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We Are In Oxford Schools

December 7, 2021

NOTE: The following is a first-hand story about my family’s experience regarding last week’s tragedy at Oxford High School; my two children are enrolled in the district.  I am the co-director of a small group of secondary students (approx 100 6th-12th-graders) who are enrolled through Oxford’s Virtual Academy, but meet for in-person instruction two days/week.…

How to Help Students Manage Anxiety

September 22, 2021

The key to helping students manage anxiety is to understand what’s happening in their brain. “Emotions are the on/off switch to learning,” says Priscilla Vail, author of Smart Kids with School Problems. You and I both know this is true. We know from our own experience that it’s pretty hard to learn geometry theorems when…

2 Questions to Unlock Motivation & Change Mindsets

March 28, 2021

It was my last semester of college. “Senioritis” had fully kicked-in.  I was ready to graduate. It was also the first day of EAD 315, “Student Leadership Training.” Waiting for class to start, I was focused on the friends I was meeting after class. The instructor began. He asked us to move our desks into…

Naming Feelings: Feeling Better by Making the “Invisible, Visible”

February 28, 2021

Naming feelings is a simple, yet powerful, mind-hack that can relieve stress and leave you feeling better quickly (not to mention dramatically improving your interaction with others).   The process of naming feelings is actually quite easy, (click here to learn why it works) but having the awareness to name your feelings is the challenge.  That’s…

Homeschooling Insights from a Refugee of War

February 14, 2021

Hi Friends, I’m sharing a post from a mother at my children’s school; she posted this on Day 1.25 of our sudden transition to “homeschooling.” I was already overwhelmed, going a little loco… and her words were a breath of fresh air! She instantly snapped me into proper perspective.  Her message comes from a very…

“Extreme Self-Care” for Parents and Teachers

February 7, 2021

Whenever life threw an exceptional curve-ball my way -one slathered in fear or grief- my late, great life-coach, Rob Berkley, would always advocate for… E X T R E M E  S E L F – C A R E ! If he were still with us today, I’m sure he’d be shouting this message…

When Addiction Changes Your Life Story

September 8, 2020

As the holidays approach, this time of year often amplifies grief. Loss of loved ones, or even loss of “what used to be” becomes more… well, MORE. I doubt anyone reading this has not been impacted by addiction… in some way, shape, or form. Today, I want to share a very important, powerful, and raw…

Social-Emotional Learning Demo

June 30, 2020

Mindfulness: Resetting Your Brain

June 21, 2020

Mindfullness is a simple, yet powerful way to reset your brain.  So, what is mindfulness exactly? Think about a time you’ve been working on a computer.  Have you ever reached a point where the computer seemed to be lagging, moving slowly, or simply not working properly?  You might find that rebooting the computer makes a…

The Answer to World Tragedies…

June 9, 2020

Today, I want to honor the events of the past ten days. We were already in a period of extreme uncertainty, but that has grown deeper and far more poignant. I think we all feel “it” in our bones: The justice that has not been met. The wrongs that must be made right. It’s overwhelming…

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