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December 20, 2012

Special Education: A Delicate Balance Between Educating & Enabling

Special education services are vitally important for meeting student needs but there is a delicate balance between educating and enabling.

October 28, 2012

Do Public Schools Educate Difficult Children or Just Maintain Them?

They wanted Jade to move. It didn't matter if they were an aide, teacher or principal, when she walked in they didn't want to engage with her. When Jade didn't want to do work in the classroom she fell to the floor and began having a temper tantrum. It seemed like 2 year old behavior coming from t...

October 26, 2012

After You Crash and Burn: Coping Skills for Students

People who are keenly aware of the trials and tribulations of life understand that since birth life has offered us different opportunities to build coping skills. Life is not kind to everyone. It doesn't matter if it's a break-up gone bad or a death in the family, we don't leave this planet unscat...

October 09, 2012

Have You Sharpened Your Saw?

Perhaps it's my own need to write about happy moments after posting a blog about helping children who lost a parent but this is an attempt to focus on the positive. We read so many negative things throughout our day that I thought you might enjoy focusing on the positive. I heard a statistic that we...

October 07, 2012

How Do We Help Children Who Lost a Parent?

This blog will not be popular. It won't be Tweeted hundreds of times or sent out to friends through Facebook. Many who begin reading it will most likely stop before they ever get to this point because they will have scanned the title and decided to move on. Readers will say, "Too sad," and never rea...

October 02, 2012

Does Your School Culture Encourage Risk-Taking or Rule Following?

If principals build a school culture where their teachers can take risks, teachers will be more apt to have classrooms where risk taking is encouraged. Yesterday, most of the staff and students in our school district wore blue to Stomp Out Bullying. Students entered school with their homemade shirt...

September 25, 2012

Advisory Groups: Creating a Positive School Community

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009) recommends school climate reform as a data driven strategy that promotes healthy relationships, school connectedness, and dropout prevention" (Thapa et. al. 2012). According to the latest National School Climate Study (2012) "A growing number o...

September 10, 2012

What Can We Learn...

If we allow ourselves to...we can learn more from a bad situation than we can from the good ones. Bad situations force us to dig a little deeper, and reflect a little harder. After three years or more of some negative situations in education it's time to look at what we can learn from this. There mu...

September 05, 2012

Rethinking Elementary School

"Approaches based on lecturing by teachers, passive reading of textbooks, and "fill-in-the-blank" worksheets keep students from making decisions, from becoming actively involved in their learning, and from learning how to think and communicate effectively." Bob Peterson We are at risk of losing wha...

August 01, 2012

The Laundry Project: Voluntario Global

"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to...

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