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I got hooked on after school programs in 1992 while working as an art teacher in Hartford, CT. The old, rundown brick-faced school sat in the middle of an urban jungle. The hallways were dingy, there was no grass, only a cement parking lot that was used for "recess," and…
Sunday, 29 March 2015 17:28

My Why: Because, Me, We.

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I believe in the interconnectedness of everyone and everything. I believe we are all inextricably woven into the fabric of the humanity and of the universe and because of that, I feel a deep responsibility to do what I feel is right. Our children are humanity's greatest resource and unfortunately…
Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:13

My Why: Our Kids Belong to All of Us

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I have not yet worked full-time for a for-profit company. I'm steadily climbing to the mid-point in my professional career, and so far, it's been a path from museums to schools to non-profits. I sometimes wonder why and how I got started on my work road, though as the child…
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:21

My Why: Dare Mighty Things

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In the afterschool world, program leaders and staff nurture the whole child, providing them a safe space to learn, grow, and connect to others. In the afterschool space, we see many kids making daily acts of bravery – some extending themselves simply by showing up, participating, or trying something new.…
Friday, 27 March 2015 14:42

Helping Kids Handle “Test Stress”

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During the spring, kids across America are preparing for state-mandated tests. For many kids, that means extra stress as they complete additional worksheets, take practice tests, and worry about whether or not they will advance to the next grade level. We call this "test stress." Test stress often leads to…
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:35

My Why: It Takes a Village

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I do what I do because I was given an opportunity 18 years ago to join the Center for the Collaborative Classroom (formally known as the Developmental Studies Center). I left the classroom to join a team at CCC to work on a National Science Foundation funded project to help…
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:41

My Why: The Motivating Trinity

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I have spent a lot of time of thinking about this blog and what exactly my "why" would be. What does my "why" look like? What do I think of when I think about my "why"? Why is my "why" what it is? I know what I am passionate about,…
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 23:48

My Why: It's My Calling

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You know how people say we each have a calling, something we were put on this earth to do? I started my career working with children with autism and special needs, not knowing that it would transform into something that literally ignites me to the core of my being. I…
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