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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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Making Impact Visible

February 21, 2020

*Original post appeared in Corwin Connect – February 17, 2020 How to Ensure Teachers Receive Learner-Focused Feedback You are amazing, a superhero. Every day you get up to make a difference, and every day you do. In some way, every day, you are a teacher and a learner–maybe a few minutes ago or yesterday, or it will […]

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Resolve to Keep Your Resolutions!

January 18, 2020

We are just a few weeks into our new year…so are you excited and inspired about having 20/20 vision this year? Or are you feeling like the confetti is long gone, credit card bills have arrived, and it’s like the holidays and break never happened? At the start of the new year, we always take […]

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Feedback That Feeds Forward: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

December 17, 2019

Who doesn’t love presents? As we get older, we find we are giving fewer material items and frequently gifting “experiences” to each other and friends like concert tickets, homemade vouchers, or spa visits. Of course, we all love the immediate satisfaction of putting on a new sweater or playing with a new gadget, but we […]

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What if Every Day Were Thanksgiving?

November 26, 2019

We all love our holidays. In the U.S., we dedicate the second to last Thursday of November just to being thankful. Perhaps you grew up in a family where before you could eat on Thanksgiving, everyone had to share something they were thankful for. Mashed potatoes and stuffing had to wait until everyone had spoken–all […]

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What Are You Cultivating This Season?

October 22, 2019

Fall in New England is one of our favorite times. Though it announces the onset of winter (much to Amy’s disappointment as a Floridian), who can resist the foliage, apple picking, pumpkin patches, and of course, the resulting warm apple fritters on a crisp Saturday autumn morning (Patrick’s favorite)?  Oblivious, we tromp around in corn […]

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Our capacity as adults to collaboratively & collectively face the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year with empathy, patience, fortitude, & determination will be the greatest possible lesson we will teach our children. This is more important than any content we ever believed essential. Remain TOGETHER and we will all continue learning! We are here to support all of you as you embark on your new year.