What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Posted on May 20, 2020

What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations. 

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


Feedback: Receiving, Seeking, and Giving Effective Feedback

Posted on May 13, 2020

Feedback: Receiving, Seeking, and Giving Effective Feedback

Living in today’s society has its challenges. As of late, with the pandemic you may feel like you are living in a bubble, however, this is a perfect time to pause and ask yourself some serious questions. How well do you seek, receive, and provide feedback?  Have you ever found the act of asking for or providing feedback uncomfortable? Asking for or providing feedback isn’t always easy and it might cause anxiety for some people but it’s essential to your personal and professional development. Feedback forces you to consider what must change in order to become the best version of yourself. When you receive feedback, you will learn more about yourself than you thought you already knew. You will also be able to grow personally and professionally, at a faster rate than you would if you chose not to seek and receive feedback from others. With preparation, the relevant information you gain by seeking feedback from others will support your growth. Feedback is an element that will help you move to the next level if you are willing to listen and ready to change. This week’s blog will provide you with tips on asking for feedback to support your growth and give you the opportunity to provide us with feedback so that we can grow and expand our content, audience, and influence in the world of education. 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation


34 Educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

Posted on May 06, 2020

34 Educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

COVID-19 has hit the U.S. and we are all feeling its effects. The lives of many have been uprooted due to this virus, and as a result people are trying to adapt however they can. One industry that has especially been disrupted is education. Teachers and students have been forced to switch to online learning so that they complete the school year without causing any further disruptions. With these changes often having to happen in a short time period, teachers are constantly looking for tools to make the best of online learning. This blog will provide 34 educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.

Tags : Teacher Preparation


Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP): How Yes, Inc. is impacting school districts!

Posted on April 29, 2020

Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP): How Yes, Inc. is impacting school districts!

  We sat down with Larry Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Texas Serenity Academy Charter Schools, to find out how the Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP) has helped his district experience overall growth. 

Tags : SLI2019, Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations


What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

Posted on February 26, 2020

What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

How many teachers are 100% ready to enter the classroom on their first day of school? Most educators long to be effective and make a difference but start the year off feeling like they are left to sink or swim. YES, Inc’s mission is to ensure that children have access to effective educators. As part of our vision, this week our agency kicked off our annual Fundamental Foundations Session I, to vet teacher and resident candidates for our partner districts for the 2020-2021 school year. This week’s blog will explain what Fundamental Foundation Session is and layout how the Equity Pipeline helps our mission.

Tags : Recruitment, Teacher Preparation


EEP Educator Journey: It's Impossible for you not to grow!

Posted on January 29, 2020

EEP Educator Journey: It's Impossible for you not to grow!

This summer we sat down with Dana Fornabaio, Assistant Principal from Southwest Preparatory Schools, to find out how the Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP) has helped her grow as an educator. 

Tags : SLI2019, Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Evaluations