• Realizing the Full Vision of School Discipline Reform

    The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has released a new report, Realizing the Full Vision of School Discipline Reform: A Framework for Statewide Change, which documents how five states have reduced their reliance on suspensions while moving toward a more comprehensive vision of school discipline reform—one that ensures that efforts to limit disciplinary…

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  • Recommended resources for helping students cope with mass violence

    The following resources are once again relevant to recent events. The National Association of School Psychologists’ guidelines for helping students cope with terrorism and other kinds of mass violence provides support for adults in schools. Here is an excerpt: “Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes…

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  • Engaging Schools Publishes White Paper on Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms

    Engaging schools is pleased to announce a new white paper, Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms, to help districts and schools meet the challenges of implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in high schools. Drawing on more than 20 years’ experience working with secondary school leaders and classroom teachers, we advocate that…

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  • Resources for adults in schools post-Charlottesville

    Thanks to the Massachusetts Teachers Association and others for collecting these resources to help adults in schools as they respond to hate and bigotry with their students and peers. “Seven ways that teachers can respond to the evil of Charlottesville, starting now” http://www.alternet.org/teachers-respond-charlottesville “The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about…

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  • Students are more likely to graduate if we help them successfully adjust to high school

    Our board of directors includes many educators with deep experience as practitioners and researchers. One is Jenny Nagaoka, who – along with John Gomperts of America’s Promise Alliance – recently published a commentary in Education Week citing ways to help more students finish high school. Jenny is the Deputy Director of the University of Chicago…

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  • Shifting Gears recognized by Teachers College Record

    Since it was released last year, Shifting Gears: Recalibrating Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support has been an important, hands-on resource for hundreds of school and district leaders working on school climate, culture and discipline matters. Now Shifting Gears has received a positive review from the highly regarded Teachers College Record: “Shifting Gears is a text…

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  • Resources for teachers, counselors, administrators, and families responding to the election and its aftermath

    Engaging Schools has gathered the following resources that we hope will be helpful to you in supporting civil discourse, respect, and a positive environment for all students as you respond with them to the aftermath of the election, and as you facilitate discussions related to events as they unfold. We will provide additional resources as…

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  • Engaging Schools joins Call to Action to U.S. Department of Education

    Engaging Schools joined over 300 other signatories in a Call to Action submitted on June 1 to the US Department of Education (DOE) advocating for practices that reach and teach the whole child. The DOE is supporting states in implementing the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Call to Action emphasizes the importance of…

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  • Two new articles on school discipline from the staff of Engaging Schools

    Engaging Schools’ Carol Miller Lieber and Michele Tissiere published “Recalibrating Climate, Culture, and Discipline“ in Principal Leadership, a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. And Larry Dieringer participated in a roundtable discussion covered in a special section on school discipline and expulsion in the same issue.

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  • Honoring Shelley Berman

    Recently, Engaging Schools staff and board members gathered to celebrate Shelley Berman’s 32 years of continuous service to our organization, and his transition from active to emeritus member of our board of directors. He’s currently interim superintendent of schools in Andover MA. See Shelley’s website for some of his writings and other information about his…

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