Learner FIRST Relationship Series:
A Blueprint for Building Connections in Uncertain Times
WHAT is the Learner FIRST Relationship Series?
“What does social connection look like in a time of social distancing?”
As fall approaches and millions prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, educators around the world are grappling with how, during these uncertain times, they will develop connections with and between their students.
The events of the last six months including the global pandemic, economic crisis,
and social unrest have amplified the need for students and teachers to feel love and belonging.
Although educators understand the importance of forming strong relationships, the challenge of doing this while facing the unknown of whether they will ever meet their students face to face in person leads many to wish they had a blueprint to guide them through their journey.
Drawing upon experts in the area of relationship development, the Learner FIRST Center for Social Emotional Learning has developed a 7-part series providing educators with a blueprint of practical ideas and tools to not only connect with students but to use the information learned about each students to engineer engaging learning experiences during this new virtual world.
Join colleagues and schools from around the world who are making connections their goal for the school year. This Relationship Series has been designed to give educators access to resources, thought-leaders, educators and solutions to the number one problem plaguing educators as they prepare to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them by COVID-19.
Keynote Address with Tom Hierck
Welcome to Our House
Educators have very little control or influence over the houses their students come from, and they need to stop focusing on that as an excuse to explain why students do not learn and grow.
Educators have complete control over “Our House”, the place where students spend seven hours a day, five days a week. When the focus is on making our house a place a success, we consider all variables and work to ensure all students learn and grow.
Inviting ALL Students Into Learning
Ensuring that every child feels that they are a vital and important part of our school community and that they all contribute to the beautiful tapestry that is Our House begins from the moment students and families walk into our schools.
This engaging session will provide educators and leaders with strategies that can be implemented immediately whether in a virtual, face-to-face, or hybrid setting. Walk away feeling empowered to implement strategies and practices that result in ALL students feeling recognized, honored and valued!
Equity in Education Begins with Relationships
How can you teach me if you don’t know me? As a young student of color who grew up in poverty and struggled as an English Learner, this is a question that I often imagined asking my teachers, but never had the courage to ask.
As an educator, it is the question that drives me to create equitable learning communities where every student is valued, welcomed, and taught at high levels. When we take the time to understand who our students are and their gifts of language, race, experience, culture and identity, they learn and they thrive.
Meaningful relationships with students are the foundation for equity in education. Without relationships and connections, there is only learning for some, not all.
This session will provide you with strategies that support strong connections and relationships with students in your journey for equity in education.
Dennis Griffin Jr.
Empowering Through Relationships: A Leader’s Perspective
Afraid of Risks? Afraid of failure? COVID-19 did not provide a blueprint for the trials and obstacles that educators are currently confronted with, however, there is one thing that we know for sure: LEADERS must look for ways to empower educators through the fear of the unknown to ensure the social, emotional, and academic achievement of all students.
If you are asking yourself why should you attend this session, ask yourself, are you a leader? If you are a leader this session is for you. If you believe you are not a leader this session is for you, as well. Why? We are all leaders and the foundation of our leadership resides with the relationships that we create.
In this session, Dennis Griffin lays out a three-step framework that will empower all leaders to understand that their leadership is a result of the relationships that they cultivate each and every day.
Building a Sense of Belonging Amongst Virtual Learners
A sense of community is just as important as the curriculum. If students don’t feel connected to you and to one another, it will be nearly impossible to keep them motivated to learn. In this session, Nelson draws upon his extensive work in Hawaii and his knowledge of the HA (Breath) Framework.
The first component of this framework is a sense of belonging (He pili wehena ‘ole). “He pili wehena ‘ole” serves as one of the six pillars for supporting a holistic learning process that includes every students’ ability to stand firm on a strong foundation of relationships. Within the state of Hawaii and the rest of the United States, creating this sense of belonging has been made even more difficult by the current pandemic, the ongoing protests, and the upcoming move to virtual learning.
Nelson will provide educators with an essential and practical formula for creating a virtual community of learners that feel they belong in your schools and classrooms. With this field-tested system in place, any teacher, instructional coach, administrator or any other school leader can move beyond a transactional curriculum to an authentic and empowering integration of content and community.
Relationships matter! How to build, maintain and repair relationships.
In this session we will refocus on how to create positive student teacher relationships. As research shows, teacher student relationships can have a positive effect on a student’s growth and achievement. We will focus on the philosophy of restorative practices and how using effective language; impromptu conversations and circles can help create the balance of managing a classroom while building relationships.
Dominique will share his experience of working at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, and how they have regained the power of using relationships with students. Simply put, students do not learn from adults they don’t care about. The focus of restorative practices is to drift away from punitive practices and the refocus of using conversation and understanding to help restore situations.
Emotionally Safe and Academically Challenging
Creating educational environments where all students have a chance to be successful has never been more important than they are during this critical time in America.
In this inspiring session, Greg Wolcott, author of the best-selling book Significant 72: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools and Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Social Emotional Learning describes the critical role the teacher-student relationship plays in being able to challenge students to move outside their individual comfort zones and achieve at high levels. He then shares strategies and techniques for developing connections with and between students that fosters an environment of trust and acceptance where all learners can thrive.
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What to Expect
Actionable and Relatable Content
COVID-19 has put educators in a position they have not experienced in their careers. This virtual series is designed to provide schools with a variety of resources and information to help address the current realities of building connections with kids during uncertain times.
This series is designed to provide teachers and administrators with practical strategies that can be used in the classroom or in their leadership scenarios. This series isn’t going to just tell you what you should do, it’s designed to give you strategies that will actually help you!
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Blueprint Videos released August 19, 2020. Once you receive the 7 part series, you have access to ALL videos until January 1, 2021. This gives you the opportunity to work through each video when it fits in your schedule.
What People are Saying About Working with FIRST?
“Thank you so much for this experience! I feel empowered and excited to return to my classroom, my grade level team, my school and my district!”
“Without a doubt, Learner FIRST is one of the strongest professional learning opportunities our School District has been a part of. The positive energy in each session was contagious and the powerful messages developed by FIRST Educational Resources each year are inspirational and relevant to our entire staff.”
“The keynotes and breakouts were amazing! This conference is invaluable and super timely-a fantastic way to get energized for another school year. Thank you!”
“Absolutely fantastic event! So many great speakers and wonderful ideas. It really made love my profession again-and I’ve been questioning it. THANK YOU!”
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