In 17 years at the middle level, I’ve never seen a more transformative curriculum that meets the whole child right where they’re at. It gives them purpose, value, and it allows them to learn about themselves in a healthy way. They navigate tough social waters as a middle schooler and the curriculum builds skills for students to use in all facets of their life.
Our climate and culture has dramatically improved as more and more students are exposed to the curriculum. Our students are more aware of interpersonal relational issues that may come up and feel empowered to support each other in a positive, healthy way. One side benefit of expanding the curriculum to the majority of our 8th graders is that our suspension rate has gone down over the years.
As an educator, my practice has been transformed. The curriculum not only will inspire and teach your children to improve their relationships, it will improve your relationships with your students, your families, and your friends. You will see that there’s no better way to live your life than that of a servant leader. It will never let you down. Modeling servant leadership in your building will build your influence as an educator and will allow you to make positive change at a systems level.
I was even able to get my very data driven principal to start encouraging our teachers to “serve” our kids. That slight language change has made our staff meetings much more student focused rather than teacher focused.
Sally Rusk - Inglewood Middle School, WA - 17 Years in Education