Educators

The HotChalk Education Network offers teachers and administrators the latest news, information and other resources needed to help understand, implement and teach toward state academic standards.

Our goal is to become the go-to fully independent resource for educators nationwide working to effectively engage with college and career readiness initiatives, and provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and creation of meaningful online relationships among teachers, administrators and others.

  • Helping Boys Learn

    Statistically speaking, boys aren’t doing so well in school. According to recently released data by the National Center for Education Statistics, “disparities in educational and other outcomes persist…for male youth compared to their female peers.” Compared to girls, boys are less likely to: Achieve reading proficiency Complete high school Attend college Graduate college Unfortunately, boys...

    Read the rest
  • Making Professional Development a Priority in Schools

    The terms conference, seminar or workshop can fill an educator with excitement. This is an opportunity to learn something new, collaborate with colleagues or listen to a well-respected educational author. At the same time, these terms can fill an educator with dread. This is an opportunity to lose valuable classroom time, listen to information that isn’t...

    Read the rest
  • Challenging Education Policy: A Conversation with Superintendent David Browne

    Educational policy is a big deal today. In the last year or so, debates regarding Common Core, teacher evaluations and student assessments have raged in statehouses across the nation. While the politicians argued, educators scrambled. New Jersey Superintendent David Browne watched the chaos and is speaking out now.

    Read the rest
  • Align Your Curriculum and Save Your Students

    Without proper curriculum alignment, the teaching taking place in a fourth-grade classroom may not directly impact the learning in a fifth-grade classroom. Teachers who prefer the idea of being an “independent contractor” don’t realize the extra work they are putting on themselves or the loss of learning for their students.

    Read the rest
  • Building Your Case with Student Data

    Data-driven instruction is not a new idea in education. The issue is whether it accurately forecasts what a student needs to learn. Classroom teachers in schools across the country gather data from various assessments and analyze that information with administrators and curriculum leaders. This practice can lead to a deeper understanding of student achievement, help...

    Read the rest
  • Using Learning Potential Through Arts Education

    Arts education is a big target for the chopping block when budgets are tight. That's a mistake. Structured arts education has a positive effect on the brain of students.

    Read the rest
  • The Class Size Battlefield: How Much Does It Matter?

    One of the oldest debates among educators, researchers and politicians is the importance of class size. Although a smaller student-to-teacher ratio in a classroom may make the job of teaching easier, does it really result in improved learning for the students? In a time where educational funding is scarce in so many states, is the...

    Read the rest
  • Harry Wong: Why Teachers Need Classroom Management

    Harry K. Wong, Ph.D., best-selling author and motivational speaker, has offered guidance to tens of thousands of teachers and school leaders over the past three decades. A former science teacher, Wong has written and co-written several books, including “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.” More recently, Harry and his wife,...

    Read the rest
  • Career and Technical Education: Erase the Stigma with a Fresh Perspective

    There was a time when you could watch any daytime soap opera or talk show and become besieged by low-quality commercials promoting an array of vocational or trade schools. The advertisements’ aura of amateurism stoked the fire of negativity associated with these educational experiences. For many years vo-tech schools have been frowned upon by the...

    Read the rest
  • Behavior Management Techniques for Teachers: Inclusive Classrooms

    Managing classroom behavior is difficult for all teachers, but those who teach inclusive classrooms face an even bigger challenge. They must balance the needs of special education students alongside nondisabled classmates, especially as educators put an increased focus on college and career readiness for all. The rise of inclusive classrooms makes behavior management techniques imperative....

    Read the rest
  • How to Rise Above Standardized Testing

    Accountability through standardized testing is as much a part of the educational experience for students as recess or fire drills. The term “high-stakes testing” strikes terror in the hearts of educators, but does it really have to be a negative for teachers, students, and school districts? Accountability in education became a major focus in 2002...

    Read the rest
  • Using STEM to Increase Career Readiness

    Schools have designed curriculum that align to district and state mandates, some of which have remained consistently the same over decades. Does this curriculum allow students to gain the skills necessary to become relevant in the future job market? What can be done to close the preparation gap that currently exists?

