Imagine you’re an instructional coach reviewing student perspective data with teachers. As part of a schoolwide survey, students have answered questions about their experiences with their teachers, such as: How respectful is your teacher toward you? How much do you matter to others in this class? How often does this teacher take time to make sure you understand the material? This data affects students and teachers on a personal level — and the results for many of the teachers are upsetting. One teacher is in tears because, despite her hard work, only 38% of her students responded favorably to this question: Overall, how interested are you in this class? Seeing the teacher’s distress — and feeling some of his own — a school administrator soothes

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Menakem, R. (2017). My grandmother’s hands: Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Central Recovery Press.

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Jacobē Bell ( is a network director at Teaching Matters.

Categories: Change management, Coaching, Continuous improvement, Data, Equity, Evaluation & impact, Social & emotional learning

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