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Social Skills Toolkit

Students who are socially skilled tend to do better in school, and just like academic skills, social skills need to be explicitly taught. Students who display at-risk behavior benefit greatly from social skills instruction. The earlier we can start explicitly teaching...

New Year, New Goal Setting Strategy

It is the third week of January, which means for many of us, the energy with which we tackled our New Year’s resolutions may be waning. By now, you might find yourself white-knuckling through your commitment to your newly set goals, or perhaps you’ve already given up...

Hygge for Happiness

If you google “hygge,” you will be bombarded with images of fireplaces, cups of tea, and adorable little cottages in the snow. On Instagram alone, there are over 8 million posts that include the hashtag ‘hygge’-- most of which would lead you to believe that in order...

Connecting with Character

Many students are struggling to connect with one another, and as a result, more and more school districts are reporting an increase in behavioral challenges. Now, more than ever, students need a place where they feel they belong and guidance to deepen their...

Creating Connections: Soliciting Staff Feedback

A key component to a healthy school climate and culture is making sure the adults on campus feel seen and heard on a regular basis. One of the best ways to do this is by gathering formal and informal feedback from your staff. Soliciting feedback from your staff helps...

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...

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