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Nurturing Hearts & Noggins

Promoting academic, social, and emotional learning for lifelong success

Black History throughout the Year

Although February is the designated month that Black History is commemorated, it does not have to be confined to this time of the year.  Feel free to carve out various times during the school year to explore Black history and culture, including art, literature, and music.  Exploring Black history is a wonderful way to nurture hearts and noggins by opening the mind of a child to embrace an importan...

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The Great Kindness Challenge

British writer, Henry James once said, "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." Well, this week thousands of students across the country are taking this to heart. They are participating in an amazing opportunity to be 'difference makers,' as they have accepted "The Great Kindness Challenge." The challenge allows...

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Mentoring: A Great Way to Nurture Hearts and Noggins

Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race – in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, that 'we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny....

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Rest-Relaxation for Teachers

Teachers: Don't Forget to Love Yourself

As I've been out working with and talking to teachers this month, aside from witnessing the hard work and tremendous efforts exerted, one consistency that I've seen is "drained" teachers. As the official "month of love" winds down, teachers must not forget to love themselves throughout the year, by making themselves a priority. As with anything, if you're not properly taking care of yourself, i...

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Is Emotional Intelligence the Key to Behavior Modification?

Understanding Emotional Intelligence is still a very popular topic of conversation.  Since the 2006 release of Daniel Goleman's groundbreaking work, Emotional Intelligence , parents, child care providers, and teachers alike have been fascinated by what it reveals about behavior, rational and emotional thinking, health and well-being, relationships, leadership, and lifelong success. ...

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No Voice Left Behind

With the onset of recent and on-going protests and marches for civil rights and justice, it is clear how imperative it is for individuals to be heard and feel that they matter. This desire has resonated with many as they have mobilized in unity to have their voices heard. Students in the classroom are not too different. They want to be heard and feel that they matter. Perhaps we can all recall...

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Giving Thanks and Paying It Forward

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's revisit ways that we can cultivate an attitude of gratitude and giving. As this year winds down, and we reflect on our successes, near-successes, lessons learned, and the overall busyness of our lives, it's important to take time to reflect on all that we are grateful for. This attitude can become quite natural and like second nature with some practice. Here...

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