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


Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Posted on February 04, 2021

Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Of the many firsts that we have lived through this year, Yes, Inc. is kicking off its Mission Impossible blog to celebrate people who have defeated all odds while creating history or have shattered barriers in their lifetime. Inspiration has a resounding effect on people! They thrive on being inspired and often demonstrate its impact by stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging the “line” themselves. As educators, it is pertinent that we embrace education that challenges the mold, encourages next year's trendsetters, and wages war on the “ordinary.”

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Appreciation, Black History Month


“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


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


5 Different ways to Teach your Students about the Election!

Posted on October 21, 2020

5 Different ways to Teach your Students about the Election!

Everyone seems to concur that 2020 has been especially tumultuous and full of very historic events. Now it is time to select a leader that is able to rise to the occasion and lead the country for the next four years. However, it is silly to think that events of election season go unnoticed! Students everywhere are observing the cause and effect of the decisions made during this year’s election every day, so what better time to teach them about the many functions of their government systems and processes? Whether it is a local or presidential election, campaigns and elections present various opportunities to teach students about the government and its many functions. There is no limit to the conversation when discussing the myriad of issues that are taking place in the current society. Whether it is the candidate’s positions, demographics, or the way the media covers specific material, students could use the material you teach in your classroom to make connections and understand the world around them a little more clearly.

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


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


The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works

Posted on September 16, 2020

The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works

What is a Flipped Classroom? The Flipped Classroom is an alternative model of instruction that is gaining attention from educators. According to The Flipped Learning Network, This pedagogical approach moves instruction from a group learning space to an individual learning space. This approach differs from the traditional model of instruction because it reverses the process of instruction and transforms learning into an interactive learning environment that supports active learning.

Tags : Professional Development, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Posted on September 02, 2020

What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Just when you think the ways educators can reach students have met its’ threshold, learning finds a way to travel beyond the classroom and come alive right before their eyes! It is a known fact that all educational institutions are open to making learning more engaging for their students, but what better way to ensure the impact of students’ learning experiences than to simulate an experience in the classroom?

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