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Make Schools More Human

 “Make Schools More Human” by Jal Mehta appeared in the NYTimes Sunday Review section on December 27, 2020. It cites Casco Bay High School in Maine, a school where students had the idea of writing a song that would celebrate community and social isolation. Well, look at what these students came up with for a virtual…

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man

Recently in a book club, I was introduced to Emmanuel Acho (former NFL player and now a Fox Sports analyst) and his book Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man. After rapidly reading the book — it is so good — I then discovered his series of YouTube videos with the same title. He is an…

Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19

“Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19” is an article I wrote for the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) Fall 2020 Independent Teacher publication.  Along with my reflections, you will find many links to stories I read to children and shared with them during the initial online learning/teaching as a result…

The Importance of Social Media for Your Business

The importance of a social media platform for any business cannot be emphasized enough. To some, it may seem daunting, but once you understand that social media marketing is more about creative strategy than it is about getting your products sold, it becomes less of a worry. It is troubling, however, that almost half of…

Dedicated to Doing What is Best for Others

The book group I am a part of read Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo, and we could not believe the devotion and dedication the author demonstrated throughout the book. How she and Patrick endured the crass racism and inhumanity is difficult to believe. To give you a quick overview on the setting of the story and…

7 Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter

Every home, no matter when it was built or bought, can be made smarter than it is with minimal investment. It might be too expensive to rebuild it and refurbish it into a fully smart home. However, if you could add a gadget here, and another one there, you can make great strides toward smartening…

Supporting Staff Morale in Our Schools

In a recent National Association of Independent Schools NAIS Bulletin (Oct. 14), an often overlooked essential practice was highlighted; it is especially important during times of stress and crisis in our schools. No matter what school you are leading—public, independent, charter, special education, virtual, daycare—do check out this graphic to see what actions can be taken…

How to make the most of distance learning

Distance learning is nothing like the real thing. Instead of the classroom and enjoying the company of fellow students, all you have is a computer screen. Whether it’s due to a snow day or the COVID-19 epidemic, you’ll need to make adjustments to your behavior to make the most of your studying. There are several…

Powerfully Uplifting TED Talk

Here is a special, must-see TED Talk (over 2.5M views) that gives perspective as we make our way through this pandemic.  “Imagine being unable to say, “I am hungry,” “I am in pain,” “thank you,” or “I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone.…