Wednesday Sep 13, 2023

Building Capacity for Early Career Teachers

Book Be the Flame: Sparking Positive Classroom Communities


Shane Saeed is a district instructional coach in Colorado working with educators K-12. Prior to coaching, Shane taught fourth grade. Shane received her Bachelor’s in psychology and an elementary teaching license from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then, she has earned a first master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in literacy and a second master’s degree in School Leadership. Currently, she is working on her doctoral degree in executive leadership with a focus on equity and is slated to defend her research in Spring 2024. Shane’s passion is sharing instructional practices with educators near and far. She facilitates professional development within her own district and serves as a guest speaker or panelist to nearby universities such as University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University, and Metro State. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally for organizations such as CAMLE, Learning Ally, Get Your Teach On, and various school districts in the US. Shane was named as one of 20 Emerging Leaders for ASCD in 2022 and partners with her local affiliate to host professional development opportunities. Aside from authoring the book Be the Flame: Sparking Positive Classroom Communities, Shane has also co-developed a structured morphology curricular program for 4th and 5th grade teachers that is implemented district-wide. Shane continues to work in public education in her Colorado school district and continues to collaborate with teachers across the globe via her Instagram: @fantasticallyfourth, TikTok: @thefantasticallyfourth, and Twitter: @saeed_shane.

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What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: Anxiety and stress among teachers and students


How is mental health currently addressed in your school(s), and what are the limitations?: We have an SEL curriculum that is implemented K-5 as well as an emphasis on SEL in secondary through their advisory time. Currently our SEL Coordinator is working on PD for administrators to embed the 3 signature practices from CASEL (welcoming activity, engaging practices, and optimistic closure) into everyday practice. The limitations are the integrity in which the program is implemented--some teachers use it every day, some sparingly, and some not at all.


What are a few points you'd like to cover relating to school mental health improvement? (This serves as a helpful reminder when it's time for you to interview).:

-Leveraging relationships to support social-emotional well-being and mental health

-Cultivating a safe learning environment

-Continuing this work throughout the year, not just at the beginning




Thriving School Community Podcast HOST:  Charle Peck, M.Ed., MSW


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BIO: Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve mental health. With over 20 years of education and mental health leadership experience, she has the unique lens of both a certified teacher and a licensed clinical therapist specializing in trauma. Charle holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work. Her role as a high school teacher coupled with her work with children and families in crisis gives her incredible insight into solving youth mental health problems stemming from our schools. She is the co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution and a global keynote speaker delivering powerful messages of hope to educators. Connect with Charle at: and on Twitter at: @CharlePeck







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