RISE starts with a simple premise: In order to successfully teach students to care about themselves and for others, educators must first practice personal self-care.
Making caring an educational focus helps overall student success rates rise. Caring school cultures enhance learning, foster the spirit of equity, reduce bullying, and limit self-destructive student behaviors. But to effectively promote caring, everyone involved in education must proactively demonstrate self-care. Therefore, RISE advances an essential mindset—among educators and students, alike—that caring for others arises from caring for yourself.
Diana Patton believes that each student’s physical, emotional, social, educational, and character development needs are of paramount importance. Through RISE, Diana shows educators at all levels—from teachers and administrators to bus drivers and lunch room attendants—how to create caring and equitable school environments.