ESL: How to Create Shared School Culture Ownership. An Example


How visible are all of your school cultures to the outside? Who represents the school? Are any of your English learners part of the visible representation? And what roles could ELs play that could create a more inclusive school culture? You may want to read about one example in the story Language ambassadors serve new immigrants at Santa Rita School at



TED Talk: Why Multiple Perspectives Are Important


Listen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDGlobal 2009 The danger of a single story at

one of my all-time favorite TED talks

The School Nurse and Their Role For Trauma Students


When the Nurse’s Office is a Refuge

The vital, overlooked role of school nurses in combatting student anxiety

Strategies to Teach Students in Turmoil


Many of our learners live lives with emotional and other turmoil. There are students with trauma effects, students with difficult home lives, and students who do not speak proper English, to just name a few. Often, a school may be the only safe or predictable place for them. Still, what can we do to make schools even safer? Some educators think that personalized learning offers a way to place some control into students’ hands and to give them a safe space which they can regulate. Read more at


ESL: Free Downloadable Toolkit Community and Family Resources for English Language Professionals and Other Links


Screenshot of the TESOL International Association resources:

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find at

Teaching About the Holidays in Public Schools


In a culturally responsive school, members celebrate one another and each group’s holidays. What is the best way to do this? How do we not trivialize cultures? SEe some ideas at

What Are Microaggressions and How Can Your School Avoid Them?


Do you know what microaggressions are and do you engage in using them? If you do not know, please read some examples and ponder with your colleagues how you and your school can avoid them. More at

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