA in 2005 that explained the overview of these specialized so-called “empathy” neurons. More research has been done since[…]

Brains, the Common Core & Leadership

I am participating this weekend in a conference on Learning and the Brain. Actually multi-tasking with my iPad as I listen to lectures that tell us that the human brain was not designed for sitting hours on end to absorb information. We were designed of course to be active hunters and gathers, outside, interacting with[…]

Cultural Responsiveness, Engagement & Learning

Cultural responsiveness is an element of education that educators have been working toward since the Civil Rights Movement. Recent attention to culturally responsive pedagogy has risen as more and more students extend the global characteristics of classrooms. Students from Pakistan, Indonesia, and Ecuador join Nigerian, Latino, Romanian, and Russian students—all newcomers. Geneva Gay (2000) believes that when[…]