    Read the rest
  • How to Determine if a Student has Asperger’s and Qualifies for Special Education

    Because students with Asperger’s have various symptoms that can make learning difficult, teachers and parents need to recognize certain characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. To help Asperger’s students prepare for future roles as productive adults, teachers and parents need to answer these two important questions: How do I determine if a student has Asperger’s syndrome?...

    Read the rest
  • School Reform Through Parental Involvement

    Each day a student may enter the doors to a strong school, but without consistent parental involvement, that student will never be able to reach his or her full potential.

    Read the rest
  • 22 Questions Parents and Teachers Should Ask About Special Education

    The first priority for teachers and parents is to identify special needs students and figure out how to give them equal education opportunities, beginning with two important questions:

    1. Does the student qualify for special education under IDEA?
    2. What is an appropriate education for a special needs student?
    This Q&A will help parents and teachers answer these important questions — and many others.

    Read the rest
  • Student Feedback: The Missing Link in the Educational Process

    Accountability and data analysis provides a greater understanding of a child’s progress for teachers, principals, specialists, and parents. However, throughout this entire process of breaking down information and sharing it with others, the most important person is missing … the student.

    Read the rest
  • Arts Integration Crucial to Enhancing 21st-Century Classes

    To prepare young people for a world that demands an artistic eye and ear, schools must pay attention. It is important to retain the arts as content, but art as curriculum can also give way to an arts-enhanced and arts-integrated curriculum.

    Read the rest
  • Early College High Schools Pioneer College for All

    Nothing quite says “college ready” like actual college experience. High school students who complete college-level courses demonstrate in their applications that they have the skills and knowledge to succeed as matriculated students. A number of different programs, including dual enrollment, advanced placement courses, international baccalaureate curriculum, and summer school sessions, enable high school students to...

    Read the rest
  • Taking the Doors Off the Classroom Through Collaboration

    Isolation can be a side effect of becoming a teacher. It is very easy to get caught in the trap of walking into a classroom, shutting the door, and tending to your own students. This is how many schools function, with educators sharing nothing more than a parking lot. Some people like it this way,...

    Read the rest
  • Embracing Diversity Key 21st-Century Skill

    The future workspace for today’s students calls for workers who are increasingly open-minded and respectful toward those who may see the world in different ways. Diversity in the workplace is expected to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts by 2043 minority groups will be the majority population. Teachers can play critical roles in supporting this...

    Read the rest
  • Helping Boys Learn

    Statistically speaking, boys aren’t doing so well in school. According to recently released data by the National Center for Education Statistics, “disparities in educational and other outcomes persist…for male youth compared to their female peers.” Compared to girls, boys are less likely to: Achieve reading proficiency Complete high school Attend college Graduate college Unfortunately, boys...

    Read the rest
  • Making Professional Development a Priority in Schools

    The terms conference, seminar or workshop can fill an educator with excitement. This is an opportunity to learn something new, collaborate with colleagues or listen to a well-respected educational author. At the same time, these terms can fill an educator with dread. This is an opportunity to lose valuable classroom time, listen to information that isn’t...

    Read the rest
  • Challenging Education Policy: A Conversation with Superintendent David Browne

    Educational policy is a big deal today. In the last year or so, debates regarding Common Core, teacher evaluations and student assessments have raged in statehouses across the nation. While the politicians argued, educators scrambled. New Jersey Superintendent David Browne watched the chaos and is speaking out now.

    Read the rest
  • Align Your Curriculum and Save Your Students

    Without proper curriculum alignment, the teaching taking place in a fourth-grade classroom may not directly impact the learning in a fifth-grade classroom. Teachers who prefer the idea of being an “independent contractor” don’t realize the extra work they are putting on themselves or the loss of learning for their students.

    Read the rest
  • Building Your Case with Student Data

    Data-driven instruction is not a new idea in education. The issue is whether it accurately forecasts what a student needs to learn. Classroom teachers in schools across the country gather data from various assessments and analyze that information with administrators and curriculum leaders. This practice can lead to a deeper understanding of student achievement, help...

    Read the rest
  • Using Learning Potential Through Arts Education

    Arts education is a big target for the chopping block when budgets are tight. That's a mistake. Structured arts education has a positive effect on the brain of students.

    Read the rest
  • The Class Size Battlefield: How Much Does It Matter?

