A Response to the N&O/WRAL Criticism of Opportunity Scholarship

Stronger government control of our children’s education will not improve the learning gap, despite the objections of those who believe that government knows best. In Ned Barnett’s “Admit it. NC School Voucher Program Is a Failure,” more government oversight of religious and private schools is the prescribed anecdote for an alleged lack of accountability. He complains that private Christian schools have no government oversight of their curricular standards and, therefore, are not up to par; […]

Apply the Three Cs to Class Emails/Letters

In the world of communications, a widely used rule of thumb is the 3 Cs – clear, concise, and conclusive. This principle can also make a good rule of thumb for teachers when sending emails and letters. Clear: Leave no doubt about the details. Make sure your wording accurately communicates what you want to convey. Concise: Say it in the fewest words as possible. When you use too many words, you muddy the waters. Conclusive: […]

Ponder How to Progress from “Support” to “Elevate”

In an explanation about the most common type of leader and the most effective type of leader, John Eades reflected on the findings of the research team at LearnLoft*.  Most leaders exhibit both love and discipline with subordinates, and that type of leadership places in them in the category that researchers label “Support”. These leaders are described as good, but they’re not necessarily great. The next level (and highest level) of leadership is the “Elevate” […]

Utilize the Power of Storytelling for Social-Emotional Training

Everyone one loves a story, and children listen to stories much better than a lecture. Stories help children digest and apply concepts when metaphors have been placed in a context that relates to their world. Did you realize that storytelling and use of metaphors is one of the most effective tools that therapists use when helping children overcome emotional and social problems? When you want to help students with an issue such as anxiety, social […]

Listen Well Then Give a Notice

Do you have trouble getting back to your job because you can’t shake yourself free from a talker? Some people have never learned the art of keeping conversations brief; and to complicate the matter, some people are afraid that they are being rude if they make an assertive attempt to end a conversation that has gone on way too long. However, it’s never rude to allow someone to dominate time that you should be spending […]