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New Kid – 2020 Newbery Book Award

“Jerry Craft won this year’s [2020] Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for New Kid, a book focused on the struggles of a seventh grade student of color who has been sent to a prestigious private school with little diversity.” (From npr reporter Colin Dwyer) Meet author and illustrator, Jerry Craft, of…

Tragedy of the Commons

I happened upon this concept recently and found that it makes so much sense. “The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective…

Happiness Defined in the Best Way

I listened to Shawn Achor back in 2008 when he was the keynote speaker at a conference; I had the opportunity to have lunch with him then. He not only was a congenial fellow and gave an outstanding presentation, but he also has a terrific book—The Happiness Advantage. Give it a read to learn more about his…

Teachers Supporting ALL Students in Our Schools

A Keynote speaker at the NAIS People of Color Conference and author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims brings so much to the world of children, diversity, and parenting. Also see a recent post about her book How to Raise an Adult and her excellent TED Talk. [embedded content]

Discovering Ben Underwood

January 26, 1992 — January 19, 2009 A very special young man, Ben had a gift for finding life’s possibilities—specifically, seeing without eyes. The short video below tells it all. To learn more about Ben, you can also check out his mother’s book . . . [embedded content]

Excellent Nonprofit Board Guidance

John E. Creeden, author of the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) The Board Chair Handbook, wrote this excellent article, “Boardroom: Cultivating a Positive Board Culture.” There is so much good information. The author captures the essence of his piece in this opening sentence: “A negative board culture can introduce toxicity, where the self-interest of…

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

From NA KIM Dec. 2019 The Atlantic “Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids” by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant in the December 2019 The Atlantic captures so many fine points in raising kids. Here is the exquisitely powerful opening paragraph: “As anyone who has been called out for hypocrisy by a small child knows, kids…

How to Raise an Adult

I cannot say enough about How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. You can view the author’s TED Talk below and get a passionate, brilliant overview, but in order to have it all sink in—if you want it to—read the book. I have never dog-eared a book so much as I have with this one.…

Millennials Do Make a Difference . . .

. . . more than ever. They are the most popular generation, now outnumbering Baby Boomers. Also, they will be the ones who will help us get closer to building humanity as presented in the book Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt and stop being a nation divided by different tribes and class. The book states “[Millennials] are…

Guiding Our Children to Read

“No, Your Kid Shouldn’t Get a Gold Star For Reading” by Pamela Paul (NYTimes Sept. 1, 2019) is right on when it comes to guiding our children to read. “Reading is not only fundamental to academic achievement, it’s also crucial to developing other measurable skills like executive function and social behavior. We are all agreed that…