A Glance At COVID -19’s Impact On Student Learning

Posted on September 08, 2021

A Glance At COVID -19’s Impact On Student Learning

After a full year of disrupted classroom learning, as we continue to experience challenges, we know now that it’s time to take stock of the pandemic's impact on student academic achievement. The 2020-2021 school year seemed to end on a high note for approximately 98% of students and educators because they were fortunate enough to return to in-person instruction. However, we can not negate that the effects of this ongoing pandemic have been devastating to the American school system on many levels. As you might imagine, last year was perhaps the most challenging year on record in the United States for students and educators. According to recent research and analysis from McKinsey and Company, the impact of the pandemic on learning for K–12 students has been significant. The ripple effects of the pandemic have left students, on average, five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading, as seen in the following graph. Today’s blog will only scrape the surface of some of the impacts that COVID-19 has left on student learning.   

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Student Engagement, Core Values, School Climate, School, Instruction, Covid-19, Learning loss, Pandemic Impact on Student Learning


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


Mission Impossible? You Can Pivot: Make An Impact Where You Are

Posted on February 24, 2021

Mission Impossible? You Can Pivot: Make An Impact Where You Are

Due to last week’s catastrophic winter storm in Texas, we were unable to post last week, but if you are just tuning in, we are on the final installment of our Mission Impossible blog series. In this series, we celebrate Black History and share stories about people who have overcome challenges or faced feelings about a mission they thought impossible. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Black History Month, TEKS


Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Posted on February 04, 2021

Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Of the many firsts that we have lived through this year, Yes, Inc. is kicking off its Mission Impossible blog to celebrate people who have defeated all odds while creating history or have shattered barriers in their lifetime. Inspiration has a resounding effect on people! They thrive on being inspired and often demonstrate its impact by stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging the “line” themselves. As educators, it is pertinent that we embrace education that challenges the mold, encourages next year's trendsetters, and wages war on the “ordinary.”

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Appreciation, Black History Month


“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”

Posted on January 27, 2021

“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”

In case you missed last week’s blog, we continued our “So What. Now What?” series and talked about six ways to pivot. This week is the final installment of this series, but it is one that surely will not disappoint! Today’s blog will focus on inspiration and motivation that teachers can use from some of the greatest moments that made history last week.  During President Biden and Vice President Harris’s inauguration, the powerful and awe-inspiring poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ read aloud and performed during the nation’s inauguration’s youngest and first-ever youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman. At a young age, Amanda was encouraged by her mother, an English teacher, to begin writing poems to help her find her voice and cope with a speech impediment. Amanda is an example of a young aspiring woman who maintains a ‘So what? Now, What” mentality. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, News, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline, Appreciation


6 Ways to Pivot!

Posted on January 20, 2021

6 Ways to Pivot!

In case you missed this blog serial thus far, we kicked off a new series called “So What. Now What?”. This week is the third installment in our newest series. We will focus on Ways to Pivot, and the ‘So What. Now What’ mentality.  ‘So what now what’ is a process and phrase introduced by Linda Cliatt-Wayman that Dr. Elko stated repeatedly as he worked with the University of Alabama’s football team that led to the teams’ latest BCS Championship Season. This phrase means So this or that happened now what are you going to do and respond?''. The ‘so what now what’ mentality and culture can be used practically in any field and by any person to help you to focus on what is important now. It helps people learn how to ‘win’. If you repeatedly focus on ‘so what now what’ and repeat this over and over, you will begin to make actionable steps toward what matters.

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS


New Year, New Goals. Now What?

Posted on January 06, 2021

New Year, New Goals. Now What?

Happy New Year! It’s now time when traditionally most make declarations about changes they will make and think about how they will become better versions of themselves. Right now, you might be feeling exhausted, stuck, and unmotivated as the first quarter of 2021 begins due to the many effects from the previous year that have turned our world upside down. There is hope for a better year! Now is the perfect time to stop and think about what you are going to do next.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline