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Finding Calm in the Classroom in the Midst of Chaos

Finding Calm in the Classroom in the Midst of Chaos

The difficult news stories of last week left students with added stress and anxiety, and while we tried to help them process questions and emotions, we found our own stress and concerns needing attention, as...
Four Ways Educators Can Meet Middle Schoolers' Social Needs During the Pandemic

Four Ways Educators Can Meet Middle Schoolers' Social Needs During the Pandemic

This article supports the following characteristics from The Successful Middle School: This We Believe: Educators respect and value young adolescents. The school environment is welcoming, inclusive, and affirming...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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How to Build a Resilient School Community

How to Build a Resilient School Community

Three ways to preserve relationships so we emerge stronger together

Right before my son started college, the dean, Kathryn Lively, shared a story with the first-year students. A few years earlier, she had attended a silent meditation retreat where one of the other participants...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

The impact of COVID-19 on teen girls and timely, responsive ideas for supporting them

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has upended our country, our economy, and our educational system in a way that none of us have ever experienced or could have imagined. From the immediate impact of stay-at-home orders...
The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

Reading out loud offers chances for connection and conversation

Good stories are powerful. They have a way of seeping into our souls and lingering in the backs of our minds. For years, stories were the main way that knowledge was passed between generations. Reading to my sixth...
Author: Kate Cimo
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Middle School: A Critical Moment

Middle School: A Critical Moment

Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met

As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With...
What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

Four things for educators to consider in support of students

We’re five months into the pandemic and still dealing with many unknowns. We are dealing with whether school will be virtual, face-to-face, or a blend of both, and we don’t yet know the long-term toll...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
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Promoting Resiliency and Helping Families Thrive While Sheltering at Home

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...
Author: Pat Colleluori, HEADstrong Foundation, CDO & Nick’s Brother
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Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

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...
Author: Jen Cort
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Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

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 clouds, so...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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