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Virtual Learning for Young Children?

In the midst of children going back to school and teachers and parents trying to figure out how this will all work, here is a precious video of young children engaged with each other virtually. Yes, it can work! This video is from Greenpoint Montessori a one-room schoolhouse in Brooklyn, New York for children 30 months…

Using the NAIS Trustee Table Podcast with COVID-19

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has a podcast The Trustee Table that is perfect for nonprofit board growth and development. It can be used for onboarding of new trustees/directors and ongoing board professional development work. Podcasts usually run 15 to 25 minutes in length. Here is an excellent, timely podcast sample: “COVID-19 Generative Governance…

Meet Sal Khan and Khan Academy

Khan Academy has been around for a number of years. “In 2004, Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began making math tutorials for his cousins. Twelve years later, Khan Academy has more than 42 million registered users from 190 countries, with tutorials on subjects from basic math through economics, art history, computer science, health, medicine…

Healing Effects of a Massage

As a holistic healing method, massage therapy has been in use for thousands of years across the world. However, somewhere along the way around the beginning of the Common Era, massage became more of a recreational privilege for the rich in Roman courts. Gradually, it lost its use as a therapeutic intervention for treating injured…

Children Are Quick

These came from a recent friendly email . . .  TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. ____________________________________ TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. __________________________________________ TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’ GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’…

A Must Read for School Communities

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown is a powerful best selling book. It is currently #4 on the NYTimes Bestsellers list. The book is a perfect read for school communities. Faculty, middle and high school students, and parents will learn so much about race, class, dignity, DEI (Diversity, Equity,…

Stories For Children . . . and Parents

Reading to children has always been a treat for me. During the pandemic, I have not been able to be with them in their classrooms, so I read to my iPhone and passed the links on to the teachers and parents. Here are the links to most of my video reads. Hope they can help…

School Online Resources

So much is happening in education—on all levels—and will continue into the summer, fall, and the 2020-21 school year. In January a colleague of mine took on the role of Head of School of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) Academy, which is a 100% virtual school (grades 7-12) affiliated with the Dwight School. He passed…

In Spite of COVID-19, Never Give Up

I love this video for kids, teachers, AND parents. It provides a little boost in life and what we need as we go through “paralysis analysis” in determining next steps for our children, schools, AND homes. [embedded content]