November is a time for festivity, seasonal treats, and family togetherness. November is also Child Safety and Protections Month: a critical time to reflect on children’s safety in and out of the classroom. This month, along with recipes and holiday shopping, school communities will meditate on topics that relate to children’s welfare, including their safety online.
Posted in Google Suite for Education, Internet Safety For Kids, Filtering, Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month
Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.
Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.
Posted in Suicide Prevention, Technology, Safety, Learning, American Association of Suicidology
Don't miss GoGuardian at these fall conferences.
Leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice lattes are readily available and students are officially back to school...as are our favorite teachers, administrators, principles and faculty who make all the magic happen! With that in mind, in October we will be visiting various edtech conferences across the country.
Come visit us at the below conferences to learn more about GoGuardian, see a live demonstration, or even if you want to share some of your own GoGuardian success stories! Our team at GoGuardian is looking forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions in person.
If you plan on attending these conferences, come visit our booth and tag us @goguardian with the hashtag #WhereInTheWorldIsGoGuardian. See you on the show floor!
Posted in classroom management, events, Technology, Products, edtech, conference, workshop
How Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Support Suicide Prevention
There is an old parable about a fishing village, where each day, the fishermen had to rescue residents from nearly drowning in the river downstream. Knowing this was not sustainable, the fishermen decided that instead of rescuing victims, they would discover how villagers were falling into the river in the first place. They ventured upstream to discover a dangerous overlook on a cliff where people were losing their footing and falling into the river. After building a protective barrier and safeguarding the edge, the fishermen no longer had to rescue drowning victims.
For the past 27 years, I have worked as an educator and later as a Coordinator of Health Education Programs for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. In that time, I’ve seen how educators and communities can form “protective barriers” to curb the devastating consequences of youth suicide. The idea of “upstreaming,” or identifying and mitigating the source of a crisis, has been the focus of my career as a teacher, advocate and school district administrator. All too often, after a crisis occurs, the common question arises: “Why didn’t someone do something?”
Posted in Technology, Learning, Safety, Suicide Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, Upstreaming
America is heading back-to-school, and students and teachers alike are preparing for an exciting, new year of learning ahead. While students are tackling their back-to-school supplies lists, teachers have their own preparation to do: locking in lessons, going over their curriculums and accessing the resources they need to best manage their classrooms.
Classroom management refers to the range of skills and techniques teachers use to keep students organized, focused, engaged, on task, and academically productive. Put simply, effective classroom-management strategies minimize student behaviors that impede learning and maximize behaviors that enhance it.
Posted in Differentiated instruction, Technology, Learning, classroom management