What We've Been Up To
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….
How much do you rely on the external environment to generate a sense of self esteem? In many ways, this is entirely natural: we are, after all, social creatures. But, for teachers, this natural tendency can be exacerbated. After all, their success hinges on the multitude of relationships they manage. It is therefore understandable that the boundaries between internal self-esteem and external self-esteem become blurred. The danger in this, however, is that one’s sense of personal and professional success can become overly dependent on others’ opinions—opinions that fluctuate daily. When this happens our sense of fulfillment and ultimately even mental well-being can be at stake. In contrast, those with a sense of self esteem that is internally derived are better able to cope with and filter emotions, difficult interactions, and sometimes harsh opinions that they are confronted with. (more…)
Emotions are an integral part of life and sometimes even more so for many teachers who can experience a multitude of emotional highs and lows in the course of one day. Sometimes, teachers are told that it is unprofessional to express their emotions, despite the fact that the teaching profession is more often than not laden with emotions. If teachers don’t feel comfortable experiencing and expressing their own emotions, how can we expect them to be positive emotional role models to students? (more…)
Just yesterday, FuelEd received a disheartening email from a teacher. It read: “My fellow teacher residents and I are going through deep strife and depression right now and I’m holding a healing session tomorrow evening. Any meditative or healing resources you can share? Anything will do!”
This teacher is surely not alone. More than we realize, teachers experience “deep strife and depression” as a result of the multitude of pressures placed on them. In addition to instructional responsibilities, teachers oftentimes where many relational roles too – they are oftentimes parents mentor, counselor-figures to their students. (more…)
On November 28th, 2012, teachers and administrators at YES Prep Southwest experienced FuelEd’s module on Self Awareness. In a two-hour instructional workshop, participants were are presented with child development research on how early attachment relationships shape behaviors, beliefs, and motives. They then explored their emotional triggers to better understand how their early relationships may be impacting their teaching style. (more…)
We asked teachers want they want and need. This is what they had to say!
FuelEd is is thrilled to announce its participation in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and Dell Education Challenge. The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. They provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors. Five Finalists will be flown to Austin, Texas, in May for a Finalist Week full of networking and mentoring with social innovation leaders. They’ll pitch live in front of our judges for these Grand Prize Awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, selected via online voting – so please help out by clicking here to view our page and vote!
On Nov. 6 from 7-9 pm, FuelEd will present its Introductory Workshop to teacher candidates at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. We are very excited to be doing our first West Coast presentation and we invite teachers and administrators, past, present and future to attend. (more…)
FuelEd is very excited to announce that our article “Scorched Earth” was published on the Huffington Post and was also mentioned on The Root. This is incredible for FuelEd as we recently returned from a phenomenal trip to Houston, where we engaged with teachers and administrators in trainings and conversations about creating a more supportive school climate. (more…)