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Back at School: A Note to Parents

It's often stated, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"; especially if the "cure" creates misunderstanding, division, and conflict. This is true for most events which have a high stakes impact on one's life as well as our childrens' lives. And this is...

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Going Back In the Fall: A Note to Teachers

Since the young age of 5 years old, I have always gone back to school in the Fall. Except twice. It struck me the other day; for over 59 years, I have returned to school following each summer break. Like clock work, when I experience the 4th of July after-glow and the...

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RECOVERY SERVICES & WA STATE IEP STUDENTS: JUNE 1

RECOVERY SERVICES: This is written at what feels like the 11th hour for WA State IEP supported students. Please immediately share with everyone you know who has a child on an individual education plan [IEP] and has been impacted by the Covid-Remote Learning schedule...

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Lessons of a Pandemic: Authenticity or The Pretender

Years ago, many of us sung a song around the campfire and through its simple lyric, the following was called out: "When we we ever learn?" And now, as we are in the midst of a pandemic, during what likely will be a historical benchmark for generations, the question...

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Getting a Grip: Old Dogs Teaching New Tricks!

As we are all moving through "unprecedented" times, it seems we are either grasping for what was once normal, holding out for things to change, back to what was familiar, or grappling for new direction, ideas, or inspiration. Or doing all three at various times during...

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A Vision of School Beyond Covid Part II

BLM, Protests, and the Impact of School: “Just Thinking …” Like many others, I have watched on the nightly news the unfolding of social unrest and divisive confrontations for months.  I have been on the side-lines and always ready to state an opinion while...

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