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


AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

Posted on May 27, 2021

AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

YES, Inc is continuing to celebrate Teacher Appreciation as we progress with the last blog post in the Educators Are Awesome series honoring educators for being heroes in this noble profession. Educators, we take off our hats because you have one of the most challenging jobs on this planet! Day in and day out, you shape young lives. We know that at times, it seems like a never-ending chore, making sure that your lessons are differentiated and that you always stay one step ahead of the latest teaching methods, and let’s not forget you taught through a pandemic for over an entire year without pre-preparation!  We know that you didn’t sign up to teach in a pandemic, and we know that you didn’t sign up to wear masks in class or to lead and teach virtually, but we do know that you are an American Hero! We know that re-inventing the wheel isn’t always the easiest thing to do, nor is it the highest amongst your many priorities. And we know that this summer can’t come quickly enough! However, we understand how important continuous learning is. After all, without constant knowledge, the world would remain stagnant so, we also know that sometimes even heroes need some help! 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Discipline, Teacher Appreciation


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


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


Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma -Informed Teaching

Posted on April 09, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma -Informed Teaching

Navigating Education Through Trauma: What is Trauma-Informed Teaching

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Discipline, School Climate, Trauma- informed Teaching


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


Mission Impossible? You Can Pivot: Make An Impact Where You Are

Posted on February 24, 2021

Mission Impossible? You Can Pivot: Make An Impact Where You Are

Due to last week’s catastrophic winter storm in Texas, we were unable to post last week, but if you are just tuning in, we are on the final installment of our Mission Impossible blog series. In this series, we celebrate Black History and share stories about people who have overcome challenges or faced feelings about a mission they thought impossible. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Black History Month, TEKS


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