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Virtues Response Circles

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Over the past several years I have had the honor of working with thousands of committed educators from all around the world!  I have learned a great deal from these educators, as well as their students! As a result, I have developed a protocol in response to a scenario that I have found comes up [...]

Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

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Zero Tolerance is not the magic bullet for creating safer schools, Restorative Practices is the way to go! Initially, Zero Tolerance policies were created as a way of consistently enforcing suspension and expulsion policies in response to weapons, drugs and violent acts in the school setting.  Over time, the policies moved beyond the originally identified [...]

Positive Relationships are Key to Effective Learning

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“Education literally shapes the child’s brain and likely produces alterations that lay the foundation for all future learning, emotion regulation and social functioning” (Davidson, 2008). Restorative practices that focus on developing positive relationships are essential for learning to take place and help create the conditions for students to thrive. On the contrary, negative relationships often [...]

Spirituality and Education

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So grateful and excited to be here at Columbia Teacher’s College for The Spirituality in Education Conference!  http://spiritualitymindbody.tc.columbia.edu/ I feel so at home here, so connected with others and so connected to my life’s purpose. Today is also my daughter, Dani’s, 25th birthday.  She is truly a spiritual being and evidence of what it is [...]

The Making of a Mensch

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I am so excited and grateful to be part of Character Day!  I love the Science of Character and this year’s Jewish version, The Making of a Mensch, is wonderful as well! Here is a handout packet to help you dig more deeply into the Middot, Jewish Virtues. MiddotHandoutsDS Click here to link to the [...]

Gratitude to Our Educators!

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OK, I admit it.  This is a repost from 2 years ago. Hey, somethings are better the 2nd time around.  Perhaps you will enjoy these songs , videos and my sincere gratitude twice as much… How can I express my since appreciation to my fellow educators for your steadfast dedication to your students, your families [...]

Fully Live Your Life Purpose in 2015

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain I believe we all have a purpose in life. As we welcome in 2015, I invite you to reflect on your life purpose and how you will fully live it. This year [...]