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17 blog posts in 2020

Celebrating Our Labors on Labor Day . . . While Recognizing the Contribution of White Privilege

Celebrating Our Labors on Labor Day . . . While Recognizing the Contribution of White PrivilegeDear Colleagues,Introduction   Earlier this week, I was on a conference call with a superintend...

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How Would Covey Organize an SEL School Initiative? Strategically Planning for the Usual and the Unusual

How Would Covey Organize an SEL School Initiative?  Strategically Planning for the Usual and the UnusualDear Colleagues,Introduction   I hope everyone is doing well as many school distr...

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Why Stress-Informed Schools Must Precede Trauma-Informed Schools

When We Address Student Stress First, We Begin to Impact Trauma. . . If It ExistsDear Colleagues,Introduction   I hope that you, your families, and your colleagues are safe, healthy, and pro...

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Identifying Students with Back-to-School Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs: How to Screen Without Screening

In Uncommon Times, Uncommon Sense is BestDear Colleagues,Introduction   Since the full force of the Pandemic began in March—dramatically changing the educational landscape for students, parents, and e...

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Do Black and Students with Disabilities’ Lives Matter to the U.S. Department of Education?

Institutional Bias, Power-Based Decisions, and Ineffective Practices?Dear Colleagues,Is Institutional Bias Driving the U.S. Department of Education?Friday, July 10, 6:14 AM   I rolled over i...

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Teaching in this Fall’s Post-Pandemic World: Addressing the Academic Needs of the “Way High” and “Way Low” Students (Part II)

For Some Students, There Will Be No COVID-19 SlideDear Colleagues,Introduction   The pandemic clearly is not over.    In fact, over the past two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths have inc...

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Using Valid Assessments of Students’ Functional Literacy, Math, and Language Arts Skills to Instructionally Group Students this Fall (Part I)

The Importance of Assessing—NOT Guessing—Each Student’s COVID-19 SlideIntroduction   Despite the fact that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continues unabated—if not increasing in man...

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Preparing NOW to Address Students’ Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs Before They Transition Back to School (Part II)

Let’s Use Caring and Common Sense as Our Post-Pandemic Guides (Including a Bonus Podcast)Dear Colleagues,Introduction   Last time, in Part I of this Blog Series, I discussed concerns that some in the...

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Why is Education Week Sensationalizing Student Trauma During this Pandemic? (Part I)

Will Schools Re-Open Without Pathologizing their Students' Emotional Needs?Introduction   As a school psychologist and Past-President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the so...

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How to Organize, Survive, and Thrive During Your School Re-Opening: The Pandemic Power of Three

How Understanding Small School Districts Can Help the Larger OnesIntroduction   Like many of my colleagues in education, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to think, act, and react in very different...

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The Pandemic Unearths the Raw Reality of Educational Inequity and Disparity

COVID-19 Forces Us to Realize We Need to Change the Village[Introductory Blog Video Overview with Special Announcement--At the End]Dear Colleagues,Introduction ...

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Rethinking Your Personal, Professional, and Partnership Goals During CoVid-19’s “Lifestyle Sequestration”

Disruptive Innovation and Redefining What is Truly ImportantA Video IntroductionDear Colleagues,Introduction   As I write this week’s Blog, there is no way to avoid or ignore our current sequestered s...

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Underachieving, Unresponsive, Unsuccessful, Disabled, and Failing Readers (Part II)

Diagnostic Assessment Must Link to Intervention: If We Don’t Know “Why,” We Can’t Know “What”Dear Colleagues,Introduction   Last month, I was asked to lead an Invited Workshop on “Academic I...

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Literacy Instruction and Student Reading Proficiency: The Multi-Tiered Whole Must be Greater than the Sum of Its Disconnected Parts (Part I)

How a Comprehensive Blueprint Prevents Isolated Solutions and Inconsistent ResultsDear Colleagues,Introduction   Well. . . “all of a sudden,” there has been a nationwide rush of policy, publ...

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Did a Misguided U.S. Department of Education E-mail “Confirm” Its Improper Favoritism of the PBIS Behavioral Framework?

Using the School Climate Transformation Grant to Misrepresent, Re-Brand, and Strong-Arm Educators toward Only "Department-Approved" PBIS ConsultantsDear Colleagues,Introduction   I actu...

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Mindfulness & Meditation Will NOT Change Students’ Emotional Volatility or Immediate Reactions to Trauma

The Neurological Science Does Not Add Up—Another Fad & More Wasted Time in Pursuit of a Silver Bullet (Part II)Dear Colleagues,Introduction   Our last Blog message (January 11, 2020) was the first in...

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Trauma-Informed Schools: New Research Study Says “There’s No Research”

Schools “Hitch-Up” to Another Bandwagon that is Wasting Time and Delaying Recommended Scientifically-Proven Services (Part I)Dear Colleagues,Introduction   While most educators know that they are supp...

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