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Are the kids OK? There may be no more essential question for educators today. In a moment when mental health issues are bearing down on our students, the role of educators must expand to meet not only the academic needs but also the social and emotional needs of our students. On the heels of his best-selling book, Bold School, Weston Kieschnick and co-author Molly Kieschnick offer Breaking Bold as a manifesto for all educators hungry for both permission and a path to prioritize and cultivate positive relationships with ALL students in future focused learning environments.
Determined not to contribute confusion to the conversation around how to build relationships, Weston and Molly—educators, co-hosts of the “Teaching Keating” podcast (downloaded by more than 60k listeners every week), and spouses—seek to provide a way forward. Poring over the research from leading educators, neuroscientists, and psychologists, Weston and Molly have culled from it the twelve habits for cultivating meaningful relationships, as well as strategies, tools, and assessments teachers can use to grow masterful in each. Those who fold into their practice any or all of these twelve habits will be better equipped to break from the tyranny of trends and tests and towards what matters most to our students—reaching the whole child so that our children can learn from us, develop SEL skills, and prepare for long, happy, fruitful careers and futures.
About the Author
Weston Kieschnick is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, TEDx speaker, coach, husband, and father. He is the author of, Bold School, Breaking Bold, co-author of The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators and the creator and host of Teaching Keating; one of the most downloaded podcasts for educators and parents on iTunes. Weston has worked in collaboration with innovative tech and publishing companies (Google, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apple) to redefine teaching and learning in the digital age. As such, he’s advised educators from every state in the US and more than 30 countries around the world. Districts where Mr. Kieschnick has designed content, implemented initiatives, and trained educational leaders have been recognized by the Learning Counsel as being among the top ten in the nation for their work in blended learning. You can find Weston’s work published in EdWeek, EdTech Magazine, The Spark, and featured on TED, the 10-Minute Teacher, Teaching Tales, Kids Deserve It, and LeadUp Teach.
Molly Kieschnick is a veteran educator, having taught middle school students in both urban Los Angeles and suburban Denver. She also cohosts the Teaching Keating podcast—a program where parenting, pedagogy, and pop culture collide. Molly has spoken at multiple women’s events and volunteers in classrooms to support strong student understanding in literacy and mathematics.