Have you ever asked yourself what makes one person more successful than another? I know I have. In a school environment the answer is really simple; strong student - teacher relationships are a crucial factor impacting student success. But, is it really...

What does it mean when people say, "student-centered?" 

I'll tell you what I mean. Inspire is a student-centered school because we do what's best for our students all of the time. Now, that might look differently for each student, or on any given day, be...

March 21, 2018

Restorative practices have proven to be  an effective tool for creating a positive social - emotional environment within schools that implement these practices with fidelity. Restorative practices, give voice and agency to all school stakeholders.  They...

November 16, 2017

I'm a member of several really amazing, educator Facebook groups, yet I'm always surprised to see posts about never allowing students to do something academic.  Let me explain, recently, there have been many posts about never allowing students to:


April 21, 2017

I just read an article about fidget spinners and I was really bothered by it, so bothered that I had to stop everything because I was inspired to write my own thoughts. A fidget spinner, if you don't already know, is supposed to help students with stres...

April 20, 2017

Social Emotional Learning Defined

There are several different definitions of SEL floating around, but this is by far my favorite.

“The process through which people learn to recognize and  manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave eth...

April 13, 2017

The note above was written by a student, and even if you can't read every word, you can definitely get the gist.  When I first read the note, I was surprised and saddened. After reading it several times I was infuriated, and not for the reasons you migh...

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