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Supporting Students in Challenging Times

We are currently living in a tense social and political climate, with a great deal of polarization within our communities. With so much change and daily turmoil in the news, students are not only managing their own personal stress about school, family, and growing up- they are also having to negotiate their questions and concerns […]

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The Busy Teacher

As an educator you may feel stressed, overworked, and overwhelmed. You may find yourself in a community where self-sacrifice and time spent at school are markers of heroism.  You may have come to school with walking pneumonia or missed your own child’s special events. Maybe you have been congratulated for your dedication. I remember a […]

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Mindful Leadership for Educators

In the field of education, we are all leaders. Though our roles within school districts and school buildings vary, we all have an impact on the young people we work with and the adults we interact with. And from this place of leadership—daily, we have opportunities to create interactions with students and colleagues that build trust […]

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Creating Inclusive, Relationship-Based Classrooms

Modeling and teaching cultural responsiveness is an essential ingredient in creating an inclusive, relationship-based classroom in which all students thrive. With every student demographic, this approach develops critical skills and awareness that relate directly to learning outcomes and students’ capacity for success in a global culture and workplace. Geneva Gay (2000), in her book Culturally Responsive […]

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Cultivating a Caring Community: An Essential Aspect of Creating Engaged Classrooms

An excerpt from The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching (pp. 108-110) Each student arrives in the classroom with a different personality, background, learning style, and skill level. When we take steps at the beginning of the term to intentionally gather students into a cohesive whole and give them a clear sense of purpose and direction, […]

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Start the New Year with Cultural Responsiveness

The new year can be a powerful time to intentionally address our classroom culture and “re-set” for the second semester. Part of our jobs as educators is to help students better understand their diverse identities and communities and become more comfortable and confident in interactions with others—especially those people they perceive as being different from […]

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End of Year Renewal

In these last few months of the school year, the speed and pace can feel wildly unmanageable at times.  As “spring fever” hits, we may find it increasingly more difficult to remain in the moment and be present for our students and ourselves.  In this way, slowing down and engaging in self-care is even more […]

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Creating Safe and Inclusive School Climates

On January 8, 2014 the Department of Education and Justice released a School Climate and Discipline Guidance Package calling on “America’s educators to proactively redesign discipline policies and practices to more effectively foster supportive and safe school climates.” The extensive document states that: Schools must be both safe and supportive for effective teaching and learning to […]

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