Three diverse middle school students display excited expressions in class.

Student Life Connection: Implement Programs to Explore Interests and Aspirations

Why should a student show an interest in our classes if we do not show an interest in them? Show them you care.

– Jeff Charbonneau



ACTIVITY

  • Implement activities, classes, and/or programs that give students opportunities to explore their interests and aspirations, while also building ownership of learning skills

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Passion. Pride. Promise. Two Leaders Help Pave the Way for Their Students & Communities

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Portico Student Experience Survey: Measuring Belonging, Connection, Engagement

Let’s move away from an environment where kids are sorted, packaged, and labeled based on the perceptions of adults that barely knew them. Readiness and success should be defined by students’ engagement, adaptability, and what they can do with their knowledge. However, students need to feel a sense of belonging, connection, and engagement as well as demonstrate self-awareness, self-management, and well-being to achieve true readiness and success. This survey process is an important step in that direction.

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