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Belonging in School

Creating a Place Where Kids Want to Learn and Teachers Want to Stay--An Illustrated Playbook

Create a classroom that fosters student growth and well-being for every student to nurture a sense of belonging that lasts.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071936030
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2024
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: March 05, 2024

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Unlock a treasure trove of learning—make room for belonging in school

Belonging is an instinctual feeling: you know when you feel it—and you really know when you don’t. Creating a sense of belonging in the classroom has a significant impact on student learning and well-being; it serves as a gatekeeper for other aspects of learning to take root. But how do we create classrooms and schools where every student knows they belong?

This easy-to-use, illustrated playbook has you covered. 11 evidence-based modules feature actions and strategies that teachers can apply to help students feel more included. Interactive features such as essential questions and reflective prompts are designed to engage educators and deepen their understanding of the importance of connection and belonging in a student's educational experience.

Readers will find

  • Detailed coverage of the 11 dimensions of belonging
  • Evidence-based actions in every module to help foster belonging, balanced between elementary and secondary levels
  • Interactive features like Essential Questions, Two Truths and a Lie, Case in Point, What's Your Advice? and What's Next? to facilitate engagement and reflection
  • A highly visual illustrated style to promote comprehension and information retention

By utilizing this playbook’s strategies to create environments where students feel a sense of belonging, educators can help improve learning outcomes and academic performance while supporting the overall well-being of their students.



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Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith, Ed.D. is Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California. Smith is passionate about creating school environments that honor and empower students. His research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. Dominique also provides professional learning to K-12 teachers in small and large groups that address classroom and school climate and organization. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University with an emphasis on equity as well as a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dominique also holds credentials from San Diego State University in administrative services, child welfare, PPS, and attendance. Smith has been recognized with the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council. In 2018, he delivered a TED Talk on building relationships between students and teachers.
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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Nancy has published in The Reading Teacher, Theory Into Practice, Reading Psychology, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Educational Leadership on research related to literacy, school leadership, and effective instruction. Current books include The Teaching Reading Playbook, Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning, Welcome to Teaching, and The PLC+ suite of books. In 2008 she was given the Early Career Achievement Award by the Literacy Research Association and is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame. She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California, and is a co-founder and administrator at Health Sciences High and Middle College.

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Vincent Pompei

Vincent Pompei, Ed.D., is an education consultant who specializes in promoting equitable school practices and inclusive environments for LGBTQ and gender-expansive students. He currently works as an assistant professor in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. Previously, Vincent was the National Director of the Well-Being Program for the Human Rights Campaign and held roles as a Project Director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, as well as a middle school teacher and high school counselor. His accomplishments include serving as President of the California Association of School Counselors, writing the LGBTQ section of the ASCA’s National Model®, and working as a national cadre trainer for the NEA. Recognized nationally for his dedication to safety and inclusion, Vincent has spoken at numerous events and conferences, as well as authored several publications. His most recent works were focused on supporting LGBTQ students in virtual environments and helping students with disabilities. Vincent earned his doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University.
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Rachael Stewart

Rachael Stewart, Ed.D., holds the position of Professor and Director of Academic and Career Programs within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at San Diego State University. Her area of expertise lies in the study of organizational leadership, change, policy, and practices in education systems. Her research is primarily focused on the creation of conducive environments for student success through engagement, retention, and post-graduate outcomes.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Overview: Dimensions of Belonging

Module 1: Welcomed

Module 2: Invited

Module 3: Present

Module 4: Accepted

Module 5: Known

Module 6: Supported

Module 7: Befriended

Module 8: Involved

Module 9: Heard

Module 10: Needed

Module 11: Loved

Epilogue: Where Do We Go from Here?



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