Posts tagged professional development
How to address teacher turnover: provide more support for dealing with stress

High levels of teacher turnover is something we should all care about. From negatively impacting student performance to costing districts millions of dollars, our current levels of teacher attrition cause negative results that impact all of us. Click here to learn about ways to reduce teacher burnout.

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The Importance of Teachers’ Self Care | ASSET-Edu Partnering with Teach of America Colorado

In a world where a teacher’s job description looks like a balancing act between educator, social worker, nurse, and administrator, taking time to prioritize self-care is extremely important. Click to learn more!

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Burn Out Prevention | How to Reduce Burn Out

Learn more about what burn out is and how to effectively prevent it. Click here for more.

I grew up an hour outside of New York City, and was raised in a community where rest is something one earns.

Does that narrative sound familiar to anyone else?

Click here for three steps I find helpful in preventing burnout.

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What is a Functional Homeroom | Steps to Make Sure Your Homeroom is Successful

Learn more about what can you do to make sure your homeroom is successful. Click here.

While I haven’t mastered the use of homeroom / advisory time, the following three steps helped me by lightening my load (I let other people plan homeroom for me!) and turning homeroom into a time of positive relationship building.

  1. Remember you’re not on an island

    Leverage community partners and let others work for you. From social & emotional learning programs to ice breakers there are amazing resources out there built by teachers. I utilized CNN Student News (now called CNN 10) and a corresponding worksheet a friend of mine created to foster a climate of civic engagement and ASSET’s social & emotional learning tools, which come with all the materials necessary for implementation, to help my students develop strategies for how to regulate their stress.

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How Social & Emotional Learning Programs Improve Classroom Management

One day after a particularly problematic period, I walked into a co-worker’s room where the quote was on the wall: “Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I realized this quote was in need of an update. I’m now convinced the 2019 version of this quote should read: “Students don't care how much you know, until they see you explicitly teach them how you care.” After all we are teachers; students expect us to go beyond showing and concretely teach them something.

Leveraging social & emotional learning (SEL) programs radically improved my classroom management by:

  1. Investing students in co-creating a positive culture

  2. Teaching students how to respond to stress and other triggers

  3. Giving me a chance to calm myself before responding to any misbehavior

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Denver Public Schools Champions Innovation

A Summary of ASSET’s Case Studies by the DPS Imaginarium Innovation Lab

In February 2016, Tessa found herself on stage at the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab’s Design Challenge sharing the success of the ASSET pilot in Brent Modak’s classroom. Tessa shared her observations: a loud group of students with high-stress levels could be calmed down and focused within five minutes of an ASSET lesson. Brent also noticed a change within himself; he, too, was calmer and more focused after he led ASSET in his class.

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ASSET for High-Stress Times

How to Make SEL a School-Wide Initiative

Beth Lakin, an eleventh grade English teacher at North High School, has been an ASSET champion since the early days when we hosted summer institute PDs and kept the curriculum in an excel spreadsheet.

Beth is the real MVP. She’s grown ASSET from her single classroom to making the program a school-wide initiative with the help of her principal’s support.

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