Easing Teacher Resistance

Let’s face it.  In some way  or another, we all can be a bit resistant to change.  Change is such a monumental feat whole bodies of research are devoted to its study.  The goal of our work is propelling professional growth, and although our approach is to refine and extend teachers’ existing strengths,  we are fully aware that…

When An OG Has Your Back!

There is a gang of OGs in Trenton, NC.  The members come to the school everyday, and their presence in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms speaks volumes, often nonverbally.  These Original Grandmas (OGs) use a series of nonverbal cues to communicate expectations. Just a look, a turn of the hand, or a wink of an eye can…

Student Voices on Classroom Management

We are super excited about this post! Its content confirms what we have always known, and it comes straight from the mouths of babes! BEFORE When we first entered this fourth grade classroom back in the fall of 2015, we were utterly appalled! The class was unruly, disrespectful, and off task. Although we state it mildly, the classroom…

Top 3 Things New Teachers Say They Need

Researchers continue to say that schools pump a lot of time and energy into beginning teachers through mentoring, training, and supporting them. Others indicate that such strenuous efforts on the part of school districts are monumental wastes of both time and money–as the most current data show 17% to 46% of beginning teachers abandon the profession…

Fieldtripping

A Reflection from our Chief Executive Officer Dutchess Maye: When I receive an invitation to attend special events, speak for occasions, or interact with students, I am not likely to tell a school for which I consult “no.” Opportunities such as these give me greater insight into what makes great schools, what creates a community of individuals, and…