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Balance

“Are you saying that I need to get 20 less minutes of sleep so I can do 20 minutes of mindfulness?”   A staff member asked me this question last year when we were talking about self-care. What I heard … Continue reading

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Dirty Little Secret

Just about a year ago I was honored to receive an award that meant the world to me.  When they said my name, I just sat there in stunned silence and couldn’t move. Surely they meant to give it to … Continue reading

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Speaking Up for Equity Takes Courage — But the Standards Have Your Back

Ruja Benjamin’s keynote at the 2018 Rowland Conference was a call to action.  She implored us not just to talk about equity, but to put that knowledge to use, to act!  It can be a challenge to determine how to … Continue reading

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Creating Change Through What We Have in Common

This year, I am spending most of my day in the central area of MVU, called The Commons.  This has caught many people off-guard for a few reasons. For one, I’m on sabbatical, so people assume I would be off … Continue reading

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When School Choice Isn’t Really a Choice

When school choice isn’t really a choice…A version of this piece originally appeared at VTDigger.org on 07/02/18 Much has been written about public schools vs. private schools (and vouchers, choices, etc.) in Vermont lately, but nothing I’ve read has gotten … Continue reading

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The Fate of Proficiency-Based Learning in Vermont

  The topic of proficiency-based learning continues to dominate conversations in schools across the state of Vermont.  We are rapidly approaching 2020, the first year that students must graduate high school based on proficiency, instead of merely from the accrual … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial spirit in school: fostering a new mindset through meaningful project-based learning

I have to admit: so much of what I consider my best maneuvers in education have been largely due to simple serendipity.  Stumbling over opportunities by being in the right place at the right time led me to one of … Continue reading

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