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June 10, 2012

A Lesson in Southern Cultural History

In New York State we have a little over a week left with our students before the summer break. As sad as it is to say goodbye, we have a summer to reflect and get to help another crop of students grow in the fall. Reflection is good for all of us. We can learn from mistakes and relish in our really...

May 22, 2012

The Role of School Psychologists and Social Workers

As homes are in crisis, the children who live there attend our schools. That is why having high quality school psychologists and social workers is so important. In schools, we see a number of children who have social and emotional issues. The economic crisis over the past few years has brought a ...

May 11, 2012

Finding School Spirit

The other day I was watching the Ed Show on MSNBC and Ed Schultz was showing his support for teachers, which is always appreciated. During his excellent commentary he said that Republicans have been demoralizing teachers over the past few years. Unfortunately, demoralizing teachers, or education as...

April 20, 2012

The Day of Silence

Today's guest blog is written by my friend Dr. Robert McGarry. Robert is a former NJ school district administrator who now serves as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Director of Education. This Friday, students in schools across the country will observe what is known as the Nati...

April 11, 2012

Should Teachers Be Responsible for Teaching Social Issues?

In February, I wrote a commentary for Education Week called Dignity for All and it focused on safeguarding LGBT students. I should begin by saying that everyone has an issue that they care about and mine happens to be safeguarding LGBT students. However, I feel strongly that we need to work harder a...

April 01, 2012

Relationships Matter

The relationships we create with others are vitally important to who we are and who we want to become. When I was younger I hated the word "networking" because I thought it sounded like a word shallow guys used to describe how they worked to build business connections. They attended "networking" l...

March 12, 2012

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: The Issue of Retention

We need to stop putting our expectations on our students and start helping them find their own. It's that time of year when educators continue the 3 R's but turn their attention to the 4th R, which is retention. Students who have struggled all year are now being put on the list of students who ar...

February 10, 2012

Improving the Forecast for Learning: Tips for a Great Winter Recess

Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder of Playworks Schools, offers advice on what schools can do when winter weather makes an outdoor recess too challenging.

February 06, 2012

What is Your Achilles Heel?

The current economic and political climate could become the Achilles Heel for schools but they must not let it. Everyone has an Achilles Heel. It's the one thing that can take even the strongest of individuals to a dark place. Depending on the individual or the situation, an Achilles Heel can tak...

January 15, 2012

Is It More Important to Be Popular Than Smart?

"At fourteen you don't need sickness or death for tragedy." Jessamyn West Peer relationships can be complicated. Students who get along today may not get along tomorrow. Research shows that there is a great deal of storm in stress in adolescence and the smallest of issues can become the biggest o...

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