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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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The Best Tips To Boost Your Productivity | Daily Infographic

The Best Tips To Boost Your Productivity | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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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How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts According To Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts According To Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Infographic explaining how to manage introverts and extroverts
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Could this thinking be applied to the different preferences for students?  What camp do you fall into?
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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Understanding what a child's brain needs is central to instruction.
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Getting to know our students and offering a variety of experiences can be very effective with any student. 
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Roles and Responsibilities of Parents of Online School Students with Disabilities

When a child changes enrollment from a brick-and-mortar setting to a fully online one, the educational experience is quite different for the child and his or her parents/guardians. Among the most important differences involves the parent’s role in
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This is an interesting article.  The four roles of parents is particularly enlightening. 
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How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative

How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
People often hide constructive criticism inside a compliment, and those on the receiving end never hear it. Is there a better way to provide feedback?
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Giving criticism is part of life.  This blog gives some ideas for softening the blow, but maintaining the integrity of the message.  
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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they
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Pictures can sometimes covey so much more information that traditional notes. What would ahppen if you tried sketching your notes next time you take them?  What it would be like for students?
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Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report

Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s fifth largest youth serving organization and the leading dropout prevention organization, delivering resources to nearly one million students in 3,250 schools across the country. To further their network-wide commitment to using evidence-based strategies in these efforts, CIS has determined that research evidence is needed on the risk factors that increase the likelihood of students dropping out of school and the strategies that most effectively address the risk factors.
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Some interesting factors. How do you as a system address them?
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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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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 and Engagement | 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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Solution-Focused Approach: The Red Show

Solution-Focused Approach: The Red Show | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it

What is the Solution-Focused Approach in Education? Garza Independence High School is pioneering the solution-focused approach to dropout prevention and successful work and career transition. "Brief, Solution-Focused Intervention" is a mental-health model that was developed by clinical social workers and family therapists from the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee. It has evolved over the past 18 years in the context of working with multi-problem, impoverished and hard-to-reach individuals and families who sought help at counseling and social-services agencies. The solution-focused model is a strengths-based helping model that offers specific skills and change strategies for enabling and facilitating positive future behaviors. It is future-oriented and goal-directed, and offers a set of well-defined and easy-to-learn intervention methods that focus on making changes in people's perceptions, behaviors, and social environment. The solution-focused intervention model offers all school staff specific skills for fostering strengths in students. In the school setting, for example, practitioners assisting students use the solution-focused intervention skills to help students to develop an image of a realistic solution; discover the ways in which the solution is already occurring in their lives; determine small, measurable goals toward the solution; and take immediate steps to make a difference in educational and life outcomes.

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This video shows the importance of words and how we to listen to students and teach. It would be an interesting discussion starter for students and staff. 
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UCLA School Mental Health Project- Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide

UCLA School Mental Health Project- Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
UCLA School Mental Health Project
Homepage. The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools is one of two
national training and technical assistance centers focused on mental health in schools.* Our center approaches mental health and
psychosocial concerns from the broad perspective of addressing barriers to learning and promoting
healthy development. Specific attention is given to polices and strategies that can counter
fragmentation and enhance collaboration between school and community programs
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This paper gives many considerations in building effective systems for students.
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MDE - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit

MDE - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Michigan Department of Education - Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit
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Restorative Practice Guide- Chicago Public Schools

Restorative Practice Guide- Chicago Public Schools | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
This 102-page guide defines restorative practices (a positive alternative to punishment for misbehavior) and offers examples and tools that include empathetic listening, peer conferencing, and community building.
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A comprehensive guide to Restorative Practices. Thanks @acssw for sharing.

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A very comprehensive guide.  Thanks @acssw for sharing. 
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Confronting Suicide - #AASA School Administrator Special Edition

Confronting Suicide - #AASA School Administrator Special Edition | Student Motivation and Engagement | Scoop.it
Positive Mindsets Being hard-headed helped me to ignore all such feelings of defeatism and low self-esteem. So I accepted the challenge. Being hard-wired for positivity led me to apply what I instinctively knew about the research and science behind positive psychology, which would be our path to creating a high-performing culture and a significantly better-performing school district.
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Some great articles to spur conversation about suicide and positive culture with your administrators. 

This edition is for members.  Free memberships will allow you access. 
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