student success

Communities Are Demanding Excellent Educational Opportunities. It's Time We Do Something Different.

In this moment, shaped by both the global pandemic and enduring racial inequities, excellent educational opportunities that communities are rightly demanding have never been more important. And NACSA...

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Teaching

Building Trusting Relationships at School Will Help Us Move Forward

Trust is the centerpiece of any relationship and has played a critical role in our lives in the grueling year we just experienced as educators. On the first day of school this year, I met with...

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student support

Here's How Parents and Teachers Can Help in the Battle Against Bullying

Mean girls. These two words perfectly described my fourth period speech class. The class culture I had worked so hard to create was crushed overnight with the addition of three female transfer...

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Student Discipline

We Don't Have to Choose Between Relationships and Rigor. Our Students Need Both.

Know your why, and it will sustain you. Dr. Adam Saenz When I read this quote from Dr. Adam Saenz, licensed psychologist and author, it resonated deeply with me as an educator working through a third...

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school leadership

Here's How We Can Make Sure Every Latino Student Feels Like They Belong

During my freshman-year orientation in college, in the fall of 1997, several people asked me if I knew Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the queen of Tejano music. It struck me as a strange question. The...

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student success

Relationships Don't Come Before Rigor, They Go Hand in Hand

I’m a sixth grade teacher grappling with the reality of teaching kids who may not have darkened a school door in over a year. Many students haven’t been in an actual classroom since their elementary...

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