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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

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

Family Engagement Strategies From the Field

Family Engagement Strategies From the Field

With each Check & Connect training we conduct, we feel (and often hear) the same frustration when it comes to parental involvement in school. What is interesting, is that after we discuss Check & Connect’s belief in family engagement versus parental involvement, I hear new and creative ways that school staff are reaching out and engaging families, … Continue reading

Tips for Recruiting Check & Connect Mentors

Tips for Recruiting Check & Connect Mentors

The school year is fast approaching. Some of you probably have already recruited your Check & Connect mentors, and some may still be in the process. Here we provide a few tips for recruiting mentors, whether they’re hired mentors or existing staff. As a site coordinator, you’ve probably decided which mentor model you’re using (hiring dedicated … Continue reading

Highlights from Webinar on Avoiding Compassion Fatigue

Highlights from Webinar on Avoiding Compassion Fatigue

We often hear about “teacher burnout,” but what can be done to keep good, caring, passionate teachers — and mentors — from experiencing this?  The importance of self-care was reiterated in a webinar I recently participated in, Take Care of Yourself: Identifying and Responding to Caregiver Compassion Fatigue. The webinar was hosted by the Office … Continue reading