A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER Dear friends of TransformEd, I’m writing to share that this is my 10th and final year at TransformEd. When I began this journey, our work was just an idea, a side project incubated by another organization. Over the last decade, TransformEd has grown and evolved into an organization that has partnered with schools and systems serving over 1,000,000 students across more than 26 states. I’m proud of the work we have done in partnership with school and system leaders to make systems-level changes that foster the development of the whole child. We do this work because we believe it is crucial to take action in dismantling systemic barriers to realize a future in which all young people become thriving adults.
Are you considering partnering with us for the upcoming school year? Are you wondering what a partnership with us could look like? TransformEd tailors each of our partnerships to meet the particular needs of our partners. The following inside scoop on our partnership with the New Mexico Public Education Department should paint a picture of what partnering with TransformEd can entail.
During the 2021-2022 school year, Transforming Education is partnering with New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) to provide a series of three 90-minute webinars to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across New Mexico. These webinars provide an opportunity to offer further context and guidance related to the New Mexico Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework, the COVID Response Toolkit for New Mexico’s Public Schools, and the recommendations that emerged from the SEL mini-grant data.
Updated Brief: Instructional Practices That Integrate Equity-Centered Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
At the tail end of 2021, the American Institutes for Research released an updated brief on the Instructional Practices That Integrate Equity-Centered Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning. This brief, developed in collaboration with Harmony SEL at National University and the Center to Improve Social Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd, refines a 2014 brief on the integration of SEL with academics and specifically addresses 10 educator practices that promote social, emotional, and academic development.
As we approach winter break, we reflect on another challenging year for school communities. We also reflect on the work we have done to support those same communities. The following is a compilation of notable pieces of work authored or co-authored by members of the TransformEd team in 2021 - including a brand new release!
"Teaching is more stressful and challenging than ever. It is arguably one of the most stressful jobs in the country. With the ever-increasing workload, accountability policies, restrictions on how teachers are allowed to educate students, not to mention the overwhelm of navigating school during a pandemic, it's no wonder that currently, teacher stress is reported to be just as high as doctors and nurses. High-stress levels can lead to many negative consequences for health and well-being. Quality of life and teaching performance suffer as chronic stress leads to teacher burnout, job dissatisfaction, poor performance, and high turnover rates. At the end of the 2020–2021 school year, nearly 25% of teachers reported that they were likely to quit their jobs, increasing by almost 10% of teachers who said they were likely to leave before the pandemic. African American teachers were especially likely to quit teaching."
"'Are you excited for Hispanic Heritage month?' someone asked. My overactive frontalis muscles must have engaged, because they seemed put off when I didn’t jump for joy. I went to the only other Latina in the school—the Spanish teacher—and asked, 'Que es y como van a celebrar Hispanic Heritage Month?' She explained that it was a month running from mid-September through October that had been designated to highlight the accomplishments of 'Hispanics' in the United States and that she would be throwing a fiesta. It felt insufficient, inadequate, and simplistic." In this month's blog post, our Director of Operations, Yalitza LaFontaine Delgado reflects on her relationship with Hispanic Heritage Month and the experiences that taught her what it actually entails. Follow along on the journey that led her to becoming an educator who centers the voices of those who have been silenced and marginalized.
Transforming Education’s essential antiracist whole child focus requires a team of knowledgeable, dedicated, student-centered individuals who can work with partners to shift systems and policies to better serve young people. We have grown our team with equity-minded professionals who have years of experience as thought leaders on key topics of whole child development and educational equity. Join us in welcoming Senior Partner dr. alicia nance, Lead Partner Bavu Blakes, and Lead Partner Sarah Stone!
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.