LA Area Parents Seek Ways to Engage With Schools
  • By admin
  • December 3, 2019

By @GraceCShelton As the new school year began in Los Angeles, the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) was seeking new ways to improve conditions for its many students. According to a recent article by the LA Times, many LAUSD students come from difficult backgrounds. As a result, the district has struggled in the past with […]

For Teachers: Engaging with Parents Could be the Key to Success
  • By admin
  • November 5, 2019

By @GraceCShelton In order for teachers to build and maintain positive relationships with their students and their classrooms, they must first seek to engage parents. This means that teachers need to foster collaboration with families in order to create a united front in a child’s education. All too often, parents feel left out of their […]

Parent Engagement in Schools: Worth the Investment
  • By admin
  • October 29, 2019

By @GraceCShelton Parent engagement is important. When all the adults in a student’s life are on the same page and united in their commitment to education, a teacher’s job becomes much easier. Parents want to engage in their child’s learning, but specific barriers can sometimes exist that hinder their ability to connect with their child’s […]

SEL Lessons from A Promising Program in New York
  • By admin
  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in improving outcomes for students. However, there are some places that need this skill development more than others. Communities with higher rates of violent crimes have a more difficult time implementing SEL instruction and curriculum when […]

What New Principals Need to Know
  • By Andy Mitchell
  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A few months ago, Education Dive asked as handful of veteran administrators what advice they’d give new principals beginning their first year. Interestingly, much of what was said brings to mind previous blog posts using Gates Foundation research to identify what makes a strong school leader. It’s reassuring to see […]

Student Surveys: Should Students Evaluate Teachers?
  • By admin
  • October 8, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton A Response to Teacher Input in EdWeek Last spring, EdWeek released a series of 3 blog posts that included teacher responses to the question: “Should teachers encourage student evaluations of their classes and their teaching? If not, why not? If so, what are the best ways to do it?” Each teacher […]

Early Childhood and SEL
  • By admin
  • October 1, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   As summer has faded and a new school year is well underway, it’s time to look ahead on what will be the top education issues facing teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the coming months. At least, that’s what this Forbes article indicates.  According to the author, there are many topics […]

Whole Child Education: What Does it Mean and Why Does That Matter?
  • By admin
  • September 24, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   EdSurge’s latest article on the importance of teacher perception of whole child teaching practices raises a very important issue. The article puts it simply: teachers’ definitions of what whole child learning is drastically impacts the way they teach it and the way they conduct their classrooms in general. Some teachers […]

Teachers Know SEL Helps, But Where Are the Resources?
  • By admin
  • September 17, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A recent survey reveals surprising insights into how teachers feel about the current push for more whole-child and social-emotional learning practices to be embedded in daily curriculum. According to the Education Week survey, 78% of teachers feel that it is definitely a part of their job to help students develop […]

The Key to SEL Success: Shifting to a Learner-Centered Approach
  • By admin
  • September 10, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   I recently read a thoughtful piece from EdSurge on the difference between school-centered and learner-centered approaches to education. The author, a teacher, outed the hypocrisy of a standardized system that seeks to maximize all students’ potential and achieve equity but also labels and categorizes any student that might be seen […]