Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's Not TOO Late to Create A Restorative Environment

Check out these new Edutopia Videos about Restorative Circles and Calm Zones!

Let's start a dialogue about strategies that you use to create a restorative environment.  Please tweet about your experience #CUSDRestores!

Restorative Circles in Lieu of In-House Suspensions:

Classroom Calm Zones:

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

When We Assess Matters

We have a district focus on increasing student achievement for our economically disadvantaged students. Are we thoughtful about when we assess students?  Forest Hill Principal, Denise Khalid, shared an insightful article.  Take a moment to read and reflect on when we assess students.  Families on food assistance often only receive assistance on the 1st or 15th of the month; which often means that food can be limited towards the end of the month.  How could this situation impact our students’ ability to be focused during high stakes assessments? Article: Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps.

Check out this resource too!

Conferencing beyond test scores

Parents came to hear how their child was doing in school, but they didn’t meet with a teacher—they met with someone who knows them even better….#FriendshipDay.  How might you add some socio-emotional qualitative data to your next parent-teacher conference?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Supporting/Educating the Whole Student

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Have you considered having a scribble area? Counselors, teachers, and administrators are creating spaces that support using paint, pen, paper, or song to revisit trauma and put it in the past.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Counting Down 2016-2017 and Begin Building for 2017-2018

Here's another great resource from Teaching Tolerance:

Teaching is_________!  What would be your metaphor for your classroom, your instruction, your daily work!


Hear what educators like you say about their teaching.  Take an opportunity to reflect individually or in a small group with your colleagues: Teaching Tolerance Teacher Reflection Link