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Fourth-graders (the amazing 4B!) in our PAZ after-school program at PS 214 in the Bronx just sent us a giant thank you card, and we thought we'd share it with you!
As Education Week recently reported, a new study by the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University's Teachers College, "The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning," found that high-quality, research-validated social and emotional learning programs bring a return of $11 for every $1 invested.
I’ve been complimented on my English about as often as I’ve been asked why I don’t speak Spanish. In high school and college I was frequently labeled “exotic.” My curly hair is mystifying to people everywhere, it seems, as I am constantly asked a stream of questions about it. Is it really just like that? How do I control it? Why don’t I straighten it?
I recently heard the educator and writer Parker Palmer talking about silences with Courtney Martin on NPR’s On Being. Palmer said that we need to “learn to listen deeply to each other…and ask honest, open questions to hear each other into speech.” We need to create a safe space where this can happ
To say I've had powerful experiences using restorative circles in schools is an understatement. Circles are radically changing the way staff and students interact with each other at some of my schools.
I start each morning perusing the internet in search of articles on education. I’ll open everything that looks interesting, until the window runs out of space (as I write this I have 16 tabs open in Chrome).
If you subscribe to our monthly newsletter, you received links to about 80 articles from us this year. These are some of my favorites. If you click through you’ll see some common themes. I’m drawn to articles about how to be mindful of our personal biases, how to help students explore their interests and get them involved in decision-making, and encouraging a love of learning. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Only rarely does a teachable moment come along that is as powerful as the one we're in right now. Ever since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, teachers have been encouraging their students to share their feelings and thoughts, discuss, and learn more about what's in and behind the news.
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