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  • Want the Best Trauma-Informed Care? Watch the Prequel

    I continue to be, at once, intensely interested and wholly distressed by the manifestation of early childhood stress, anxiety, and trauma. The signs and symptoms surround the caregivers in child care programs, but can either be misinterpreted, misunderstood, or ignored. I recently spoke at a national conference to a packed room of Head Start teachers, who do their best, on a daily basis, to provide the best care for the children in their programs. And yet, they are baffled at times by children’ ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Saturday, 11 May 2019
  • Marie Kondo and Me, Teacher Appreciation Week SOS!

    Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019!  Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I'm moving again. Oh boy. Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about Marie Kondo. She and her mama have been watching "YouTube" videos and all of a sudden, Barbie Town is shut down, stuffies and bags of baby toys donated to preschool, that sort of thing. But ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Tuesday, 07 May 2019
  • Little Conversations

    Kids will not work for you unless they trust you.  If they trust you, they will enjoy being in your presence.  The longer they are in your presence, the easier it will be to form lasting, productive relationships.  And the more genuine relationships you have in your school, the more positive your school climate will be. Building relationships with your students takes time.  The process takes a lot of conscious effort.  It involves a million little conversations and comp ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Friday, 19 April 2019
  • Not Vaccinating Your Kid? Thanks for Being Part of the Problem!

    Recently, the Center for Disease Control released a report stating there was a 300% spike in individuals getting infected with measles. You can read the full report at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html . As a parent and as a former Superintendent of Schools, I find this incredibly disturbing. It is my opinion that this 300% spike could have been 100% avoided. As a Superintendent of Schools, I enforced the New Jersey law of “no shots, no school”. There was one significant exemptio ...

    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Tuesday, 16 April 2019
  • Let's Talk About Special Education Kids and Suspensions

    Why are so many special education kids being suspended? And what can we do about it?  Writing for you on this drizzly day here in Eugene. It's been such a busy time for me, probably you, too. But here and there things have managed to creep in, catch my eyes and tell me I need to reflect and write. A couple weeks ago I started to write about special education kiddos and the high number of suspensions.  As I am definitely ADD, ADHD and highly distractible, instead I read an article i ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Saturday, 13 April 2019
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Is Homework Dead? If Not, Why Not?

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, Steven Anderson


Welcome to the 1/22 episode of EdChat Radio. An increasing amount of research and growing numbers of teachers believe it's time to bury homework. So why is it still alive and well?

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So What's Wrong With Flipping the Classroom? Lots...

Steven Anderson with Marty Creech, M.A.


Welcome to episode #2 of EdTech Radio with Steven Anderson. In this segment Steve looks at the downside of flipping the classroom and explain why he is not a fan of flipping.

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Teacher Morale Low, How Can It Be Lifted?

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, Steven Anderson


Welcome to the 1/15 episode of EdChat Radio. In this segment we look at teacher morale, why it's low and how it can can be lifted.

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The DEN Zone Episode #2 Live from FETC

David Fisher with Max Brooks and Kyle Shutt


In this episode we come to you live from the FETC conference. Our two guests discuss how conferences are changing for the better and how passionate educators at the grassroots are driving those changes.


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Welcome to The DEN Zone Episode #1

David Fisher with Steve Dembo and Dean Shareski


This is the very first episode of our new community podcast called The DEN ZONE. Listen in as we talk about how this show came to be, where it's going and how the show will help the DEN community grow, connect and amplify our voices.


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