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My belief for why I do what I do is quite simple. I firmly believe that every child should be afforded the right to a healthy childhood, a fair and equal education, and a strong network of support that navigates and guides that child's future. Education is the sole key…
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:07

Serving From Behind the Scenes

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Most people in the expanded learning field would be able to answer the question, "Do you know your why?" without much trouble, but I'll be really honest with you. I didn't find my "why" until I had worked in this field for a while. I got my first job in…
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:56

Yes… I mean, NO!…err, Thank You?

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I am definitely a YES person. Yes, I can organize that event. Yes, we should have ice cream. Yes, you can take the bigger slice. Yes, I'll wait. Yes, I can meet with you then. Yes, we should sign up. Yes, I can make the deadline. Yes, I can do…
The "Why" blogging series has me digging deep and pondering the question of "Why do I do what I do?" Is it because I am a kid at heart? Is it because I spent too much time listening to Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" in 8th grade? Is…
Although the facts are alarming, conveying the importance of wellness to children can be challenging. Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years and today approximately one out of three children and adolescents in the United States is overweight or obese. Even more alarming,…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:46

The Value of the Field Trip

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One of my many responsibilities, along with coordinating and maintaining an afterschool program, is to oversee the organization's field trips. When I was first given this task, I looked at it as more of a side responsibility or least as not requiring as much intentionality as that of the day-to-day…
In adolescence I disengaged from my education. While I had no problem making grades, I did not perceive relevance in my education. My peers and I considered ourselves socially conscious but we did not have a positive outlet to put our energy into. Luckily… I continued on to higher education.…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 17:15

F.O.C.U.S.: The Facilitative Feedback Flywheel

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Treat your staff like children. Do you disagree with this statement? Is this notion shocking to you? We give children quality supervision and boundaries. We empower them to make decisions, and hold them accountable for their choices. We help them develop their skills. We give them feedback on their performance.…
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