Lessons Learned by Shasta Looper

The return to school in 2020 brought a mixed bag of emotions for most educators I know. For me personally, I began to experience feelings and emotions that weren’t normally equated with the start of school in August. Typically, I would be full of excitement, eagerness, and anticipation about what the new year will hold. […]

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PEP’s 2021 Advocacy Agenda

Fellow advocates, To state the obvious, 2020 was a very difficult year for public education. I once heard the former long-time Executive Director of Spartanburg Academic Movement, John Stockwell, describe public schools as “the centers of gravity in our communities.” If I had doubted John’s words then – and I didn’t – the Covid-19 pandemic […]

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Elevating Teachers: Resources for Resilience

  After hosting Elena Aguilar this week, PEP’s Program Director, Qena Jennings, put together this Elena-inspired list of resources for building resilience – and yes, Brené Brown made the cut!   Resilience Tools from Elena Aguilar Onward Tools – Onward website with free downloadable tools to boost resilience We also cannot recommend her book ‘Onward’ […]

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