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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:02

All It Needs is a Little Love

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How are you planning to share the love this Christmas? Some of you are already doing a face-palm: "Good grief!" (said in true Charlie Brown voice) "Is it Christmas time again?" Black Friday anxiety is already piling up. In response, I've compiled a (hopefully) helpful list of ideas that might…
Friday, 14 November 2014 20:19

Where’s the Water? Hitch a Ride and Find Out!

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In the middle of a severe drought here in California, water is very much on our minds. Kids probably know not to waste water, and maybe you have activities at your site to urge kids and their families to conserve. With 80% of California's water used for agriculture, and more…
Today is November 11th, once known as Armistice Day - now known as Veteran's Day.  This is a day to reflect on and "be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service" since 1919. Today is a day for us to remember our…
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:53

Coming Back from Being Down

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Recently I recovered from a pretty intense back injury. (I have accelerated degeneration in the discs of my upper back and lower spine areas). The injury prevented me from exercising for over two years. I consider myself a strong athlete and competitor in many sports. The news of my injury…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 15:15

On Celebrating

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Many of us are great at celebrating birthdays and special occasions—retirements and babies and promotions and graduations. We offer cards and cakes and candles and sentiments of love and appreciation. We bring flowers and balloons. We sing. We laugh. But how often do we offer a genuine celebration for the…
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:11

Time Well Spent

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Put your hand in. Right now, as you're reading this blog post, take one of your hands and hold it out, palm down, in front of you. It'll only take a second. No, seriously. We're going to make a virtual circle of hands here. Let's do this. Is it in?…
Friday, 24 October 2014 13:21

ASES Programs Caught in a Fiscal Squeeze

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In November, 2002, California citizens passed Proposition 49, which requires the Legislature to annually appropriate not less than $550 million to the California Department of Education for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program. The Proposition passed with a financial trigger that delayed the release of the appropriation until…
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:12

Feedback: It’s Like a Muscle

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I was in a meeting recently and was offered a suggestion: to invite my staff to play back what they heard when we're having discussions to reduce the chance for misunderstandings. I appreciated this feedback because it was practical and addresses an area of growth for me. It was especially…
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