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Audio: What do parents want from teachers?

August 18, 2017 Published by

This is an excerpt from the audio series Teaching on Your Feet by Rita Pierson. Teachers are always searching for new ways to get things done. We’re searching for ways to involve parents, we’re searching for ways to motivate children. We are searching for answers that we need to make...

How to increase student growth and raise teacher expectations

August 16, 2017 Published by

Increasing student growth and raising teacher expectations are two of the biggest challenges facing educators today. Here are three areas you can address with workable strategies in your classroom, school, or district. Encourage teachers to expect more, and prompt students to grow to meet expectations. Calibrate and standardize student work...

Creating Inclusion and Well-Being for Marginalized Students features Ruby Payne

August 14, 2017 Published by

Ruby has written a chapter called “Children and Poverty: Helping Them Learn” for a new book edited by Linda Goldman and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. It is increasingly challenging for educators to teach without a deeper understanding of their students’ life experiences. This is particularly the case in marginalized...

Audiobook excerpt: A Framework for Understanding Poverty

August 11, 2017 Published by

My approach to poverty is eminently practical: Having worked for many years in schools and school districts, I know firsthand that teachers need down-to-earth, relevant strategies in addition to theory. Their mission—and it is a critically important one—is to reach the children in their classrooms. They are on the front...

Tick tock, the dang time clock!

August 9, 2017 Published by

Do you have employees who have a hard time getting to work on time? Do you have employees who shrug it off when you approach them about being tardy…again? Are you ready to pull your hair out? When employees live in daily stability and have enough resources for today and...

Many bridges to cross: Visitors of consequence

August 7, 2017 Published by

Growing up in generational poverty, my family experienced many difficulties. Sometimes those difficulties became sources of shame, especially when they were pointed out and judged by people from middle class. Challenges like getting organized in small, cluttered spaces and supervising children closely were especially difficult and sometimes led to a...

Podcast: Ending poverty as an economic development goal

August 4, 2017 Published by

What is the link between poverty and economic development? To cut to the chase, what I really began to see was that we needed to put a new frame on this conversation on poverty. Otherwise we weren’t going to be able to get as much traction and investment in the...