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 most extraordinary periodContinue 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

Note to Teachers: Summer Vacation and The Three Legged Stool …

With summer vacation upon us, it’s so important that we all take time to refresh, rejuvenate, and rejoice in preparation for 2018-2019 during the upcoming weeks. By doing so, especially, celebrating success and thoroughly embracing the wonderful moments from this past year, we set ourselves up for a remarkable year ahead. The power of belief,Continue Reading

Taking Care of Oneself is Not Selfish: Building Resilience is a Life Skill Requirement For Us All

Are you ready for the never-ending evolution of life which is quicker, faster, deeper, more complex, engaging, and messy than ever before?   You should be … for we are all living in this remarkable period of time.  And it won’t simply just go away or return to a memory which is long, lost, and gone. Continue Reading

True Education Reform is an Inside Job

One of things I get to do in my work is to support teachers and principaIs directly when behavior issues rise to the surface.  Whether serving as an Education Advocate / Consultant or as a district Behavior Specialist, I am expected to know what I am talking about. And by doing so, I generally tendContinue Reading

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