Dane Peters

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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…