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Afrontando
El Momento

Un plan para la esperanza

Sumérgete en “Un Espacio de Confianza®: Afrontando el Momento” mientras abordamos el estado actual de la educación a raíz de una pandemia global.

Escuche de primera mano a educadores, estudiantes y administradores sobre los desafíos que enfrentan y sus aspiraciones de una “normalidad” redefinida. Este episodio inaugural subraya la importancia de una conexión humana genuina en el aula y la urgente necesidad de un cambio. Con debates y conocimientos sinceros, exploramos soluciones prácticas y el potencial de un sistema educativo más eficaz e inclusivo. Únase a la conversación y sea testigo de la determinación de la comunidad educativa de adaptarse y prosperar.

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Descado en esta Pelicula Marcy Melvin, MA Speaker, Mental Health and Education Consultant Alexis Jordan Middle School Wellness Counselor Nicky Wilks Educator & Co-Founder Journeymen / One Village Dianne Large Middle School Counselor Tom Hixon High School Teacher, Performing Arts Director & Band Director Lori Woodley-Langendorff, MS Founder of All It Takes, School Counselor, Writer, Education Consultant Dr. Pedro A. Noguera PhD Sociologist and Dean USC Rossier School of Education ​Cathy Flores Alternative High School Principal and Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Maggie Maguire High School Wellness Counselor Ashley Jaron High School Teacher Karen Coronado MA Psychology Researcher Maria Sandoval Middle School Teacher Gia Jantz Middle School Principal Kathryn Dusek Middle School Teacher Andrew Walanski Middle School Principal Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD Neuroscientist, Human Development Psychologist, USC Rossier School of Education Alexis Boyadjian Middle School Dean of Students Mia High School Student Sam High School Student Tatiana High School Student Christian High School Student Nicole Vitto, MA K-8 School Counselor Dan Pratt Virtual Teacher, Golf Coach Marjan Sobhani Elementary Teacher Rene Ayalai High School Physical Education Teacher

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How We're Failing Gen Z
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How We're Failing Gen Z

In the ongoing dialogue about Generation Z, a crucial voice often goes unheard – that of educators who work with these young people daily. Ashley Jaron, a high school teacher, offers a compelling perspective: "We blame the kids... But at the same time, we as adults are failing them in a lot of areas and then blaming them for our failures when we see the results." This insight challenges us to reconsider our approach to today's youth. Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Z is navigating a world vastly different from the one we experienced in our adolescence. As Ms. Jaron points out, "We were given a safer country to live in... We didn't have cell phones the way they have cell phones." The statistics underscore the unique challenges facing this generation. A 2019 Pew Research Center study found that 70% of teens see anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers. This mental health crisis is exacerbated by constant connectivity and social media pressures. Dr. Jean Twenge, a psychologist studying generational differences, notes, "The biggest difference between Gen Z and other generations is in their mental health. They're much more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety". This observation aligns with Jaron's concern about the impact of our judgments on Gen Z's mental well-being. Despite these challenges, Gen Z demonstrates remarkable resilience and potential. A 2021 report by McKinsey & Company highlights that this generation is more ethnically diverse, better educated, and more tech-savvy than any before it. They're leading movements for social justice and creating innovative solutions to global problems. However, as Ms. Jaron reminds us, "Their brains are not fully developed. They're teenagers." This biological fact is often overlooked in our rush to judgment. Dr. Frances Jensen, author of "The Teenage Brain," explains, "The teenage brain is only about 80 percent of the way to maturity. Their frontal lobes are not yet fully connected". Ms. Jaron's call to action is clear: "I wish everyone would see that someone raised them and it was us. And this is the result and we owe it to them to fix it." This statement underscores our responsibility to provide support and understanding, rather than criticism. To truly support Gen Z, we need to: 1. Invest in mental health resources in schools and communities. 2. Adapt educational curricula to include digital literacy and emotional intelligence. 3. Create open dialogues to understand and address their unique challenges. 4. Recognize and nurture their potential instead of focusing on perceived shortcomings. As we move forward, it's crucial to heed the words of both educators like Ms. Jaron and researchers studying this generation. By shifting our perspective and taking concrete action, we can help Gen Z navigate their complex world more effectively. After all, as Ms. Jaron poignantly states, "We're never going to see their full potential because they're not going to believe they have it." It's time we change that narrative.
Creating Space for Connection: The Power of Listening in Education
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Creating Space for Connection: The Power of Listening in Education

Kids don’t often go out of their way to express deep feelings, so when they do, we must seize the opportunity for connection and community building! One day, Teresa Campbell, a middle school teacher at North Parkway Middle School in Jackson, TN, noticed her students were unusually emotional and distracted. Rather than pushing forward with her lesson plan, she made a pivotal decision: to stop teaching and start listening. This choice underscores a fundamental yet often overlooked principle in education: the power of listening. By simply listening, Teresa transformed not just the culture of the classroom but also created space for learning to truly bloom. Modern neuroscience reveals why making room for connection and creating space for vulnerability and expression is so powerful. When teachers truly listen, they engage more than just the auditory parts of the brain; they activate neural pathways linked to empathy and emotional processing. According to research from the University of California, Berkeley, creating an environment where students feel safe to express their emotions can significantly reduce anxiety and stress levels. This reduction in stress allows students to be more open to learning, fostering a deeper connection to the material and to each other. The benefits of fostering connection in the classroom are backed by solid research. A study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that classrooms where teachers prioritize listening and connection see better student engagement, improved behavior, and higher academic achievement. By paying attention to their students’ emotional needs, teachers gain valuable insights into the challenges they face, allowing them to tailor their teaching more effectively. Listening is also crucial for building an inclusive classroom environment. This is especially vital in diverse settings where students might feel marginalized. When educators make space for students to share their experiences and emotions, it bridges cultural and social gaps, fostering a more supportive and harmonious learning atmosphere. This approach helps students feel respected and understood, enhancing their willingness to participate and engage. To effectively integrate listening into the classroom, teacher training programs need to emphasize interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. All It Takes Professional development workshops can equip educators with strategies for creating these connections, such as open-ended questioning and reflective feedback. Additionally, educational policies should support smaller teacher-to-student ratios and encourage the use of teaching aids that allow teachers to focus more on individual students. This ensures that teachers can respond to students' needs in real-time, rather than being confined to rigid lesson plans. Ms. Campbell’s experience with her classroom, in only her first year as a teacher, is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of noticing and responding to what students need in the moment. By making connection and listening a priority, educators can enhance learning outcomes, support students' emotional well-being, and create a nurturing educational environment. Moving forward, let’s champion the cause of paying attention to our students, ensuring that every student not only learns but feels genuinely heard. Life is messy, and sometimes the best teaching happens when we pause to truly listen and engage in real discussions.

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