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OVERVIEW

The Center for Learning and Well-Being is a global research institute  focused on advancing evidence-based best practices in support of social emotional learning in PK-12 schools.

We support students, educators, and families in recognizing the power and impact of social emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship.

Our work is designed to elevate teacher voice and student voice into the international discourse around social emotional learning and well-being, laying the foundation for schools and systems to advance inclusive polices and practices that enable:

  • Teachers to advance their own well-being and form meaningful relationships with their peers and students
  • Students to make connections between their learning or learning environment and their emotional well-being in order to reduce isolation, increase engagement, and accelerate achievement
  • Leaders to evaluate the impact they are having on school culture, equity, student and teacher well-being, learning and growth.
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MEET OUR EDUCATOR-IN-RESIDENCE

MICHELLE TRUJILLO

Michelle L. Trujillo, Co-Founder of the Center for Learning and Well-Being, is an author and experienced teacher with over 25 years in education. Armed with a passion for empowering educators and students alike with the principles they need to thrive, Michelle is a firm believer in the powerful role that educators have in guiding and inspiring their students. Michelle's message of "starting with the heart" is founded on brain-based research, "in the trenches" experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada's 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio stations across the nation as a guest expert. A life-long educator, Michelle is the author of Thriving Through Adversity: Powerful Strategies for Educators to Ignite Hope, Inspire Students, and Transform Schools; Social Emotional Well-Being for Educators; Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning; Why Can’t We Talk: What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen, and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.

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MICHELLE TRUJILLO
TARYN WATERS
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TARYN WATERS

Taryn Waters, Co-Founder for the Center for Learning and Well-Being, is passionate about helping educators do their jobs better and has a proven track record of creating sustained impact and value for mission-driven organizations. Over the course of her career, Taryn has developed comprehensive education strategies and solutions for hundreds of PK-12 school systems and dozens of universities, including the development and launch of the largest evidence-based database in the world on what works best to improve teaching and learning. Taryn has a deep understanding of the education sector – from classroom practice and professional learning to education policy and learning design – and is motivated by an innate desire to have a positive impact on the lives of learners across the globe.

Publications

Join our international online SEL community in the Center for Learning and Well-Being App and gain immediate access to:

  • Free resources, activities, and book studies
  • Professional learning webinars
  • Discussion forums
  • Book and online course discounts
  • Weekly tips
  • Professional learning communities.
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Professional Learning

Expert practitioners and thought leaders from the Center for Learning and Well-Being are available to support your school or district events with keynotes, interactive workshops, and more extensive professional learning interventions. A list of some of our commonly requested topics are below, but all presentations can be customized in content or delivery style to meet the needs of the audience.  Presentations can be expanded to include one or more break-out or extended learning sessions; school board, youth or parent workshops; or site-specific professional learning opportunities.  All presentations can be delivered in-person or virtually.


Thriving through Adversity: Powerful Strategies for Educators to Ignite Hope, Inspire Students, and Transform Schools

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We are Ignitors of HOPE! Social Emotional Learning is the Fuel!

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Social Emotional Well-Being for Educators

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Start with the Heart: Meeting Students (and Adults!) Right Where They Are!

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The Invisible Backpack: “Seeing” the Human Being Behind the Behavior

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Thought Activation/Leadership Coaching

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Upcoming Events:

January 12, 2022

Thriving Through Adversity Webinar with California ASCD

Online Learning

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Online Course: Social and Emotional Learning Starts with You

Course Objectives:

  • Use provided prompts specific to social and emotional learning to describe assumptions and insights of practitioners, researchers and self, including how the information relates to professional educational practice.
  • Design an innovative lesson, activity, or tool for students on decision making.
  • Prepare a digital poster or presentation collaboratively on the topic of relationship skills and/or social awareness.
  • Implement a self-management activity or lesson.
  • Develop a presentation or complete a self-assessment to challenge the status quo related to self-awareness, relationships, and/or connection.
  • Document, in writing, the impacts of self-awareness on professional practice and a plan for increasing adult SEL skills.
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TrueNorth Student Voice App

The TrueNorth Student Voice App is the simplest way for educators to collect student voice around what their students are learning and how their students are feeling.

