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The River Falls School Board was given a presentation about promoting and supporting teachers in the district at its meeting on Oct. 17. The presentation was given by Assistant Principals Lisa Goihl and Taryl Graetz from River Falls High School.

Goihl and Graetz created a multi-tier system support program for teachers in the district. The program focuses on staff wellness, teacher collaboration and creating professional learning communities.

The staff wellness tier offers tips to improve mental and physical health for staff. One tip included dedicating one day a week in the evening to avoid school-related work. Another tip was creating a personal playlist with calming music.

Teacher collaboration includes creating a support network for new teachers using professional development. Goihl said new teachers are invited to take part in the teacher collaboration.

There were other topics included in the presentation about supporting and promoting educators. One topic was creating professional learning communities for special education teachers and assistants. Goihl said the communities meet monthly where teachers can work on their professional development skills while supporting their needs.

Another topic was creating a teaching team that focuses on helping students struggling in ninth and 10th grade.

Goihl said the reason for creating the support program was a result of the pandemic. She said the pandemic showed the importance of collaboration. She said it is important for the district to have this program.

Graetz said she hopes the program can grow in the future. Both Goihl and Graetz received positive comments from the board about the program.

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