Toolkit: Community Leadership

Teaching is one of the most taxing professions because educators give so much of their time and energy to their work. Frequently used terms like “burnout” can imply that teachers simply can’t handle their workload or aren’t measuring up to expectations. Doris Santoro of Bowdoin College and author of Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession… Read More

Social-Emotional Learning: The Magic of Circle Talk

By Jennifer Gunn April 17, 2018

Restorative practices are helping schools move away from punitive practices to more therapeutic practices for everything from behavioral issues to counseling and treating trauma to classroom management. Circle talks have become a staple of the restorative classroom, lowering suspensions in favor of social-emotional learning strategies to foster student, teacher, and family relationships. Why circles? When… Read More

Elevating Responsive Teaching: Poverty, Trauma, and Resilience

By The Editorial Team April 5, 2018

Recognizing where our students come from, what they’re facing, and how we can help them in different ways is a key component of responsive teaching practices. We discussed this and much more during a recent symposium. Guests included keynote speaker Lynda Coates with Communication Across Barriers and Dr. Jill Bryant of Portland Public Schools. Below… Read More