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Social-Emotional Learning & Upstream Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools

By Dr. Lori Vollandt, Ed D., Co-founder, Achieve Beyond the Binder September 20, 2018

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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?”

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Posted in Safety, Learning, Technology, Suicide Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, Upstreaming, SEL

4 Benefits of Using Technology for Better Classroom Management

Marielle Gilbert September 06, 2018

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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.

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Posted in Learning, Technology, Differentiated instruction, classroom management

How to Use Flexible Grouping for Differentiated Instruction

Ryan Miller July 31, 2018

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Everyone learns differently and at a different pace. With differentiated instruction tactics, such as flexible grouping, teachers can use these differences to better accelerate learning in the classroom.

 By using instructional grouping strategies, teachers can encourage students of similar or complementary levels to work together and collaborate on projects, discussions and daily assignments where students learn as a team. Here are some top tips to help you group students like a pro.

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Posted in Learning, Technology, Differentiated instruction

How Differentiated Instruction is Transforming Classrooms

Julie Yandell July 16, 2018




How this learning technique is helping teachers do the impossible.

As educators, we’re all in search of that “eureka moment” - that moment when a student fully grasps a new concept for the first time. These moments of discovery can change a student’s life forever. These moments are what we live for as educators. What if there was a way to maximize these eureka moments - to reach every student, and speak their learning language so they could understand new material and grasp new concepts faster and more fully?

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Posted in Learning, Technology

Product Update: Introducing GoGuardian's Better User Management

Manny Sevillano June 18, 2018

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When working with data, table views are often necessary, but unflattering components of product design. They can seem clunky and difficult to navigate (who’s experienced the good ‘ol load more option?), especially if they’re limited in actions a user can take.

GoGuardian is doing some heavy lifting in this new iteration of user management. We want to place more control at the hands of the user when it comes to the jobs they are looking to complete. With that said, let’s take a look at the first round of iterations as we continue to improve your experience within Org Management.

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Posted in Products, Technology
 
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