Elementary School

Netflix to the Rescue

With the pandemic and quarantine restrictions, we find ourselves looking for things to do with our kids and ourselves. Netflix to the rescue. As reported in theLos Angeles Times on April 21, “The company gained 15.8 million global subscribers, surging ahead of Wall Street’s expectations of 7.6 million. It now has a total of 183 million…

Autism: A Fresh Look

I first posted information on autism on June 24, 2010 with Loving Lampposts – A Movie About Autism. Next came Neurodiversity posted August 26, 2016 and then, Neurodiversity: A most Important Word & Topic, which was posted March 31, 2017 and featured Steve Silberman’s popular TED Talk and his precious book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.…

Principal’s Guide to Surviving Social Distancing

Whether it’s because of “social distancing” or the “stay at home” order, it appears we all have extra time on our hands. But then again, do we? It’s been over three weeks since CoronaVirus aka COVID-19 aka the Pandemic brought all of our lives to a screeching halt. Anyone feel more productive with all this…

Reading to Children — At Home

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused our schools to close and forced our children to work at home. The Joy of Reading to Children is an earlier post that talks about the importance of reading to children. This post also has an article I wrote about reading to children. See what you think. In the meantime—parents and…

Being Mindful of Meditation

I am learning more and more about the advantages of meditation, especially as it pertains to leadership. Having recently finished Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn and having watched the two short videos below, I am sold on the beauty and benefits of meditation. And, after you watch the videos below, I hope…

Student Choice/Voice During School Closures

As we all continue to figure out ways to actively engage our learners during these extended school closures, here are some ideas that educators have shared with me that promoted and empowered student choice and voice. While we are grappling with many school-related challenges during these uncertain times, creating opportunities for learners to direct their…

Meet Derreck Kayongo

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet Derreck and write about our interview. Click here to read the article recently published in Montessori Life. From the opening paragraphs of the article: Derreck Kayongo is an entrepreneur and the former CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He founded the Global Soap Project (now acquired by…

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…