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Get to Know Our PLC: Read These 10 Exclusive Articles from the Edmentum Educator Network on Education Topics That Matter

Get to Know Our PLC: Read These 10 Exclusive Articles from the Edmentum Educator Network on Education Topics That Matter

Professional learning communities (PLCs) get plenty of buzz in the world of education. Think about it—how many articles along the lines of “Five Reasons You Need to Join a PLC” have you seen in email newsletters or your social media feeds over the past couple of months? But, how often do those articles give you a concrete idea of the actual value a PLC will give you? And, unless your school or district has an in-house initiative, how do find a truly organized, cohesive PLC?

We might not be entirely objective, but we sincerely believe that our Edmentum Educator Network solves for some of these common PLC problems. Because, when you get past the buzzwordy hype, there is so much value in having a group of go-to fellow educators to lean on when the inevitable (and unique) challenges and triumphs of this profession sneak up on you.

Here, we want to offer a peek into all of the really meaningful conversations that the Edmentum Educator Network is generating amongst its nearly 400 members. So, we’re sharing some of the exclusive content created by and for our Edmentum Educator Network members over the past year, based on the in-person and virtual discussions taking place. Check out these blog posts to see all of the learning that is taking place in our PLC—and yes, we realize these topics are a little bit all over the place, but isn’t that every educator’s day-to-day reality?

6 Best Practices to Get Started with Universal Design for Learning in the Age of ESSA

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an important underlying theory behind the requirements outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Wrap your head around what UDL actually entails, and learn how you can take it from lofty pedagogy to manageable classroom practice.

[Professional Development] How Educators Can Apply the 30-60-90-Day Model to Make Meaningful Changes

Educators are consistently inundated with new theories to explore, best practices to implement, and trends to spearhead. How can you translate all of that info into concrete plans for action—and still have time to sleep? The 30-60-90-day is one effective approach to steal from the business world.

Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Educators

Students regularly struggle with issues far more serious than we’d like to think. The role of educators is to maintain consistent instruction in the classroom, not only despite these tremendous events but also because of these events. Understanding the sources of trauma, knowing how to identify affected students, and being aware of the resources available to help those students and yourself are key.

Good Question: How Can Educators Make Competition in the Classroom Effective?

Incorporating competitive activities in the classroom can create interest and build a natural environment for increased engagement and a growth mindset. On the flip side, doing so can also exacerbate any previous bad will or self-esteem concerns among students. Our Edmentum Educator Network members offered some great insights on how to walk that fine line.

Good Question: How Much Homework Should Students Be Assigned?

There is no hard-and-fast, right-or-wrong answer to the question of how much homework students should be assigned. However, we can offer some insight into both sides of the argument, provide some guidance on what to consider to find your own best approach when it comes to homework, and point you toward some worthwhile further reading.

Special Education Screening: Assessments Educators Might Not (But Should) Be Familiar With

When a child experiences learning challenges, one of the first steps in finding help is to determine which specific areas of strength and weakness are contributing to the struggle. Various subsets of assessments are used to uncover this information. For educators, it’s critical to understand what these assessments are and what information they provide in order to best serve your special education students.

No Easy Answers: Dealing with the Reality of School Violence as an Educator

In recent years, reports of school violence have become alarmingly, tragically common. This is such a difficult reality—on so many levels—for all educators. Finding solutions will be an ongoing, massive group effort, but knowing the basics and leaning on the empathy of peers are good places to start.

The Immersive Future of Education Technology: Exploring Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Classroom

If you’ve read Ready Player One (or seen the movie adaptation), you might have some visions of the sheer potential for powerful, engaging experiences that extended reality technologies might offer for the classroom. Learn more about what the three specific kinds of technology that fall under this umbrella are, how they can start being applied in the classroom today, and where we might be able to go in the future.

Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom: What Educators Need to Know

Artificial intelligence (AI) and education—totally unrelated, right? In fact, the connections and applications between the two might surprise you. But first, it’s important to understand what AI actually is—essentially, a mechanism to translate data into meaningful, actionable, and predictive information.

Unpacking Buzzwords: What Educators Have to Say About Gamification, SEL, Virtual Learning, and More

What are we not talking about enough in the world of education? What do education buzzwords really mean? And, how often are we actually asking teachers for their input on these topics? Here’s what a group of Edmentum Educator Network members had to say.

Have we convinced you on the power of our PLC? Do you have an opinion or example you need to share? Where do you stand on these topics? Join the Edmentum Educator Network today to get exclusive access to even more thought-provoking material like this and to start meeting other educators who are ready to grow as professionals and connect as friends.'s picture
Sarah Cornelius

Sarah Cornelius is an Associate Product Manager at Edmentum and has been with the company since 2014. In her role, she works to provide educators with engaging and insightful resources. Sarah received her B.S. in Professional Communications and Emerging Media from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.