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


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


Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Posted on December 16, 2020

Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Chris Hogan, an EntreLeadership personality with Dave Ramsey shares: “Everyone needs AIR”. He uses AIR as an acronym that means, appreciation, inspiration, and recognition. Chris believes that these three elements help us to breathe better. Today is the final installment in our three-part series on “AIR”. As a reminder, the R stands for recognition. As an educator, we recognize students all the time for good grades and passing tests such as STAAR. But what about those who fall through the cracks, those students who are failing? Did you know that sunflowers can be weeds? Harriet Tubman once said: “I was a neglected weed.” Those weeds are majestic flowers that rise to the sun in recognition of its power are like those children in your classroom who are failing. This week’s blog shares a story about Mrs. W., a teacher who stopped and recognized a student and the impact it made. She used best practices such as differentiation and cultural responsiveness to reach a student who was struggling. Take a minute to read this blog. You will discover that you can become the “sun” in someone’s life!

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS, Appreciation


Why Educators Should Know Rita Pierson

Posted on November 12, 2020

Why Educators Should Know Rita Pierson

When faced with the obstacles that often present themselves in a classroom environment, teachers everywhere have a common ground. The truth is, they know that teaching is so much more than just lesson plans, curriculum, and classroom management. When done effectively, all of the elements of teaching come together much smoother if students’ basic needs are met. For these reasons, knowing your students is very important to their success in the classroom. We all have experienced the impact of a passionate educator in our lives. There are specific qualities in a great teacher and leader that help these educators have the ability to reach into students and really understand their needs and begin to meet them. Often teachers run into challenges, especially when those needs are neglected at home. This blog will introduce you to Rita Pierson, a professional educator that has caused a rift in education through her passion for teaching and her leadership as she advocated for school and community involvement.

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management


Read, Lead, Succeed! The Benefits Of Being A Daily Reader!

Posted on September 30, 2020

Read, Lead, Succeed! The Benefits Of Being A Daily Reader!

One of America’s former presidents Harry S. Truman once proclaimed that “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Our Agency, YES, INC. believes that reading is an important key to be effective. One of the great things our CEO encourages us all to do each day is to devote time to reading daily. You may find that the more you read the more engaged in life, work, and other ventures you will be. So, teachers, parents, and scholars, it’s time to check in with you on your reading habits! With the huge spike in remote work and online social media, you may have realized that your daily reading habits center around tweets and Facebook updates. When was the last time you submerged yourself in a great book whether it be for work or pleasure? As life continues to change, it’s more important now than ever to make sure you make time to read. 

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


How will American Schools safely reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year?

Posted on July 16, 2020

How will American Schools safely reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year?

Now that Schools have been given no option to reopen. the districts can choose to reopen using an alternative schedule. The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching, and many decisions are being made. Many express their concern and have been pondering the question, how will School Leaders ensure the safety of school personnel and students? With the new school year upon us after being closed due to the Coronavirus, policymakers, school leaders, and community leaders have just added another title to administrators, that of COVID-19 Monitor.  Administrators now have to keep individuals safe from contracting the Coronavirus.  This week’s blog will discuss preventative measures that schools can take and provide some tips for being proactive with your school’s plan. 

Tags : Insider, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management