Winding it all up
Thanks for your patience during the PALS Press Pause of 2021. The newest PAL, a little guy named Elliot, joined us on 3/5 and now that maternity leave is over, I'm back in the business of supporting PALS teachers and counselors. We have some great news this month.
As we approach the end of the 2020-21 school year, I hope you all take the opportunity to reflect on the ways you were able to innovate, adapt, and nurture in the weirdest teaching time that anyone in our generations has known. I am amazed, still, to hear about the ways that your programs have made virtual meetings work, the resources you've made available to your PALS and PALees, and the empathy and understanding you've been able to extend to your students and colleagues under these very difficult circumstances. I hope I get to hug you all and tell you in person very soon.
How are you celebrating your accomplishments? What are you doing for yourself to cap off this chapter? Have your plans for the coming year changed at all? Do you think your approach to PALS will change in the long-term?
We have some exciting news from Akins, the Travis vertical team, Gorzycki, McCallum, and Austin High to share with you, as well as some news about resources for your students. Read on for the good stuff!
Book Study Dreams
What print resources are inspiring you these days? If you could read a book with your PALS, what would it be? Take a minute to fill out this survey if you're interested in getting print resources for your own professional development as a PALS teacher, or to read with your students.
- PALS Social Hour - Please take this survey to help us plan our final event for the year
- May 10th - Dr. Bruce Perry will address the AISD community, presenting on the Neurosequential Model in Education and understanding trauma and its effects on adults and children in our schools.
PALS Packs, At Last!!!
PALS Around Town
Akins Eagle PALS Doing Good Work on Campuses
Travis PALS: Rebels with a Cause
Travis Heights and Lively Build a Bridge
When Kindergartners Choose Your Name
Mac PALS Raise Awareness for Clean Water Access Organization
Gorzycki Gets Official
Congratulations to their fearless leader, Andria Sindt, who has kept her hand on the PALS wheel as she's changed departments (from ELA to CATE), learned and learned to teach new software and skills, and still advocated for her PALS students to mentor sixth-graders.