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Happy New Year and Decade, 2020 Love!

What the world needs now is love! Thanks, Santa, I have the best present ever. Did Elf tell you? Happy New Year 2020, May this year be a love fest for everybody, everywhere. I know we can heal the world with love, optimism and joy! My last decade started with final years of my beloved […]

The One Big Lesson We (Hopefully) All Learned in 2019

  Have you ever been scammed, hoodwinked, or bamboozled? If you have, the good news is that beyond the loss, embarrassment, and pain, there’s a valuable upside to being exploited – especially at an early age. I’m reminded of a vulnerable student who was victimized at age eight. He was clowning in class, and his […]

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

It all starts with Santa. Simple as that. Getting ready for Santa means embracing our inner child, remembering simpler times with eyes glowing in anticipation. For this moment, let’s savor bliss such as looking at colorful outdoor lights, wearing silly sweaters, reading a treasured book, listening to seasonal music, baking, enjoying those and so many […]

Celebrate Art and Craft of Teaching, Thoughts to Inspire You!

Art and Craft of Teaching

November is #GratitudeMonth. We are grateful to be together in this month of Thanks, as colleagues and friends. Tonight we are all about teaching. Teaching at its innermost core of goodness and joy.  Teaching as inspiration for generations of children in our care. No matter what obstacles, we are blessed. Let the change be, just […]

A Teachable Moment: Why 49% of Vets Wish You Would Stop Saying, “Thank You For Your Service”

Last Veteran’s Day, in a room of 3,000 people, my daughter goaded me to stand up and be recognized.  “Dad you’re a veteran, why aren’t you standing?”  I had no answer at the moment,  but now I do. The headline in Newsweek read: VETERANS ‘UNCOMFORTABLE’ WITH ‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE…’   The word “uncomfortable” […]

Hey, Preschool Teacher: Is It You or a Screen? I Choose YOU

So, I really wasn’t expecting what I witnessed today, but somehow, it didn’t surprise me. I took the morning to visit a childcare center that might potentially partner with our Early Childhood program to provide practicum experiences for our students. We currently have contracts with about six or seven centers that align with our philosophy, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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