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Reconsidering What Effective High Schools Do, and What Failing High Schools Miss

Credit Recovery Programs Should be Strategic, Selective, Student-Focused, and Not the Only Game in TownDear Colleagues,Introduction:  What Really is an “Effective” High School?   I cons...

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It’s Not Too Late to Change: The School Year’s Not Even Half Over

Why Schools Fail to Act When their Students Fail to LearnDear Colleagues,Introduction   In the past few weeks (or months), a number of professional and college coaches (especially...

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The SEL-ing of Social-Emotional Learning: Education’s Newest Bandwagon. . . Science-to-Practice Goals, Flaws, and Cautions (Part II)

Why Schools Need to Re-Think, Re-Evaluate, Re-Load, and     Re-BootDear Colleagues,Introduction   All students need to learn and demonstrate—at an appropriate developmental le...

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Looking for District/School Partners: Collaborating on a U.S. Department of Education "School Climate Transformation Grant" Proposal

How this Five-Year Grant Can Support Your School's Climate & Student Discipline NeedsDear Colleagues,Introduction According to my sources in Washington, D.C., a new Request for Proposals (RFP) will s...

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Social-Emotional Learning: Education’s Newest Bandwagon. . . and the History of How We Got There (Part I)

Why Most Schools are not Implementing Scientifically-Sound SEL Practices—Wasting Time and ResourcesDear Colleagues,Introduction   It seems that educators can’t go anywhere on their on-line news feeds...

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The U.S. Department of Education Wants to “Rethink Special Education,” But Is It Willing to Look at Itself First?

The Department Needs to Change the Office of Special Education Programs at the “Top” in Order to Successfully Impact our Classrooms at the “Bottom”Dear Colleagues,Introduction   La...

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