SURN Observes P4C!

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As SURN Director and Assistant Director, Jan Rozzelle and Jenny Hindman travel through the United Kingdom to visit schools they may visit for the 2016 Study Tour, they have been building relationships with school leaders. They are learning about how these schools are using research and practices Jan and Jenny traveled to see two schools in […]

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SURN Around the World


Jan Rozzelle and Jenny Hindman, SURN Director and Assistant Director, have been spending this week in Edinburgh. They had an amazing conversation with The Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School  teacher and class guardian, Dr. Mark Burgess, who described the values and hallmarks of a Steiner Education. Dr. Burgess trained for two additional years to become a Steiner teacher. […]

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It’s Time for March Reading Madness!


Welcome to SURN’s March Reading Madness Twenty books go head-to-head in this exciting twist on March Madness.  Welcome to SURN’s first annual March Reading Madness!  Starting on February 24th and continuing throughout the month of March, you get to vote on which book you think is the best.  There are six rounds over the course […]

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Happy New Year!

SURN is excited for 2015 and everything that this new year brings with it! One piece of exciting news is SURN’s recent creation of a Twitter account, making it easier than ever to share resources and ideas with our followers. Do you have a Twitter? Follow us! Also, if you haven’t already done so, like […]

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SURN partners have been busy celebrating many accomplishments!  At the recent School of Education Awards Ceremony, Rachel Ball received the SURN Virginia L. McLaughlin Collaborative Leadership Award. This award was established by SURN to honor Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin for her tenure as Dean of the School of Education.   Angie Seiders, SURN Principal Academy […]

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A review of “The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi”

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Book Review by SURN Logistics Planner and Research Assistant, Tia McClenney I have studied Nazi Germany since I was 7 years old but Neal Bascomb’s “The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi” introduced me to an aspect of the war to which I hadn’t been exposed. […]

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Start a Reading Revolution in Your Classroom!

Flipped Blogging

How often do your students make true connections to what they are required to read in the classroom?  Do your students react with boredom or frustration when you want them to read?  If so, consider flipping your class through the power of blogging! There is so much value in what we want our students to […]

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What Does Reading Mean To You?


“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” –Frank Serafini “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, […]

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A Review of Effective Teacher Interviews: How Do I Hire Good Teachers?

Effective Teacher Interviews: How Do I Hire Good Teachers? (2014) answers the question with research and an interview-creation process that is user-friendly and a quick-read. This newly released ASCD Arias-formatted book equips and informs readers to construct an interview that is fair, legal, and focused on getting additional information about job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities. […]

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SURN Literacy Study Group

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The SURN Literacy Study Group is a group of literacy specialists and other educators from SURN school divisions who meet monthly to explore strategies to enhance literacy and literature teaching at all levels. Led by Dr. Denise Johnson, Assistant Professor at The School of Education, LSG participants take part in discussions surrounding the do’s and […]

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