Humanizing School: 3 Ways to Make Students Feel Valid and Valued

Jeffrey AustinAdministration, Blog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation

HUMANIZING SCHOOL - Jeffrey Austin

We can try to humanize school with help from students. Students provided feedback through student-centered discussions on humanizing schools. Students were more interested in foundational changes than they were in educational technology or systems. The 3 major categories students’ responses fall into are trusting students, valuing their knowledge, and providing meaningful feedback. Recently, in a training with a local non-profit, … Read More

Getting Students to the “Ok Maybe” Zone So They are Ready to Learn

Rae HughartAdministration, Blog, Class Management

Getting students to the _okay maybe_ zone

Getting learners to the “Ok Maybe” Zone. The “Ok Maybe” Zone is the moment learners (whether students or adults) become open-minded. In order to reach this zone, you need to learn their story, understand their background knowledge, and paint the picture of success. Painting the picture of success requires 4 steps: Start With the Why, Stay Student Focused, Incorporate Models of Persuasion:  Ethos, … Read More

Still Not Sure How to Roll Out That New District Initiative?

Jeff GargasAdministration, Blog, Innovation

Still Not Sure how to Roll Out That New District Initiative_

Working on a new district initiative? One of the most common things we come across when talking with district administrators is the story of that last initiative that fell flat or blew up in their face. The truth is, rolling out a new district-wide initiative is not easy. It is complicated, stressful, and always presents the potential for push-back, frustration, … Read More