Co-designed with students, the TrueNorth Student Voice App helps teachers understand what their students are learning, how their students are feeling, and what teaching strategies they need to implement to accelerate and personalize learning for every student.

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OVERVIEW

The TrueNorth Student Voice App is the simplest way for educators to collect student voice around what their students are learning and how their students are feeling.

C

o-designed in partnership with students, TrueNorth enables teachers to collect feedback from every student in their classroom in five minutes or less.

With each TrueNorth check-in, students can share with their teacher:

  • Key insights into what they are learning;
  • Feedback on their progress and next steps;
  • The teaching strategies that help them most; and 
  • Their state of well-being. 

The TrueNorth Student Voice App is being adopted by teachers and leaders across the globe to increase teacher impact and maximize student learning.

    140+
    Countries
    12,000+
    Schools
    45,000+
    Teachers
    1M+
    Students

    Features

    Amplify the Voice of Every Student

    Student Learning Journal Goal Setting

    Our check-ins are evidence-based and designed by students for students to: empower student voice, build student confidence, improve student engagement, and maximize student learning. The interactive TrueNorth Student Voice App equips students with the tools they need to:

    • Reflect on their learning 
    • Reflect on how they are feeling about their learning 
    • Evaluate their work
    • Identify next steps or areas of improvement 
    • Identify how they learn best
    • Take greater ownership over their learning 
    • Make connections between their learning or learning environment and their emotional well-being
    • Send a confidential note directly to their teacher if they require additional emotional support 

    Personalize Learning to Accelerate Student Growth
    Differentiate instruction and accelerate student growth by identifying individual student learning needs and the support each student requires to move their learning forward. Through collecting and analyzing the student data provided through the TrueNorth Student Voice App, teachers can:

    • Understand and leverage the instructional strategies that have the greatest impact on student learning 
    • Design interventions and scaffold lessons based on student feedback 
    • Identify how students are feeling as well as their level of engagement with each learning experience
    • Create student peer groups, lesson plans, and activities that are equitable and meet each student where they are 
    • Enable meaningful connections and interactions between students that reduce isolation and increase their level of engagement
    • Monitor and adjust the level of challenge in each lesson to set consistently high expectations 
    • Foster the development of critical self-reflection skills and agency in their students
    • Form more authentic relationships and stronger credibility with their students

    Classroom Dashboard Tracking Student Learning, Engagement and Well-being

    Support Teacher Growth and Development 
    Give teachers the formative assessment, collective efficacy, evidence-based instruction, and personalized learning tool they need to supercharge their professional growth and exponentially accelerate learning for ALL students. Through regular use of TrueNorth, teachers can:

    • Review and reflect on student feedback to understand their impact and inform their next steps
    • Collaborate with peers, mentors, and coaches to share student feedback and identify the high impact teaching strategies that will collectively improve student learning
    • Select professional development focus areas and evaluate their own evidence of growth within each of those focus areas
    • Customize their own professional development pathway based on their learning goals, student feedback, peer observations, and self-reflection exercises. 
    • Define what effective instructional practice looks like in each of their classrooms based on student data and peer feedback. 
    • Use the evidence collected to inform PLC, coaching, and teacher evaluation conversations.
    • Engage parents in data-centered conversations about their student’s learning and well-being

    Classroom, School, and System-Level Accountability 
    Set new standards of accountability by equipping students, teachers, school and system leaders, and parents with consistent, real-time, and actionable data to demonstrate student learning, student well-being, and teacher growth over time. TrueNorth gathers and analyzes evidence to produce easy-to-understand reports around:

