Happy School, Happy Students

Every once in awhile, we stumble across a school that defeats all odds, that stands out unafraid to be different – to put the student first. More schools could benefit from taking a page out of Weiner Elementary School’s book – from their morning dance parties and assemblies, to their celebrations and recognition of student’s uniquenesses and abilities.

Schools who put students first, who celebrate differences and abilities of all, help grow a nation of students ready to fight for an inclusive society, ready to support each other, and most importantly, ready to learn.

It is schools like this that encourage students to go to school – and to engage in learning. A study published in the Review of Educational Research teaches us about the importance of prioritizing school climates to bridge achievement gaps.

The study also showed that money is not a determinative factor in school climate or happiness – that even the poorest schools can create an encouraging, happy climate for their students. It takes a positive attitude, encouraging teachers and staff and not bundles of money to change a school for the better.

Just as we know a child is often happier with the box the toy came in, than the toy itself – a student is happier and more successful with encouragement, celebration and happiness than expensive tools and technology.

More Info: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/01/500060004/how-a-happy-school-can-help-students-succeed?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202701

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