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Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by WP SMTP No Comments

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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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Plan B

Posted on: February 18th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

“YES! I’m going to DO that!” How often have we thought that or authentically planned to implement something we learned?  With the best of intentions, sometimes we leave a course, or workshop, or training filled with excitement and a commitment to make a change in our practice.  And then…. life hits us.  We are bombarded with reality.  Kids, family obligations, meetings,

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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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50 Yard Line for New Teachers – Help to the End Zone!

Posted on: January 20th, 2019 by Amy Kines No Comments

We’re about half way through the school year. For seasoned educators, many know the ebb and flow of the year, the “feel” of the various months, the possibilities of what a snow day might mean. But for new teachers, getting to the half way point, the 50 yard line, might seem overwhelming!  “I’m only half way!” might be the audio running through their head. To help

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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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