Connecting with Community Educators

Connecting with Community Educators

Community educators can be found simply by asking around your own social networks and community. However, there are also resources made specifically to locate and connect with industry experts who are ready to support your learning environment.

Connecting with Community Educators

Mock Trial

Activating a lawyer for unit planning support is a great example of a community educator contributing to the distributed expertise of a team. Learn how.

Connecting with Community Educators

Living Library

The Living Library brought more than 35 community educators — from stay-at-home parents to investment bankers — to connect with high school students struggling to see the importance of learning math.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Educators at SPARK School at Kyrene de las Manitas give students the opportunity to practice intentional mindfulness each day during Student-Selected Mindfulness Time.

Lead teacher role description

Lead teacher role description

Lead Teachers are educators who guide the educator team in sharing responsibility for all elements of student support, instructional planning, and delivery (e.g., lesson planning, instruction, data analysis); lead the team in maintaining high expectations for student...
Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Aspects of teacher roles

This organizer breaks down aspects of how teachers experience their roles, starting with workday, collaboration, and duties. These aspects are the result of decisions about school system elements, or “levers.” This framing allows teachers and leaders to discuss how those decisions about school levers create aspects of the teacher experience that are enabling or constraining.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Family interviews

Big Picture Learning educators hear multiple perspectives on students’ interests, assets and challenges at the beginning of the year through a process they call family interviews. This is a key first step in meaningfully deepening and personalizing student learning.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Community culture questionnaire

Educators at Elm Street Academy created a community culture questionnaire out of their desire to ensure students had a voice in decision-making about community building, rules, policies and student leadership.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Mentoring residents in team-based staffing models

Residencies are backed by a strong evidence base across a range of outcomes (Azar, Grossman, Lozier & Scheib, 2021). This resource proposes new opportunities to better support teacher residents through mentorship in team-based staffing models.