Author Archives Rose Dugas

  • The Mott Foundation has released a new app they have created for after school staff called Mizzen; the app is completely free and can be found on both iOS and Android.  The content is supplied by all the after school networks in the United States; a nice collaboration and a way to give back.  I […]

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  • I belong to a cloud app called “pocket”.  It allows me to download interesting articles to save and/or read later; it also suggests interesting reads on my google page. I was intrigued when I came across one article called “The Downlside of Work Life Balance”.  Hmmm, the work-life balance.  We all struggle with that one. […]

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  • We all understand that video games can cause problems, we hear that every day.  I won’t even go into the many ways that some of these games can create antisocial and apathetic behaviors.  I want to talk about the video games that teach empathy, better human connection and understanding. Like a good storyteller, a video […]

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  • Here at the Network, 5 out of 6 staff are female.  Well, there are only 6 of us really.  Ken Anthony is awash in females.  I don’t think he sees it that way though.  Michelle has mentored Ken since he arrived.  Here we work as a team trying new ideas or revising old ones.  So […]

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  • Parents Line up for South Windsor Before and After  School Program.  We all saw this headline in Connecticut last spring.  Parents lining up from the wee hours in the morning to get their child into one of the few after school programs in the town.  Most of them wasted their time and ended up on […]

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  • If there is anything I’ve learned at the Network it has been the deeper meaning to most of the things we do here. Ken created a new version of CLASP he calls “SUPER CLASP” (really known as “Moving toward Mastery”).  He’s a funny guy and pretty darned smart….but humble.  I’ve been trying to figure out […]

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  • My 4 year old grandson thinks I am his personal play thing.  At times it would be nice if he were to use his imagination and play on his own.  I talk to him about this, about using his “imagination”; pretty hard word to pronounce for a 4 year old.  I explained how you can […]

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  • I came across an article at Edutopia.com on building a positive staff culture. I thought back over my work lifetime and realized, as many people do, that there were some great teams I worked with but far more bad ones than good ones. I know I am not alone. Here at the Network we have […]

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  • In honor of Science Friday I thought I would share with you some pictures that I received through email.  The pictures honor the diversity of nature and man.  Some things that we will never see or even never thought about.  Check out the blowhole of the Blue whale picture and tell me what you see.  […]

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  • I just read an article posted by Ken Anthony on Facebook, called “When Students are Traumatized, Teachers are too”.  It’s something we don’t think about much, even with my family of teachers.  We talk about burnout but never about the teacher’s physical and mental response to the trauma inflicted by students and on students. My […]

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