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My mother once said, “We’ve reached the age where we’ve started losing our friends; it’s just horrible to have your circle become smaller and smaller as loved ones pass on.” The loss of a close friend or loved one never makes anyone happy, but is there a better way to respond to the sadness? While it’s true that there will be pain with each loss, no one should stop living …

You send your child to school and presume everything possible will be done on your child’s behalf. He will be taught by the best teachers in the world, be motivated to achieve to his full potential, and will become an engaged, responsible person who will become a contributing member of society. Right? Well, maybe. The truth is that schools can’t do it all. While many teachers and schools are extraordinary, …

The school year ended and students left for the summer. Off to summer camps, special programs, vacations, or summer classes. The options were many. But how many followed the example set by students at a number of colleges and universities? Stonehill College Initiative Stonehill College, a private, co-educational Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Massachusetts, has about 2,400 full-time students. Not a large school, by any means. A college where …

This week I’ll take time from my daily life to spend three days at a meditation retreat. I’ll be leaving behind my spouse, children and grandchildren, as well as familiar routines that involve what I might be making for dinner or an early wake-up to ensure that I get to my exercise class on time. For a person who tries to consistently practice mindfulness, this will still be a welcome …

A school leader once related the following story when talking about the changing attitudes regarding parents and their ties to their child’s educational experience: When I was little I’d bring home a note from the teacher, hand it to my parent, and my parent would smack me and say, “What did you do?!” Today, a child brings home a note from the teacher, hands it to a parent, the parent …

We all have those times where we find ourselves upset, and that’s when the knee-jerk reactions kick in. But, have you ever taken the time to decide how you will calm yourself to the point that you can offer a thoughtful response instead? Maybe it’s time we all give the idea some thought. The habit of a negative response I remember, as a teacher and then a principal, there were …

  Many years ago, a well-rounded education was one that fully attended to the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic. While I hate to use a cliché, We’ve come a long way, baby! A typical academic program Today’s education system includes much more than the components of a basic education. The more modern programs include problem solving, group dynamics, and projects with real-world objectives that not only include the basic …

The end-of-the-school-year brings varying thoughts to mind for different student populations; some are relieved to have a break from academic rigors and associated expectations while others look forward to family vacations, camps or any number of specialized activities. However, no students look forward to experiencing the difficulties associated with what isn’t available when summer vacation arrives. In-School Assistance for Students The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) may or may …

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

Some days I’m just tired. I can’t seem to find the energy to exercise, cook, chat, or tackle any of the zillion and one things I could, or should, be accomplishing. But, rather than forcing myself out of my funk, which is sometimes necessary, I might decide to just go with the feeling…and have a personal meditation retreat day. Whether indoors or out, I can meditate for extended periods of …