Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

Repairing Harm and Building Community: PBIS and Restorative Practices Framework

By Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., coauthor of The PBIS Team Handbook Humans are hardwired to connect to one another. We want to be seen and heard. We want to belong to a community that cares for us and to which we, … Continue reading

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Free Spirit Storytellers on Their Best Behavior

By Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen, author and illustrator of the Best Behavior® series Storytelling is at the heart of being human—and it starts at birth. We share stories as we talk to our babies, sing to them, and read … Continue reading

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Using Nature to Teach Character Across the Curriculum

By Barbara A. Lewis, author of The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change Have you ever looked at the clouds and imagined seeing a horse or a pig? And have … Continue reading

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The Power of Play

By Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., author of Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior: Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive Did you know that all mammals play? And scientists have identified play-like behaviors in other species as well, such as alligators … Continue reading

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Print and Share: 3 Reasons to Write About Yourself

By Garth Sundem, author of Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Challenges: Overcoming Adversity Around the World Think about your assignments. How many ask kids to look outward—to research another culture or another time, to describe another person’s life and achievements, … Continue reading

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