Category: Blog


Major Changes Coming to the SAT

A change is coming to the SAT college admissions exam. The essay portion of the SAT is to become optional. The college board, the board responsible for developing the exam, has confirmed these new changes, scheduled to take effect in…

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Moving Forward with 50+ Less Educators

The Coachella Valley Unified School District announced its intent on laying off 50 to 60 schoolteachers this month and around 10 to 20 other staff members. Their reasoning? It was either the layoffs or declaring bankruptcy for the school district…

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Teaching principals: ready-to-learn state (student engagement)

Jensen’s research supports the idea that teachers can change students’ “default” states to target “attractor” states. Students who walk in bored, frustrated, and apathetic can be jolted into a state of anticipation, confidence, and curiosity with a few simple principles:…

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Actions Toward Creating a Positive Reading Culture

Children love to discuss their emotions, ideas and stories with someone who will listen. They are keenly aware of the attention you are giving them.

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Join them, play a couple rounds of “Go Fish!”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Einstein With today’s emphasis on state standards, and global educational rankings, it is no wonder ‘playing’ can be considered goofing off. Teaching to the…

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Proactive vs. reactive, setting the expectation to communicate.

Recently, I wrote about how to talk to our children when a crisis occurs. Following that post, I began to think about talking to our children in general. Talking to them following a crisis, while necessary, seemed to be very…

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How to Talk to Kids About a Crisis, Colorado Tragedy

In an interview by News Channel 3 regarding the recent events, Colorado at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, Stephanie Rosales shared an insight on how parents can talk to their children about a tragedy. Knowing what to do and…

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