Posts by Juan
Four years ago the El Paso Independent School District set nine goals. Since then, trustees and district leaders have revisited those goals every month, looking for better ways to support their students, teachers and goals. Their commitment is paying off.
Because SEL is grounded in the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships, partnering with parents and helping them understand the importance of SEL can have a dramatic impact on the development of our students.
It’s time for district leaders to create clarity and coherence by making crystal clear how things are supposed to work. To accomplish that, it’s a good time to reexamine why school districts exist, how they work and what value they add.
Active learning requires that students have space to work, build, iterate, communicate and ultimately have learning experiences that are not pre-planned. Here, I discuss ways to build spaces that enable these activities.