Summer is here for most of our readers–a welcomed time to catch your breath, sip some lemonade, enjoy the sunshine, and relax. You have earned it. This year, we experienced the incredible highs and lows alongside the teams we coach. Each month in our blogs, we worked to capture those moments and identify their ahas, potential next steps, and lessons learned. As we head into summer planning, consider that CASEL reminds us: Trust, community, and collective efficacy among staff are strong predictors of how well schools can carry out improvement initiatives (Bryk & Schneider, 2003) and impact student achievement (Donohoo, Hattie, & Eells, 2018), and serve as a critical foundation for SEL.
When you are ready to charge ahead…use this blog as a summer-long learning tool. We have organized those blogs to offer you some poolside or porchswing reading and reflection for you and your team in relation to these focus areas.
|Topic||Read (click on image to access)||Thinking Questions|
|Anywhere, Anytime Learning||How did you/will you create opportunities for staff to learn and grow beyond sit-and-get or whole group PL?How did you/will you foster collaborative learning experiences or peer-to-peer support?|
|Academic & SEL connections||How did you/will you support staff in understanding the interconnections of academic and social, emotional learning?|
|Using Your Summer for Planning||How will you fill your own buckets this summer so you can fill others’? What will you do to renew and re-energize your spirit?What knowledge do you need to take action this fall?|
|Skills and Strategies for Feedback that Feeds Forward||Book Study||How do you align feedback to common expectations? How do you collect and leverage specific evidence? How do you help teachers see impact? How do you ensure actionable next steps built on strengths? What systems are in place to create feedback cycles?|
|Impact on Learners at the Center||Book Study||How do you use what you understand about how students learn to improve feedback? How do you plan for more effective observation and collection of evidence based on goals for learners? How do you adapt evidence-collection practices in the moment? How do you build a culture of learning through a culture of feedback?|
Happy Reading and Happy Summer!
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