Unpacking Noncognitive Skills

Summer break is upon us, and we've been busy diving into the hot-topic of social/emotional learning and the role it plays in student success. Read our synthesis of what the research says and learn more about our theoretical foundations here.

Announcing: Summer Enrichment!

We've been busy over here at BTEC, and are thrilled to announce that registration is OPEN for our 2017 Summer Enrichment programming! This summer, we're featuring 4 unique programs from some amazing educators: Explorations in Autobiography, Logic 101, Literacy Through Performance and Social Justice Art. Each summer enrichment experience features a blend of project-based/collaborative learning and field trips to let students explore their topic hands-on. We've aligned each package to the Illinois Social/Emotional Learning standards in an attempt to supplement academic with noncognitive skills, and provide an assessment report for each parent/guardian upon their child's program completion that

Ask an Educator, vol. 1

We received a few great questions this week and are excited to feature one in particular from a middle school teacher on the West Side. Feel free to chime in below and add any suggestions or resources, and keep those questions coming to bettertogetheredcollab@gmail.com! Dear Educator, I am a middle school teacher on the West Side of Chicago. I teach an all-boys 7th grade advisory as well as mixed-gender ELA courses from grades 6 through 8. I am writing because I am finding that the sexism and gender-bias propagated by the boys in my classes is becoming more and more problematic. So many of my male students enter my door with some deeply ingrained preconceived notions about women. All of the

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