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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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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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