Test Post Promising Practices

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Lesson Plan: The Hundred Dresses

Lesson Plan: The Hundred Dresses Objectives After completing their reading, students will create an alternative scene for the novel in the form of a short play, in which one of the characters shows empathy for the victim and decides to stand up to her friend that is doing the bullying. Which of the 11 Principles … Continue reading “Lesson Plan: The Hundred Dresses”

Understanding Consent Begins with Respect

Accepting people’s differences and showing empathy are values we try to teach our kids from an early age. It is essential in today’s day and age to build upon that emotional intelligence as they enter adolescence, by beginning to speak to them about sexual assault, what constitutes consent and understanding boundaries. We need to draw … Continue reading “Understanding Consent Begins with Respect”

7 Ways Parents Can Teach Girls How to Build One Another Up, Instead of Tearing One Another Down

When Ashley Eckstein, an actress and entrepreneur, started performing professionally in fifth grade, the other girls in her class taunted her relentlessly. Now 37, Eckstein recently brought her 13-year-old niece to a girls leadership summit to show her a different dynamic — hundreds of girls celebrating one another’s accomplishments in fields including writing and social … Continue reading “7 Ways Parents Can Teach Girls How to Build One Another Up, Instead of Tearing One Another Down”

“Adulting” Lessons: Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids Life Skills and Science

The full-time job of parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. No matter how many children you have – one or six – they’ll surprise you. Some mature more quickly than others, but in general, today’s children simply don’t develop adult skills without deliberate instruction. Nearly 75 percent of millennials can’t change a tire on … Continue reading ““Adulting” Lessons: Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids Life Skills and Science”

Humility in Sports—Why Does it Matter?

Humility is one of the most respectable and admirable traits that an athlete can possess. The prime essence of a humble athlete is the act of selflessness and modesty which transcends to the world. Oftentimes in the realm of sports we witness many accounts of prideful behavior, whether it be on or off the playing … Continue reading “Humility in Sports—Why Does it Matter?”

3 Phrases Every Student Needs to Hear

I have been speaking in schools communities for the last 16 years. In that time I’ve spoken in over 1,000 schools to nearly 750,000 students, parents, educators.   A lot has changed culturally since 2002. And yet… one thing has stayed the absolute same. In fact, this one thing has stayed the same since 1982, … Continue reading “3 Phrases Every Student Needs to Hear”

Promoting Core Values through Respect, Responsibility and Caring

Northern Parkway School is located in Uniondale, New York. In 2015, we were recognized as a School of Character. As a school, we focus primarily on three pillars: respect, responsibility and caring. Promoting core values, as encouraged by Principle 1 of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, has been one of the driving forces … Continue reading “Promoting Core Values through Respect, Responsibility and Caring”

Character Day: We’re all Works in Progress

Student Voice in Character Education: When in Doubt, Ask the Students!

On an early morning school climate team meeting, a group of ten educators crowd around a conference table sipping coffee and crafting a plan. They are discussing a kick-off event for their new character education initiative with the theme “kindness counts.” A buzz of excited chatter ensues as staff discuss various ideas for recognizing students … Continue reading “Student Voice in Character Education: When in Doubt, Ask the Students!”

9 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Cope with Jealousy

I once had three students who tried out for travel soccer in sixth grade. After only one made the team, the other two spread a lie, saying that the girl had made the team only because her uncle was the coach. It wasn’t the first time in my job as a school counselor that I’ve … Continue reading “9 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Cope with Jealousy”

How Do I Make an Effective Apology?

This week I unintentionally offended two colleagues and friends by showing a lack of respect for their contributions to others and myself. I am disappointed and annoyed with myself. How do I apologize so I (we) can move on?

8 Tips for Cultivating a Climate of Care

At the end of May, I finished my 34th year of serving as a public-school educator. This hard truth that my time in school had come to an end rapidly washed over me as I retired from that role. This summer,  as I’ve been reflecting on my glorious career that found me growing alongside every … Continue reading “8 Tips for Cultivating a Climate of Care”

Helping Children Invent the Future

Putting Character into Innovation If it’s true, as Alan Kay said, that “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” then how do we do that? More importantly, how do we help our students do that?   For many years I conducted a student workshop called Being Your Own Futurist that helped students design the future using two … Continue reading “Helping Children Invent the Future”

Intrinsic Motivation—It’s an Inside Job

Think about something that you love to do! Perhaps it is reading a good book, playing a video game, being in nature, spending time with your family, or eating a decadent chocolate treat. Does anyone need to give you a sticker, pay you some money, or give you an award for doing what you love … Continue reading “Intrinsic Motivation—It’s an Inside Job”

Relax, You’re Going to Be Criticized

What are you bracing against? The Practice: Relax, you’re going to be criticized. Why? The title of this practice is a little tongue-in-cheek. What I mean is, most of us – me included – spend time worrying about criticism: past, present, and even future. Yes, try hard, keep agreements, “don’t be evil,” etc. But sooner or … Continue reading “Relax, You’re Going to Be Criticized”

Finding Beauty in the Chaos with Principle 7

A few months after my oldest son was born, I felt confident and on top of the world. The months prior to his birth, I gradually added to my toolbox and researched everything from sleep training and homemade baby food to the language I would use when he played independently and interacted with others. I … Continue reading “Finding Beauty in the Chaos with Principle 7”

Creating Opportunities for Moral Action

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, a K-5 public elementary school in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia today serves a diverse population with students coming from all socio-economic levels and countries of origin. Built in 1958 for African American students during the time of segregation, the building underwent a transformation in 2000 to attract other community members to … Continue reading “Creating Opportunities for Moral Action”

Promoting Core Values Produce a Caring Work Environment

Is it necessary to have core ethical values in place to create a caring work environment? When employers and employees exhibit genuine care for one another, they thrive and are able to produce successful results. We interviewed John Horan, a successful Real Estate Broker/Developer in North Central Florida who has owned and operated multiple businesses, … Continue reading “Promoting Core Values Produce a Caring Work Environment”

3 Goal-Setting Steps to Make Dreams a Reality

Sports, like golf, provide the opportunity for kids to gain exposure to core values and life lessons that that can help in competition, but also in everyday life.

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