Gaggle Speaks

Ideas, news, and advice for K-12 educators and administrators to help create safe learning environments.

07 Aug 2023

How Poetry Can Guide Social Emotional Learning

As a teacher of eight years, I noticed the classroom has changed since the pandemic. The lack of “school connectedness” is extremely detrimental. Acco...

By     Niknesha Hairston
02 Mar 2023

Managing a Student Mental Health Crisis in Schools

Introduction: Mental health is a major issue for students of all ages, yet most schools are unprepared to identify warning signs and respond effective...

By     Dr. Lisa Strohman
01 Apr 2022

Emergency Education Funding: Where Are We Now?

We all know the past two years have been a wild ride, and none of us are certain when it will stop being full of so many highs and lows. All of the un...

By     Susan Gentz
03 Mar 2022

Incorporating SEL to Support Younger Students

The pandemic has placed elementary students in a unique position: Many have never experienced a “normal” school year. The last time students lived thr...

By     Lisa Railton
29 Jul 2021

Removing Barriers to Mental Health and SEL

My previous MTSS blog detailed the fundamentals of MTSS and the importance of an early warning system. The next step is incorporating mental health in...

By     Art Godin, Ed.S.
22 Jun 2021

Prioritizing SEL for the New School Year

The crisis in student mental health has been growing for years, but the pandemic has heightened these struggles for today’s students. In a recent repo...

By     Lisa Railton
29 Mar 2021

How Microsoft and Gaggle Support SEL

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is important to ensure student success both in school and in life. When students are more in touch with their emot...

By     Gaggle
09 Mar 2021

The Power of Hope

Hope is a force that no one doubts or disagrees is a good thing. What we are unsure of is what exactly hope is and, more importantly, what it looks li...

By     Angela Maiers
14 Jan 2021

5 Ways to Support Educator Mental Health

The past year has been particularly demanding of educators’ mental and emotional energy, which has had a direct impact on their mental health. Educato...

By     Paget Hetherington
17 Aug 2020

Creating Safety From the Inside Out

As we prepare for our return to school this fall, safety will mean a lot more than face masks and hand-washing. As controversy over if schools should ...

By     Allison Morgan

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