How One Special Education Teacher Found Respite Care for Her Own Special Needs Son During an Emergency

By: Mary McLaughlin | May 28, 2019

My husband and I are feeling pretty lucky right now. Last Friday, my husband, a 24-year paramedic, had a significant cardiac episode. Here’s where the luck comes in:  he had just finished transporting a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in the Mississippi River Delta region of Missouri. A long way ...
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Helpful, Watchful Eyes Keep Us All In Check

By: Mary McLaughlin | Apr 4, 2019

A Rose By Any Other Name “What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” –William Shakespeare I got married a year ago. While it’s a big-deal event in one’s life, and it definitely was for Jack and me, we have each been married previously. We ...
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Don’t Leave, We Need You! 8 “Cries” and “Whys” For Not Leaving Teaching

By: Jon Konen | Mar 27, 2019

One random Wednesday in March our staff all wore red to school. It signified red for public education. We talked about “why” we should wear red all day! It made me proud to be part of this one day movement, and many have pledged to continue to promote this cause. With ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 3) What Is Making Professional Educators Flee At Such High Rates? Tales From the Inside of My Chosen Field

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 25, 2019

This is the final installment of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 2) Have Well-Educated Adults Lost Their Ability To Have a Backbone?

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 22, 2019

This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 1) Facing Down What Is Real, What Is Perceived and What Makes Teachers Fear For Their Jobs and Careers

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 20, 2019

This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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4 Strategies to Reframe Student and Parent Comments to the Positive

By: Jon Konen | Mar 12, 2019

Have you ever wanted to change the words that someone says? As an educator, reframing words is a conversational skill that can be very tricky, but very effective in the success of a student. Many times we using reframing to change negative self-talk or unhealthy perceptions of others. The best ...
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Igniting Magic: 5 Things I Learned When I Transformed My Classroom Into a Campground

By: Brooke Knowles | Feb 11, 2019

Can you just hear the crackle of the campfire and the crickets chirping?  How about the sweet taste of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers?  The tent is set up in your favorite spot, right next to the tallest evergreen tree. You and the kids settle in to read a good book ...
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Leadership: 7 Unintentional Lessons I Learned from Failure

By: Jon Konen | Feb 4, 2019

Failure is often misinterpreted. We shy away from failure, especially if we are perfectionists. When in reality, it can be the greatest learning experience and an opportunity for personal growth. Recently I applied for a superintendent position in my school district. The district is the second largest in Montana with roughly 10,500 ...
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