Caring School Community Posts

2 weeks 21 hours ago
The Collaborative Classroom has Four Core Principles: The social and academic curriculum carry equal weight and are interdependent. Fostering caring relationships and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for both the student and adult learning community. Classroom learning experiences should be built around...
4 weeks 2 days ago
Recently I was lucky enough to revisit New Zealand. I had visited there a number of years ago and was struck by its beauty, the warmth of its people, and the quality of its schools. Since my last visit New Zealand has gained more fame through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the Hobbit series, both of which were filmed there. It has stood in...
6 weeks 2 days ago
Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of DSC’s programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to learn more about these wonderful authors and illustrators. We are happy to present the second in our new series of interviews, a...
7 weeks 21 hours ago
from Kelli Cedo
I have been reflecting on and pondering this question over the past month: “How can administrators and staff keep a pulse on morale?” I remembered reading an article in Principal magazine about two years ago and pulled it out for a re-read. The article did not focus explicitly on morale per se, but it focused on hope, which I...
9 weeks 6 days ago
I don’t know about you, but I am finding this December to be such a whirlwind. There are the expected classroom celebrations, holiday concerts, neighborhood caroling, and toffee making. But what I wasn’t expecting this December were the vigils and remembrances. Reflecting on the recent senseless deaths of young black men and the two-...
13 weeks 1 day ago
It’s time to reflect on all that we are thankful for: colleagues and careers, family and friends, successes and lessons learned. We are very grateful for our community of supporters who work tirelessly in their classrooms, schools, and districts to honor teacher practice and support the whole child—heart and mind. Hearing stories from...
18 weeks 3 days ago
We believe in the impact of facilitation on teacher learning and development. We believe in providing high-quality experiences for teachers to transform their practice by engaging in facilitated learning activities that are focused on the best practices in teaching and learning.Our colleague, Dr. Kelley Novak, shared her reflections on a learning...
19 weeks 2 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
After nearly five years at the central office I knew it was time to return to school-level administration because I started to miss close connections with students, teachers, and families. At the central-office level, I was able to suggest and provide support for many school-level ideas and strategies, but I was not able to fully implement these...
20 weeks 22 hours ago
Student voice, does it matter? Close your eyes and think about a time you’ve observed a lesson, or perhaps one you were facilitating. Was student voice present in the lesson? You immediately think: YES! The teacher was leading the lesson, the students were gathered near the teacher and they were engaged in the work. The students were raising... (1)
30 weeks 1 day ago
We at DSC believe that building relationships and establishing a sense of community in the classroom are essential so that the hard work of learning and real student engagement can take hold. It’s that front-loading that pays dividends for months to come.Because the start of the year sets expectations and the foundation for everything that... (5)