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The Benefits of an Alumni Mentorship Program for Students

A temporary strategy designed to improve virtual learning has become a successful schoolwide policy that supports students and teachers. By Trevor Gardner, Reprinted from Edutopia This was a typical day in the fall of 2021 at my school: Brenda, both an alum of the school and an academic mentor, sits beside a student in Ms. […]

What is literacy-enhanced mentoring (LEM) and can it improve youth match outcomes?

Peaslee, L., Teye, A. C., & Baker, J. S. (2022). Promising practices for improving the match outcomes of young children: An evaluation of the school-based literacy-enhanced mentoring (LEM) program. Child & Youth Care Forum.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09675-z Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although recent research indicates that instrumental relationship styles can strengthen school-based mentoring, there’s […]

Serving All Students: Promoting a Healthier, More Supportive School Environment

By Kristen Harper, Reprinted from Child Trends Introduction Chairman Sablan, Ranking Member Owens, and members of the Subcommittee—I thank you for elevating the important issue of creating healthy and supportive schools for all of our nation’s children and youth. Please accept my testimony on behalf of Child Trends, a nonpartisan research institute known for its […]

Relationships and Equitable Environments: Meeting Young People Where They Are

Reprinted from the Search Institute How well is your organization doing at creating an equitable relational climate where all young people have access to the resources and relationships they need to thrive? Creating more equitable climates in our classrooms and programs takes knowledge, investment, and resources. Search Institute’s Rooted in Relationships model is a research-based […]

An examination of caregiver incarceration, positive childhood experiences, and school success

Crouch, E., Smith, H. P., & Andersen, T. S. (2022). An examination of caregiver incarceration, positive childhood experiences, and school success. Children and Youth Services Review, 133, 106345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106345 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although previous studies have investigated family & school connectedness and lifetime educational achievements of incarcerated adults, there aren’t as many that […]

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Prioritizing Connections During National Mentoring Month

Prioritizing Connections During National Mentoring Month Thursday, January 27 at 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET National Mentoring Month is a great time for educators to share the connection strategies they use with students to support meaningful relationships in their classrooms. In this webinar, you will learn how relationship building practices align with learning […]

Webinar: SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent

The “SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent” webinar, which included speakers from Along, Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA), and Understood, focused on ways that educators and students can create a sense of belonging in the classroom every day. To learn more about strategies for creating positive teacher-student relationships,  watch the full webinar here.

Strengthening student-teacher relationships to boost achievement

By Lauren Barack, Reprinted from K12 Dive Dive Brief: Not every educator comes into the classroom knowing how to create and sustain solid and ongoing relationships with their students — but they can learn, according to an article in Edutopia. To start, educators can work on strengthening their own listening skills by building “empathic listening,” […]

Findings point to the pivotal role of inclusive and emotionally supportive classrooms

Walker, S., & Graham, L. (2021). At risk students and teacher-student relationships: Student characteristics, attitudes to school and classroom climate. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25(8), 896–913. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1588925 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Youth relationships with non-parental adults play an increasingly important role in youth development as they grow older and further their education. This […]