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Embracing and Reimaging School Context

Teacher. Learner. Content. Environment. The four basic elements of any educational experience. In normal times, educational leaders (think we) have control over all four: we hire the best teachers, we know our learners and how best to teach them, we make intentional decisions about content and curriculum, and we design

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August 26, 2020

The Return of Baby B

As the director of a Jewish early childhood learning center, I have trained for many unexpected events. Natural disasters, school violence, custody battles, and more. But I never took a class on surviving a global pandemic, or how to welcome back our little learners whose lives have been upended. I

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August 19, 2020

And How Are The Children?

During my first day of orientation as a school counselor in a NYC public high school, my principal opened by sharing a story about the greeting used by the Maasai: “And how are the children?” This greeting is used instead of “hello” because if the children are ok, then the community

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August 12, 2020

What You Can Do and Who You Are

By definition, activities characterized as professional development are concerned with enabling individuals to fulfill their professional responsibilities, more effectively and more efficiently. If such activities did not aspire to produce such outcomes, they would have to be called something else less precise: education, coaching, therapy, or perhaps recreation.

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December 4, 2019
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