Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

The importance of measuring and teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies cannot be overstated. In fact, it is clearly emerging as one of the most effective ways to develop psychologically healthy and productive young people and adults. Furthermore, the extent to which we ignore SEL, we increase the likelihood that students will further disengage … Continue reading Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

Overcoming My Personal Battle with Bullying

Overcoming My Personal Battle with Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention month, and we want to do our part in tackling an issue that affects more than 30% of our young people across the nation. In our request for community members to share a personal story or experience, we were touched by one story in particular. The following story is from Lorri Borgeson, a current … Continue reading Overcoming My Personal Battle with Bullying

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

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

The reality in today’s schools is that students are absent and missing out on opportunities to learn—and it’s happening at an alarming rate. According to research by the U.S. Department of Education, over 6 million students have missed 15 or more days of school in 2013-14. This equates to one in every eight students, or … Continue reading Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures

Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures

The State Board of Education will be voting on the state’s new accountability measure on Thursday. Here’s a sneak peak at what they’ll be voting on. What will the board adopt on Thursday? They’re called “evaluation rubrics,” which is basically an accountability tool with several components: A set of statewide and district performance indicators measuring … Continue reading Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures

Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

As many are well-aware, there are student achievement gaps that exist among various groups in the U.S. and around the world. One well-documented gap is observed across the economic spectrum with students from low income families performing well below that of higher income families. However, recent studies indicate that socio-economic status (SES) accounts for only 8.3% … Continue reading Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

As the new school year begins, teachers are setting up their classrooms, establishing rules and procedures, creating lesson plans and activities to create a positive environment where students will engage and learning will flourish. But every student who walks through that door will have a different and unique approach towards education. Wouldn’t it be nice to know, how … Continue reading Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

The freshly-polished hallways and classrooms across the country are filling up once again as another school year begins. Many students are showing up with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, with many teachers eager to help them become lifelong learners. But for educators, every school year also comes with new challenges. With several mandates, new legislation and ways … Continue reading 7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

Understanding Why Social Emotional Learning is Important for Schools

Understanding Why Social Emotional Learning is Important for Schools

For many years, the focus within classrooms has been centered on assessments. How students were performing on state exams were supposed to tell the story of student achievement—or at least, most of the story. However, the number of research studies has increased on this topic and the evidence is overwhelming—social and emotional learning (SEL) is … Continue reading Understanding Why Social Emotional Learning is Important for Schools