This is OUR Moment, Teachers! 

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: What will you do to teach and embed peace education throughout the year? Where do you stand when it comes to teaching students about peace? This post shares what you need to explore and reflect on about the Women’s Right Movement. Over the generations, education is that profession we consider to have a great deal of power! We hold … Read More

School Climate and Culture Affect Relationships

Kristen KoppersBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: A school’s culture impacts its climate. Demonstrate pride in your school. Focus on relationships and modeling positive behavior for students and other staff members. Culture Impacts Climate The terms “culture” and “climate” are used interchangeably. But if you are in education, you know that these terms are more than just words. They are values that affect students, staff, and … Read More

Reinventing Culture | Episode 26 with Dr. Courtney Plotts

Brad HughesGood News Brad News Podcast

Dr. Courtney Plotts is a dynamic keynote speaker, author and professor. Dr. Plotts is the National Chair of the Council For At-Risk Student Education and Professional Standards, the country’s only organization that provides standards for working with marginalized and nontraditional students in Kindergarten to college. Her role as National Chair includes training, consulting, and research. Her subject matter expertise has … Read More

4 Ways to Cultivate School Spirit and Culture

Meghan WellsBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Here are four ways to establish positive traditions and communication to cultivate culture. (1) Decorate your room and school with school colors so students identify as being a part of the community. (2) Explicitly teach school traditions like learning the Alma Mater words. (3) Celebrate students by creating a “Wall of Fame,” which is a collection of student pictures … Read More

Cinco de Mayo and Growing Forward

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Cinco de Mayo is a time to pause, learn, and reflect on why so many celebrate this holiday. Discuss with students the differences between appreciating and appropriating the holidays and special days from other cultures. It is imperative that we continue to be reflective and grow forward. On May 5th, many folks celebrate Cinco de Mayo. How wonderful! I’d … Read More