5 most Impactful Instructional Strategies for the new school year!

Posted on August 25, 2021

5 most Impactful Instructional Strategies for the new school year!

We have made it to another year, and it is now time to return to the world of learning objectives, grading papers, and lesson planning. Throughout the challenges the world of education has overcome in the last couple of years, you have made the conscious decision to continue your career to impact student lives, and we all know now more than ever that being a teacher is not for the faint of heart. As a teacher, you push past it all and begin the magic of designing differentiated, rigorous, and power-packed lesson plans that access and activates student potential. Let's face it. You deserve a round of applause! It is a fact that if you are still dominating in the virtual or in-person classroom, you are here for the long haul and are determined to make an impact on the little lives in your classroom using effective and purposeful instructional strategies.

Tags : Teacher Preparation, Discipline, School Climate, School, Instruction


AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

Posted on May 27, 2021

AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

YES, Inc is continuing to celebrate Teacher Appreciation as we progress with the last blog post in the Educators Are Awesome series honoring educators for being heroes in this noble profession. Educators, we take off our hats because you have one of the most challenging jobs on this planet! Day in and day out, you shape young lives. We know that at times, it seems like a never-ending chore, making sure that your lessons are differentiated and that you always stay one step ahead of the latest teaching methods, and let’s not forget you taught through a pandemic for over an entire year without pre-preparation!  We know that you didn’t sign up to teach in a pandemic, and we know that you didn’t sign up to wear masks in class or to lead and teach virtually, but we do know that you are an American Hero! We know that re-inventing the wheel isn’t always the easiest thing to do, nor is it the highest amongst your many priorities. And we know that this summer can’t come quickly enough! However, we understand how important continuous learning is. After all, without constant knowledge, the world would remain stagnant so, we also know that sometimes even heroes need some help! 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Discipline, Teacher Appreciation


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: 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


“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


How To Look Failure In The Face And Keep Moving!

Posted on January 13, 2021

How To Look Failure In The Face And Keep Moving!

In case you missed last week’s blog, we kicked off a new series called “So What. Now What?”. This week is the second installment in our newest series. Today we will focus on one of our company’s core values: Failure Leads to Success. 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 : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Discipline