Why We Should Encourage Mistakes and Failure?

"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all [...]

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“Why We Can’t Wait”: Not Simply a Book

My mother was once a very active, popular, politically connected and civically involved person in her youth. I remember her telling me stories of her early involvement with the civil rights movement during the early 1960's. I was just a baby, at the time of the first March on Washington, D.C., led by the late great Reverend [...]

DIVERSITY: Why it’s Not Enough

I hear the word  "diversity" spoken everywhere, and in relation to almost every aspect of society. It's a good thing to recognize the many faces in our society, and it's great that we recognize our 'melting pot' society. However, we shouldn't fool ourselves or be too naϊve to think that because we acknowledge diversity and [...]

First: Communicating with Parents

Imagine a student in class who is constantly disrupting the flow of the learning process of others, by excessive talking, throwing 'spitballs', laughing and refusing to follow instructions. Behavior supports and targeted interventions have all been tried with the student at the classroom level, and now you've decided that it's time to call for backup. It's time [...]

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