Programming ARCHIVE

  • Health benefits of drinking of water Recently I started the Keto diet.  One of the core components of the Keto diet is reducing the consumption of sugar.  No more cans of Ginger Ale, now I’m drinking water strictly.  Over the last few weeks, I noticed a few changes; physically I feel lighter, and emotionally I […]

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  • Choices and More Choices Bootleg, skinny, straight leg jeans; there are so many options! Sheesh! Just choosing a pair of jeans can be overwhelming, however, I believe one of life’s greatest gifts lies in our ability to choose. Our ability to make choices is one which gives us significant power in our lives. However, knowing […]

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  • Self-Esteem vs Self-Awareness I have learned that self-esteem can have several different meanings depending on who you converse with. When it comes to your self-esteem, only one opinion truly matters: your own. As educators, it is critical to understand the difference between self-esteem and self-awareness; they share many of the same elements. However, there are […]

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  • Prioritizing Meaningful Conversation with Your Children Too often parents and children stop communicating. In most cases, it happens subtly and unintentionally.  Parents are continually trying to balance their personal, professional, and family lives. As a result, parents may tend to become distracted and can forget the importance of taking the time to check in, talk, […]

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  • Strategies for Motivating Students I remember facilitating “Girls Chat” every Wednesday when I managed a middle afterschool program. The girls seemed disinterested in participating at the start of the program. Their indifference frustrated me.  I thought what am I doing wrong? I seemed to have tried everything: several pep- talks, lectures, demands, but trying to […]

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  • The Power of Teaching Young Children Social Skills    “Pink, Pink”, my niece excitedly repeated as she walked into the kitchen. I loved the way she attempted to say paint. She was only two years old, and she was quickly expanding her vocabulary every day. I grabbed the paint supplies and she got to work. […]

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  • “Reel” Life Lessons for OST Success When I was a little girl, my Poppa wanted to teach me the virtues inherent in fishing as a hobby; patience, perseverance, and pride. He took me out to the local lake as soon as he thought I was ready. I remember very specific parts of this day vividly. […]

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  • Tips to Identify Behaviors and Linking them to Social and Emotional Needs I recently brought my daughter to the hospital and we encountered a doctor with the worst bedside manner. He spoke to us in a condescending tone; his responses were abrupt, coarse, rude, and uncompassionate. I hated everything about his interaction with my daughter. […]

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  • We are seeking presenters who are able to present a workshop in one of three categories:  STEAM in Program Practices STEAM in Program Design STEAM in Partnerships. Workshops should be appropriate for staff working with K – 8th grades.  Each workshop will be presented in all three sessions; participants will rotate through the workshops. The […]

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  • The Allegory of the Oxygen Mask I have been flying on airplanes since I was a very young child.  Spending my mid-80s childhood-summers in Kansas, I would often fly alone to and from the Midwest; armed with a chapter book, a stuffed animal, and a super-secret safety word to ward off questionable strangers. I witnessed […]

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