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The Solution Might Be Simpler Than We Think

School Stories

Today’s blog post was submitted by Phillip Taylor, a teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento City Unified School District. Mr. Taylor teaches two sections of Restorative Practices Peer Mentoring, where student Peer Mentors are using their social emotional learning skills and restorative justice strategies to support their peers. If you’re interested in implementing

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Celebrating Birthdays and Building Community at Helix Charter School

School Stories

This blog post was written by Veronica Berg, a junior at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California. She has been part of ASB at her school for two years and is now the captain of Helix’s Sound and Spirit committee. ASB has been an amazing experience for her, and she feels lucky to

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Block Scheduling Adopted After Students Implement inspirED

School Stories

Today’s blog post comes from a school in Hawai’i where students used the inspirED model to change their school’s daily class schedule to a block schedule. Often, decisions about class and bell schedules are seen as a mysterious process that happens behind the closed doors of the school’s main office. Not so for the inspirED

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Strength Doesn’t Come from Your Muscles

School Stories

Today’s inspirED story is from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, California. Jeremy Hersch, social studies teacher and proud advisor to Grossmont’s inspirED team, shares Grossmont’s journey from supporting a student with canter to completely changing the culture on campus. In May of 2016, our school held a rally for one of our students, Ryan Wilcox.

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An ExSELlent Mission!

School Stories

Imagine if one of your former students (who was labeled “at-risk” as a freshman in your class) graduated as valedictorian, went on to Harvard, and eventually did a TEDx Talk mentioning what he learned in your class. That is what happened this past January when Daniel McCutchen did this TEDx Talk featuring his social and

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Worthless or Worth More?

Teen Stories

inspirED is proud to highlight student leaders – today, we bring you a post written by Jackson Destine. I finally settled in a house; however, the cable, power, and water payments were never made on time. Eviction notices were common, and finally, we lost our home to the bank which tore our family apart. I

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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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