The First Weeks of School: Off to a Great Start!

The First Weeks of School: Off to a Great Start!

This year, perhaps more than ever before, the first weeks of the school year will be critically important for students and teachers. After a year of unprecedented disruption, anxiety, and challenge, we must be especially thoughtful and intentional about how we kick off the school year. We must set students up for success through the skillful integration of supporting students' social and emotional needs, teaching them the social and emotional skills they need to be successful, and creating academic experiences that are engaging and inclusive. There are some key strategies we can use to help build a community of learners who are ready to engage in great schoolwork. Designed for K-12 classroom teachers of all experience levels, this workshop will give you strategies to help…

  • Build positive relationships with (and between) students
  • Build collaborative norms/rules with students
  • Set up routines needed to support independent learning
  • Teach key social and emotional skills
  • Develop a positive learning community
  • Boost students’ intrinsic motivation for learning

Additionally, you’ll receive access to an online binder of resources to support your learning and implementation after the workshop is finished.

Instructor Bios


The First Weeks of School: Off to a Great Start!

  • Mike Anderson

    Mike Anderson

    Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 20 years. An elementary public school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool and university graduate level classes. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. He also spent many years as a presenter, consultant, author, and developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, joyful, and challenging classrooms through the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. Now, as an independent education consultant, Mike works with schools across the United States and beyond, supporting great learning through customized consulting. He has also taught workshops in Canada and Mexico and has presented at many national conferences including NCTE, ASCD, and Learning and the Brain. Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning including "The First Six Weeks of School," 2nd Edition (CRS, 2015), "The Well-Balanced Teacher" (ASCD, 2010), and "The Research-Ready Classroom" (Heinemann, 2006). His most recent book, "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" (ASCD, 2016), was selected as the April 2016 ASCD member book and was sent to 62,000+ educators in more than 100 countries.

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