In our research and travels, we look for resources that support teaching and learning experiences that are student-centered, engagement-based, fueled by relationships, and grounded in a deep commitment to equity and social justice. Feel free to explore the whole library or click on one of our indicators of Radically Reimagined Relationships to narrow your search. We hope our Resource Library is helpful to you in your work!
January 26, 2020
Why Focusing On Adult Learning Builds A School Culture Where Students Thrive
In order to work at their highest levels, all members of a school community have to be learning and growing. The adult culture is a critical element. "To get to that place, adults need to be part of a community of colleagues who support their growth. They need to feel safe to be vulnerable, to admit failings or mistakes and to trust that their colleagues are giving feedback in order to help them improve."
November 5, 2019
CDC: Childhood Trauma is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to Prevent It
The CDC issued research showing that a significant percentage of young people are affected by childhood trauma and that it has long-lasting health effects. Among the factors that can ameliorate the effects are caring relationships with trusted adults at school.
October 2, 2019
Stories from the Field: Fostering Strong Relationships
Akira Gutierrez and Katie Buckley
This brief summarizes research about the benefits of strong teacher-student relationships, as well as offering a few practical strategies for strengthening these at the classroom level.
September 24, 2019
How to Survive the First Year of Learner-Centered Transformation (Hint: It's All About the People)
Dr. Suzanne Freeman
This article describes lessons learned in the first year of Pike Road Schools in AL, specifically how they supported older learners who weren't used to engagement-based practices; staff who needed help with learner-centered lesson design; and parents who had questions and wanted to be more engaged.
September 24, 2019
The 3 Secrets to Scandanavian Innovation in Education
This article explores how Nordic schools are ensuring work-life balance, prioritizing relationships, and creating egalitarian school communities. Especially noteworthy is how time is used within a school day and across a school year.
September 13, 2019
The Evolution of a Trauma-Informed School
Alex Shevrin Venet
An interview with a school principal two years after the school began implementing trauma-informed practices--great piece about organizational change and the evolution of their thinking about how best to support a specific population of students.
September 10, 2019
5 Ideal Traits Of A Project-Based Learning Teache
Project-based learning or inquiry-based learning can be done in many different ways. As we have traveled the country visiting classrooms (#EngagingSchools), we have seen many different approaches. One of the most important shifts toward a more inquiry-based or project-based classroom may be for the teacher to get comfortable giving up some control in the classroom. As Mike Kaechele summarizes it in this article: “Less of us (teachers), more of them (students).”
August 9, 2019
Teacher Calls Parents With Positive News About Their Kids***
NPR's Here and Now
This story from NPR's Here and Now is about how a teacher in Louisville, KY is building relationships with students and their families by taking time each week to reach out to families with positive feedback about their student's work and progress.
August 9, 2019
Eight pieces of wisdom for parents sending a child off to college
The Washington Post
For many families, sending kids out into the world for the first time - for college or other endeavors - brings an array of emotions. We appreciated the advice in this perspective piece from The Washington Post. It really comes down to imparting the message "You've got this!" and having faith that they do.