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Building a Belonging Classroom (Edutopia) (video)

To learn, students need to feel safe, cared for, and emotionally connected to their teachers and each other. This Edutopia video, which is part of Edutopia’s How Learning Happens series, shares some ideas for building belonging in the classroom.

How to Cultivate a Sense of Belonging in Schools (The Edvocate)

The Edvocate offers six tips for fostering a culture of belonging, inclusiveness, and mutual respect. Together, they underscore the roll of creating a positive and supportive space, and encouraging social interactions while acknowledging and celebrating diversity, promoting teacher-student relationships, and ensuring student involvement in decision making.

Student Agency for 2030 (OECD)

In 2015, the OECD launched the Future of Education and Skills 2030 project, which aims help education systems determine the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need to thrive in and shape their future. The first part of the work involved the development of the Learning Compass, a framework that creates common language for broad education goals, and defines the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that learners need to fulfil their potential and contribute to the well-being of their communities and the planet. Student agency is one of the Learning Compass’ core concepts. Read more about the role of…

Youth Voice and Choice (XQ Institute)

Youth Voice and Choice is one of the XQ Institute’s six core design principles for creating a school where exciting and rigorous teaching and learning happens. This article shares advice for empower students as leaders and thinkers by giving them a say in what and how they learn, and another resource outlines five ideas – and why they matter – for incorporating student voice and choice in your school, to design the best school experience possible

Ten Ways to Help Students Motivate Themselves (EdWeek)

Former and current educators share their ideas on how to encourage student motivation in this April 2023 blog post. Whitney Emke highlights the role of fostering belonging, purpose, and agency, and Laura Robb offers seven classroom conditions, like student-centered learning, collaboration and reflection, that nurture positive relationships to build a community of engaged learners.

A Call to Connection: Rediscovering the Transformative Power of Relationships (The Einhorn Collaborative)

A Call to Connection is a primer intended to spark conversation and inspire action in the many different settings and roles we inhabit. It does not put forward a prescriptive blueprint, but rather a set of accessible and adaptable ideas for re-centering our culture on connection. With reflection prompts and vignettes throughout, the primer is a powerful tool for igniting a shared understanding and collective consciousness that opens us up to the possibilities for connection around us.

Learning Agency (Inspiring Inquiry)

The Inspiring Inquiry web page features a curated collection of educational resources that inspire teaching and learning through inquiry. Videos, infographics, and blog posts all give educators tools to support student agency. Resources support educators in their efforts to create an inquiry-based culture of thinking and learning that embraces the development of a growth mindset, 21st century skills/dispositions, and an environment in which it is safe for children to struggle, grapple, inquire, wonder, discuss and play. 

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