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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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Smile Cards

Teen Stories

I live by a simple yet meaningful phrase “Know the story, know the person.” I know that behind your face is a story, a story worth sharing. The whole point behind the “Smile Cards”, as I dubbed them, is that when you hand them out to people, the most common response is simply a smile.

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Teens, Grit, and inspirED: An Interview with Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

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InspirED: Tell us a little about The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset. What made you decide to write it? Why should teenagers develop grit? Dr. Baruch-Feldman: The Grit Guide for Teens is a workbook designed specifically for teens to help them build perseverance, resilience,

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This Is Me and I Matter

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Nothing feels more important today than empathy and listening in school. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Teachers Guild and Better Make Room to launch This is Me and I Matter: a national campaign for empathy building. More dialogue between teachers and students translates to more empathy and understanding in the classroom. We’re doing

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inspirED Case Study: NYC Lab School

School Stories

“An immediate impact was creating an environment where everyone felt equally valued and equally seen.” – Eleanor K., NYC Lab School Intro: The inspirED Team at NYC Lab set a goal of promoting cultural competency at their school. They surveyed their school climate and with the results, created a school-wide celebration of diversity to address

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inspirED Case Study: Brewster Academy

School Stories

Description: The Brewster inspirED Team had a vision for a more passionate, purposeful school community. They designed their own inspirED activities for all students, so that freshmen through seniors have the opportunity to connect based on shared interests and experiences. The Opportunity: Brewster Academy is boarding school in rural New Hampshire. For the past few

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inspirED Case Study: Alpha Public Schools

School Stories

School Name: Alpha Public Schools Location: San Jose, CA Description: At Alpha Public Schools, inspirED team members took initiative to change their faculty-student relations and improve the school’s emotional climate by presenting in staff meetings. The Opportunity: Originally, the STEF (stop the tears, end the fear) group at the Alpha Public School maintained a focus

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