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Articles and resources related to student engagement in the classroom, school and life.   Creation of a positive culture is included here.
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Introduction to Restorative Practices

Introduction to Restorative Practices | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
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Great summary of Restorative Practices.  Good introduction for people new to the concept. 
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Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles

Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
This manual supports the teaching of restorative practices and skills in your classroom. Restorative Practices are a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right. This manual describes how to hold restorative circles in classrooms. It contains step-by-step instructions for circles that build community, teach restorative concepts and skills, and harness the power of restorative circles to set things right when there is conflict. Using these methods consistently will help to create calmer, more focused classrooms. Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced. This means more instructional time becomes available. It also means that students (and teachers) have happier, more peaceful experiences of their school days.1 Restorative thinking is a significant shift from punishment-oriented thinking. People, including students, who are invited into restorative dialogue are sometimes confused by the concept of “making things right.” Their default response to the question “What can we do to make things right?” often has to do with punishment. It is said that “children live what they learn.” When what they have learned is that troublesome behavior demands a punishment-oriented response that is how they will live. But restorative practices invite different ways of responding. These new ways must be learned through experience. The activities in this manual give students the necessary experiences to support a shift toward restorative ways of thinking and behaving. 1 One of the best resources for research on restorative practices is the International Institute of Restorative Practices, online at www.iirp.org. T
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This resource to starting Circles and understanding the concepts of Restorative Practices. 
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Is There Racial Inequality at Your School?

Is There Racial Inequality at Your School? | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Is there racial inequality at your school? Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Look up more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 school districts to see how they compare.
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These pages drill down to local building levels for some areas.  It gives you a chance to see what your school practices are and how you compare with other schools in the area.  Reviewing this data as team may help you look at your practices and work towards minimizing bias.   
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Tier 1: Classroom Strategies That Work

Tier 1: Classroom Strategies That Work | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
My name is Marjorie Colindres Metcalf and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I have been working in K-12 schools in the Chicagoland area since 2012.  As a professional in the field of school social work, I have had the pleasure to collaborate with many educators.  More specifically, when I was an Elementary School Social Worker, I had …
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This blog post gives excellent examples of collaboration with general education teachers.Some nice videos as well. 
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FIX SCHOOL DISCIPLINE TOOLKIT FOR EDUCATORS

FIX SCHOOL DISCIPLINE TOOLKIT FOR EDUCATORS | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Fix School Discipline – a project of Public Counsel – is a comprehensive resource for school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, students, community leaders, organizations, advocates, and anyone interested in learning how to eliminate harsh discipline practices that push students out of school, and instead enact solutions that work for all students. This Toolkit can help you implement or advocate for supportive, inclusive discipline policies that hold students accountable and improve school climate and safety for all members of the school community.
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Thanks @paulikonenmsw for sharing this on schoolsocialworkers.mn.co/share/Q5N0EY6ZEpEqOPXh. Looks to have a comprehensive approach towards building positive schools. 
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Here's What Makes or Breaks RTI and Other School Support Systems - Inside School Research - Education Week

Here's What Makes or Breaks RTI and Other School Support Systems - Inside School Research - Education Week | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
With a lot of moving parts, schools often struggle to make response-to-intervention and positive-behavior-interventions-and-support systems effective in the long run, but an early focus on school teaming and data can improve their odds, according to a new study.
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Violence Prevention Resources

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Thanks SSWAA for putting together some good resources and webinars on school violence. 
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Interventions & Resources #socialworkscrapbook

Interventions & Resources #socialworkscrapbook | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it

interventions & resources for school social workers


I began practicing professionally in 2009 after receiving BA Psychology & MA Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. I have worked in foster care, special education, and juvenile correctional settings. I bring all I have experienced to my current position as a school social worker on the South side of San Antonio where I work with middle school youth, special needs students and homeless teens.

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This is a blog by a Texas School Social Worker. it features many videos on her practice and has tips for new schoolo social workers. 
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How To Train Your Millennial

How To Train Your Millennial | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
In order to unlock the potential of millennials in the workplace, you have to train them in the way that speaks to them – and we'll show you how.
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Interesting article.  Wonder how it could be applied to student engagement.
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Educators as Purveyors of Hope Thanks @jackiegerstein ‏

Educators as Purveyors of Hope Thanks @jackiegerstein ‏ | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
My advanced degree is in counseling. I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. One of the most powerful learnings from my training as a counselor was a comment I heard at a conference, Counselors need to be purveyors of hope since many clients get in trouble and/or seek counseling…
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Hope-  This blog talks about creating goals to increase hope and using hope to achieve goals.  
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Restorative Practices- SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department

Restorative Practices- SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
In recognition of the need for an accelerated “culture shift” in the way SFUSD approaches solutions to disruptive student behavior and growing rates of suspensions, the Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 96-23A1. This resolution aims to take a restorative approach to student discipline and preventative measures in our school communities. Demonstration of this support was evidenced by the passage of Resolution 96-23A1 – In Support of a Comprehensive School Climate, Restorative Practices and Alternatives to Suspension/Expulsion. Board Resolution 96-23A1 (pdf) In February of 2014, the adoption of the Safe and Supportive Schools Policy deepenend and extended positive tiered behavioral interventions and alternatives to suspension, increased instructional time, and reduced racial disparities, supporting full implementation of Restorative Practices (RP) and School‐Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) at All Schools. Board Resolution 1312‐10A4 (pdf) Restorative Practices (RP) promote strengthened relationships and community building while providing meaningful and supported opportunities for all members of our school communities to share the responsibility for making our schools a safe and nurturing environment. Restorative Practices (RP) are based on principles and processes that emphasizes the importance of positive relationships as central to building school community and restoring relationships when harm has occurred.
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Another great set of resources on Restorative Practices.
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Restorative Practices Resources- IIRP Graduate School

