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  • Have you ever heard something that shifted your perspective? While away at an afterschool conference, I acquired one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom on parenting that continues to guide me now. When I attended the workshop at the conference, I was a young single parent raising a seven-year-old daughter. I worked from 8:30 a.m. […]

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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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  • SAVE THE DATE! Educators Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum Saturday, October 20, 2018 (rain or shine) Join us for Educators Appreciation Day at Mystic Seaport Museum on October 20th.  All teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, paraprofessionals, afterschool professionals, and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport Museum admission.

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  • Simple mini SEL lessons to make afterschool snack time fun During snack time, or whenever you need a short activity, have student watch the short animated film, “Soar,” set to Sia’s song “Never Give Up”  With each new experience, growing young minds are always discovering and learning how to find their place in this […]

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  • A couple of weeks ago, I watched former Vice President Joe Biden, deliver an emotional and inspiring eulogy for Senator John McCain, who died of brain cancer at 81. Biden eloquently said, “John understood what mattered in life; trust and character.”  This part of the speech resonated with my personal passion for character development. I […]

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  • Celebrate the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 25, 2018! Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.  The Afterschool Alliance […]

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  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Proposals deadline November 2, 2018 March 29th & 30th, 2019 Hartford-Windsor Marriott CT Office of Early Childhood, The Alliance for Bloomfield’s Children, CT After School Network, CT Early Childhood Alliance, CT Family Resource Center Alliance, CT Parents as Teachers,  CT Head Start Collaborative, The Village for Families and Children, University of Hartford, […]

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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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  • Let’s take a look at the Mutt-I-Grees SEL curriculum I recall sitting in a meeting with one of our education coordinators, and he pitched the idea of dogs coming to 20 West, our middle and high school learning center. At first, I thought what? Dogs!?! I hesitated because I know most kids love dogs, but […]

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  • I will be writing a series of blog posts highlighting the Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) resources. I would like to begin with one of my favorite free Social Emotional Learning online resources, Centervention. I have used several of their materials for workshops and training. In particular, I’ve used their activity on compromising, and it […]

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