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The Courage to Raise Family Series

Courage to Raise is a Virtual Campus Family Learning Series sharing knowledge about how to support students' social emotional learning.

Our series launched February 2021 to feature learning about supporting students' executive functioning in a virtual environment. Courage to Raise learning will focus on topics crowd-sourced from our family community. Experts from our ancillary staff will lead learning based on their experience and background.

Episode 1: Executive Functioning

Our first episode will focus on Organization, Time Management, and Planning.

Led by RCS Executive Functioning expert and special education resource teacher Katy Hughes, our learning community will learn more about the connection between brain research and asking a child to "clean their room." Drawing on her years of experience teaching study skills, Katy will unpack some tools and tips of the trade, sharing the key takeaways she as applied as both a RCS teacher and parent.  


Explore: Task Initiation

Explore: Attention

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Meet Katy Hughes

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Katy Hughes has been a special education resource teacher at West Middle School in Rochester for 19 years. For the past 10 years, she has taught study skills and is passionate about equipping students with the skills and strategies they need to be successful both in school and in life.  Katy earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education in the area of Emotional Impairment from Western Michigan University. A lifelong learner, she also earned her MAT in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University. Katy and her family currently reside in Rochester Hills, and she is the proud RCS parent of a Brewster Bulldog and Van Hoosen Viking.