For so many schools, it has been a tumultuous two years from school-on-a-screen to in-person learning. This is definitely the case for Lakeridge Elementary in the Renton (Washington) School District. For new 1st graders, school was in constant transition. Starting kindergarten on Zoom, they learned what it meant to be part of a classroom community through a screen. Later, when welcomed back into the school building as 1st graders for the first time in the fall of 2021, they began learning how to be part of …
The Mindful Mentors Project, in the Tukwila School District, brings together teens and third graders to connect as mentors and mentees, who engage together in learning about social emotional learning, mindfulness, and movement.
Partnering with the students on this project are Thrive Centered (formerly Thrive Yoga), an organization that centers embodiment and provides somatic-based SEL and restorative practices for youth K-12, Sound Discipline, Tukwila Elementary School, and Foster High School.Foster High School Mindful Mentor Andy Huynh
In Spring of 2021, Thrive Centered, founded by Damithia Nieves, and Sound Discipline, recruited six high school students to serve as mentors. …
Tymmony Keegan, 10th Grade Humanities and Black Studies Teacher, Cleveland High School
What is your current position?
I am a teacher at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle Public Schools. Previously I was a teacher at Dimmitt Middle School in the Renton School District – which had been great and I wanted new challenges. I am currently piloting a Black Studies class, which I jumped at the opportunity to teach. I also teach 10th grade Humanities.
I’m a member of Cleveland’s racial equity team, building leadership team and am the social studies department chair.
I started working with Sound Discipline …
What is it like to transform a school into a place where all young people feel they belong, they matter, and they can grow as learners?
Lakeridge Elementary, in the Renton School District, has been on just such a journey. In the spring of 2020, while navigating remote learning during school closures, the skilled Lakeridge data team, supported by Sound Discipline facilitators, decided to focus data collection on identifying patterns of racial disproportionality in discipline and identifying ways to develop a truly inclusive school community.
Analyzing Data and Looking for Patterns
A typical data team is made up of members …
Hani Nur, Reading Interventionist and Principal Intern, Thorndyke Elementary School, Tukwila School District
What is your current role(s)?
At Thorndyke Elementary in the Tukwila School District, I currently have two roles:
As a Reading Interventionist, I support the entire school in Tier 2 interventions. I work to support the below grade level readers. I am also a Principal Intern, supporting the school with similar to what an Assistant Principal would do, such as behavior, expectations, data-informed practices. As an intern, I shadow and learn from our Principal through practical application and thought-provoking conversations.
I have not seen enough people …
Ebony Pattenaude, Director of Renton Innovation Zone Partnerships and Early Learning, Renton School District
What is your role?
I serve as the Director of Renton Innovation Zone Partnerships and Early Learning. The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) is four elementary Schools in the Skyway, West Hill, and Highland Sunset neighborhoods of Renton. This is my 4th year in this role and prior to that I was doing family and community engagement coordination for the Renton Innovation Zone schools as well.
What brought you to your current work?
Pretty much my whole career has been around education and workforce development and …
Damithia Nieves (she/they), Founder of Thrive Yoga and The Mindful Mentors Project
What is your current role?
I am the Founder of Thrive Yoga, which will be changing to Thrive Centered. Sound Discipline has been a supporting partner for a program I created called The Mindful Mentors Project in the Tukwila School District. This is a somatic-based SEL program for local high school students who undergo an 8-week reciprocal-learning based training. The training teaches foundations of trauma informed care, contemplative embodiment practices, mindfulness, foundations of Ruler Social Emotional Curriculum, social emotional learning, storytelling and more. They then co-facilitate, with an …
Sound Discipline has the privilege of working alongside local Black leaders in the areas of social emotional learning (SEL) and education. To celebrate Black History Month this year, we reached out and asked if we could share their work and personal inspirations.
- Anthony Ase, Secondary STEM Facilitator, Renton School District
- Damithia Nieves, Founder of Thrive Yoga and The Mindful Mentors Project
- Ebony Pattenaude, Director, Renton Innovation Zone Partnerships (RIZP) and Early Learning, Renton School District
- Hani Nur, Reading Interventionist and Principal Intern, Thorndyke Elementary, Tukwila School District
- Tymmony Keegan, Cleveland Highschool, Seattle School District
Anthony Ase, Secondary STEM Facilitator, Renton School District & Sound Discipline Board of Directors
What is your role in your school district?
I am a Secondary STEM Facilitator for the Renton School District. Essentially, I spent a lot of time in my own classroom getting things together for some years, and now I get to help other teachers set up their classrooms to achieve their goals.
My really big push this year is to help teachers to act as a facilitator – trying to facilitate conversation with students instead of conversation at students. I love being in the classroom …
Imagine you’re a librarian at an elementary school. You have the unique opportunity of getting to interact with EVERY student in your school community and hopefully instill in them a lifelong love of reading. Cool, right? Here’s the catch: unlike a classroom educator, your time with students is limited and spread out. So, how do you develop those deeper relationships that support students to engage in learning?
The Specialist staff at Terminal Park Elementary in Auburn, Washington were feeling this struggle of not having enough time to get through their content while also getting to know their students as individuals. …