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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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Mistakes, Bad Breaks, and Other Headaches: Helping Kids Bounce Back

By Kimberly Feltes Taylor and Eric Braun, coauthors of How to Take the ACHE Out of Mistakes Perhaps you have heard the famous story about Alexander Fleming, that sloppy scientist who left some of his petri dishes unwashed and ended … Continue reading

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