Category: Heart of the School

When Your School’s Heart Breaks

Responding to the loss of two students in a car accident, Rita Platt is thinking about how loving school leaders can help their staff work through the darkness and step into the light of hope and compassion. She shares her letter to staff, poetry and helpful articles.

How We Get Kids to Read Hard Nonfiction

Learning to read hard nonfiction is a life skill, says principal Rita Platt. It allows students to dive deep into content, enriches vocabulary, and can be a jumping-off point for developing lifelong pursuits. Platt shares strategies her school uses to spark interest.

Let Students Read! Why Quantity Really Counts

If we want our students to be readers, we have to let them read, writes principal and reading teacher Rita Platt. We have to give them time for the kind of reading that is guided by curiosity, joy, and love of story. Platt shows exactly how her school made this work.

Teaching Assertiveness to Counter Meanness

In response to kids just being mean or in instances of downright bullying, teaching children to be calmly assertive can help. Rita Platt shares strategies that students can use to stand up for themselves and others – learning the difference between tattling and reporting.