New Grant Opportunities for Charter & Private Schools

There is much to be said about the election of Donald Trump as it relates to education in the U.S.. I want to talk about some changes I see coming as we shift gears in Washington D.C. to President Trump’s newly confirmed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. Keep in mind that drastic changes in your school are unlikely to occur. Your day-to-day school life will mostly stay the same. You may, however, hear a good deal about budget cuts in public schools and a different focus on standards. You may feel a new focus on voucher programs and charter schools.

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Crossing the Fine Line: Privacy vs. Finding Vulnerable Kids

There’s so much happening in the news right now with cyber-security, hacking, democracy, political intrigue, and seismic shifts in leadership for our educational systems. I get a headache just trying to stay positive. There’s a lot of negativity in the talk I’m hearing in the teacher’s lunch rooms these days. The best advice is to stay focused on the kids; at least it’s working for me.

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Teaching Peace with Elyse: Welcoming Differences

With the return of Turtle, a child-sized puppet, to Expressive Arts, I am observing how this listening puppet I wrote of recently was being utilized. All children need someone to listen to them. While this is the task of parents, relatives, teachers and other care-givers, having a puppet that is also their "friend" can be of comfort particularly during stressful times.

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Best Gifts for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

It’s that time of year again and I’m looking for great hands-on, interactive, meaningful and relevant gifts for each of my 5 young grandchildren…though they are not very young now. They're 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13 years old!  But if they were 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years old, I would be looking at the following toys and products from Discount School Supply.  

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Teaching Peace with Elyse: Puppets Help Children Learn Social and Emotional Skills

In a recent blog, I wrote of connecting emotionally to children through puppets. I mentioned several ways to go about this through our observation of children and then joining in with a puppet. I also wrote of working with small groups of children in order to teach that which is important for them to learn. Children listen and remember better when puppets are used to relay the message. In this blog I'd like to say more about how to use puppets for developing social and emotional intelligence.

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