October 17, 2017 in School Culture

My daughter was born early and small, but she always had this powerful presence. When the nurse wrapped her up and handed her to me, she looked like she was smiling. Her dad and I used to worry because she never cried. Twenty years later, she is still always smiling. And she is still that small but fierce girl trying to figure out this big world.

September 29, 2017 in School Culture

American culture is divided. This is not a secret; as educators, though we can see the division in every aspect of our society, we especially notice in education. And our students are divided as well.

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