Working to Support Student Leadership
PEERS NOT FEARS
Provide foundational and personalized leadership skills to all, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status and gender.
To build a stronger tomorrow by empowering all students through leadership.
I have been an educator since 2000, and as a life long learner I decided to branch out and share the lessons I have learned along the way. Some of which include collaboration, trying the flipped classroom approach, and facilitating a student leadership class all with the goal to enhance student development.
We hired Lorraine to work with our paraprofessional staff. We wanted to present them with something current, relevant, and thought-provoking. Mission accomplished. Lorraine’s topics of discussion helped build our team of educators into a team of learners where trust was developed, vulnerability showed, and our teachers walked away stronger for it. And the best part is that when they signed off from the PD, it didn’t end there. All of the topics are relevant enough so that they still come back around everyday and have us reflecting differently on how we see the world and each other.
Donna Furlong, M.Ed.
Upper Elementary Principal, Grades 3-5
Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School
The course The Ingredients of Being Human is a life-changing experience.
Sometimes, it's uncomfortable, but it has to be. I look forward to more change in my life and my teaching!
We, as educators, are mostly in this profession because of our love of children. Teachers can become jaded because of what they are faced with daily. After a long time, those difficulties layer up, like an onion.
This class helped remove those layers and got to the root of why we are here for our students and a great reminder of being there for them.
We discussed topics where we were all vulnerable and not judged.
Jen, High School Educator
Lorraine is an excellent writer who offers powerful insight to the challenges in education today. She weaves in historical components, debunking narratives and challenges racial ideology. Plus being vulnerable to share her own reflections, she models the importance of authenticity to the relevance of what's happening today. All in a short simple read.
Lorraine Connell finds and cultivates the leadership potential in some of the most traditionally overlooked students: the shy kids, the class clowns, and everyone in between. She encourages her students to cast away their labels and empowers them to embrace their differences. She creates positive change by leading through example. It is truly inspiring.
Lorraine strives for positive change and for the betterment of our program and for our students, by encouraging student leaders to make frequent visits to the Alternative Program and integrating students from the main campus with the alternative students. Through her actions, our students have made positive strides both academically and personally.
Lorraine Connell is a teacher even outside of school, it is not just her job title or career choice, it truly is her lifestyle.