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Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. This report – prepared by an independent advisory board comprising prominent business leaders and led by preeminent academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson – provides a six-month overview of the British education system and recommends the establishment of a new independent body consisting of teachers, employers, political parties, etc. 

Exercising Your Empathy Muscles

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A Georgetown Day School teacher talks about her favorite activities for keeping the empathy muscles strong.

The Nature of Middle Level Communication

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

Just as a COMMUNICATION utility marker has a solid fixed wall around it, we must be sure that we don’t have walls around our school communication plans that keep stakeholders out. If language and communication are the glue holding us together, everyone must have equal and reciprocal access to that critical binding agent. Learn about improving communications in middle level schools in this blog post from the Association for Middle Level Education.

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

In this blog post learn how school-wide agreements help engage students in conversations about classroom expectations and develops a process that give students ownership.

Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Association for Middle Level Education, 2013. (web resource)

Principals at all levels know—and research supports—that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning for adults and students. This blog post summarizes some of the most important things that middle level principals can do to foster effective collaboration in their schools.

Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

How can middle school leaders promote relationships and improve school climate and student morale? In this Association for Middle Level Education blog post, learn what ingredients create supportive and positive middle level schools.

Integrating Common Core and Character Education

Character Education Partnership, 2013. (PDF, 12 pgs.)

With more states adopting the Common Core, it can be overwhelming for schools and teachers to consider “adding” anything else. But character education isn’t about adding, it’s about integrating with all that you already do. In this whitepaper, you will discover: details on integrating character education and the common core; three ways to strengthen common core; and powerful strategies and best practices for your school to integrate.
 

How to Stop Bullying

ASCD, 2011. (web resource)

An edition of ASCD Express that discusses bullying and how it affects students, and gives advice on how to prevent harassment and create a safe and comfortable learning environment.

What Educators Need to Know About Cyberbullying

ASCD, 2012. (web resource)

A Special Edition Policy Priorities newsletter on cyberbullying curriculum and prevention resources, which includes a special infographic titled "Cyberbullying Legislation by State."

Establishing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports at a School: Seven Steps for Principals and Their Staff

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2012. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

Schools, districts, and state departments across the country are moving in new directions to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students. They are doing this by designing and developing a comprehensive system of student and learning supports and fully integrating it into school improvement policy and practice. 

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