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True Purpose: Kindness Matters

Posted on: March 11th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

“I have something for you.” We were just beginning our Success for English Learners workshop when a participant smiled and said, “I have something for you.” She had taken a workshop with us four months ago and was returning for this new course. Although the group was large, I vividly remembered her because she had been sick but had come anyway.  This participant had shown true

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Conversation Hearts, Questions, and Feedback

Posted on: February 12th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

We’re starting to see those sugary Valentine’s Day conversation hearts, asking the recipient to “Be Mine” or just saying a simple “You Rock” – questions and feedback to brighten one’s day.  In the spirit of those clever conversation hearts, I invite you to think about the questions you ask in the classroom (and the questions teachers in your schools ask) – and the feedback you

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Embrace the Snow!

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

“Hey, it’s snowing!” From the moment that first flake falls from the sky, even the most perfectly planned lesson may be lost to the masses, because after all, it’s snowing! To those who live in a warmer climate, imagine instead a bee or a fly buzzing around the room.  The effect is similar to snow falling outside the window; attention becomes hard to maintain. There are two

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Summer 2019 Course Dates Set

Posted on: January 8th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

Our spring courses are filling so quickly that we went ahead and scheduled our summer dates. Check them out below. We’ll open summer registration about mid March, so be sure to check back then. Have you registered for a spring course yet? June 18 – 19: Delving into Differentiation June 25 – 26: Transforming Learning, Thinking, and Relationships July 10 – 11: Equity

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Lessons from the Sea Lions

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by Amy Kines No Comments

Our family just returned from a trip out west; Monterey, Yosemite, and San Francisco.  I found myself drawn to Pier 39, again and again marveling at these adorable and sometimes loud and spirited creatures. A few thoughts for you to consider: Who do we know whose “bark” is really just a cry for attention; who really just wants to be part of something special? Who do we know who,

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#ArmMeWith Experience

Posted on: March 10th, 2018 by Amy Kines No Comments

#ArmMeWith What do educators have to say? After we dismissed on the first day of our workshop, we asked participants if they’d like to share their thoughts.  The ideas they shared were pretty powerful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQFh_TVs_UM    

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#No Power? No Problem!

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Amy Kines No Comments

#No Power? No Problem! That was our mantra as we began our weekend’s Delving into Differentiation workshop! After (really still during) a significant wind storm that cancelled schools on Friday, shut down the Federal Government, and left many in in the dark, we arrived to find out our venue was without power and running on a backup generator. “No power? No problem!” Onward.  We’re

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New Courses – More Opportunities

Posted on: March 2nd, 2018 by Amy Kines No Comments

How can I help you?  That’s the question I find myself most often asking clients when we first meet. The reaction is interesting, and it was at first surprising.  People are so thankful to be asked! As I interact with teachers, two needs are voiced far more frequently than any others; meeting the needs of English Language Learners and more management strategies.  So…. we’ve designed

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THREE Fall workshops!

Posted on: September 9th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

Three Professional Development Opportunities for you and your staff! Fall 2017 all workshops flier

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Making a Difference

Posted on: September 5th, 2017 by Amy Kines No Comments

Sometimes as a teacher I find myself wondering, “Did I have as much of an impact on my students as they had on me?” This week I received a Facebook message that is every teacher’s dream! Below are a few excerpts of our conversation, shared with permission. “Hello. I just wondered if you ever taught in San Antonio, Texas” the message chain began. YES! You see, Lori was

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