As the school year begins, Michelle Russell has plans to take Geoff Krall’s Necessary Conditions to class. She shares the norms, structures and routines she’ll implement starting day one, from establishing guidelines for group work to assuring academic safety.
There is no perfect method for shared decision-making among principals, teachers, staff and families, but it’s most successful when involvement is authentic, time is adequate, and agreed-upon norms are in place. Authors Ron Williamson and Barb Blackburn share strategies.
Matthew Kay’s Not Light, But Fire is a thought-provoking book that challenges teachers to move beyond typical classroom conversations to help students understand how to discuss difficult topics such as race. Teacher Laura Von Staden says the risks are worth the growth.