Author Archives: Free Spirit Author

Building Bridges with Bilingual Books

By Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning Bilingual books can help children from all backgrounds discover the richness and diversity of language. They can serve as mirrors, giving children who are dual-language learners … Continue reading

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Kids Need “People Smarts” Now More Than Ever

By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., author of Smarts! Everybody’s Got Them The COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country and the world has made the issue of community and social responsibility a focal point of concern. Health experts strongly recommend wearing masks … Continue reading

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Facilitating Respectful Conversations About Politics with Kids

By Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., author of Get Gifted Students Talking: 76 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) Our world is currently colored by bleak pandemic data, racial and cultural tensions, economic hurt, long lines … Continue reading

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10 Parenting Tips for Supporting and Enhancing Online Learning

By Patti Drapeau, author of Inspiring Student Empowerment: Moving Beyond Engagement, Refining Differentiation and Diane Heacox, Ed.D., author of Making Differentiation a Habit: How to Ensure Success in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Updated Edition) Online learning has been the go-to since … Continue reading

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7 Questions That Show Why We Need to Ask Educators How to Safely Return to School

By Susan Stone Kessler, Ed.D., coauthor of The Principal’s Survival Guide. Like most educators, I am carefully following news about the possibility of school resuming in a few weeks. I have noticed that many of the people making recommendations are … Continue reading

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