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Adapting and Thriving in the New Normal

A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform is a seminal report. Considered a landmark event in modern American educational history, it was published in 1983 by the U.S. National Commission on Excellence in Education. More than three decades later, the overarching question remains: have we improved educational opportunities for all students? It Just …

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We’re Still a Nation at Risk

The upheaval of the 1960’s with the civil rights and anit-war movements preceded a decade ushering in a recession.  All of which exposed two endemic concerns for the United States: Structural educational inequality which disproportionately impacted people of color. Students being unprepared to contribute to a rapidly changing, more competitive economy.  The fear that these …

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Surviving World War C: Managing our Behavior and Emotions in an Era of Hopelessness

Our nation is in a tailspin. Lately, we’ve been sucker punched by a few too many unruly opponents — adapting to the chronic health fears and social diss-association of this pandemic. Managing the social-emotional issues resulting from the stress of school closures, increased joblessness, and an uncertain economy have led to issues for almost everyone. …

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Why is Social and Emotional Learning critical?

It is paradoxical that the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting would result in a formula for choosing love. “We can teach children to choose love,” says Scarlett Lewis. Her six-year-old son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Research shows that children who feel connected, are resilient, and can reciprocate love won’t …

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Spiritual Poverty and the Death of George Floyd

We’ve all seen the tragic footage: a handcuffed man lies prone on a Minneapolis street alongside a police vehicle, his face pressed into the asphalt pavement. “Please, please, I can’t breathe,” he cries. A police officer wearing sunglasses atop his head casually presses his left knee into the back of the suspect’s neck, ignoring the …

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Surviving World War C

The World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 have, among other things, significantly impacted security and travel. Nearly two decades later, World War C (Covid-19) has changed the way we must now interact, work, play, and educate our children. As a crisis counselor, traumatologist, educator, and social justice advocate, I see families being challenged …

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What’s the Link Between School Shootings and Father-Son Relationships?

The signs are in bullying incidents and low self-esteem. In increasing rates of teenage suicide. And in the disturbingly frequent school shootings. These “red flags” call attention to one aspect of parenting getting too little attention. The relationship between fathers and sons. The impact of fathers on the well-being and behavior of their children has been …

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Transforming Crisis and Uncertainty to Opportunity and Legacy

You don’t need to be an organizational psychologist to know the impact of behavioral differences. Nor must you be researcher to understand why these differences cause most business and life performance challenges.  Transformational leaders understand behavior matters, and behavioral leaders know the importance of understanding their leadership style. They know the value of using their natural …

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