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What beliefs, values, and assumptions does your staff share? Read how to cultivate a strong team by fostering shared norms, values, and traditions over the long term.

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    A social and emotional learning program should involve the whole school and be guided by a team of stakeholders dedicated to its success.
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    Too Much Focus on ‘Learning Loss’ Will Be a Historic Mistake

    Learning loss is real and needs to be addressed, but how we go about it should be commensurate with the size of the moment.
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    Schools can work to inspire confidence in students who have fallen behind by offering consistent support, starting in the summer.
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    Schools, Not Teachers, Must Reduce Stress and Burnout—Here’s How

    Educators’ health and well-being should be prioritized in school culture; school leaders can help create the conditions for that.
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    Teachers of color are leaving the profession at staggering rates. A new study highlights some of the reasons why.
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    Building a Culture that Respects Teachers and Reduces Stress

    When teachers are given time to work closely with other teachers, and have achievable goals—school culture thrives.
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    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
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    Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
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    Are We Facing a Mental Health Crisis for Boys?

    Emphasizing stoicism, toughness, and competition can leave boys without the emotional tools they need to thrive. How can we change course before the problem gets out of hand?
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    6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

    Celebrating your middle and high school students' unique identities can bolster connections and improve performance in school.
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    Alumni at a predominantly White high school opened up about the racism they experienced as students—and helped change the culture of the school.
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    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
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    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
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