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The Time Has Come…Announcing Our New Leader!

In our professional lives, there comes a time when you recognize and embrace that it is time for change. You suppress emotional attachments, perhaps toss aside your ego and surrender to the wisdom of your inner voice. That inner voice … Continue reading

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Schools Need Redesign, Not “Recovery”

Michael S. Martin, EdD In this moment, as we come through the pandemic, there has been a great deal of discussion in the press about how students are falling behind. While Vermont students in most cases have lost instructional time, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Kindness

The Importance of Kindness Saying these are challenging times is an understatement.  We all have had many times of struggle for various reasons in our lives.  Educators are facing what is sure to become one of the most challenging school … Continue reading

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Find Your Green

The unprecedented pandemic event that forced educators and students to transform the classroom to an online learning platform within days took a toll on all of us.  As we greet the official end of the 2019-2020 school year, many of … Continue reading

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Dialogue: Now is the Time to Model and Teach what we hope to see in our world.

Recently, a couple of things happened that made me reflect even more deeply on the state of dialogue in our world.  A community member who I have publicly and respectfully disagreed with on Facebook unfriended me.  Normally, this wouldn’t feel … Continue reading

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Our Moral Responsibilities as Teachers

Our Moral Responsibility Given the tumultuous state of our society right now, I have found myself thinking a lot lately about a basic question:  What can we educators do to make our world a better place during these challenging times?  … Continue reading

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How can you use the disruption of a pandemic to leverage adaptive change at your school?

We’ve had a rough spring. There is no doubt about that. We are faced with uncertainty as we head into the fall. Teachers and administrators are tired and scared. Families are exhausted. Children miss their schools. We don’t even know … Continue reading

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Want to Have a High-Quality Discussion On-line?

Keep These Principles in Mind “Trust  is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection” – Brene Brown … Continue reading

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A Reflection That I Never Imagined I Would Write

When I sat down to write and reflect upon my teaching this spring, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be sharing that I actually cried when I learned that school was closed for the rest of … Continue reading

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The Bright Spots

My principal keeps asking us to look for the bright spots, the subtle and easily overlooked places where things are working in times of tremendous change. The concept isn’t new or unique to our most recent challenges. In fact, I’ve … Continue reading

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