Register Now! Webinar Sept 19th 3PM ET Teaching to Strengths: supporting students living with trauma, violence and chronic stress

Half of U.S. students come to school having experienced or still experiencing some type of trauma, violence, or chronic stress. This startling statistic presents a challenge to all educators, especially because very little professional literature focuses on teaching this population and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Instead of looking at what is missing from the lives of these students and their families, the presenters will focus on the assets they bring and how to create a strengths-based ...Read More

Building Partnerships Through Classroom-Based Events, Debbie Zacarian & Michael Silverstone

Building Partnerships Through Classroom-Based Events, Debbie Zacarian & Michael Silverstone In the lead article of the Sept. issue of Ed Leadership, here’s how educators can design events that make families feel welcome, share their children’s learning, and integrate the rich assets they bring. As educators, we all want to build partnerships with families. We know that students benefit from the cooperation, care, and shared inspiration that such partnerships can create. But deepening family engagement ...Read More

Teaching to Strengths: supporting students living with trauma, violence & chronic stress

TEACHING TO STRENGTHS:  SUPPORTING STUDENTS LIVING WITH TRAUMA, VIOLENCE, AND CHRONIC STRESS.  (co-written with Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz and Judie Haynes) Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. Much has been written about these students from a therapeutic perspective, especially regarding how to provide them with adequate counseling supports and services. Conversely, little has been written about teaching this population and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Using ...Read More

Challenges Facing Suburban Schools

Delighted to have contributed a chapter to Challenges Facing Suburban Schools: Promising responses to changing student populations with these esteemed colleagues.  Here are the chapters: Demography and politics in the Changing Suburbs, Stephen Kotok & Erica Frankenburg Race, ethnicity and social capital in the changing suburbs, Carl L Bankston & Stephen Caldas Administrators’ accountabilities in changing suburban schools, Shelley Wepner and Diane Gomez Lessons for leaders about educating English learners, Douglas Fisher & Nancy ...Read More

Interactions Matter:  impact learning through student, classroom, family and community partnerships

by Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone Whether you are an administrator, teacher or a parent–a fan of standardized testing-indexed sanctions, or an advocate for student-directed learning experiences, there is one point of agreement that we all share. We want all students to feel and be successful.  For well over a decade, success has been measured by federal and state accountability standards.  For some groups of students, the testing outcomes and graduation rates reflect progress–for others, ...Read More