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Calling Feels Awkward? Identify Four Common Phone Personas

Published on May 14, 2018

As an educator, making calls to parents is tricky for a number of reasons. Lack of time, difficult documentation processes, and unpleasant subject matter all contribute to why you might feel anxious about completing the task.

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Hey, Texting Really Works!

Published on August 10, 2017

When students and parents are sent text messages on a regular basis, student achievement improves.

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Who Holds the Key to Chronic Absence? Parents.

Published on June 30, 2017

A child attends school anywhere between 175-180 days a year, and some absences are to be expected in the case of illness, family emergencies, etc… but did you know that missing just two days a month can hinder your child’s education?

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To Text or Call? Choose the Right Tool for Contacting Parents

Published on June 15, 2017

It’s easy to feel like we live in the future. The science fiction of our childhood is now the reality of our daily lives.

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Want to get past conflicting personalities? Engage MORE, not less. 

Published on May 23, 2017

Have you ever met someone and right off the bat, you knew you weren’t going to jive with this person?

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How Should Educators Teach Students to Question Authority?

Published on April 06, 2017

I was used to being the smart kid. I'd never encountered a class where I wasn't one of the first to shoot my hand up whenever the teacher asked a question.

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How My Teacher Taught Me Acceptance

Published on February 13, 2017

I grew up in Tinytown, Texas (okay, Waller actually) where everyone knew my last name and we had cows across the street from our high school.

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Fake News: Be the Unicorn You Wish to See in the World

Published on February 08, 2017

Once upon a time, you could have a conversation with a kid that went like this:

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TJ and the Briefcase Intervention

Published on April 21, 2016

When I was a superintendent, sometimes, when I least expected it, I was reminded of students I had known throughout all the years I had been around the education system. Once I was reminded of one simply by walking by a student at a water fountain.

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The Old School Code of Silence

Published on April 20, 2016

You are in fifth grade. The last bell rings, and as your herd is trampling into the hall, YOUR MOM suddenly appears right there at Mrs. Harper’s classroom door. Oh, the sheer panic, as you murmur Why is SHE here, but let’s be honest, you already know what you did, and now you are busted.

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