    One of the oldest debates among educators, researchers and politicians is the importance of class size. Although a smaller student-to-teacher ratio in a classroom may make the job of teaching easier, does it really result in improved learning for the students? In a time where educational funding is scarce in so many states, is the...

    Read the rest
  • Harry Wong: Why Teachers Need Classroom Management

    Harry K. Wong, Ph.D., best-selling author and motivational speaker, has offered guidance to tens of thousands of teachers and school leaders over the past three decades. A former science teacher, Wong has written and co-written several books, including “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.” More recently, Harry and his wife,...

    Read the rest
  • Career and Technical Education: Erase the Stigma with a Fresh Perspective

    There was a time when you could watch any daytime soap opera or talk show and become besieged by low-quality commercials promoting an array of vocational or trade schools. The advertisements’ aura of amateurism stoked the fire of negativity associated with these educational experiences. For many years vo-tech schools have been frowned upon by the...

    Read the rest
  • Behavior Management Techniques for Teachers: Inclusive Classrooms

    Managing classroom behavior is difficult for all teachers, but those who teach inclusive classrooms face an even bigger challenge. They must balance the needs of special education students alongside nondisabled classmates, especially as educators put an increased focus on college and career readiness for all. The rise of inclusive classrooms makes behavior management techniques imperative....

    Read the rest
  • How to Rise Above Standardized Testing

    Accountability through standardized testing is as much a part of the educational experience for students as recess or fire drills. The term “high-stakes testing” strikes terror in the hearts of educators, but does it really have to be a negative for teachers, students, and school districts? Accountability in education became a major focus in 2002...

    Read the rest
  • Using STEM to Increase Career Readiness

    Schools have designed curriculum that align to district and state mandates, some of which have remained consistently the same over decades. Does this curriculum allow students to gain the skills necessary to become relevant in the future job market? What can be done to close the preparation gap that currently exists?

    Read the rest
  • How to Determine if a Student has Asperger’s and Qualifies for Special Education

    Because students with Asperger’s have various symptoms that can make learning difficult, teachers and parents need to recognize certain characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. To help Asperger’s students prepare for future roles as productive adults, teachers and parents need to answer these two important questions: How do I determine if a student has Asperger’s syndrome?...

    Read the rest
  • School Reform Through Parental Involvement

    Each day a student may enter the doors to a strong school, but without consistent parental involvement, that student will never be able to reach his or her full potential.

    Read the rest
  • 22 Questions Parents and Teachers Should Ask About Special Education

    The first priority for teachers and parents is to identify special needs students and figure out how to give them equal education opportunities, beginning with two important questions:

    1. Does the student qualify for special education under IDEA?
    2. What is an appropriate education for a special needs student?
    This Q&A will help parents and teachers answer these important questions — and many others.

    Read the rest
  • Student Feedback: The Missing Link in the Educational Process

    Accountability and data analysis provides a greater understanding of a child’s progress for teachers, principals, specialists, and parents. However, throughout this entire process of breaking down information and sharing it with others, the most important person is missing … the student.

    Read the rest
  • Arts Integration Crucial to Enhancing 21st-Century Classes

    To prepare young people for a world that demands an artistic eye and ear, schools must pay attention. It is important to retain the arts as content, but art as curriculum can also give way to an arts-enhanced and arts-integrated curriculum.

    Read the rest
  • Early College High Schools Pioneer College for All

    Nothing quite says “college ready” like actual college experience. High school students who complete college-level courses demonstrate in their applications that they have the skills and knowledge to succeed as matriculated students. A number of different programs, including dual enrollment, advanced placement courses, international baccalaureate curriculum, and summer school sessions, enable high school students to...

    Read the rest
  • Taking the Doors Off the Classroom Through Collaboration

    Isolation can be a side effect of becoming a teacher. It is very easy to get caught in the trap of walking into a classroom, shutting the door, and tending to your own students. This is how many schools function, with educators sharing nothing more than a parking lot. Some people like it this way,...

    Read the rest
  • Embracing Diversity Key 21st-Century Skill

    The future workspace for today’s students calls for workers who are increasingly open-minded and respectful toward those who may see the world in different ways. Diversity in the workplace is expected to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts by 2043 minority groups will be the majority population. Teachers can play critical roles in supporting this...

    Read the rest