Category: Breaking Barriers

Finding the Courage to Start

This month’s theme is “small courageous conversations” because fear, and not hate, is the opposite of love. Courage is often described not as an absence of fear, but as the ability to act in the face of fear. The science of courage tells us that we…

Join the 2019 RJ Connection Series

Elaine is honored to be invited as one of 12+ global RJ Guides for the 2019 Connection Series. A 12-Month Ongoing Opportunity to Connect, Share, Solution-Build and Participate with a Diverse  Faculty & Global Community via Web- and Telecast. The year-long series allows participants…

2 Steps to Better Parent Teacher Meetings

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or both, parent-teacher conferences (and meetings throughout the year) do not have to be stressful. Instead, they can be an opportunity for everyone to get on the same page on how to best support our children. This…

Build Community Faster With These 5 First Week Activities

Welcome back and welcome new readers! We all (kind of) know how important relationships and community building are to our classrooms, teams, and buildings. We know strong relationships help students and faculty feel safer and more included – and are a vital part of…

Six Ways to End the School Year on a Positive Note

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Recently, a teacher invited me to observe his classroom to see if I had any suggestions for how to end the year in a better place. After a 90 minute observation, he and I talked for about 30 minutes and…