Mentor Corner: Maggie Lorenz in St. Paul, MN

Mentor Corner: Maggie Lorenz in St. Paul, MN

I am very excited to present our third Mentor’s Corner interview with Maggie Lorenz.  I met Maggie in 2015 when St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) began implementing Check & Connect at a district level.  Now in her second year as a full-time Check & Connect coordinator and mentor within the Indian Education program in SPPS, … Continue reading

The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

The Power of the Pause to Enhance Executive Function and Mentor Efficacy

In a recent paper, Executive Function: Implications for Education (Zelazo, D; Blair, C.B., and Willoughby, M. T., 2016), authors explored the research surrounding executive function (EF) skills and the implications for educational researchers and, to some extent, classroom teachers. The authors defined executive function as — “Attention-regulating skills that make it possible to sustain attention, … Continue reading

Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Enhancing Mentor Effectiveness: Tools for Teaching the Growth Mindset 

Social emotional learning, growth mindset, and grit are buzz words these days in education. These words appear repeatedly in social media. Books about these topics — such as Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success or Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character — are placed on the front shelves of local bookstores. Most of us have a good degree of growth mindset. The reason you and I come to work, either … Continue reading

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

Longitudinal Data on Suspended/Expelled Youth

In our last Attend-Engage-Invest Blog, we encouraged you to work with school administrators to consider Alternatives to Suspension. We recently found scientific evidence from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that you can share with key decision-makers to impress upon them the importance of finding alternatives. We know that students who are removed from the classroom for … Continue reading

Alternatives to Suspension

Alternatives to Suspension

Research tells us that students who miss 10% or more of school days are at a higher risk for disengagement and dropping out before completion of high school (see Early Warning Systems in Education: Resources & Tools). And logic tells us that if students are not in class receiving instruction, they are not as likely to … Continue reading