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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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Welcoming the Unwelcome

“Welcoming the unwelcome refers to the capacity to see challenges and obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth.” – from page 72 of The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching How many times do we encounter “obstacles” in our lives we wish to turn away from or avoid? Our writing team experienced such challenges on a weekly basis— […]

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21st Century Education from the Inside Out

“21st Century skills” is the latest buzz in education. Is this the newest fad in slogan-based reform or is the call for 21st century skills provoking an important conversation about 21st century education?   It has certainly re-kindled a long-standing debate about content vs. skills. “‘We are stuck,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, head of the President’s Education […]

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