Restorative Practices Resources- IIRP Graduate School | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES? Restorative practices, which evolved from restorative justice, is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. Restorative practices builds healthy communities, increases social capital, reduces the impact of crime, decreases antisocial behavior, repairs harm and restores relationships.
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Many helpful resources on Restorative Practices.  Just attended four days of training on theory, restorative conferencing and circles. 
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What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging - School Social Work Thanks @schoolsocwork

What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging - School Social Work Thanks @schoolsocwork | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it

The researchers hope to clarify inconsistencies in previous research about the individual and social factors that influence feelings of school belonging for students.

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This is part of a new series on research from School Social Work.net.  A very succinct article about school belonging.  It contains enough fonormation to get you started on exploring this topic and encouraging other to consider it. 
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Restorative Practices- Introduction Video

Administrators and teachers in Pinellas County Schools have been learning about Restorative Practices as a way to establish positive, supportive communities

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This video on Circles shares the power of circles to build community.
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SEL for English Learners- Part 2: A Teacher's Perspective

SEL for English Learners- Part 2: A Teacher's Perspective | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
  I (Nicholas Metcalf) teach English Learners (EL) in my health classes regularly, and I tailor specific supports and accommodations for our students.  Many of my students have reported that they feel successful and connected to the classroom and school due to the supportive learning environment, inclusivity, and teacher/student relationship I build with them. Understanding …
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This teacher has some good examples of adapting the environment to make it more EL friendly.  
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New Data Confirm Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Widespread : Shots - Health News : NPR

New Data Confirm Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Widespread : Shots - Health News : NPR | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups.
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Considering the ACES factors allows us to intervene more appropriately.  Have you conducted ACES surveys with your kids?
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Race, Discipline, and Safety at U.S. Public Schools

Race, Discipline, and Safety at U.S. Public Schools | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
There are more than 96,000 public schools in America. The U.S. Department of Education recently released data that was collected from all of them. The data, based on the 2015-2016 school year, reveals the extent of police presence in schools, the lack of basic services, and the growing racial disparities in public school systems serving 50 million students. In many communities, all of these conditions are worsening. The ACLU is partnering with the UCLA Civil Rights Project to publish a series of reports and data tools to enhance the public’s understanding of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). Some data are being reported publicly for the first time, including the number of days lost to suspension; the number of police officers in stationed in schools; and the number of school shootings reported nationwide.
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Interesting report and interactive maps by ACLU. Maps show # of suspensions and ratio of security personnel to mental health professionals. 
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Core Beliefs – DSMHW

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What are the core beliefs of your system that foster positive culture and mental health?
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The Best Tips To Boost Your Productivity | Daily Infographic

The Best Tips To Boost Your Productivity | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
5 Ways To Make Your Workplace More Productive The modern world requires pretty much everyone to be their most productive self. But do we know how to effectively increase or productivity?
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What considerations might you say are important for the student workplace?  How many of these tips might apply to a classroom?
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Why I Had to Develop a Unique Learner Profile to Meet the Needs of My Students | EdSurge News

Why I Had to Develop a Unique Learner Profile to Meet the Needs of My Students | EdSurge News | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
As a special education teacher, I work with students who struggle academically. Many of them have a low tolerance for frustration—but the same kid wh
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No two children are alike.  This blog assists educators in helping meet kids where they are at.  Good for classroom considerations as well as group process. 
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Video: There's more than one side to every story - IIRP Graduate School @iirpgradschool

Video: There's more than one side to every story - IIRP Graduate School @iirpgradschool | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Our friends at New York City's Restorative Justice Initiative, founded by attorney and restorative practitioner Mika Dashman, have produced a series of inspiring  videos to explore various aspects of restorative practices. This 10-minute film gives voice to 16 New York City-based restorativ
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Great video that gives a glimpse into the power of Restorative Practices.
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Restorative Practices with Circles

Restorative Practices with Circles | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
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This is a good getting started guide with many considerations.  Remember to start simple.  The more you do, the better you will become. 
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Caring and Compassionate Confrontation- Thanks @jackiegerstein ‏

Caring and Compassionate Confrontation- Thanks @jackiegerstein ‏ | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
When I was in my Doctoral program, I met Debbie in one of my classes who was the Corporate Education coordinator for the university. She ran workshops for teams from profit and non-profit organizations and corporations. I had mentioned that I had a background in adventure education with a focus using outdoor team building activities.…
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It always comes down to relationships and  capitalizing on strengths. 
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Restorative Practices- IIRP YouTube

Restorative Practices- IIRP YouTube | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
IIRP offers graduate degrees and professional development with the aim of restoring community in a disconnected world
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Videos that may be helpful in increasing your understanding of Restorative Practices.
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How One District Solved Its Special Education Dropout Problem

How One District Solved Its Special Education Dropout Problem | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Efforts to remove the stigma for students with disabilities have paid off.
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What does your distirct do to keep students with IEPs from dropping out?  
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