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Nurture an attitude of gratitude. Your students will thank you!

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Wrap up the year with our 12 interactive classroom lessons [Part three of three blog posts] It’s impossible not to think about giving (and getting) presents this time of year. We are exposed to thousands of media messages each day that tout the importance of tangible (preferably costly) gifts during the holiday season. That makes

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Help students feel more connected. Try these four activities!

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Dive into our classroom exercises to improve school climate [Part two of three blog posts] What is the state of your school climate right now? It can be a mixed bag at this time of year. Lots of students (and teachers) are in a celebratory mood with social gatherings and the anticipation of a long

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What’s the mood at your school this time of year?

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Try 12 days of social and emotional learning to make the season more positive! [Part one of three blog posts] Now that we’re well into December, most of us are feeling the squeeze of holiday obligations and expectations. Some people have financial anxiety during this seasonal spend-fest. Others feel left out if they have different traditions.

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Connecting Communities of Courage Summit: building inclusive, safe and engaged schools

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“Each student needs to feel like they have an opportunity to succeed…confident in knowing the work they’re doing is putting them in a better place.” This sentiment was shared by Ben Gurewitz, a student panelist at the Connecting Communities of Courage Summit and was echoed by over 170 attendees at this first-of-its kind event held

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Leaving Bullying Behind

Teen Stories

Today’s blog post was written by Javonte Francis, a student from one of inspirED’s partners, Beyond Differences. In it, he discusses how his experience of high school changed when he learned how to stand up against bullying and social isolation. To learn more about becoming an upstander at your school, check out Beyond Differences’ website

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Daniel’s Key to Success: SEL

Teen Stories

  “Calm down!” – How many times have you heard someone tell you this?     Our entire lives we have been told to “chill out” or “calm down,” but when have we been taught the skills to manage these emotions? Never.    Today’s youth face a complex and stressful academic and social environment. Mental health

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This School Has Something to Sing About

School Stories

A Minneapolis Public Schools teacher seized an opportunity that changed the entire climate of a school for the better. It started when one school in North Minneapolis Franklin Middle School was reopened last year after being shut down for several years. After a turbulent start to the reopening of the school Michael Bratsch a teacher

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Emotionally Correct Conversations by Riley Gantt

Teen Stories

Student 1: “How late were you up last night?” Student 2: “Oh about 12, how about you?” Student 1: “You’re so lucky, I am so tired! I had piano after school and then play rehearsal. So I didn’t get home until 9. Then I had to eat and shower so I didn’t start homework until

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Finding My Safe Space by Sarah Bouffard

Teen Stories

    Throughout my time in high school, I had noticed that I was not the only student who felt like they did not have an area in school they could call a safe space, that they were allowed access to at any time during the school year. Very quickly, my space became the art

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Finding Friends, Finding Myself by Malia Mendez

Teen Stories

  These are my friends. Here, we are perfectly posed for my mother’s Canon camera and desperately waiting for the shutter to click so we can go back to eating snow like this: We are utter and complete goofballs, honored scholars that still love throwing snowballs at each other’s backs just for laughs, and this

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