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New Social Awareness Toolkit Released for Educators

Transforming Education has launched a new free resource for educators: our toolkit on social awareness. Social awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures; to understand social and ethical norms for behavior; and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.[1] Like other TransformEd toolkits, the Social Awareness Toolkit is a 90-minute professional development session, designed for educators seeking research-based strategies to support students in developing this particular competency. Educators who download this free resource will have access to an editable version of the session materials so they can customize them as needed for their own context.

What skills are new graduates missing when they start their first jobs?

As a talent development consultant, when contracted to develop "onboarding" or "new hire" programs for fresh-to-the-workforce hires, I'm most often asked to create learning experiences that will teach business communication, relationship management, conflict resolution, professionalism & etiquette, time management, research & analysis, listening skills, and solving problems as a team.

"They are intelligent, capable, and technically savvy," one client said of his new sales hires, "but they show up not knowing how to behave and engage professionally in the workplace. They have to be told not to curse when speaking to clients, that ripped jeans are inappropriate work attire, and that e-mails need to be written in complete sentences. "

Professional organizations and businesses alike are all lauding this new crop of employees as highly qualified, innovative, ambitious, and skilled; however, their shortcomings in soft skills are impeding their success in the workplace.

Let’s Not Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good: Measurement, MESH, and Continuous Improvement

We are excited to be featured in yesterday's article on social-emotional skills (or “MESH”) on the front page of the New York Times. It's great to see the recognition for this important cause, and we love hearing about teachers like Ms. Cooney who are proactively supporting students in building the skills they need to succeed within school and beyond. Teachers like Ms. Cooney make us even more proud of the work we’ve done so far to support the CORE Districts, which have incorporated social-emotional skills and school culture/climate into their school accountability and continuous improvement system. As with any systems change effort, this has given rise to many questions. We understand the concerns about how MESH measures should be used, and we take those concerns seriously. We also know that part of having a Growth Mindset is committing to putting in the effort, reflecting on what we’re learning, and continuously improving the approach over time. We believe MESH measures aren’t perfect…yet...

Organization in Education Matters: Network Improvement Communities (NIC) and Improvement Science

Drawing from improvement science, the Network Improvement Community Model (NIC) is a relatively new approach that provides a framework for deep, networked problem solving.  For school and district leaders wanting to improve outcomes in a specific area, this model can serve an efficient way to organize participants.  Too often we waste funding, personnel, and other resources toward admirable goals but with a vague understanding of the complexities of the problem.  NICs hone in on a single, specific problem and concentrate the energies of all participants to resolve the problem in a cyclical process that creates immediate and actionable results...

Passionate about social change? Want to make a difference?

Looks like its hiring season! Over the past week, we've heard that many of our partners, fellow travelers, and social entrepreneurs are adding to their teams. And, TransformEd is adding to our team as well. We thought we'd share the opportunities we're aware of here...

Teaching the Whole Child

As a Black woman who grew up in Hartford, I know all too well the potentially fracturing effects of not teaching the Whole Child. I was mistakenly labeled as a special education student instead of having my social and emotional needs addressed. After discussions about my home life (being separated from my parents and siblings and placed in foster care), being taught social skills, ethics and coping mechanisms, I began to flourish...

MESH and Students Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Can they learn these essential life ingredients?

Students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be the last group of students one would think of when thinking about teaching MESH (Mindsets, Essential Skills & Habits) or the first depending upon one’s perspective. For me, the answer to the question, “Can we students’ diagnosed with ASD learn MESH is a resounding YES!  Therefore, we must teach MESH to all students! MESH involves teaching children about the mindsets, essential skills and habits they need to succeed in school, work and life...

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