31. Love and Belonging in our Schools and World

With so much hate and division in our world, thoughts of how schools can provide love and belonging have been weighing down on me these past several months. Feelings of safety, love, and belonging are essential needs every human needs in order to live their best, most fulfilled lives. When it comes to these three needs, schools can have such an amazing impact in improving the lives of our students.

But how are children’s needs of love and belonging being met in our schools? And what can we do to make our schools a safe place where students feel loved, valued, and welcome?

This week I go over a few simple steps we as educators can take to confront our own biases and ensure our schools are places of love and inclusion. Schools are the biggest influence on our children outside of the home, so we must be willing to make the necessary changes to make them safe places where students feel seen, heard, and valued.

Jump Through the Conversation:

  • [1:07] Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • [3:27] How do schools meet foundational needs of students
  • [5:32] My challenge to schools
  • [6:35] Be a voice of love and inclusion
  • [9:57] A need we can address
  • [11:47] My challenge to educators

Links and Resources: https://educationevolution.org/31

Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD

Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years transforming learning in schools to better serve students. She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a progressive micro-school in Washington State, and is an educational change agent across the globe.

James Hamilton Healy

James Hamilton Healy is a Best Selling Author, host of Business Innovators Radio and contributor to Small Business Trendsetters and Business Innovators Magazine covering Influencers, Innovators and Trendsetters in Business, Health, Finance and Personal Development.