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Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

One week before the 2016-17 school year ended, I conducted a professional development workshop at a public elementary school in California. This predominantly Latino school was located in the school district’s lowest-income neighborhood. At the beginning of the workshop, I asked the 26 teachers to tell me their names, how long they’d taught at the … Continue reading Equity, Mindsets & Transformational Teaching

Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

Presented by Dr. Gail Thompson – Transcription Below Introduction Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. I’m Dr. Gail Thompson. And I am the equity and professional development expert at Illuminate Education. I’m also an author and researcher. Classroom Management  Today, I’d like to talk to you about classroom management. During my travels conducting … Continue reading Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Presented by Dr. Gail Thompson – Transcription Below Introduction Hello everyone. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. I’m Dr. Gail Thompson, Professional Development and Equity Expert at Illuminate Education. I’m also an author and researcher. Today, I want to talk about parent engagement because educators know that parent involvement is important and it’s correlated to … Continue reading Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

In recent years, “equity” has become a buzz word and popular topic in K-12 schools, higher education, businesses, and even in religious organizations. A common definition is that whereas “equality” results in giving everyone the same thing, “equity” equates to giving individuals what they need. In schools, equity results in treating all children fairly and … Continue reading Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

What You Can Do When the Swastika Appears in Your Classroom

What You Can Do When the Swastika Appears in Your Classroom

This article was co-authored with Katya Mocalis. For more resources or if you have any questions, please contact her at kmocalis@illuminateed.com or Dr. Gail Thompson at gthompson@illuminateed.com. ***** A high school teacher in Southern California was shocked one day to learn that one of her students had used a permanent marker to draw a swastika on … Continue reading What You Can Do When the Swastika Appears in Your Classroom

Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

During my travels conducting professional development workshops at conferences and in schools throughout the U.S., one of the main complaints that I hear from teachers and school leaders pertains to “student misbehavior.” Although they start their careers with high hopes and a desire to help students succeed, as a result of student misbehavior, many educators—especially those … Continue reading Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

Victor Villaseñor is a bestselling author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Rain of Gold; Burro Genius: A Memoir; Wild Steps of Heaven; Thirteen Senses: A Memoir; and Macho! Some of his books have been nominated for awards, and at least one is scheduled to be made into a television mini-series.   Today, Victor lives … Continue reading An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Although President Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again,” the truth is that America has never reached its potential to be a great nation for many U.S. residents. This is especially true for its “stepchildren”—students who have been historically underserved by the U.S. public school system. Test scores, graduation rates, dropout rates, grade-level … Continue reading Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

How to Identify & Combat Child Abuse

How to Identify & Combat Child Abuse

At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the “war of words” between presidential candidates, a different news story captured my attention. For days, I read everything that I could about it. And the more I read, the sadder and angrier I became. The story took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it contains powerful … Continue reading How to Identify & Combat Child Abuse

Making Schools Safer by Tackling Bullying

Making Schools Safer by Tackling Bullying

During a recent flight that I took from Charlotte to Phoenix, one of my seatmates who was a neonatal unit nurse told me a troubling story about her older brother. She said her brother was a brilliant, functional alcoholic: one who, unfortunately, was never able to recover from a traumatic experience that happened in the first grade. Her … Continue reading Making Schools Safer by Tackling Bullying