The Free Spirit Publishing Blog is an idea exchange for learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and their educational needs. We’re here to talk about what’s important to you and us—helping kids—and we want to hear from you, too. We’ll offer tips and tools for educators, counselors, and parents; keep up with current news and trends; and give an occasional look behind the book-making scenes. We know you have great ideas, too, as well as opinions, stories, and questions, so please leave a comment, post a link, or contact us.
Free Spirit’s Mission
Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and their educational needs.
We help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world.
Mary Stennes Wilbourn is a freelance writer. She has coauthored a job search book for new college graduates and served as communication director and generalist at a family advocacy agency, writing and editing their newsletter and website. Mary is the parent of two grown sons and served as their school’s PTA chair for several years.
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author of our Cash in on Learning blog posts, is an internationally known educational consultant and author of Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century. Dr. Cash has worked in all levels of education from a classroom teacher to district administrator and post-secondary instructor. His greatest passion is helping teachers recognize the various talents all children possess and create engaging learning experiences to encourage those talents to flourish. As a curriculum specialist he has developed training modules, curriculum formats, and differentiated learning archetypes that assist teachers in creating higher-level experiences to meet the needs of all children. Richard is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for Gifted Children, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has authored numerous articles on quality instructional practices and is considered by many to be an exceptionally engaging, motivating, and enlightening presenter. To learn more about his consulting work, visit www.nrichconsulting.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle R. Schultz is a K–12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog. She currently serves as a school counselor in an urban Pennsylvania K–8 school.