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Raffi’s Gift to Baby Belugas: Singing for Greta

A Man, His Music, and a Movement. This extraordinary story is true, happening now and we are all part of it. Raffi Cavoukian is the epitome of a servant leader, one who dedicates his life to the well being of children in our care. His songs about Baby Beluga timelessly beckon us into the deep […]

Rethinking Classroom Design, Fad, Fact or Fancy?

Do You think Classroom Design and Flexible Seating is Turning Into a Fad? First, let me say I hope you know I am non-competitive, I deeply believe teachers are good at heart, action researchers, leaders, expert at art and craft of teaching. Teachers manage to do a myriad of tasks throughout the day and then […]

Reading Success Secrets That Make a Difference!

Raising readers is a joy forever! Our mission is sure, no matter how we get there. There’s not a pony in every yard anymore. Imagine how many kids learned to read with Dick and Jane readers, life was different in those stories, couple sight words and colorful pictures on a page, and there you go. […]

Worried About That Student on Your Class List?: Just Remember These 5 Things

You don’t like what you are thinking. How you are feeling, They’re somebody’s kid. Someone’s world. But you can’t help it. Seeing her name on your class list has you worried. All you can think about are class disruptions, interrupted instruction and stand-offs. Please know that that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. We’ve all […]

Back to School Season Have You Feeling a Bit Nervous? (Here’s Why You’re Going to Be Okay)

It’s okay. You’re not the only one who gets a little nervous when the back to school ads start rearing their head. I’ve been in education for more than two decades and I still get nervous this time of year. And I am pretty sure that we are not alone. In fact, I think we’re […]

Where Is Differentiation? Schools Are Still Forcing Square Pegs Into Round Holes

When I was still Director of Cherry Preschool, a parent whose child was a total delight in preschool shared a very sad story with me. When her child started kindergarten in public school, he was tested and found to be lacking the skills that would make him a reader by the end of kindergarten, a […]

Summer Reading Fest For Kids

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Springing Into Summer, Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. Now this is a summer reading fest for kids! Summer Reading Fest For Kids Are you ready for the best ever summer reading staycation? Afterall, reading is the best adventure imaginable, don’t you agree? I recently read a Scholastic survey figure that really shook me to the core. […]

Empty Classroom

The final day of another school year has quickly come and gone, and summer vacation is but a few hours old. The desks have been cleaned and stacked. The books have been packed away in cupboards. Student work has been taken down and handed back to kids to either take home or add to the […]

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 […]

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