A couple times a year, students in different parts of Prince of Wales Island are locked up together for three days. It’s Phlight Club, a program that aims to increase kids’ ability to cope with challenges, and improve their support system.Read More
What is the purpose of evaluating teachers? Most would agree that at its base level, it’s about making sure teachers are performing their minimum job requirements. But at the highest level, it’s about helping teachers self-reflect on their practices and supporting them to grow their best professional selves.
As the new school year begins, we have the opportunity to support youth in new ways and see them in full-color. Caring and connected adults (Anchors) can make a profound difference in the lives of youth. Here are some tips to support students in and outside of a school setting:Read More
For Kris Devereaux, Chief Academic Officer, and her colleagues at Zionsville Community Schools in Indiana, strengthening the Social and Emotional competence of students throughout the district is a top priority. And they have invited Brightways Learning to help them reach their goals by implementing Kaleidoscope Connect’s Integrative Youth Development (IYD) framework.Read More
By Heather Lusk of Current in Zionsville
Why do some children thrive while others fail?
That was the question youth advocate Derek Peterson explored as he spoke to more than 1,500 community members over two sessions Aug. 3 after meeting with educators, Zionsville Community Schools staff and selected students.Read More
Brightways Learning is a Certified Rehabilitation Provider for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program through the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
Pre-ETS is for students with disabilities ages 14-21 who are on an IEP, 504 Plan or are “potentially eligible” for DVR services.Read More
Within the Kaleidoscope Connect framework, we do not ask youth, “How smart are you?” Instead we ask, “How are you smart?” By looking through this strength-based lens, we celebrate the unique talents and intelligences that every youth has.
To help youth grow their resiliency, here are 4 tips to support them in the development of their individual intelligences:Read More
Kimejoe Lambeth and Eugene James are 15-year-olds from rural Alaska, living on Prince of Wales Island. In most respects, they are typical teens.
But what sets them apart is their strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of other kids, and the leadership skills they have developed and polished over the past three years by taking part in our Kaleidoscope Connect activities.Read More
Kaleidoscope Connect’s Integrative Youth Development (IYD) framework immediately resonated with us, because it focuses on building resilient youth by helping them develop important social and emotional skills including self-awareness, self-management, relationship-building and responsible decision-making.Read More
Like many other - particularly rural - school districts, we were initially struggling with our state’s teacher evaluation requirements and the limited options available. However, Brightways Learning, once again, came through for us like no other education vendor could.Read More
I would never have expected a small nonprofit organization based in Montana to be able to provide me with some of the vital keys that are contributing to the growing success of my school district.Read More
Bullies are perfect examples of labeling, where we have lost focus of their positive traits. Instead of looking at what’s wrong with students, we should look at – and amplify – what’s right.Read More
For nearly a decade, Jennie “JenJen” McLean has been involved with Kaleidoscope Connect. "I've witnessed quiet, reluctant, and vulnerable kids walk into a Phlight Club looking terrified. Within hours, these same kids have bonded with their peers, made friends and connected with Anchors."Read More