Begin With the End in Mind

Craft of a cloud "Big Dreams for 2nd Grade"

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” Alfie Kohn

A New Perspective on Behavior

The brain will get its' needs met one way of the other.

It’s no secret that outward behaviors in our students rarely tell the whole story. Instead, those verbal and physical actions often serve as clues pointing to deeper needs, emotions, and desires. Once the underlying issues are addressed, the path away from negative words and actions becomes much smoother and clearer. As he addresses fifteen key […]

Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media

Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media blog post

A multipronged approach to social media management, including time limits, parental monitoring and supervision, and ongoing discussions about social media can help parents protect teens’ brain development.

Regulation and Co-Regulation

Adult comforting a child

Students need support more than ever. They need you. You are the strategy. You have the power to help students manage behavior and ultimately heal through co-regulation.

Why We Need to Teach Digital Citizenship to Our Students

Boy looking at computer

Our students spend a lot of time on their devices. By age 11, 53% of children in the U.S. have a smartphone, and by age 16, 89% have one.1 Not only do most youth own a device, but they are on it a lot too! Since the pandemic, young people’s online time has skyrocketed, and […]

What Libraries Do

Today’s libraries are more than just books. From teaching critical literacy skills to promoting entrepreneurship and small business development to preserving and facilitating our community stories, an easier question might be what don’t libraries do! Check out some examples of what libraries of all types are doing for their communities.

10 Tips for Mental Health Spring Cleaning

Mental Health Spring Cleaning

Every spring, we give our homes a deep cleaning to get it ready for the coming year. Do you do the same to your mind? Decluttering your brain is just as important as organizing your home. Here are 10 tips for mental health spring cleaning.

Teacher Burnout: A Growing Problem in Schools

Teacher burnout is more than just a frustrating day with distracted students, helicopter parents, or glitchy technology. It’s caused by chronic stress due to unrelenting workplace demands. The National Education Association defines burnout as “a condition in which an educator has exhausted the personal and professional resources necessary to do the job.” It’s not just about the ability to educate effectively, […]

Six Activities that Inspire a Goal-Setting Mindset in Students


When researchers from the University of Scranton tracked 200 people who had made New Year’s resolutions, they found that close to 80 percent kept their pledges for one week—but just 19 percent managed to stick to them for a period of two years.

Hello, Anger

Stop when I'm furious, pause and be curious, what is underneath the mad? Am I lonely, stressed, or sad?

From a brain perspective, it makes sense. Stress has been high these past couple of years.

The Unseen Work of a Teacher


It goes unnoticed by everyone except the student who was forever impacted. But on occasion, long after the teacher has retired, the grown-up student takes the opportunity to recount his story. This one just happened to be on a national radio show.

Spring into Action with 7 Acts of Kindness

Kindness quote

It’s the end of March, which means it’s springtime and what better time to spring into action with acts of kindness. Savvy Aunties can help our nieces and nephews give back with these simple and fun activities.

Six Ways to Find Your Courage During Challenging Times

Courage quote

Early in my teaching career, I participated in a series of retreats led by the Center for Courage and Renewal, inspired by Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach. Palmer reminds us that our sense of self plays out in our work every day—and living with courage and integrity means finding balance and alignment between our […]

Breaking Bad

15 Minute Focus-Behavior Interventions book cover

Behavior Interventions: Strategies for Educators, Counselors, and Parents

15 Ways To Make Reading Fun All Summer Long

children reading

While swimming, camping, hiking, and going to the park are some of the best activities kids can do in the summertime, reading can also be included in the list of fun activities that can be done in June, July, and August.

10 Ways to Recharge During Summer Break

someone reading

Ah…summer is almost here! As teachers, we know that the job isn’t really 8:00-3:00 with summers off, but if you are like me, summer is the time when SO MUCH of your life happens.

The Flood Zone

The Flood Zone

1 in 6 children meet the criteria for a mental health disorder. By adulthood that number will double.

5 Benefits to Having School Counselors in Schools

School Counselor

School counselors are an integral element of the entire educational system. In addition to students, school counseling programs have a positive impact on several groups of people in the education system: students, parents, teachers, administrators and student services personnel.

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