- Staff from all our NYC Mission Society programs attended a Program Goal Setting Meeting at Minisink Townhouse on Tuesday, September 11th.
- GRIOT kicked off the school year on Thursday, September 13th. It was wonderful to see our participants reunite and to welcome new students to the program.
- Our Power Academy programs began on Wednesday, September 12th.
- Staff members from our Power Academy program at PS 85 attended training at Minisink Townhouse on Monday, September 10th. Staff members played games that required teamwork and collaboration. Staff members role played different co-teaching strategies that they will use in their classroom this year.
- Staff members from our Power Academy program at PS 175 attended training on Tuesday, September 11th. Staff members developed their own Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Systems. This system will help staff members promote positive student behavior.
- Staff members at our Summer Power Academy program at PS 85 created some amazing bulletin boards to showcase our summer theme, “We Built This City”. Staff members added to their bulletin boards each week to highlight the different weekly themes, including transportation systems, arts spaces, community buildings, and residential buildings.
Welcoming Students With a Smile
Greeting each student at door can really set the tone for the school day and has positive benefits for both teachers and students.
- A recent study of 203 students in 10 different classrooms linked greeting students at the door to a 20% increase in student engagement and a 9% decrease in disruptive behavior.
- Greeting students at the door promotes social emotional learning skills, such as relationship building and self awareness. Students are taught how to greet adults and communicate their feelings.
- The morning transition can be a hectic time for students, so greeting students at the door is a proactive classroom management strategy.
- When greeting students at the door, teachers should:
- Say the student’s name
- Make eye contact
- Use a friendly nonverbal greeting, like a high five, handshake, or thumbs-up
- Give a few words of encouragement
- Ask how their day is going
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THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Why Does the School Day End Two Hours Before the Work Day?
This mismatch requires a crisis for many parents, who need to find affordable childcare between 3 and 5:00 p.m…
- On a cold Thursday morning, 70 parents were lined up outside the Parks and Recreation Building in Windsor, Connecticut. Some parents had lined up at 11:30 pm on Wednesday night to wait in line. Parents were lined up to register their kids for a before and after-school program called the “4th R”, which costs about $300 a month.
- This problem isn’t unique to Windsor. Both parents work in half of married couple families and 70% of them work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fewer than half of America’s public schools offer after-school programs.
- Many parents cannot afford to pay for nannies or private child-care programs.
- According to a 2014 report by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, the parents of 19.4 million children said their kids aren’t currently enrolled in a program due to a lack of open slots. This amount increased by 27% since 2004.
- About 3% of parents of elementary school children and 19% of middle school children leave their children unsupervised.
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