School Stories

The Solution Might Be Simpler Than We Think

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

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

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

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!

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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This School Has Something to Sing About

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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inspirED Case Study: NYC Lab School

“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

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 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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inspirED Case Study: Northwest Regional District 7

Project Name: Kindness in Motion School Name: Northwest Regional District 7 Location: Winstead, CT Description: Northwest Regional District 7 created school-wide projects to spread kindness throughout the community, based on the idea of a ripple effect of kind acts. The Opportunity: Kindness in Motion was created with the idea that maybe one kind act could

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