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Video Conferencing Tips

The more I work with schools and nonprofits, I see bylaws that contain information about electronic communication be it emails, texting, phone conferencing, or video conferencing. Here is a link to a helpful set of short videos you will find helpful and funny. And, take a minute to share the below video at your next…

How to Raise a Reader

This a must-read book for all parents and teachers. The authors are so sensitive about timing, especially for young readers—and their parents—that begin the process a bit later in life.One quote in their book jumped out at me because I remember reading the same reference in the book Freakonomics: “According to studies that measure the likelihood…

It’s a Palindrome Week

In case you are not familiar with palindromes — a number, word, phrase, or sentence that is the same forward and backward — check out this other blog post: “Is That Really a Palindrome.” And, this video . . . [embedded content]

Humor in Our Work as Educators and Leaders

Humor used in the right way is essential in our schools. Be it in the classroom, at a faculty/board/parent meeting, humor can make all the difference in the world in building trust, friendship, and getting a message across. “The writer Russell Baker notes, ‘When hoping to bag a piece of humor with your net, nothing…

First Grader Blues

My granddaughter introduced me to a short video where talk-show host Conan O’Brien works with a group of Chicago first graders on learning about the blues. Just sit back and enjoy this wonderful kid-friendly video . . . [embedded content]

The Most Important People – Update

From NYTimes 6/29/19 “The Most Important People” is an Independent School magazine article I wrote back in 2001 when I was a teacher. Twelve years later, I followed up with an article “Still the Most Important People.” I bring these two articles to your attention because of the recent powerful piece I read by law professor Lara…

In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic

A week ago, I volunteered at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre to usher for an unknown—to me—visiting speaker, and I was blown away by her message and performance. Below is an excerpt from that message and performance. “Dyslexic Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator. Her artistic practice is…