JULY 2019

News & Updates

IMCDA Meeting Entebbe, Uganda (July 2-4, 2019)

Dr. Retallick and Dr. Odindo are attending the IMCDA meeting being held in Entebbe, Uganda. The impacts and the lessons of the PBEA-PLC collaboration will be discussed and shared with new potential contacts and with the hope that the great work done by this project is continued in the future! If you see them, be sure to say hello!  

Evaluation and Final Report 

Thank you for completing the PBEA-PLC evaluation.  Judy Levings will be analyzing the results and those will be shared out at the IMCDA meeting. The Final Report to the BMGF will be completed in July and a summary of the report will be attached in a future newsletter. 
Future Newsletters

Again, although funding may be coming to an end, we are continuing the Newsletter throughout 2019.  Miranda Morris, a Ph.D. student will continue to coordinate the newsletter content and will be happy to assist you with ideas on how to improve your classroom teaching.  Contact Miranda at

Creating Connections 

The PBEA-PLC program may be drawing to a close, but the impacts that it has had will continue on in the classrooms and the relationships that this program have created. One way that you can keep this project going is to SHARE it! Please share the video attached with friends, colleagues, and students. Let's get the word out into the world about the great work that this association of professionals has conducted!!

Please share the PBEA-PLC video with your co-workers, colleagues, and friends! Use the attached link to share the video on Vimeo!

You Wanted to Know...

Building Relationships

Although many teachers may be on a summer break from teaching, they are still planning and preparing ways to be effectively communicate with students in the classroom. Highly effective communicators do more in the classroom that just deliver content. Qualities like formal training, certification, and classroom organization are all strategies that can help a teacher impart facts and information to students, peers, and those who they mentor, but developing a respectful and fair relationship can improve long-term student achievement. 

How are you working with your students to build relationships? 

Take a look at these 5 easy strategies to get to know your students:

1) Interview your students. Get to know the experiences that have      brought them to your classroom. 
2) Assign work that allows students to draw upon personal experiences
3) Encourage discussion that allows students to be the center of attention
4) Attend sporting or academic events that your students may compete at
5) Visit your students community. Communicate with them from an voice of experience. 
Creating rapport with students creates an atmosphere within the classroom that encourages learning, active engagement with the material, and personal growth. As an educator, a friend, a mentor, and a family member, we can impact and change our world around us by developing relationships that encourage reflection, discussion, and friendship. 
Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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