Two Strategies We’re Not Hearing Enough: Outdoor Learning and Building Trust with Families

Last night I had the great pleasure to speak with my friend Marisol Quevedo Rerucha of the National Parents Union during her nightly restorative check-in. If you need to catch your breath, she has a nice breathing exercise for you!

We had the opportunity to discuss two strategies to support learning that aren’t getting enough air time during the pandemic: the value of outdoor learning and exploration, and the need for schools to partner with, not dictate to, families.

And if you need some reassurance for your worries about students losing out on their education as a result of the pandemic, Marisol’s gentle way of being and long experience in alternative charter schools will help restore your faith. Give us a listen!

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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