Teaching in turbulent times

October 2022

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Charting a course through turbulence

New strategies and established practices can help schools succeed in times of controversy and confusion.

Learning to teach controversial issues: A path forward 

A framework for reflective practice can prepare and support educators to tackle controversial issues in productive ways.

It’s OK to be uncomfortable when talking about race 

To help students navigate tensions and respond to difficult conversations, educators need to build their own skills first.

What to do when the kids aren’t alright

A universal approach to trauma-informed practice is important because we cannot always see which students have experienced trauma and its impacts.

An advocate for ‘good trouble’ and teaching truth

Jessyca Mathews, award-winning educator and Learning Forward keynote speaker, makes a difference by lifting up students’ voices.

Educators value social and emotional skills. Here’s how to build them 

Supporting students starts with adults’ own social and emotional learning knowledge and skills, according to findings from a national initiative.


What’s your role in implementing standards? 

Guidance for stakeholders at multiple levels to determine the responsibilities most relevant to their roles.

Through the lens

How this issue’s articles can help you understand and apply Standards for Professional Learning.


Ask why and anticipate challenges

Using improvement science, educators work collaboratively to target the sources, not just the symptoms, of pressing problems of practice.

A practical path for continuous improvement 

Straightforward routines and resources guide teachers’ improvement in teaching with a social and emotional and culturally-responsive lens.

Your advocacy for professional learning matters

Infographic shows advocacy efforts and how federal professional learning funds have increased.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: How a Florida district evaluates professional learning 

A member of the Learning Forward Academy describes her district’s approach to measuring professional learning and its impact.


Trauma-informed practices help educators, study finds

Professional learning on trauma-informed approaches reduces stress and burnout.

Data points 

The latest research on teacher and staff shortages, equity-focused leadership, student achievement during the pandemic, and more.


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