With so much hate and division in our world, thoughts of how schools can provide love and belonging have been weighing down on me these past several months. Feelings of safety, love, and belonging are essential needs every human needs in order to live their best, most fulfilled lives. When it comes to these three needs, schools can have such an amazing impact in improving the lives of our students.
But how are children’s needs of love and belonging being met in our schools? And what can we do to make our schools a safe place where students feel loved, valued, and welcome?
This week I go over a few simple steps we as educators can take to confront our own biases and ensure our schools are places of love and inclusion. Schools are the biggest influence on our children outside of the home, so we must be willing to make the necessary changes to make them safe places where students feel seen, heard, and valued.
Jump Through the Conversation:
[1:07] Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
[3:27] How do schools meet foundational needs of students
[5:32] My challenge to schools
[6:35] Be a voice of love and inclusion
[9:57] A need we can address
[11:47] My challenge to educators
Links and Resources
- Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- No Place for Hate
- Loren’s Episode
- Email Maureen
- Facebook: Follow Education Evolution
- Twitter: Follow Education Evolution
- LinkedIn: Follow Education Evolution
- Maureen’s book: Creating Micro-Schools for Colorful Mismatched Kids
- Micro-school feature on Good Morning America
- The Micro-School Coalition
- Facebook: The Micro-School Coalition
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