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Holly commented on Gender Sensitive Teacher Training

This is so important! With the influx of girls educational access and retention programs it seems both logical and urgent to protect the girls once they are in school. It becomes an urgent question of you got them there, now what? Teachers are in a unique space to change the climate of inclusion within their communities as well as to be both a positive or negative factor in the girls repetition, completion, and retention rates. Without even posting the mass amount of statistics that support the importance of keeping girls in school the importance of this idea stands out.

Impressive insights into the needs of teachers. Bolstering motivation through professionalization is very appealing and very low-cost option. I would love to see this idea coupled with teacher learning circles and see if a professional community support network can positively reinforce the teaching experience and improve teacher retention.

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Holly commented on Linking Student Well-being to Teacher Well-being

I completely agree! IRC's Healing Classrooms materials begin with an overview of teacher well-being before focusing in on student wellbeing. I believe that you cannot give what you do not have. Also, in order to use a concept it is important to understand it on a personal level, what better way to frame the wellbeing needs of a student than by the wellbeing needs of a teacher. http://healingclassrooms.org/2/4/1.html