Tag: children

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…
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Be Your Own Storyteller: Melody Cooper

We interviewed visionary storyteller Melody M. Cooper in the wake of her selection to the Meryl Streep funded IRIS Writer’s Lab for her project The Sound of Darkness. She also landed a 2016 Shudder Labs Fellowship from AMC Networks and is also winner of the Women in Cinema International Screenplay competition. Melody M. Cooper is…
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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,…
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The Disease of Freedom

Today’s #wordblog is from the incomparable Rich Ejire who you can find here. His word is “drapetomania”: a term coined by Samuel A. Cartwright during the 19th century to describe the “affliction” experienced by Black slaves that caused them to run away from their masters. —- “Do you want to be free, or do you…
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All the World’s…

One of my charming little students gave me this drawing because she sees me on stage. I was struck by the beautiful sun and clouds and grass, wrapped with curtains and proscenium. There is also an exit. This is like our lives. Whatever world you create, good or bad, there is always an opportunity to…
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Bullying — A New Perspective

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvEr5bPjSaw I was asked to speak to a group of teen and tween girls about Bullying. It’s a touchy subject, and it’s more and more pervasive– especially as snarky comments on reality TV get more popular. People “do it for the Vine” and don’t care about the aftermath of hurt feelings. Sometimes, it’s just that…
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Mentorship 101

What if the mistakes you made yesterday are the inspiration for someone today? We have a tendency to minimize our ability to influence people if we haven’t achieved something gloriously huge. But if you’re honest, it’s the folks plodding along right next to you who inspire you the most. Because you know their struggle and…
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