Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Posted on September 30, 2021

Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Are you motivated and thinking about becoming a teacher? You aren’t alone if you are.  Despite the recent resurgence of the Covid 19 –variant that has caused numerous school closures to in-person classes, many institutions of higher learning have noted a recent uptick in the number of new students applying for teacher certificates.  

Tags : Recruitment, Retention, Student Engagement, Core Values, School, Covid-19


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


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


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


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