    • The degree to which students understood and mastered the learning within any given lesson
    • Student well-being and social emotional learning needs
    • Classroom strategies and teaching practices that students identify as most impactful in helping them learn more effectively
    • Level of challenge and rigor present within a lesson
    • Level of student agency and teacher collaboration within a classroom, school, and/or system 
    • Changes in tier two and tier three vocabulary usage by students over time 
    • Progression in student learning and changes in student emotional well-being by grade level, subject, and/or school 
    • Growth in teacher professional practice over time

    School Impact Dashboards

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    Impact

    Proven to Rapidly Accelerate Student Learning 

    TrueNorth improves student learning outcomes in three ways proven to have significant impact

    • Students build their capacity to  assess their own learning and direct their next steps.
      Accelerates student learning by 3.3x the average rate of student learning per year
    • Enables teachers to work together and collaborate as a team to lead the improvement of student outcomes.
      Accelerates student learning by 3.5x the average rate of student learning per year
    • Classroom strategies and teaching practices that students identify as most impactful in helping them learn more effectively
      Accelerates student learning by 3.6x the average rate of student learning per year

     In teaching and learning evidenced gathered from 150,000+ lessons, 94% of school leaders and 81% of school teachers said TrueNorth supports collective efficacy to lead the improvement of student outcomes.

    3M+
    Student Responses
    150,000+
    Lessons

    Thousands of Happy Customers
    All Around the World

    Elementary School Principal
    “In 50 years of teaching, this is one of the finest teaching and learning improvement tools I’ve seen.”
    Superintendent
    “Our students are asking better questions now; they’re collaborating and providing feedback. Students who were previously reluctant have found their voice.”
    High School Teacher
    “My constant challenge is to engage the students, have them think critically, ensure all students are active learners, and provide individual feedback – TrueNorth is the answer!
    John Hattie
    “I have worked a lot with [TrueNorth], interrogated their data, and am most impressed with what they have to offer.”
    Elementary School Principal
    "TrueNorth is exactly what we need, we’ve spent a year getting our teachers up to speed on the High Impact Teaching Practices and now we need help to implement them—our teachers love it.
    Elementary School Teacher
    "It has helped me be more reflective and think about my impact, students like giving feedback and seeing me respond their comments. I would like to use it more regularly next year.”
    ACCESSIBLE PRICING FOR EVERY SCHOOL

    Choose the Plan That Fits
    Your School or District

    Our mission is to empower excellence in teaching and learning for every student and our affordable pricing model makes TrueNorth accessible to educators in any type of school system – from public to private, urban to suburban, rural to international.
    Small School
    Up to 30 Teachers
    $5,000
    USD per year
    Unlimited student check-ins
    Real-time student learning and student well-being dashboards for the teacher, school leader, student, and parent
    Built-in community of practice features to support teacher collaboration and professional growth
    Google Classroom integration
    Access to training videos and customer support
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Strategy Toolkit 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Structure 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Library
    Get TrueNorth Now
    Large School
    30+ Teachers
    $10,000
    USD per year
    Unlimited student check-ins
    Real-time student learning and student well-being dashboards for the teacher, school leader, student, and parent
    Built-in community of practice features to support teacher collaboration and professional growth
    Google Classroom integration
    Access to training videos and customer support
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Strategy Toolkit 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Structure 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Library
    Get TrueNorth Now
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    Enterprise
    District or School Network
    Custom
    USD per year
    Unlimited student check-ins
    Real-time student learning and student well-being dashboards for the teacher, school leader, student, and parent
    Built-in community of practice features to support teacher collaboration and professional growth
    Google Classroom integration
    Access to training videos and customer support
    Single sign-on and custom LMS integration
    Custom integration of state-based standards
    District and/or system reporting of school-based datasets
    Translation of student and/or teacher interface into additional languages 
    Customized professional learning support and coaching, as needed
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Strategy Toolkit 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Structure 
    BONUS: High Impact Teaching Lesson Library
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