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The Picture Book Project: How a Group of Third Graders Continued the Story of Kindness

By Erin Frankel and Paula Heaphy, author and illustrator of the Weird series and Nobody! When Tim Francis, counselor at York and Jefferson Elementary Schools in Middlebury, Indiana, reached out to thank us for creating the Weird series, we had … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Mindfulness in Your School or District

By James Butler, M.Ed., author of Mindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning (PreK to Grade 5) I’ve had the honor of starting a mindfulness program in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) based on years of experience … Continue reading

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How to Build an EC Classroom Culture Where Children Listen

By Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., author of the Learning About Me & You, Learning to Get Along®, and Being the Best Me!™ series Isn’t it amazing that two-year-olds born anywhere in the world have acquired the listening skills needed to … Continue reading

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Effective Communication Strategies for Co-Teachers in RTI Schools

By Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Alice Woodrow, coauthors of RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms (Revised & Updated Edition) Response to Intervention (RTI) as a multi-tiered system of support takes a collaborative … Continue reading

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Can Creativity Be Taught?

By Susan Daniels, Ph.D., author of Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 I am eager to answer this question. But first, we would benefit from considering this question: What is creativity? There is a multitude of … Continue reading

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