Bringing out the Best in Students

As an early student, I experienced a variety of educational settings. I learned firsthand what conditions create supportive, emotionally stable environments for students to learn in, and which environments stifle their creativity. It’s all about paying attention to the learner, helping them connect to their surroundings, and encouraging them to define themselves by what they ARE instead of what they’re …

Social Emotional Support of Students

It’s February.  I call it Love-with-a-Cherry-on-Top month.  We celebrate both Valentine’s Day and George Washington not lying about chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree! For educators, it’s a good month to consider how we can help students “feel the love” even when they come to us with major trauma and dysfunction happening in their lives.  (Think hunger, abuse, financial …

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Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our recently-published book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author, Simon T. Bailey, tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.    Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years. …