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August 2021 | Learning and Leading Professional Learning News: Back to School
Welcome to the August 2021 edition of Learning and Leading.

Back to school already? It’s difficult to believe that we are preparing for the start of the 2021–22 school year in Canada. After the last year and a half of teaching and learning during a pandemic—and some educators engaged in intermittent remote learning—this summer holiday has been a much-needed and well-deserved break.

As we anticipate a return to in-person classes this fall, this edition is focused on back to school preparations. You’ll find an assortment of professional reading, viewing, and listening opportunities to prepare and energize you for the beginning of the new school year. We have also featured some virtual events and encourage you to visit the Solution Tree Education Canada website to explore all the virtual events available to you this fall.

We wish you a healthy and successful 2021–22 school year.

—Solution Tree Education Canada
New and Best-selling Books
De-Stress the Test
De-Stress the Test
 
 
Acquire actionable steps you can take throughout the school year to alleviate student test anxiety and create brain-friendly classrooms full of focus and learning.
 
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Educator Wellness
Educator Wellness
 
 
Embrace the habits and routines that will have the greatest impact on your well-being with the support of this reflective journal and guidebook.
 
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Energize Your Teams
Energize Your Teams
 
 
Written for busy school leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders, this ultimate “grab and grow” guide outlines how to help PLC teams get better faster.
 
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Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
 
 
Discover a fresh mindset where the assessment process is a gift to our students and propels meaningful learning for all.
 
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Formative Tools for Leaders in a PLC at Work®
Formative Tools for Leaders in a PLC at Work®
 
 
As you learn, do, and lead in your PLC, rely on this practical resource to help you make targeted decisions about next steps for improvement.
 
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Not Yet…and That’s OK
Not Yet . . . and That’s OK
 
 
Learn specific ways to encourage productive struggle and ensure your students deeply value themselves as learners and risk takers.
 
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2021 Back-to-School Resources Catalog
2021 Back-to-School Resources Catalog
 
 
Gain confidence and skills for the year ahead as you work to achieve student equity and accelerate learning recovery.
 
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On-site and Online
Professional Development
Classroom Management and Behaviour Professional Learning will teach you how to effectively communicate with resistant learners, establish trusting relationships, and ensure students develop the behavioral skills they need to succeed in school, college, work, and life. Learn more »

Take Time for You Mini-Course offers strategies and tools you can start using now to cultivate overall health and well-being. You’ll watch interactive videos, track understanding with brief quizzes, and then earn microcredentials that showcase your skill development. Enroll today »
Expert Spotlight
Alex Kajitani
Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year and a top-4 finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker who supports and motivates teachers and administrators nationwide.
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Upcoming Events
Virtual Workshop
Behavior Solutions: A Practical Roadmap for SEL Success in All Tiers Virtual Workshop
Virtual Event | October 13 & 20, 2021
 
 
Fostering positive behavior and SEL by utilizing the PLC at Work® and RTI at Work™ processes will boost your school’s positive school culture, increase attendance, improve behavior, prepare students for life, and address inequities in school discipline. This workshop is designed to create a practical roadmap for meeting the needs of the whole child.
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Virtual Workshop
Response to Intervention at Work™ Virtual Workshop: A Live 2-Day Event with Mike Mattos
Virtual Event | November 9 & 16, 2021
Learn why bureaucratic, paperwork-heavy, compliance-oriented, test-score-driven approaches fail, and then discover how to create an RTI model that works. Acquire four essential guiding principles—collective responsibility, concentrated instruction, convergent assessment, and certain access—and experience a simple process for bringing these principles to life in your school.
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Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Not Yet . . . and That’s OK to gain insight into the whole child approach and learn how you can meet students’ needs
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Share this reproducible from Not Yet . . . and That’s OK with students and parents to learn how to best support students throughout the semester or year.
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The Solution Tree Blog
Kicking Open the Trap Door of Student Engagement
By Dennis Shirley
On a recent visit to a school, I listened to a student who complained that everything that he was asked to do by his teacher was boring. When I asked him what he would like to learn about…
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Dennis Shirley
Videos to watch and share
Video
In this interactive and highly engaging webinar, Timothy D. Kanold and Tina H. Boogren outline four dimensions of professional wellness thoughtfully designed to avoid burnout and inspire practical daily routines for a healthy, balanced, and meaningful professional life.
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Video
In this webinar, Sharon V. Kramer, Jasmine K. Kullar, Greg Kushnir, and Mike Suderman discuss the three big ideas of a professional learning community and the four critical questions that will guide the recovery of learning within a school.
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Additional Reading & Listening
Featured Article
Student Agency in COVID Times: Empowering Students and Ourselves
By Dr. Christine Younghusband
Article: Student Agency in COVID Times: Empowering Students and Ourselves
We were at the mercy of the pandemic. Powerless. The pandemic stripped teachers from what we knew or believed was good teaching and learning. We had to make choices to regain this power…
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Featured Video
Starting Each Class With a Warm Welcome
Video: Starting Each Class With a Warm Welcome
A good welcoming activity is also a proactive classroom management strategy. This Edutopia video shares a few example activities that you can use in your classroom to build community, establish a sense of shared values, and make everyone feel included.
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