How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships

By Katrina Schwartz
November 22, 2018

This issue of the MindShift podcast and accompanying article features Social Justice Humanitas Academy, a district pilot school in Los Angeles, designed and run by teachers. Teachers identified the practices they knew helped students succeed. Supports include an advisory program, grade-level teaching teams, office hours, a high student-counselor ratio, and a fully integrated model for English language learners and special needs students to learn alongside their peers. The biggest focus of the school, which serves mostly low income, Latino students, is building a strong culture and creating meaningful relationships between students and adults.

These resources will be of interest to educators but also could be shared with community members to build support for starting a similar district pilot school. The article provides great background while the podcast features the voices of staff and students at this school. Listen to the podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, or NPR One.

Source Organization: KQED

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