Stephanie Burroughs, Ed.D.

Curriculum Leader, K-12 Education

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Re-Opening Plans Should Continue with the Hypothesis that Children are Vectors

My children spend time in two households and this continued throughout the stay-at-home order in Massachusetts. In the beginning of May, I got a phone call from their dad saying that he thinks he may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Sure, I should have trusted this statement, turned my car arou…

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We Need to Stop Dehumanizing the Teaching Profession

I was in 8th grade and I was having a hard time fitting in. I sat at a table of three on the left side of the room in a make-shift classroom the school had put together in the library because of overcrowding. My teacher was an older woman in her 60s, she had short silver hair and glasses. Her name w…

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Looking at Social-Emotional Learning and Engagement through an Equity Lens

I've been to so many conferences where the keynote speaker talked about classrooms without walls, making global connections, and making our content come alive. I remember being excited at these possibilities, and still am, but I definitely was not prepared to take this so literally.

Right now, we'…

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Tackling Social-Emotional Learning in a Remote Environment

Remote learning has highlighted significant inequities in K-12 education, but those inequities are not just curricular and they are certainly not all about devices and internet access. The largest gap in what we are now able to achieve is with social-emotional learning and support. This gap impacts …

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The Conversation on Equity that is long overdue in K-12 Education

Recent events in the US and our K-12 education system have exacerbated what should already be blatantly clear to education policymakers: all students do not have equal access to public education. It is a moral imperative that we as a nation step back, acknowledge the inherit shortcomings of educati…

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Managing Remote Learning from a Parent Perspective with an Educator Flair

I know everyone everywhere has been posting about remote learning and options for parents and teachers, but I've decided to still posting something to help curate resources and ideas all in one place. I hope this is helpful to anyone who reads it. I also hope that this doesn't come across as "I've f…

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5 ways to encourage Communication and Collaboration in Math Class

5 ways to encourage Communication and Collaboration in Math Class

Communication and Collaboration in the Mathematics classroom can sometimes be an afterthought. As teachers, we are prone to focusing on problems instead of the discussion. Discussions are also harder and require structure for o…

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5 Things Math Teachers can do to support Social and Emotional Learning

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks added an 8th Guiding Principle for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs on Social and Emotional Learning in its most recent revision of the frameworks. (See below)

Guiding Principle 8

Social and emotional learning can increase academic achievement, imp…

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Why Inquiry? Understanding the differences between traditional instruction and "New Math"

For the same reason that Shakespeare is not as important as Reading and Writing, the Quadratic Formula is not as important as developing a student's ability to break down problems into solvable parts, follow the logic of those individual steps, and assess the reasonableness of their answer. Learning…

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Why we should be using technology as a vehicle for Literacy in Mathematics.

Guiding Principle 3 for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs:

Technology is an essential tool that should be used strategically in mathematics education.


Guiding Principle 3 for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs has me a bit disappointed. Embedded in the description is a conversation on the im…

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5 ways to break the cycle of Repetitive Math Homework.

I've been thinking a lot on alternative ways to assign students homework in Math class. Out of habit, we tend to assign students practice problems, go over the answers at the beginning of class, and then jump into another concept. We create this routine in Mathematics class that can sometimes preven…

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The Conversation on Teaching Mathematics

Guiding Principle 2 for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs:

An effective mathematics program is based on a carefully designed set of content standards that are clear and specific, focused, and articulated over time as a coherent sequence.

At first glance, Guiding Principle 2 appears t…

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Encouraging our Students to Learn Mathematics

​I've decided to spend some time looking at each of the Guiding Principles for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs. These 6 principles are important statements that shape how we should think about building and sustaining a successful mathematics program, what we should be emphasizing in our instructi…

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9 Ways to Leverage Technology in the Mathematics Classroom

I recently had a conversation with a Mathematics Teacher on the barriers of integrating technology in the Mathematics Classroom. I am admittedly (sometimes) jealous of my English and History counterparts who can seamlessly integrate technology into their classes. The reason for this is mainly that t…

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A reflection on #BLC16: Building Learning Communities

On Wednesday, July 20th, I began my three day journey through #BLC16: Building Learning Communities.

The conference was a few days at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston with a wide range of presenters. Topics included Neuroscience and Mindfulness and also Edtech and Pedagogy. Although this was my …

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Balancing Conceptual Understanding and Procedural Fluency

I did not become a Mathematics Teacher because I thought it would be exciting. In fact, I was pretty certain in signing up to teach Mathematics that I would be the resident dentist in my school, the class that every kid had to go to but considered to be a legal form of torture. As my teaching career…

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Bridging the Gap between #EdTech and the Classroom of the Future

After visiting @LearnLaunch and presenting at the #ClassroomoftheFuture Showcase, I am encouraged about the potential for education improvements but also alarmed at what seems to be missing from the EdTech conversation. Technology is moving in a direction where personalized learning and global educa…

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Integrating #StudentChoice in the Mathematics #ClassroomOfTheFuture

With the adoption of the Common Core and the race to integrate 21st Century Learning Expectations, Mathematics courses are screaming for an evolution where creativity and student voice meet the demands and expectations of our data driven culture. This is an opportunity for public school districts to…

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My #GatesSocial experience and my recommendations on #EdReform

On October 7th I had the incredible opportunity of visiting Seattle for a #GatesSocial on US Education and a Keynote address from Bill and Melinda Gates. Here are my thoughts and recommendations. 

My morning began with Keynote addresses from Bill and Melinda Gates at the US Learning Forum…

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The Meat and Potatoes of the Common Core

In the rush to integrate the Common Core State Standards I think we may have overlooked a crucial component. Although I've certainly heard this echoed by many, as I begin another school year and a renewed focus on how I am supporting my teachers professionally, I feel inclined to discuss what the St…

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