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Sept. 2019: School Success Resource of the Month

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

Need some back-to-school inspiration? Watch this 7-minute TED Talk from Rita Pierson, titled “Every Student Needs a Champion.” This inspiring video about adult/student connection has been viewed more than 10 million times.

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” This video is a call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

It is trauma-sensitivity at it’s finest.

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