What We've Been Up To
“What evidence do we have that the social atmosphere of school really matters to learning?” The Social Neuroscience of Education written by Dr. Louis Cozolino, one of FuelEd’s Advisory Board Members concisely and comprehensively answers that question and serves as the cornerstone of the FuelEd program. To learn more, check out the synopsis in the Harvard Education Review.
FuelEd is excited and honored to have the support of a multi-year grant from the Houston Endowment Inc.! We are proud to announce that this grant will be used toward start-up support for FuelEd’s innovative staff development program in the greater Houston area. Houston has been a welcoming home to FuelEd and this support will make it possible for us to partner with many more Houston schools and build a model that can ultimately impact the rest of the nation.
Houston Endowment, Inc. – a philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937 – improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The foundation donates approximately $75 million yearly to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health & human services.
FuelEd has recently partnered with both KIPP and Teach for America in the Houston area. We are delivering our program for teachers and administrators at KIPP Voyage this spring and have enjoyed getting to know these talented and committed educators. We are also delivering a program to develop the social and emotional competencies of Teach for America’s alumni who are now serving as school leaders across the Houston region.
By Natalie Pendley, YES Prep North Central
As a third year middle school teacher, I am very used to students’ mood swings and sometimes erratic behavior. Still, in some cases, their behavior can personally trigger me so I was excited to learn more about my triggers through the FuelEd workshops. Afterwards, I was inspired to share what I had learned with my students and make them more aware of my personal triggers—arrogance and aggression. I told them why calling out answers and being rude to one another, and to teachers, upset me personally. I even shared stories with them about my experiences from childhood and teaching that stuck with me.
As FuelEd embarks on its second year of programs in Houston, we are excited to announce the support of The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. Houston has proved to be an exciting inaugural city for our programs and a welcoming home for our organization. This grant from The Brown Foundation will help FuelEd build toward our vision of building educators’ capacity to connect with students and one another in a way that builds emotionally safe and growth promoting classroom and school environments.
Moreover, this grant will enable FuelEd to build its first city-based model, enabling us to build a a strong foundation for a sustainable program that can be scaled nationally.
FuelEd recently received news of cornerstone grants from several foundations and donors. This infusion will enable us to build staff on the ground in Houston where we will establish our first sustainable site that can be replicated nationwide. Read on to learn more about how these grants will enable FuelEd to grow!
FuelEd concluded its pilot at YES Prep Southwest in May 2013. The finale of our pilot at YES Prep was a special time where participants reflected on their learning, created personal vision statements as “FuelEducators,” and made a mural to depict their vision of their school as a “FuelEd School.” Read on to see some of the incredible vision statements the teachers and administrators created for themselves as “FuelEducators.”
A crucial factor to success and happiness is being open to learning, open to admitting when we are wrong, and open to change. Being willing to be vulnerable about our limitations is key to building strong relationships.
On April 10, 2013, FuelEd introduced its Openness to Learning module to teachers and administrators at YES Prep Southwest. During this module, teachers and administrators learned the importance of admitting their own personal challenges, weaknesses, and struggles. Our hope is that by learning to take ownership of mistakes, teachers and administrators will seek feedback and take greater responsibility for their continuous improvement, as well as that of their students. Moreover, by appropriately modeling personal struggles, teachers and administrators will demonstrate that it is okay to “not know it all.”
We are pleased to announce that three new Houston schools are preparing to come on board to work with FuelEd in the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Teachers and administrators at these schools will develop FuelEd’s six core social-emotional competencies through a combination of modalities: Instructional Workshops, Small Groups, and One-on-Ones. Read on to learn more about our partner schools.
On March 12th, 2013, FuelEd was one of five entrepreneurs who had the wonderful opportunity to present at the Harvard Innovation Lab’s anniversary event. The Harvard Innovation Lab, or “i-Lab,” is a new and innovative initiative fostering entrepreneirual activities among Harvard students, faculty, and entrepreneurs in Boston and is also the site of FuelEd’s early beginnings. FuelEd’s founder, Megan Marcus, spent many hours at the i-Lab while earning her Master’s in Education Policy and Management at Harvard University. The resources, mentorship, and classes were pivotal to FuelEd’s development. Read on to learn more about the event on March 12th….