DACA Dreamers!

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DACA Dreamers! Si, se puede. Yes we can! DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Until recently, perhaps we were not as aware of this program as we should or could have been. Part of my career I taught school administration in the Bilingual Cohort at California State University, Sacramento. I was Keynote Speaker […]


Champions in school, champions at life. Respect. Thank you to our Sensei, master teacher for teaching us never-ending, continual improvement. “Kai Zen!” Karate classes, taught by Sensei, extraordinary meshing of kids and Instructor. Listen to the children with me, powering up their spirits with the sound of “Kiai”, sounds like kee-eye. Here we go! Outfits […]

Nipping Bullying in the Bud

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about bullying in school, I tend to think about older kids. You know, middle school tough guys and mean girls. But I recently had the privilege and the pleasure of interviewing Blythe Hinitz, co-author of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book, and Jill Berkowicz, whose thoughtfulness and […]

Empathy Requires Imagination


Empathy. Inclusion. Acceptance. Kindness. Respect. These are qualities we want our communities to exemplify. These are qualities we often seek to directly cultivate in our schools. Anti-bullying programs, multi-cultural clubs, and policies supporting LGTBQ students, are positive initiatives that move us away from ignorance and towards greater understanding. My fear is that these kinds of […]

Hands Off! Title IX

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Hands Off! Title IX Keep your hands to yourself, the first rule we teach our preschoolers is a good start. Manners and appropriate behavior have to start somewhere. I read a shocking article aboutTitle IXIcouldn’t wait to share, not another minute. This is a shorter post than usual, as the author really puts it together […]