• We stand for racial justice and equity.

    Engaging Schools joins those standing collectively against racism. We are horrified by the recent deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor — the latest public atrocities in the more than 400-year history of continuous oppression faced by African Americans. We know that racism is systemic, built into our institutions, and woven…

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  • In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Deborah Childs-Bowen

    Deborah Childs-Bowen was a member of the Engaging Schools board of directors for twelve years, serving as its chairperson for seven and a half of those years.  She passed away after a long illness on Dec. 16, 2019. Engaging Schools’ Executive Director Larry Dieringer was honored to speak at Deborah’s memorial service: Deborah led the…

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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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  • 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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  • Engaging Schools Employment Opportunity: Director of Professional Services.

    We are expanding our professional services capacity to add an experienced professional to our staff to help us provide responsive, high quality services. The Director of Professional Services will direct Engaging Schools’ professional services operations as part of a two-person leadership team. The Director of Professional Services will manage relationships with high priority clients, manage our consultants, represent us at…

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  • Engaging Schools participated in March 3 congressional hearing on school discipline: recap and video

    On Tuesday, March 3, Engaging Schools Executive Director Larry Dieringer played a key role in “From the Police Precinct to the Principal’s Office: The Challenges Facing School Districts One Year After the Release of Federal School Discipline Guidance,” a Congressional briefing that explored changes underway and challenges remaining more than a year after the U.S. Departments…

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  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, member of Engaging Schools Advisory Board, passes away

    Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a member of our national advisory board since soon after our founding, passed away on February 26 at age 97. President of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, Rev. Hesburgh was one of the nation’s most influential figures in education, civil rights, and other national and international affairs. Father Ted was…

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  • Engaged Classrooms and SEL in Anchorage, Alaska

    From time to time, we share a snapshot the ways schools and districts are working with Engaging Schools. Today, let’s visit Anchorage, Alaska, where for more than 25 years, Engaging Schools has been supporting teachers and leaders in the Anchorage School District to integrate academics with social and emotional learning (SEL) for almost 48,000 students in more than 100 schools and…

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  • Engaging Schools Welcomes Chantal Kokaram!

    Engaging Schools is thrilled to welcome a new staff member. This autumn, Chantal Kokaram joined our staff as the director of finance and administration, heading up all matters related to finances, administration, information technology, human resources, and more. Chantal lives with her family in Ashland, Massachusetts. She joins us after seven years in nonprofit administration…

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  • What’s an Engaging School?

    We are Engaging Schools—but what’s an engaging school? In our vision of an engaging school, staff members and everyone in the school community hold a collective belief that all students have wonder, are curious and interested, and have the capacity to become deeply engaged learners. In engaging schools, teaching and learning improve. Teachers use a…

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  • Welcome to Engaging Schools

    Welcome to Engaging Schools, formerly known as Educators for Social Responsibility. We’re delighted to show you the result of nearly two years of planning and creation.  Why did we change our name? During the past several years, we came to understand that our name, Educators for Social Responsibility, confused people. Some people thought we were…

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