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Addressing Negative Student Behavior

For many schools around the country, an unintended outcome of the COVID-19 school closures has been increased student behavior and interpersonal issues. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 87% of public schools reported that the COVID-19...

Know Their Sparks

It’s late August, and for most educators in America, the school year has started or is just about to start. We want to take this moment to highlight one of our favorite back-to-school belonging practices: Know Their Sparks!  When Thriving YOUniversity’s Chief...

Creating Purposeful Pauses

A car cuts you off in traffic. You’re midway through using a new-to-you lesson when a student rolls their eyes and whispers something to a classmate beside them. A usually engaged and upbeat colleague sits silent and stone-faced in a staff meeting as you present a new...

End-of-Year Reflection

The school year is over (or nearly over), and summer is just starting. As you look forward to some well-earned R&R, we encourage you to take some time to do a little self-reflection. If you have ever attended one of our professional development sessions, you know...

Summer Reading List

Summer is just around the corner, which hopefully means a little more time to relax and do some reading!  We've put together a list of recommended books to help you find some great books to read this summer! Our list includes books for personal and professional...

Educator Engagement: SEL for Adults

Generally speaking, student engagement is the main focus for most schools and districts. We make dedicated plans for helping students feel connected to school so they can grow and thrive. Parent engagement is also a key focus, as it is linked with students' better...

Growing Through Struggle

It’s March, historically one of the most challenging months in the entire teaching year. It’s March, in one of the toughest years in education for many people. It’s March, the second anniversary of the pandemic that upended most people’s lives in some way, shape, or...

Social-Emotional Learning at Home and School

As schools adopt SEL curriculum, it is vital that this learning doesn’t occur in a vacuum. For students to develop lasting social-emotional skills, schools must do their best to provide parents and guardians with the information, language, and tools they need to...

Building Belonging for Adults

As educators, we are all aware of the importance of student belonging -- that it improves academic performance, student motivation, and resilience-- but we often overlook the importance of adult belonging on campus. As with students, when adults feel like they belong,...

Everyday Awe Challenge

This February, we are hosting an Everyday Awe Challenge and we’d love you to participate! The premise is simple: over the 28 days of February, we want participants to look for small moments of awe in their everyday lives, and share those on social media. Additionally,...

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