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:
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.
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.
Thriving Through Adversity is a practical and heartfelt book that seeks to empower educators from all walks of life with the strategies they need to inspire their students and foster a positive school environment built on creativity, ingenuity, equity, empathy, and hope. Intended for teachers and leaders alike, Thriving Through Adversity introduces five ways that educators at all levels of a system can foster connected and inclusive schools, strengthen classroom culture, and support the well-being of their staff and their students. Throughout the book you will be introduced to a series of profound insights, reflection prompts, and practical strategies, each aimed to help you develop the roadmap required to not only persevere through difficulties - both known and unknown - but learn to thrive! With an authentic approach that incorporates the voices of teachers, parents, students and education experts, Thriving Through Adversity will help educators rediscover how to transform every level of their school community and leave a lasting impact on the lives of their students.
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.
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:
The TrueNorth Student Voice App is being adopted by teachers and leaders across the globe to increase teacher impact and maximize student learning.
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:
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:
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:
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:
School Impact Dashboards
Proven to Rapidly Accelerate Student Learning
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.