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Amy and Jon talk with educational innovators about creating ethical learning environments, helping students overcome the effects of trauma, and empowering young people to make change. Tune in weekly.

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Amy and Jon talk with educational innovators about creating ethical learning environments, helping students overcome the effects of trauma, and empowering young people to make change. Tune in weekly.

    Why teach history? Knowing “why” shapes “how”

    Why teach history? Knowing “why” shapes “how”

    Richard Miller, who taught in progressive NYC secondary schools for 28 years, talks about teaching students to think like historians, weighing different sources and drawing their conclusions from evidence. The past gives context to the present, and understanding historiography, or how history is interpreted over time, equips students to view current issues from multiple perspectives.

    • 43 min
    Therapeutic crisis intervention: a consultant’s role in creating an ethical school culture

    Therapeutic crisis intervention: a consultant’s role in creating an ethical school culture

    Misha Thomas, longtime consultant with Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools, discusses how schools can develop trauma-informed systems for resolving behavioral conflicts and crises. He explains that schools should prioritize a culture of trust and authenticity, and establish school wide expectations that crises will be explored in context of students’ lived experiences. As an outside consultant, Misha freely shares with clients his observations on systemic issues.

    • 46 min
    The principal as “keeper of the vision”: Fostering and protecting an ethical community

    The principal as “keeper of the vision”: Fostering and protecting an ethical community

    Jill Herman, founding principal of East Side Community H.S, now at Bank Street College, raises essential questions: To whom should a principal be accountable? How can social emotional learning and academics be integrated? What do we mean by an ethical school?

    • 37 min
    Student stories: SEL through writing and sharing lived experiences

    Student stories: SEL through writing and sharing lived experiences

    Keith Hefner and Betsy Cohen of Youth Communication discuss their 40-year-old organization. Professional editors help students develop personal stories, which are shared with their peers. Writers experience self-reflection, readers develop empathy and gain strength from knowing others' experiences, and teachers acquire better understanding of their students. Youth Communication also offers curricula and materials for teachers to implement.

    • 40 min
    Grief and loss: Supporting students, families, and teachers in a pandemic

    Grief and loss: Supporting students, families, and teachers in a pandemic

    Cynthia Trapanese, a teacher who spent 17 years as a pediatric chaplain, observes that we are all grieving right now, and that adults need to be aware of their own feelings of loss in order to help children and families effectively. During this period of isolation, children miss not only extended family, especially grandparents, but also their friends, classrooms, and the details of their school days. The impact of prolonged separation from school will be long-lasting. Cynthia is holding webinars for teachers and parents, and shares tips and resources with us.

    • 29 min
    Culturally responsive practice and SEL: Effective professional development and programs

    Culturally responsive practice and SEL: Effective professional development and programs

    Dr. Heather C. Hill of Harvard Graduate School of Education looks at the research on culturally responsive education and SEL programs. She examines components of successful professional development programs, and how they apply to SEL and CRE. Well-designed curricula give teachers a framework on which to build and perhaps self-reflect. Daily classroom practices that build trust and engagement are important. Even if the professional development is high quality and teachers embrace the strategies, principal leadership and support is critical for learned practices to continue over time.

    • 20 min

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