Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

If I had a nickel for every time a teacher would say to me while looking at low level intervention materials, “Oh dear, my kids can’t do that”, I would be able to buy Ford Motor Corporation. To bring the whole idea around, it was Henry Ford who said “Whether you think you can or […]

Blended Social Emotional Learning – for today’s students

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Wait a minute… In today’s world, the virtual reality is becoming more so than we, as immigrants to technology, ever thought possible. In fact, the reality of our world is that very little of it has substance any more. Most people do everything they can online. We entrust the internet to do our banking, locate […]

Doing a “180″ in school with Restorative Justice…

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Restorative Justice | No Comments

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Fredrick Douglass For some of us, summer is a time of ease and finding fun past times. Mine was about climbing cherry trees, sneaking to the river to swim and lemonade stands, punctuated with boy scout camp up at Mt. St. Helens […]

Are you students THRIVING or surviving? Three suggestions to help them Thrive this year…

  The furthest distance in your school… it’s NOT what you think. Many students I encounter would more than happily be sent to the principal’s or dean’s office to be called out on a presenting behavior. But quite often, the behavior being presented at school is NOT the real issue. A recent study at John […]

Sustainability… 3 tips that may be a good idea in the event of…

As you may recall, in 2011 we had a turn of events that caught us fully off guard. Districts had to conduct drastic cuts in staff and expenses. Programs suffered and the long term effect on the psyche in education is felt to this day. Here are a few tips for sustainability: 1. Put some […]

Don’t quit on me yet…

Don’t quit on me yet…

As the end of the school year arrives, I am taking the moment to reflect back on the many changes that took place. Resilience is not my forté but it is something of which I am aware. As I visit the schools, they are morphing from the Axe wearing, gum chewing, text messaging capitals of […]

Bullying Month: 5 Ways to Help a Bully

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

    Bullying awareness month is this month. You are more than likely reading this for a personal reading and, to be honest, I am writing it for a personal purpose; to raise awareness. Back when I used to get punched to a bloody pulp on the school bus in the early 1970′s it was […]

The COPS are coming and so is Alice Ray!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It isn’t everyday I get to arise and be greeting by warm orange sunlight streaming through my windows here in the Northwest. In fact, it’s a rare event and today it reminded me that life is good! But there is something even sunnier about California; the chance to work with Ripple Effects and the amazing […]

Welcome Stephanie Harvey to Eastern Washington (and an insider tip)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Blog, CCSS, Tips | No Comments

We are quite happy to be welcoming THE Stephanie Harvey to our fair state. On her visit, she will be partnering with National Geographic for a private dinner at the Davenport Hotel then on April 16, she is going to be conducting a training on the common core strategies. As many of our districts come […]

Right and Wrong

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”. WRONG- Even though my dear Grandmother (God rest her soul) had every good intention, she was erroneously misleading me. Grammy was thereby innocently reinforcing a “fact” that wasn’t a fact at all. Your students needs may be every bit […]

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