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Friday, December 25, 2020
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19
"Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19" is an article I wrote for the National Association of Independent School's (NAIS) Fall 2020 Independent Teacher publication.
Along with my reflections, you will find many links to stories I read to children and shared with them during the initial online learning/teaching as a result of the pandemic. Feel free to use them with your children.
Also, the other articles in this edition of Independent Teacher are excellent.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Dedicated to Doing What is Best for Others
You can get to know the author better by watching her TEDx Talk . . .
Friday, November 6, 2020
Supporting Staff Morale in Our Schools
In a recent National Association of Independent Schools NAIS Bulletin (Oct. 14), an often overlooked essential practice was highlighted; it is especially important during times of stress and crisis in our schools. No matter what school you are leading—public, independent, charter, special education, virtual, daycare—do check out this graphic to see what actions can be taken to support staff morale during the pandemic.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Powerfully Uplifting TED Talk
Here is a special, must-see TED Talk (over 2.5M views) that gives perspective as we make our way through this pandemic.
"Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a ghost. But then a strange thing started to happen — his mind began to knit itself back together. In this moving talk, Pistorius tells how he freed himself from a life locked inside his own body."
Friday, October 2, 2020
Five Undeniable Facts of Life
This is such a wise video about life. It takes less than two minutes to view. We all need a refresh—especially during this pandemic—of what is important in life.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Virtual Learning for Young Children?
In the midst of children going back to school and teachers and parents trying to figure out how this will all work, here is a precious video of young children engaged with each other virtually. Yes, it can work!
This video is from Greenpoint Montessori a one-room schoolhouse in Brooklyn, New York for children 30 months to five years.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Learning More About Critical Racial & Social Justice Education
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo has been on the NYTimes BestSeller list for 21 weeks and as of this post, is #7. Robin is an academic, lecturer, author, and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than 20 years.
Here is an introduction to the book: "Referring to the defensive moves white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue."
The interview below will give further insight into her take on race and her powerful book.
Here is a link to an interviews with the author: Teaching Tolerance Interviews Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility in the Classroom (30:28)
Finally, here is an extensive article that she wrote back in 2012, "Nothing to Add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions" you might like to dive into for more good thinking by Dr. DiAngelo
Friday, August 21, 2020
Using the NAIS Trustee Table Podcast with COVID-19
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has a podcast The Trustee Table that is perfect for nonprofit board growth and development. It can be used for onboarding of new trustees/directors and ongoing board professional development work. Podcasts usually run 15 to 25 minutes in length.
Here is an excellent, timely podcast sample: "COVID-19 Generative Governance - Board Guidelines from Dr. Richard Chait," Dr. Chait, by the way, is my favorite guru on nonprofit governance. I look at his book Governance as Leadership as the governance bible. New York City heads of school collaborated to have him as a keynote speaker when I was the head at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School in Brooklyn, NY.
Friday, August 7, 2020
Meet Sal Khan and Khan Academy
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Children Are Quick
Friday, July 10, 2020
A Must Read for School Communities
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown is a powerful best selling book. It is currently #4 on the NYTimes Bestsellers list. The book is a perfect read for school communities. Faculty, middle and high school students, and parents will learn so much about race, class, dignity, DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), and humanity. This would make for subsequent healthy virtual discussions within a school community.
You can get to know Austin by watching this amazing video.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Stories For Children . . . and Parents
Reading to children has always been a treat for me. During the pandemic, I have not been able to be with them in their classrooms, so I read to my iPhone and passed the links on to the teachers and parents. Here are the links to most of my video reads. Hope they can help you.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
School Online Resources
So much is happening in education—on all levels—and will continue into the summer, fall, and the 2020-21 school year.
In January a colleague of mine took on the role of Head of School of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) Academy, which is a 100% virtual school (grades 7-12) affiliated with the Dwight School. He passed on to me the following: “Our platform of fully developed high school classes can be used by schools to enhance or replace the online learning they have been thwarted into. The courses would be theirs to use, as a white-labeled resource. They are designed to be engaging, allow for regular interaction with the teacher, have a built-in grade book, embedded videos and assessments.”
Friday, May 29, 2020
In Spite of COVID-19, Never Give Up
Friday, May 15, 2020
A Look at the Pandemic
Some thoughts and resources . . .
Tribes and the evolution of humanity are so well explained in the popular book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari—see my June 9, 2019 blog post, and in Sebastian Junger's book Tribe—see my July 8, 2016 blog post. Both books can be helpful in understanding where we are as a global society in the midst of this pandemic.
One last resource is equally powerful: the podcast "Making Sense" with Sam Harris and his May 1 conversation with Yuval Noah Harari. It has so much good pandemic perspective information on what is going on around us during these difficult time.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Autism: A Fresh Look
Now, here is a thoughtful and first-hand TED Talk account of autism "What it's really like to have autism," Ethan Lisi's beautiful, personal story he presented in February 2020. This is so good.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Reading to Children — At Home
Friday, March 20, 2020
Being Mindful of Meditation
Friday, March 6, 2020
Meet Derreck Kayongo
From the opening paragraphs of the article:
Derreck Kayongo is an entrepreneur and the former CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He founded the Global Soap Project (now acquired by Clean the World), a humanitarian aid organization for collecting discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocessing it, then distributing it to in-need populations around the world. The organization battled global health issues in 90 countries, and hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths have dissipated in many at-risk communities.
Friday, February 21, 2020
New Kid - 2020 Newbery Book Award
“Jerry Craft won this year's  Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for New Kid, a book focused on the struggles of a seventh grade student of color who has been sent to a prestigious private school with little diversity.” (From npr reporter Colin Dwyer)
Meet author and illustrator, Jerry Craft, of this fabulous book . . .