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


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: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

Posted on March 17, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

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 have discussed ways to help you overcome dysfunctions that will lead you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Each week of this series will build upon the concepts discussed throughout the series. This week we will focus on the next pyramid level, dysfunction #3: Lack of commitment. “It's as simple as this. When people don't unload their opinions and feel like they've been listened to, they won't really get on board.”

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Appreciation, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Community, Commitment on Teams


The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Posted on March 03, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Our new five-part blog series kicks off this week and is dedicated to "The Power of Relationships!" Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with various stakeholders is key to navigating change, crisis, and transformation. For educators, fostering relationships in which students and colleagues individually feel valued and respected is powerful and effective. Nurturing relationships so that become strong is especially important for new teachers as try to earn their colleagues' respect. If there isn’t a welcoming and sincere environment to step into they may worry about stepping on the toes of veteran teachers, as well as put up walls if they can’t recognize they are in safe place to adjust to their new surroundings. Teacher relationships with colleagues are important because they contribute to a positive school climate. Without strong relationships, dysfunction can take root, causing all kinds of unnecessary problems. 

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community