There is a world of best practice research out there, but teachers aren’t accessing it. It’s not from a lack of caring or desire, but simply because teachers are busy people who just don’t have the time to sift through their professional literature to find the one or two actionable nuggets of wisdom each month.
In fact, 75% of teachers say they lack the time to keep up with professional literature, with 50% never reading even a single professional journal according to studies from Baylor University and the University of Chicago.
We can relate – our team is made up of current and former teachers, and we all struggled to access the research we needed to be the best we could be.
That’s why we created Best Practices Weekly. BPW gives overloaded teachers (with a current focus on grades K-6) the latest research in bite-sized chunks they can quickly absorb and implement in their classrooms the very next day. To access published editions, click here.
BPW is 10 minutes each week of research based, easily digested, immediately actionable professional development. Our team reads the contemporary professional literature across elementary education, selects the most practical articles, and then summarizes the key take-home messages in text, audio, and video formats so busy teachers can get right to the point. In addition, BPW provides companion planning templates to help teachers easily implement the instructional suggestions made in the literature. And, it’s free! Just enter your email in the box on the upper right-hand side of the screen to subscribe.
Sources include leading magazines and academic journals that (currently) focus primarily on elementary instruction, most notably:
• The Reading Teacher (International Reading Association)
• Reading Research Quarterly (International Reading Association)
• Teaching Children Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
• Journal of Educational Psychology (American Psychological Association)
• Review of Educational Research (American Educational Research Association)
• American Education Research Journal (American Educational Research Association)