First, if you’ve found this post, thanks for joining this discussion!
I’ve spent the better part of my adult life in various public and nonprofit positions supporting struggling kids. Over the past few years, I’ve really experienced the value of public discussion – through forums and blogs in particular – in my own professional development, and want to create another venue for such discussion surrounding challenges and solutions related to kids who struggle academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally.
More specifically, I’ve grown concerned with the growing divide between research/best practice and actual practice. From federal policies to nuanced classroom practices, it seems that the community serving struggling students consistently struggles itself with understanding and implementing of a variety of youth-related practices. From Response to Intervention (RtI) to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), sometimes confusion and poor implementation are the norm, rather than a quest for further understanding and fidelity of implementation.
My goal with this blog is to highlight best practices – big and small, and across domains (emotional, academic, etc.) – related to supporting struggling kids, and challenges we face in understanding and implementing these best practices. My aim is to also make this blog relevant to those who serve kids outside of school, including community-based providers, mental health professionals, families, and more.
Again, thanks for joining the discussion. More important than voicing my own opinions is a healthy discussion which necessarily involves the contribution of others, from comments on my posts to guest posts – all of which are welcomed.