Please join us in welcoming Dr. Max Margolius as TransformEd’s Director of Research & Learning. In this role, Max serves as a bridge between research and practice to ensure that all of our work is infused with and informed by research on whole child development and the science of learning.
Critical Race Theory Last week, I traveled by plane for the first time since February 2020 when the global health crisis was expanding. Now, we find ourselves facing more uncertainty with the rise in infections. As I reflect on this current reality, as an antiracist educator I am faced with the fact that we live in a country that is governed by laws, many of which were enacted to right the wrongs of the past, and our actions as citizens are guided by our freedom to choose and freedom to be. The laws that govern our country are subject to the shifts and changes of each generation. They are guided by the sociopolitical reality of the time, and are often enacted to meet the perceived needs of those with political power.
The importance and benefits of self-care are relevant to every profession, but the act itself can be more stigmatized within caregiving careers. In the education space, for example, there is a common misconception that practicing self-care is a selfish or self-indulgent act, when in reality educators practicing self-care can be in the best interest of everyone in a classroom. Educators frequently put the needs of their students first, while placing their own well-being second. The summer presents an opportunity to restore balance and energy.
During the 2020-21 school year, we brought schools and districts together to collectively navigate the complexities of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we're thankful to be shifting further away from high alert pandemic status, we know schools are still left trying to figure out how to press the reset button on a collectively traumatizing experience. This year, more than ever, it's critical to start the school year right. Our team has been working to design an experience for educators and school leaders that gives school teams space to thoughtfully collaborate and plan for reopening your doors for the 2021-2022 school year.
Please join us in welcoming Yalitza LaFontaine Delgado as TransformEd’s Director of Operations. In this role, Yalitza will manage and oversee the daily operations of the organization - from grant writing, to finances, to workplace culture and more.
Transforming Education seeks two or more Lead / Senior Partners to serve as strategic coaches and dynamic facilitators to work alongside educators in shifting systems to foster the development of the whole child so that all students, particularly those from underserved populations, can thrive. Partners serve as integral members of the organization’s Programs Team, working hand-in-hand with school, district, and state leaders to integrate into their practices, policies, and cultures a focus on whole child development through an antiracist, equitable, and inclusive lens.
We are currently in the middle of the second consecutive Teacher Appreciation Week that has occurred during the pandemic. It's important to recognize the efforts of hardworking educators every day, but this past year has been especially significant. Educators have worked around the clock to adapt and innovate curricula for virtual or hybrid learning, while remaining positive in the face of uncertainty. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram as we honor some of the many educators who continue to go above and beyond. Read notes of gratitude and admiration from colleagues and learn about individual educators' unique approaches to whole child development.
"As a parent of two African American boys, I am concerned as we begin to navigate our way back into the school building. I am worried that this new era in education could make my children and other BIPOC children vulnerable to disproportionate school discipline, especially exclusionary discipline. Schools are under increased pressure to keep children and teachers safe, and removing a face mask or breathing on someone could spread sickness; this undoubtedly makes for a more tense learning environment. With new rules in place, it concerns me to think that BIPOC may bear the brunt of these new consequences and be subject to exclusionary discipline practices at higher rates than other students."
As many schools are grappling with the continued challenges presented by COVID-19, it is crucial to solicit timely, actionable feedback from students. Engaging in informal, semi-structured conversations with students enables educators to learn more about the successes and opportunities that contribute to positive learning environments at school, whether in-person, remote, or any combination of the two. Consider the tips presented in the following blog post to guide planning, facilitation, and reflection when collecting students’ feedback on their experiences.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Angela M. Ward as TransformEd’s first-ever Chief Program Officer. In this role, Dr. Ward will lead the redesign of TransformEd’s programmatic work with school systems to ensure that our approach to whole child development is inclusive, equitable, and actively antiracist.