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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, …

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 …

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 …

School has begun and many are starting to feel the typical “school-scheduling-overload” that hits families at the beginning of each academic year. While your mind is deluged with memories of what went right during the previous school year, and, almost more importantly, what could have been better, now would be a good time to begin implementing strategies that will improve the school year for everyone! Steven Covey, author of The …

Schools across the country are nearing their “start” date. In preparation for the new school year, now would be a good time for families to put a few processes in place that will help the year start off with a smoother beginning. For families, this involves considering a home study area, extracurricular planning, and an open, honest discussion about the expectations for both students and parents. (Parents, take note: many …

Happiness. Such a common word that receives an extraordinary amount of attention. Abraham Lincoln said a person is as happy as he makes his mind up to be. Mathatma Ghandi believed that happiness was a result of thoughts, words, and actions all being in harmony. Each week day, Ellen Degeneres does her best to ensure each of her talk show episodes focus on the positive, making people smile, laugh, and …

People seem to like to set goals. A popular time to set them may be in January when the new year begins; others often set goals according to the start of each new school year. Working with students, I often ask them about their goals. Serious athletes may want to excel in a sport and tell me they want to make it to the Olympics. Less serious athletes may think …

Are you ready to challenge your idea of success? I went through the process almost 10 years ago with an organization aptly named Challenge Success! As a K-8 Principal, I found the students in my middle school struggling with work overload. It was crazy!! The signs of stress and overload were all around us: It was taking seventh and eighth grade students 4-5 hours a night to complete homework assignments. …

A person who sets goals. An incredible work ethic. Laser-like focus. This is Brian Rigg. Brian Mark Rigg, a successful young man who eventually graduated from Yale and Cambridge, started off as a young boy who was such a behavioral and academic challenge that he was still not reading at eight years of age. That’s when he met the teacher who “lit his fire” and brought him, in that single …

We lead busy lives; there’s no doubt about it. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a student in the lower grades, college or grad school, or already out in the workforce. Regardless, we all have multiple due dates, various obligations tied to family, friends, and organizations, and also need time to take care of ourselves. In addition, we all seem to have those last minute events that pop up when …