5 Unexpected Lessons From the Classroom

By Marcus Stein Reflecting on my years as an English teacher, I’m struck by the unexpected lessons that teaching has gifted me. It wasn’t just about imparting knowledge of Shakespeare and grammar rules; teaching was a journey that transformed me in ways I could have never anticipated. Here are five of those unexpected lessons. Parent […]

5 Tips for Increasing Engagement in Your Classroom

By Marcus Stein Every educator has their little tips and tricks, often passed down to them from wiser, more experienced teachers who’ve taken them under their wings. Personally, some of the most meaningful insights I’ve gained throughout the years have centered around student engagement. So, in the spirit of paying it forward, here are my […]

Teacher Burnout

Key takeaways The post-pandemic era has exacerbated teacher burnout, with educators leaving the profession at high rates due to the compounded stress of personal and professional responsibilities. Effective leadership is critical in developing and implementing strategies to support teachers and combat the heightened challenges of teacher shortages and burnout¹. Even before the pandemic, there were […]

The Opportunity Gap

Kami Advisory Group - The Opportunity Gap

Key takeaways Maintain high expectations and employ qualified and experienced educators. Embrace research-backed professional development and ensure principals attend to offer the best support for their teachers. Remain committed to creating a fair and inclusive educational landscape for all students, no matter their background. We’re back with the third installment of our blog series focusing […]

Dr. Michael Hinojosa’s Triangle of Success

Kami Advisory Group - Triangle of Success

Leadership through simplicity and focus Key learnings Make decisions that focus on improving student wellbeing and raising academic achievement. Understand that each board member brings a unique perspective and something valuable to the conversation. Build relationships with key stakeholders and spend quality time with them to gain their trust and help achieve district goals. Meet […]

Leaning Into Technology

Key takeaways Edtech can improve student learning outcomes and increase equity, as well as alleviate some of the contemporary challenges of education, such as teacher shortages. To compete in a tech-driven global market, students must be technologically adept. Effective integration of tech in schools requires thorough training of educators and alignment with educational outcomes. Technology […]

Budgeting Beyond Emergency Funding

Kami Advisory Group - Budgeting Beyond Emergency Funding

Key takeaways Focus strategic planning and budgetary resources on student wellbeing and learning outcomes. Take caution when using ESSER funds for recurring expenditures, as these funds have a decided discontinuation date. Involve stakeholders in transparent decision-making processes to avoid abrupt shock and possible hostility. We are excited to announce our new blog series focusing on […]

Changes to State Testing in New York

Computer Based Testing in New York school districts

A summary of the State Education Department’s memo to schools On June 1, 2022, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) announced its plan to join 48 other states and transition to computer-based testing (CBT) for students in Grades 3–8. The process will start with mandatory ELA, math, and science CBT for students in grades […]

5 Collaborative Classroom Activities You Can Do in Kami

Jamboard activities you can do in Kami

Whether or not you use Jamboard, Kami is the digital whiteboard for you. The education community woke to the news that Google Jamboard will soon start winding down. Teachers and students who love using the Google platform will now be considering their options. Look no further than Kami. Google Jamboard is a collaborative digital whiteboard […]

Digital Citizenship Read Along

Blog_Digital Citizenship for Kids

This blog is for you and your students to read together. It covers the basics of digital citizenship and why it matters.   So what is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship is all about understanding how to act responsibly online. You might have noticed, you’ve got the whole world available at a click! And with this […]

Halloween Activi-treats!

Halloween Activi-treats!

Have so much fun it’s scary with these Kami classroom resources! If you’re looking for insight on the origins of Halloween, including why we carve pumpkins and go trick-or-treating, check out our Halloween in the Classroom blog. It also includes some spook-tacular learning opportunities for the elementary, middle-school, and high-school classroom. This blog is all […]

Celebrando la Herencia Hispana

Celebrando la Herencia Hispana

Looking for this in English? Check it out here. Cada año, del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, reconocemos y celebramos los logros y contribuciones de los hispanos en todo el mundo. La Bandera Oficial del Pueblo Hispano (código abierto) Para este blog, hemos seleccionado cinco personas hispanas inspiradoras para cada una de nuestras […]