Mindfulness and Justice Starts at Home

In the past, I often traveled for work leaving my family at home. I enjoyed being on the road. It felt free. I had a wide selection of meals prepared for me and the cleaning was always done. I could focus my attention on work, my brain, my needs. I loved my work so I […]

What Is Arts Integration?

To me, integrating the arts in education, using the arts as a vehicle for learning, is one of the most important educational goals for our time. The arts demonstrate, on one hand, the shared experience of humanity, and , on the other hand, the intricate, subtle traditions and arts human beings use to express their […]

Want the Best Trauma-Informed Care? Watch the Prequel

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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, […]

Marie Kondo and Me, Teacher Appreciation Week SOS!

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Safe Spaces in the Mind

To older people, time seems to fly by, when to young children time seems infinite. Young children obtain and process images more quickly than elders. They experience less of their reality, because it is a longer road between synapses. I can, unfortunately, relate. From the psychological perspective (disclaimer: I am not a psychologist, I am […]

Hallelujah

Today, the first day after the state writing test, was a day of decompressing, reflecting, and celebrating. I began each class with my assessment of how I thought the day had gone. “I’m not allowed to read your work,” I explained. “None of us are. But all of your teachers spent the entire day circulating […]