Educators Are Awesome! 50 Awesome Educator Specials for Teacher Appreciation:

Posted on May 05, 2021

Educators Are Awesome! 50 Awesome Educator Specials for Teacher Appreciation:

Every year, we pause and celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to honor the noble profession which shapes young lives, however now more than ever, it’s important that teachers everywhere know how much they are appreciated each and every day, not just once a year! This year we can say confidently that educators have genuinely given their all.  We believe extra credit is due this year for teaching despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19. After over a year of educating during a pandemic, appreciating educators is more prominent than ever, which is why so many businesses and entities are showing appreciation by offering awesome educators some totally awesome deals this week that you may not be aware of. This week we are listing out 50 of the best deals for educators!  

Tags : Teacher Appreciation, Teacherdeals


Navigating Education Through Trauma: 5 tips to manage secondary traumatic stress for educators.

Posted on April 28, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: 5 tips to manage secondary traumatic stress for educators.

It is difficult to manage anything without a clear understanding of what exactly it is or how it is defined in most cases. Secondary Trauma for teachers is commonly referred to as secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, and/or compassionate fatigue. As we mentioned on our last blog in this series “Navigating Education Through Trauma: The Impact of Secondary Trauma on Educators”, there are many symptoms of STS and they are all the result of the emotional investment made by a caregiver. One research study on STS in schools found that more than 200 staff surveyed from across six schools reported very high levels of STS.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Evaluations, Discipline, Educational Leadership, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, School, Trauma- informed Teaching


Navigating Education Through Trauma: The Impact of Secondary Trauma on Educators

Posted on April 21, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: The Impact of Secondary Trauma on Educators

Today over half of the children in the United States suffer from a form of trauma. Often teachers are the individuals who indirectly experience students' traumatic events and deal with the impact that it has on student behavior and academic performance. It is more common than realized for teachers to encounter students in extreme situations such as homeless, deceased parents, parents who are incarcerated, and more. However, it is less common for teachers to be supported as they navigate the impact that student trauma has on them.

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student HOTS, Discipline, Core Values, School Climate, School, Trauma- informed Teaching


Navigating Education Through Trauma: When Schools Cause Trauma

Posted on April 16, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: When Schools Cause Trauma

We know that traumatic stress can have long-term health effects on developing brains, and as a result, districts across the United States are acknowledging the role that trauma plays in students’ achievement opportunities. But, the question is how well are districts defining and dealing with trauma? How we address trauma within our school districts depends on how well educators understand what it means to practice trauma-informed pedagogy.

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Discipline, Educational Leadership, School Community, Trauma- informed Teaching


Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma -Informed Teaching

Posted on April 09, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma -Informed Teaching

Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma-Informed Teaching

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Discipline, School Climate, Trauma- informed Teaching


The Power Of Relationships: 8 Tips to help your team pay attention to results

Posted on March 31, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 8 Tips to help your team pay attention to results

This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and dysfunction #2, Fear of Conflict, and most recently dysfunction #3, The Lack of Commitment, and #4 Avoidance of Accountability. This week we will finish this series by discussing dysfunction #5, Inattention to Results. We will conclude our discussion on ways to help you overcome dysfunctions, leading you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Remember, each of the five dysfunctions is interconnected, so when one level of dysfunction comes into play, there will likely be a domino effect. If you or someone on your team is unwilling to overcome the other dysfunctions, you and your team will not be effective in accomplishing your result, your mission. It’s important to understand that overcoming team dysfunction is not a once and done type of challenge. Highly successful teams are relentlessly focused on results. They are always seeking to become more effective by paying close attention to the areas where teams struggle the most and working to resolve dysfunction from its root. 

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Discipline, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community, Commitment on Teams


The Power Of Relationships: Five (5) Tips To Get Your Team To Be More Accountable.

Posted on March 24, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: Five (5) Tips To Get Your Team To Be More Accountable.

This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and dysfunction #2, Fear of Conflict, and most recently dysfunction #3, The Lack of Commitment. This week we will discuss dysfunction #4 Avoidance of Accountability. Throughout this series, we have discussed ways to help you overcome dysfunctions that will lead you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Each of the dysfunctions discussed is interconnected, so when one level of dysfunction comes into play, there will likely be a domino effect. You must take the actions necessary to resolve dysfunction at its root cause instead of band-aiding the symptoms you recognize on the surface of your team. As a leader, resolving dysfunction often falls on the leader because a team will look to the leader for guidance and support; however, if you are not the leader, you still have a responsibility to lead in your area. When you actively seek to ease team dysfunction, it will not take long to see positive results and your team’s productivity skyrocket. “Teams that commit to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards. What is more, they don’t rely on the team leader as the primary source of accountability, they go directly to their peers.”

Tags : Professional Development, Classroom Management, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, School, Resolving Conflict Within Teams, Commitment on Teams, accountable teams


The Power Of Relationships: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

Posted on March 17, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and Dysfunction #2 Fear of Conflict and have discussed ways to help you overcome dysfunctions that will lead you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Each week of this series will build upon the concepts discussed throughout the series. This week we will focus on the next pyramid level, dysfunction #3: Lack of commitment. “It's as simple as this. When people don't unload their opinions and feel like they've been listened to, they won't really get on board.”

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Appreciation, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Community, Commitment on Teams


The Power Of Relationships: 10 Tips For Establishing Healthy Conflict

Posted on March 10, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 10 Tips For Establishing Healthy Conflict

Our new five-part blog series kicked off last week and is dedicated to "The Power of Relationships!" Last week we began talking about Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle based on The Five Dysfunctions of a team, and we started with dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust. This week we will focus on the next pyramid level, dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict. 

Tags : Professional Development, Classroom Management, Discipline, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Leadership, Resolving Conflict Within Teams


The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Posted on March 03, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Our new five-part blog series kicks off this week and is dedicated to "The Power of Relationships!" Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with various stakeholders is key to navigating change, crisis, and transformation. For educators, fostering relationships in which students and colleagues individually feel valued and respected is powerful and effective. Nurturing relationships so that become strong is especially important for new teachers as try to earn their colleagues' respect. If there isn’t a welcoming and sincere environment to step into they may worry about stepping on the toes of veteran teachers, as well as put up walls if they can’t recognize they are in safe place to adjust to their new surroundings. Teacher relationships with colleagues are important because they contribute to a positive school climate. Without strong relationships, dysfunction can take root, causing all kinds of unnecessary problems. 

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community