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Making Connections That Count

Language Magazine – Roberto Rivera

“My father is from Nicaragua, and when I was growing up, he brought several of his siblings to the U.S. to live with us. We mostly spoke Spanish at home, and there was a disconnect at school, because my teachers believed my “learning acquisition” in English was delayed. They ran a bunch of tests on me, and no one had the cultural sensitivity to ask if I was learning a new language. So I got labeled LD, and I deeply internalized that label. Even when we moved and it took my transcripts a while to catch up, I self-selected to be in remedial classes.” (more)

10 ways we made our school happier

E-School News – Tracey Smith

“After the recession hit in 2013, it was evident that something was off at Mashburn Elementary School (part of Forsyth County Schools in Georgia). I watched teachers being laid off, and it was draining to witness. We had bigger class numbers than ever before, and our school culture and employee morale were at an all-time low. For us to pull our way out of this difficult time, we first had to take a closer look at building strong relationships between staff and students. We started by asking what it means to be happy in the classroom.” (more)

Commentary: Minnesota’s New Commonsense Approach to School Discipline Policy Should Be a Model for Other States

The 74 Million – Lauren Morando Rhim

“The Minnesota Department of Human Rights recently announced collaborative agreements with five school districts and five charter schools to address practices that lead to disproportionate discipline of students of color and students with disabilities. The objective is to address “implicit bias that influences perceptions of student behavior.” Two districts in which the department was unable to develop agreements are most likely headed to court due to practices alleged to have resulted in educational discrimination.” (more)

3 tenets for developing cultural competency in schools

E-School News – Leila Nuland

“Although educational equity is a fundamental pillar of the American education system, school districts are struggling to ensure their students feel included, safe, and supported. This is in large part due to a shift in the demographic makeup of the student population (non-white students are expected to make up the majority of public schools by 2024) while the demographic makeup of the teaching workforce remains constant (80 percent of teachers during the 2015-2016 school year were white).” (more)

Schools can create positive climate in not-quite 20 steps

District Administration – Tom Hierck and Kent Peterson

“Decades of research have established a clear link between a positive school culture and improved student outcomes. Many K12 leaders try to foster a more positive culture in their schools, using strategies such as positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to teach and reinforce good behavior among students.” (more)

Growth projections in K12

District Administration – Matt Zalaznick

“Many K12 leaders say school climates improve and become more supportive when adults adopt a growth mindset and guide students to think more optimistically. These administrators also see a crucial equity component.” (more)