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Podcast for Parents: When Is a Rigorous Program What We Want for Our Students? When Isn’t It?

What signs signal us as parents that the “rigor” level of our child’s program may need an adjustment? What conversations should parents be having with school staff about rigor? How do we encourage programs that develop well-rounded people who impact the world? Two heads of schools share their experiences. Read “The Dark Side of Rigor” […]

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Podcast: Mindsets to Explore for the Start of School (Part I)

Mindsets influence both conscious and unconscious behaviors we as educators put into practice. In part one of this series, Cory Camp from SIBME Coach Replay joins me to explore how fear of “learning loss” might be replaced with excitement for rejoining our students in a love of learning and being together. How teachers can collaborate […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Building Students Executive Functioning

Teachers can invest in conscious planning to create opportunities for students to strengthen executive functioning skills. Experienced teacher and teacher educator, Brenda Watkins, outlines the benefits and example strategies for all grade levels. Learn More & Register for the Developing Executive Function to Empower Learners course here.  Contact Brenda: bwakins@pls3rdlearning.com Subscribe to the Steve Barkley […]

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Coaching and Leading with Relational Energy

I was introduced to the term Relational Energy in a blog by Kim Cameron. “Positive energy elevates individuals, is life-giving and fosters vitality. In nature, the most common source of positive energy is the sun. It is the life-giving force. All species, including human beings, are inclined over time toward life-giving energy, and they avoid […]

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Podcast: Compassionate Coaching

Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee join the podcast to share insights from their new book, Compassionate Coaching: How Educators Navigate the Barriers to Professional Growth. “Successful Coaching is a humanistic, compassionate process that places students at its center. Truly effective coaching places people above programs.” Read Compassionate Coaching here.  Contact Kathy Perret: kathyperret@gmail.com Contact Kenneth […]

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Podcast for Parents: Parenting to Build Greater Independence

Our children build a sense of self-efficacy when they realize that their own actions have produced successful outcomes rather than believing success was generated by my parents’ actions. Over helping and over directing can prevent the necessary experiences of “successful failures.” Having chores at home can be helpful. Consider how you create an environment for […]

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