The Northwest faculty spent all Friday learning together how to be better educators. We practiced pronouncing our students' names correctly. We learned explicit ways to make our classrooms and halls safe spaces for LGBTQ students. We thought carefully about the subtle and overt messages we send students about their academic potential and permission to make mistakes in learning. And we also discussed practices to support students to make better decisions about behavior. These are some of the most committed, intelligent and passionate teachers in the field. Thank you Northwest teachers for working so hard to prepare for our students!