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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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UDL in Action- Engagement Strategies

UDL in Action- Engagement Strategies | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
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Great tips  for keeping student engaged in the classroom.  Explains the evidence for many popular management tricks. Good for social workers to know for their groups and in coaching teachers.  
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Attendance Playbook: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Attendance Playbook: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
With the increased emphasis on chronic absenteeism, FutureED and Attendance Works offer evidence-based strategies for improving student attendance.
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This might be helpful in thinking about students, their families and their needs during distance learning. 
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Students Provide Feedback on 4 Areas of Focus During This Pandemic - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Students Provide Feedback on 4 Areas of Focus During This Pandemic - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
What are you learning right now on your own, without teachers? It's an important question to ask students, and we can't do it if we always use the mute function when teaching them.
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More considerations for planning for Fall.  It is important to listen to student voice. 
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Say Their Names: A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience

Say Their Names: A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Say Their Names A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience “In a racist society, it is not enough to not be non-racist, we must be anti-racist” - Angela Davis. Say Their Names. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others tha
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This document features a number of documents and ideas for leading discussions on Race. 
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The Missing Ones: Worry Over the Missing Students of COVID-19

The Missing Ones: Worry Over the Missing Students of COVID-19 | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Distance learning doesn't mean perfect attendance. One teacher's concerns over the missing students who have yet to logon.
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This a common issue teachers and other staff are dealing with during COVID-19.  Where have students gone?  How do you keep in touch with every student?
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BehaviorFlip's Blog

BehaviorFlip's Blog | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Using restorative practices, BehaviorFlip empowers students to make systemic and lasting changes.
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Some nice blog articles on resilience, restorative practices and trauma informed schools. 
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ALIGNING POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS AND RESTORATIVE PRACTICES: AN IMPLEMENTATION FIDELITY MANUAL

ALIGNING POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS AND RESTORATIVE PRACTICES: AN IMPLEMENTATION FIDELITY MANUAL | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
The purpose of this manual is to assist educational decision-makers to implement with fidelity, and in a complementary way, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices (RP). This manual can be used in several ways:
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PBIS and RP intersection examined. 
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Trauma Informed School - 9 Resources for Training Teachers in Trauma

Trauma Informed School - 9 Resources for Training Teachers in Trauma | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Being a trauma informed school is imperative. Teachers and staff need to be trained to identify students who are suffering.
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Great list of resources for finding out more about Trauma.
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Circle Process Graphics & Handouts - Living Justice Press 

Circle Process Graphics & Handouts - Living Justice Press  | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Living Justice Press is devoted to restorative justice and peacemaking. Restorative justice books, indigenous justice stories, and stories of peacemaking Circles
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This page has a number of graphics/posters that could be used when implementing #RestorativeCircles.  Great for personal reflection as well.
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Gen Z: An Entrepreneurial Generation | Daily Infographic

Gen Z: An Entrepreneurial Generation | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Is Gen Z The Most Entrepreneurial Generation Yet? As a young person considering their economic prospects today, things may seem bleak. Find out why nearly half of Gen Z intends to become entrepreneurs. 
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Are we preparing our students with the right job skills for the future?
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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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When coronavirus closed schools, some Detroit students went missing from class. These educators had to find them.

When coronavirus closed schools, some Detroit students went missing from class. These educators had to find them. | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
As COVID-19 battered Detroit, some students disappeared from online classes. Principals and social workers had to become detectives to find them.
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This pandemic has changed the way we do business. 
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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the Covid-19 crisis

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the Covid-19 crisis | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the Covid-19 crisis
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YES! This graphic shares where priorities need to be during this time in public education.  Thanks @DrHelenGross1
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Seven Distance Learning Priorities to Consider Before Reopening Schools

Seven Distance Learning Priorities to Consider Before Reopening Schools | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it

When U.S. schools initially closed in March, distance learning emerged as a way to keep kids learning. Classroom teachers scrambled to learn how to put lessons online and tens of thousands of Chromebooks and other devices were distributed in a matter of weeks in large school districts. The kind of change that typically takes years to implement in school systems happened practically overnight. School leaders are now weighing how and if to reopen schools in the fall or sooner; and if they reopen, how to prepare for closing schools again when COVID-19 outbreaks recur.


-What did we do?
-What worked? Why did it work?
-What didn't work? Why didn't it work?

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This blog posting includes three important questions that every educator should be asking this week as they wrap up:  -What did we do? -What worked? Why did it work? -What didn't work? Why didn't it work?
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Early Years Restorative Visual Script and Practice Cards

Early Years Restorative Visual Script and Practice Cards | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
A child’s ability to successfully engage in a restorative approach develops in line with their ability to reason. ‘The Visual Script’ has been developed as a modified version of the original Restorative Practice Conference Script. It has been designed to support the following groups: Children in the Early Years (K – 2) Children with Special …
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The author shared some content with me.  Nice adaptations of restorative questions for younger children or those with special needs.   Thanks @smiles9372.
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International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day

International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
International day to showcase, promote, advocate for and support social emotional learning (SEL) in school and communities across the world.
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SEL Day is March 27.  This has some nice resources for building SEL awareness and skills in your building(s). 
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University shrinks achievement gap with student focused programs

University shrinks achievement gap with student focused programs | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
The University of Minnesota at Rochester eliminated the achievement gap between rich and poor students and between racial minorities and white students. The university focuses attention and spending on student support. They have more counselors and more involvement by faculty with students.
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Could this model be applied to high school?
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How to Implement Trauma-informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma

How to Implement Trauma-informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Children who are exposed to traumatic life events are at significant risk for developing serious and long-lasting problems across multiple areas of development.[1],[2],[3],[4] However, children are far more likely to exhibit resilience to childhood trauma when child-serving programs, institutions, and service systems understand the impact of childhood trauma, share common ways to talk and think …
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This research brief gives a nice intro/overview to trauma informed work.
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Why Fewer People Attend College | Daily Infographic

Why Fewer People Attend College | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
Surprising Reasons Why Fewer People Attend College Americans are rethinking the "American Dream," and part of it is eliminating the college part of getting there. Find out why fewer people attend college.
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This would make for interesting discussion for life planning. 
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Is Your Career Bound To Disappear? | Daily Infographic

Is Your Career Bound To Disappear? | Daily Infographic | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
10 Jobs For The Future The world is changing quickly, and some careers are doomed to be a thing of the past. Discover 10 futuristic jobs that'll keep workers busy in the years to come.
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Great infographic to discuss feature goals and dreams of students.
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School-based Interventions for Reducing Disciplinary School Exclusion: A Systematic Review

School-based Interventions for Reducing Disciplinary School Exclusion: A Systematic Review | Student Motivation, Engagement & Culture | Scoop.it
School exclusion is associated with undesirable effects on developmental outcomes. It increases the likelihood of poor academic performance, antisocial behavior, and poor employment prospects. This school sanction disproportionally affects males, ethnic minorities, those who come from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, and those with special educational needs. This review assesses the effectiveness of programmes to reduce the prevalence of exclusion.
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"Four intervention types - enhancement of academic skills, counselling, mentoring/ monitoring, and skills training for teachers – had significant desirable effects on exclusion."  
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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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