When you enter a school or a classroom you know almost instantly whether it is an effective environment for learning.
Helping Schools Develop Learning Cultures
Maslow's Hierarchy highlights the need for every classroom to be a safe place to learn, both physically and academically. For adults to create such environments they themselves must feel physically and psychologically safe to learn.
Foster a growth mindset
When educators believe that each student can learn, they embrace their role as change agents and see themselves as the most significant factor in a student receiving a good education. This is the fundamental definition of having a growth mindset. Teachers21 provides professional development and support in how to incorporate growth mindset research into the day to day life of a school, the work of a school leader, and the daily interactions between teachers and students.
The increased need for collaboration within school communities also requires new skills to manage conflict and navigate difficult conversations. How do we deliver criticism with kindness, bridge differences in philosophy and approach, and learn the communication skills that help us address the hard to talk about issues that can potentially damage relationships? Teachers21 teaches educators how to initiate and sustain these often difficult conversations and strengthen the skills necessary to transform conflict into learning.
Actions speak louder than words and how people are treated when they fail to achieve what they hoped to achieve greatly influences the level of trust in a community. We train, coach and support classroom, school and district leaders to develop and apply policies that promote psychological safety and build trust.
Culture is not always the easiest or most obvious topic to discuss or assess but Teachers21 works with districts to uncover some of the issues that are impeding the learning process and customizes programs to meet the needs.
Sample Culture Courses
The following courses and descriptions provide only a sample of the work we do and is not an exhaustive list. We are constantly writing courses based on district requests and reworking older courses to reflect the most current research and best practices.
For more information on the work we can do in your district, please contact us or call the office at 781-416-0980.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Work
Leaders set the tone in their schools and our professional coaches are resources to support and guide leaders through the challenges that often define the culture of the school or district.
Assessing the Culture in Your District
Working with our partner, Panorama Education, we can administer brief surveys to help you gather information about areas as specific as Social and Emotional Learning, or as broad as the overall learning environment and the depth of implementation of the Teachers21 framework.