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Self Care for Teachers – What’s your story?

Self Care for Teachers – What’s your story?

Overwhelmed by traumatic school-based events, “active killer” training, and ever-changing high-stakes testing, public school teachers may feel stepping into a classroom is a life-altering decision. It’s certainly an emotional one. This session shares insights from a teacher who began a self-care movement to support dedicated teachers, with tips from an award-winning principal who on her …

Help Get Us To SXSW in Austin TX!

Help Get Us To SXSW in Austin TX!

What happens to good public school teachers who get community support? They change the future. I’ve been selected to present a case study of my successful classroom to the audience at the South by Southwest EDU Global Conference in Austin, TX. A worldwide audience of innovators, artists, and business CEOs will hear how one classroom …

When You Fall

What happens when you’re out in front and you fall? Over the past few years, I’ve watched the media, really anyone with access to an audience, pick apart people in the public eye. We can no longer tell the difference between holding someone accountable to a standard, and criticizing with a malicious intention. It’s easy …

When Children Kill Each Other

I need you to get something. If you are disturbed at the violence of today’s youth, you need to get closer to them. Visit a classroom. Not just one. Not just high school. They need to see you. They need to know it’s not just me who sees them and cares for their well-being. The farther away you stand, …

3 Ways to Build Your Team’s Spirit

This wordblog is for Sher Lynn, who asked for me to blog on morale. — Morale can be a complex idea for any group of people working together. By definition, morale is “the degree of confidence and cheerfulness in the face of opposition; the spirit of optimism.” Are the people hopeful? Any leader worth his salt worries …

Like Water

I burned my favorite baking dish last week. Real ugly: food caked on black and brown. I just wasn’t ready to give it up, though. I sat it in my sink and soaked it in baking soda, soap and water for 3 days. I rinsed it off and there was still plenty residue. I pushed …