Family interviews

Family interviews

Big Picture Learning educators hear multiple perspectives on students’ interests, assets and challenges at the beginning of the year through a process they call family interviews. This is a key first step in meaningfully deepening and personalizing student learning.

Family interviews

Community culture questionnaire

Educators at Elm Street Academy created a community culture questionnaire out of their desire to ensure students had a voice in decision-making about community building, rules, policies and student leadership.

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Mentoring residents in team-based staffing models

Residencies are backed by a strong evidence base across a range of outcomes (Azar, Grossman, Lozier & Scheib, 2021). This resource proposes new opportunities to better support teacher residents through mentorship in team-based staffing models.
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Distributed expertise staffing matrix

This protocol helps educators make strategic decisions around how to best leverage the distributed expertise of team members. Additionally, it can help to identify other educators who may need to join the team and in what capacities.
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Interest-based student groupings

One way Next Education Workforce teams deepen and personalize learning for students is through dynamic student grouping. Dynamic student grouping: Is responsive to student data. It may be driven by formative student learning data or by student interest. Is temporary!...
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Skills-based student groupings

One way Next Education Workforce teams deepen and personalize learning for students is through dynamic student grouping. Dynamic student grouping: Is responsive to student data. It may be driven by formative student learning data or by student interest. Is temporary!...
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Establishing norms for managing conflict

Through this activity, educator team members reflect on their preferences for managing conflict and work together to agree on norms for healthy conflict as a team. This resource was created in collaboration with Blue Engine, an organization that partners with schools,...
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Establishing communication and working styles norms

This activity offers team members an opportunity to reflect on and share what it takes for them to feel balanced, how they prefer to process information, what they need most from their team members and more. After reflecting and sharing, team members will work...
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River of life

This activity invites team members to gain a deeper understanding of one another, including backgrounds and context for teamwork. In it, you will create a map that captures key life experiences and then share your map with your educator team. This resource was created...