Celebrating Diversity for an Inclusive Learning Environment

Colissa JordanBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: The post emphasizes the importance of advocating for culturally responsive teaching practices in education, highlighting its role in creating inclusive learning environments. Specific strategies for advocating with building administrators, parents, and the community, are shared. This post emphasizes the need to explain the importance of these practices, involve parents in curriculum planning, and engage the community to support diversity … Read More

Stay Connected This WINTER!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: This winter, take time for yourself and stay connected with others! Celebrate and embrace the diversity and differences we have as human beings. All teachers know that as we work hard, it is so important for us to take a break from work so we come back refreshed after enjoying some downtime. Our winter break may consist of Christmas … Read More

5 Myths of Continuous Improvement

Steven WeberBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Find the right priorities and develop goals around those priorities. What do we want students to be able to do? What are the learning targets? How do we determine progress? Don’t wait for all staff to be on board. Allow all staff to have a voice. Success of Students The work of school teams determines the success of the … Read More

Activities to Connect With Kids and Unveil Hidden Talents!

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Often you can learn from your time away from school and discover things that would improve your skills as an educator. Consider the ways that you make children shine outside of academics. What talents do kids have that you can celebrate? Discover new ideas to celebrate kids at your school. Connect with Your Students: Seeing Someone Sparkle I visited … Read More

Teaching VALUES in Our Classrooms!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: All languages have value! We can collaborate with others across the world. Value humanity and spread kindness. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Blog Reflection Questions: Why is it important to consider teaching about a global perspective when teaching values? How can you adapt my media lesson plan and make it your own? What courageous conversations are you going … Read More