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Health, Wellness, Guidance
After helping more than 18,000 families navigate cancer, Pat shares 10 themes of family resiliency he’s learned that apply to navigating all of life’s unplanned obstacles.
Over the past eight weeks, families have been tested in ways they never thought imaginable. Amidst the pandemic, we’ve been forced to learn new ways of navigating obstacles pertaining to every aspect of our...
Setting positive, caring intentions to meet our shared goal of nurturing students
I remember the first Back to School Night as a principal. I introduced the teachers and invited them to leave for a few extra minutes in their classrooms. I shared with parents our plans for the year, adding a...
Four ways educators can lean into discomfort
To get from Reno to Lake Tahoe School in Incline
Village, Nevada, a school official had to drive me up
6,500 feet of steep, narrow roads lined with snow
banks. The air thinned as we ascended above the
Supporting students’ need for social interaction while physically distancing
When asked about social distancing, Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, put into words a thought I keep having: "I prefer the term 'physical distancing,' it seems we need social connections now...
Eight ideas to help educators practice self-care and work with students from home
The pandemic has raised issues for people around the world, including health care, equity, mental health, and more, depending on the community and the resources available. Common across communities are the children,...
How parents and educators can help students cope with social distancing
While on a socially distanced walk with my husband today, we heard a cacophony of caw-caws. My husband turned to me to ask, “What do you call a group of crows? A gaggle? A flock?” Without hesitation, I...
Supporting students during this changing and uncertain time
My 11-year-old son recently got an email from his coach, Ava Benach, on what was supposed to be his first day of baseball practice. “Hi team,” she wrote. “I wanted to send a brief link of Juan Soto...
Informed educators can have a positive impact on students who are struggling
In her 1994 book of poetry, Something Permanent, writer/poet Cynthia Rylant gets inspiration from the photographs of Walker Evans, a photojournalist who documented rural America during the Great Depression in the...
Activities that bring perspective, invite empathy, and build social skills
"I can't believe what happened," Janine* said. Her daughter Greta's best friend overheard two girls calling her a stuck-up loser, so she secretly videotaped their conversation and texted Greta the evidence. Janine was...
Four mindful practices to promote optimal learning in the middle school classroom
With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...