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Seeds In The Dirt

Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb

Well, the day came and went just like they all do. I’m now officially an adult. A lot of life lessons happen in 40 years of living. The one that I want...

A Dream-based Life

A Dream-based Life

The tendency to be driven by dreams and imagination is one of the critical components of our humanness. While other living things are driven by survival...

Trust in Public Schools – Is it possible?

Trust in Public Schools – Is it possible?

Last week I proposed a formula for empowering our public school communities. A key factor in my formula is trust. I think it’s safe to say I struck a...

Empowerment and Trust: Factors in a formula for quality public education

Empowerment and Trust: Factors in a formula...

Quality Public Schools = (Empowered Students + Empowered Parents + Empowered Teachers + Empowered Administrators) X TRUST As educational reformers, politicians...

Overcoming Fear: A 21st Century Learning Skill Extinguished by High-Stakes Testing

Overcoming Fear: A 21st Century Learning...

I love the movie The Croods. I was obviously drawn to Grug, the prehistoric father of the Crood Family. Strangely (or maybe not so strangely) I find myself...

Common Core News – A Small Victory for New York Public Schools

Common Core News – A Small Victory...

What just happened to Common Core in New York? I hope parents around the country are asking this question at PTO and school board meetings. If you need...

Love In The Mix: Agape

Love In The Mix: Agape

Unconditional love – maybe it’s such an obvious ingredient to child development that it’s often ignored. Or, maybe its existence is so unpredictable...

Passion and Intelligence: Which came first?

Passion and Intelligence: Which came first?

We want to live passionately. We hope that our children can follow their passion and love what they do while providing for themselves. Do you live with...

Common Core for Parents – Why focus on what’s missing?

Common Core for Parents – Why focus on...

My children’s worth cannot be measured on a test. Their infinite potential, their emotional strengths and weaknesses, their passions and fears cannot...

Common Core for Parents – What’s commonly missing from the core? (Part 2: Creativity)

Common Core for Parents – What’s commonly...

To be fair, the attack on creativity in schools predates the Common Core movement. However, the current climate of high-stakes testing and metric-based...