Advocacy: If Not Now, Then When?

Often parents say to themselves, “If things get worse, I will seek out the support of an advocate”. Think of it another way: Imagine the consequences if you said, “I will wait for things to get worse” before I go the dentist … or the mechanic, or any other specialist. Within complex education matters, askingContinue Reading

If not now, when?

“And finally the tables are starting to turn, talking about a revolution“. Tracy Chapman. In my adult lifetime, I cannot imagine a moment in time where all social & cultural roads lead to institutional change: No matter where you look, as “Black Lives Matters” plays out nightly on our television news, as the Covid 19Continue Reading

Looking forward to a new beginning …

However it all lands, we are in the midst of a true transition: From what was to what will be. Some people describe the Covid 19 experience as “The Awakening” for we are collectively and individually called upon to reflect upon our lives; as “normal” fell by the wayside. And was replaced with either aContinue Reading

IEP Services, Evaluations, and COVID 19: THE NEW NORMAL …

As we navigate the “new normal” with COVID 19 and the post-pandemic period ahead, if one is searching for the absolute “best practices” or formula guidelines, my heart goes out to you for many will be frustrated, confused, and stressed-out as a result of these changes taking place.  I believe we are entering a mostContinue Reading

Good News A Coming: Universal Design and Differentiation Slowly Replacing Standards Based Instruction

We are in the midst of a new shift within our schools … As in all things within education, there tends to be extreme swings between one initiative to another. For example, for the past twenty plus years, the movement toward a standards-based model, often referred as the “Common Core”, has taken us down anContinue Reading

As the Honeymoon Comes to an End: When “Back to School” Leans into Back to Old Habits …

Honeymoon: A period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship … With each new school year, there is an established “honeymoon” period; where the students [as well as teachers] appear to demonstrate their very best due to the notion of a fresh start.  In many cases, this period lasts four to six weeks. Continue Reading

BACK TO SCHOOL: Thoughts Become Things … Create Your Experience!

As we cycle through routines from year to year; for many parents, August is Back to School season with all of it’s rituals including new clothes, new supplies, and other essentials.  This year, I highly recommend experiencing new thoughts, new emotions, and overall, a fresh attitude when considering the upcoming school year.  How about seeing theContinue Reading

THE 21st Century Classroom: THE NEW FOUR Rs (Subtitled: Where Have All The Hippies Gone?)

Within the 21st Century, every institution is experiencing a shift within it’s framework:  Change is EVERYWHERE. Often, it’s messy, not a pretty picture, and it’s not always easy. Though change is natural to the intentional order of life, however, it’s not always welcome within the human condition.  Some of us embrace change for it seemsContinue Reading

MUST READ: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (What Every Parent & Teacher Needs to Know)

Kids today are wired differently: Ask any veteran teacher who has been around for over twenty years, they will all say the same.  “Teaching today is much more demanding than ever; kids today present a challenge like we have never seen before”.  This change could present stress within the classroom. In fact, according to theContinue Reading

Einstein Had It Right: It’s ALL About Energy: Thoughts on Teaching & Parenting and What To Do About It

Another new school year, another new slogan: This year we will all be hearing about “Social Emotional Learning [SEL]” and “Trauma Sensitive Schools”.  Which is a huge step in the right direction.  For both address relationships and heart-centered approaches at the core.  This presents a major shift in contrast to the typical mantras we haveContinue Reading

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