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What’s Cookin’ for Student Success?

April 9, 2021

(Part 1 of a 2-part blog series) If you are as old as the two of us, you remember the book, If You Don’t Feed the Teachers, They Eat the Students! Though written 20 years ago, Dr. Neila Conner’s message is still as pertinent today as it was then: “Successful schools only survive when there […]

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Spring Forward, Forward March: Seeds and Steps Have an Impact

February 28, 2021

(A humble thanks to the highly effective principals who inspired us this month in Suffield, New Milford, North Branford, Hartford, Bethany, and Region 1 Public Schools.) The day when many of us turn the clocks is approaching and we couldn’t be happier. For us, it is not about the loss of an hour of sleep, […]

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Creating Moments to Create Connection

January 28, 2021

On January 20th, we were glued to our TVs. We were awed. We felt inspired and connected to something bigger than ourselves…to where we are headed, to each other, and to the people on our screens. We marveled at how the inauguration planners and participants achieved this outcome in a month of chaos and tragedy. […]

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Lighting the Way: Creating Anywhere, Anytime Learning

December 16, 2020

Many thanks to our inspirations for this months’ blog: Hartford High School, North Branford Intermediate, Kent Center School, Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Suffield High School, Sarah Noble Intermediate And the child-inspired The Ninth Night of Hanukkah in celebration of the “shamash.” Last week, I (Amy) probably joined thousands who tried to hang holiday lights […]

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Finding Balance: Responding to How We Really Are

November 10, 2020

The zodiac offers us a perfect metaphor these days. The heat and light from the sun are waning as it is leaving the sign of Libra, moving away from the sign of balance between the head and the heart and harmony represented by scales.  Each of our coaching conversations are bookended with, “How are you?” […]

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Fair Winds and Following Seas: Feedback for Stress, Feedback for Efficacy

October 5, 2020

“A fair wind and a following sea together create the very best conditions to get where you want to go.”  2020 has been a tumultuous sea and we are definitely not on a pleasure cruise…more like a three-hour tour that goes on forever. We have all missed our learners. The connection we experience with their […]

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Linking Learning and SEL: Make Connections to Make Meaning

August 27, 2020

This week, we lost one of our heroes, Sir Ken Robinson. He believed, “the purpose of education is to help young people understand the world around them and engage in the world within them” and that instruction in our schools must enable students to develop the competencies to achieve these goals. The current world around us […]

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Oh! The Places We are Trying to Go!

July 27, 2020

Educators are furiously working to finalize reopening plans for different scenarios–imagining how to address everchanging physical and logistical needs. In last month’s blog, we reminded you to find time to “fill your buckets” to ready yourselves to fill others’ buckets when schools reopen. But, this has proven really difficult for many who are now forgoing […]

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Readying for Reopening: 21 R’s for Summer Planning

June 24, 2020

Summer is finally here! But, this summer is like none other as the school year has been like none other, and we now find ourselves preparing for a highly uncertain upcoming year. So the question is, “How can we use our valuable summer months to ready ourselves for what is ahead?”  Hopefully, at some point […]

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You Are An Ironman

May 18, 2020

The finish line is in sight. Time away from computer screens, your children playing outside, barbecues, beaches…. In the past few months, “You have reimagined your limits. Set your sights higher and you have gone further than you have before…a statement of passion– commitment. It is a test of physical toughness and mental strength.” You […]

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The Times They Are A Changin’

April 24, 2020

*This month, as we all need levity and we have had a good bit of extra time, we have included a scavenger hunt within our blog. Search out our 7 intentional references to song lyrics for a chance to win free books.   We have had some crazy weather recently, and friends continue to text us […]

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Watch For Falling Apples

March 19, 2020

Hello friends. We have spent the week much like all of you personally and professionally adapting to our new and surreal normal. Patrick has spent time consoling his son who is suffering through the reality that his final months of high school, prom, senior night, and potentially even graduation may be missed. We are trying […]

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