Posts by David Burgess:

The road to responsibility: Teaching responsibility skills

February 12, 2018 Published by

Last month I reported the alarming number of out-of-school suspensions across the U.S. and outlined three issues that contribute to students from poverty being suspended. I would now like to outline two practical (and interrelated) approaches I used as a principal, school counselor, and teacher in three different schools. Using…

The road to responsibility: School suspensions out of control and what to do about it

January 10, 2018 Published by

In this first part of a two-part blog post, a former Title I elementary school principal, counselor, and teacher delineates the staggering amount of out-of-school suspensions across the U.S. and the impact this has, particularly on students living in poverty. He also outlines three issues that explain why such students…

A path to hope: Teachers are the key to that hope

May 15, 2017 Published by

Late last month we focused on discipline: the vital role of parents, how engagement supersedes misbehavior, and why out-of-school suspensions don’t work. In this final installment, we’ll see what I (as an elementary school principal in Virginia) did to support committed teachers: the single most powerful motivator in every classroom…

A path to hope: Discipline that teaches responsibility and builds relationships

April 24, 2017 Published by

In the previous installment of “A Path to Hope,” we looked at the importance of strong teacher-student relationships. Today we’ll focus on discipline: the vital role of parents, how engagement supersedes misbehavior, and why out-of-school suspensions don’t work. So what about discipline? As I noted in “Breaking the Cycle of…

A path to hope: The key to success is teacher-student relationship quality

April 10, 2017 Published by

Last month we focused on mastery teaching. This month we will learn what is the key to helping students make the transition from poverty to living into the possibility of a hopeful future. Teacher-student relationship quality (TSRQ) lay at the heart of what we did in our Virginia school to…

A path to hope: Teaching for mastery builds student confidence and motivation to engage

March 20, 2017 Published by

Last month we focused on creating high expectations. This month we’ll see how powerful it is to structure lessons to build mastery of skills and understanding of concepts. Sometimes taken for granted but also vital for students from poverty is the teaching of sequencing skills. All this leads to confidence…

A path to hope: The path begins with high expectations

February 16, 2017 Published by

Research has shown for more than 40 years that low achievers and minorities are called upon less often, asked less challenging questions, given little time to think before answering or after asking questions, and receive less helpful corrective feedback. Does that surprise you? What can be done about this? A…

A path to hope: Critical teacher actions that transformed a school

January 16, 2017 Published by

In this series a Title I school principal takes you through his school’s journey to gaining (and maintaining) state accreditation. And—more importantly—building a foundation of hope in the hearts and minds of his students from poverty. What made the difference? The teachers—who they were and what they did differently and…

Breaking the cycle of poverty: What can teachers do? (Part II)

October 2, 2015 Published by

Please click here to read the first entry of this two-part series. So if the first major issue in teaching students from poverty is lack of student motivation, what is the other major issue? Lack of self-discipline: Students who are disruptive . . . off-task . . . can’t follow…

Breaking the cycle of poverty: What can teachers do? (Part I)

August 13, 2015 Published by

Poverty exists in all countries around the world, but in the richest country on earth, why is there so little progress in breaking the cycle? Most people agree that education is the primary route out of poverty, but standardized test scores show too many students are failing in our schools.…