“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


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


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


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


10 Children’s Books that Promote Diversity Awareness

Posted on November 18, 2020

10 Children’s Books that Promote Diversity Awareness

Reading books with your students that promote diversity awareness can be a great way to introduce discussions about identity, cultural awareness, and the importance of diversity. Classroom discussions on diversity may help students learn valuable lessons about how to appreciate and be more accepting of people who are different.  At the same time, when children have access to books with characters that they can relate to, it can help them to make important connections about their identity. At some point, everyone was a child and can probably relate to wanting to feel like they belong and wanting to feel valued for their identity. Some adults are still struggling with their identities and feelings of acceptance even today.  One question that can be reflected on is: How do educators prepare the next generation to embrace diversity and develop a strong cultural competency in our youth so that all children feel included, represented, and accepted for who they are?  Educators have a great platform to help children embrace and accept unique differences. By using books with diverse characters and storylines as tools in the classroom to introduce lessons and discussions about diversity, students can not only learn more about themselves but grow a love for reading. The thought here is that having conversations about diversity and differences amongst people will help to fill a diversity awareness gap and help children to feel more welcome and accepted in their environment regardless of their cultural identity.

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


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


Servant Leadership In Your School

Posted on October 28, 2020

Servant Leadership In Your School

Today’s ever-changing environment and new operating guidelines have many school districts asking how they will lead administrators, educators, and students in a way that will help them to grow and to become more autonomous. Your district’s leadership style will play a crucial role in answering the question above. In truth, there are many opportunities to lead, even if the only person you are leading is yourself. Regardless of any title or role, you may need to take the lead at some point. Even though no one leadership style can apply to every situation, out of the many different styles, servant-leadership can help you to achieve both growth and autonomy. Along with many changes, and a growing list of concerns facing schools today, it may unintentionally cause you to focus more on tasks and not as much on people. However, if you and key decision-makers at your school focus too much on tasks and forget to serve others in the process, then you may risk low morale and even lower performance at a time when morale and high performance are critical.  This week’s blog will explain why servant leadership in your school is an important element and provide you with key characteristics of servant leadership. 

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


How is Positive Energy Promoted Within Your District?

Posted on October 14, 2020

How is Positive Energy Promoted Within Your District?

If someone were to visit your school or pop into your classroom today what would they notice? What would they observe? If one of your school’s teachers were interviewed for your campus what would they say? If you are a part of your school’s leadership team would you be able to anticipate their answer? 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Techer Evaluations, Classroom Management


The Threats within the Household: A Deep Dive into Domestic Abuse & COVID-19

Posted on October 07, 2020

The Threats within the Household: A Deep Dive into Domestic Abuse & COVID-19

In the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic, teachers and school administrators had concerns about the safety of some students in their own homes. Unfortunately, the facts have concluded that their concerns were valid. Quarantines and lockdowns have meant that students at risk of abuse are left alone with abusive loved ones for prolonged continuous periods. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a restructuring of the public services that provide support for people experiencing domestic violence. Due to the many obstacles that were introduced to families during the onset of the virus such as health concerns, financial challenges, and even psychological stress, a large spike in domestic violence within the household has been very apparent. This, in turn, can prove very detrimental to families everywhere and challenge educators to take steps to ensure the student environment is conducive to learning.

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