What You Must Do to Invite & Involve Youth (So They Want to Stay)

At a recent community event, the keynote speaker addressed our responsibility to reach out to young people and make them feel welcome. “Our youth are important. We need you,” she insisted. “You are our future.” Everyone applauded. Unfortunately, no young people were in the audience to hear her message. We must do more than tell young people […]

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Teachers Need Permission to Teach

“I’m exhausted,” exclaimed a teacher as she exited an eight-hour training session at her school. “Enough of the professional development already. When am I ever going to get permission to teach?” Most teachers welcome opportunities to learn more about effective instructional strategies and classroom resources. They often reach into their own pockets to purchase tools that engage students […]

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