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  • Documentary, featuring Dr. Stephen Peters, to air on National Geographic Channel
    With the end of summer comes the promises of a new school year. For some students, this brings the promise of a fresh start, but for those whose time in high school is coming to an end, it brings a whole new set of challenges, emotions and stress. National Geographic’s new four-part documentary series American High School goes inside the senior year of students from Orangeburg, SC, who share the ...
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  • IS MY BOSS A POTENTIAL PSYCHOPATH ?
        Is my boss a potential psychopath ? I’m often asked by people who are having trouble with their boss if that boss might be a psychopath. To which my answer is always it’s possible but very very unlikely. That said some people do exhibit behaviour that could be seen as indicating psychopathic traits. From some research studies the level of psychopathic behaviour amongst CEOs is mo...
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  • Running Because Kids Deserve It with Adam Welcome
    Rethinking Learning Podcast Episode #5 Adam Welcome is currently the Director of Innovation and Technology for Mount Diablo Unified School District in California, and former Elementary Principal for six years. He is the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney where their book is a bestseller on Amazon and they co-host the podcast series “Kids Deserve It.” As part of the Rethinking Learni...
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  • What Children Can Teach You About Realising Your Goals
    When I was an educator I would often reflect on the idea that I learnt more from my students than ever I taught them, in the ten years since I left working in schools and having spent time in some of the world's most high performing environments, I'm now convinced of it!    Here's a thought we learn the vast majority of everything we learn in our lifetime before our fifth birthday. I'm not talki...
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  • How to Unlock Your People's Performance Potential at Work
    From INC.com I interviewed five experts in human behavior and organizational performance and here's what they said about how to unlock the potential that lies in people. By Adam Fridman Founder, Mabbly Be Mindful to Get Focused Tessa Todd Morgan, Speaker, Coach and Founder of TRIESSENCE, says another challenge preventing people in organizations from reaching their potential is distraction and ...
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  • Union High School Teacher Advocates for Equality in Schools
      Nick Ferroni, an activist and history teacher at Union High School, explains how he is using his television background and celebrity friends to advocate for student nutrition, education reform, and LGBT and feminism inclusion in history books. Excerpt: "We are joined by Nick Ferroni, who is a history teacher, Union High School and an activist. Good to have you. Thank you very much. Real qui...
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  • 3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Vacation
    It’s so important to make your vacation an actual vacation, so we asked Juliet Funt, CEO of White Space At Work,, to provide three quick tips to make the most of your vacation. 1) Debate Guilt - If fully disconnecting makes you feel like you’re shirking your duties at work (because no one else allows themselves that luxury,) use the truth to win the internal argument. Fully disconnecting is act...
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  • A struggle worth having for students
    When the Common Core State Standards were rolled out in Colorado in 2010, it was a challenge. At first, my colleagues and I at Doull Elementary in southwest Denver struggled to understand this monumental change. We read the documents, pored over the appendices and wrestled with the terminology. Teachers sat around lunch tables debating the merits of each standard. We wondered whether students coul...
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  • Third-Graders Heartbreakingly Finish the Sentence 'I Wish My Teacher Knew ...'
    It was meant to be a lighthearted exercise. But things quickly got heavy after Kyle Schwartz asked her third-grade students to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew … ” Many of the Denver students come from underprivileged homes, and their notes were heartbreaking. They spoke about their home lives, in particular, and the difficulties they have there. Moved by their honesty, Schwartz b...
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  • What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
    When Kyle Schwartz started teaching third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver, she wanted to get to know her students better. She asked them to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew.” Photo The responses were eye-opening for Ms. Schwartz. Some children were struggling with poverty (“I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework”); an absent parent (“I wish ...
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  • How to Pursue Your Passion and NOT Become Successfully Miserable
      Several years ago, I followed the common business advice of the day on how to pursue your passion.  First, find something you’re truly passionate about.  Second, pursue it obsessively.  And then third, become wildly successful and wealthy!  Easy, right?  All you have to do is work longer and harder than anyone else. Be smarter and stronger than everyone. Sacrifice everything to achieve your d...
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  • 7 Tips to Raising Healthy Boys
      1.  Know how to encourage your son. One fault is babying and spoiling him. But another is being so harsh that you lose communication with your son and destroy his sense of self-worth. We’ll look at how to strike the right balance. 2. Understand what your boys need. Guess what? It’s not another computer game; it’s you. We’ll look at how to get the most of your time with your son. 3. Recogniz...
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  • Way To Go Ron Clark!
    Congratulations to our very own Ron Clark! It was announced recently that he along with former Vice President Joe Biden, Akon, Women's March Organizers, and Van Jones will be celebrated at the Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards on June 3rd. To learn more visit: http://ajylead.com/ 
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  • Dads: Six Essential Love—”Dos and Don’ts” for Your Daughter
    Men love differently than women. That’s why you scratch your head in confusion when your daughter or wife cries and insists that you don’t understand. They want you to know what they want, like, and need, without ever telling you. You, on the other and, love deeply but differently. Attention and Adoration As you work on your relationship with your daughter, you must remember that different thi...
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  • My Daughter Is Marrying A Woman. What’s A Mother To Do?
    My Daughter Is Marrying A Woman. What’s A Mother To Do? Dear Dr. Meg, It has been quite a while since I wrote to you and I am going through a very difficult time. My oldest daughter who is 44, is getting married. She is a Christian and is marrying her partner. Her brother and sister in law are supportive enough to be attending the wedding. I am being ostracized by my daughter and have been tol...
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  • GREAT ADVICE FOR NEW TEACHERS! Helpful tips from Mr.D!
        Mr. D answers some questions and shares great advice for teachers in his newest video including: How to prepare for a teacher interview How to deal with defiant students How to make the first day of class amazing When to start your masters How student teachers can make a lasting impression and impact    
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  • What's real and fake in 'The Americans,' according to real-life spies
    Although the FX series "The Americans" has been praised for its nuance, it creates a cloak-and-dagger world where tools never fail, master plans almost always work out and the best spies always win. Real spies know that world is make-believe. Still, when they're done lurking in shadows - or typing away in their cubicles, more likely - they often come home and turn on the show about Soviet sleeper...
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  • Bridges NYC launch party photos!
    The first launch party for Bridges is in the books! I had so much fun. Here are some pictures!   Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with me. Next stop, Silicon Valley!
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  • Educational equity is about more than closing gaps
    If we believe that equity is about providing students and adults what they need to exceed performance targets, then tapping into how students make meaning through their cultural, racial and social filters is critical to ensuring success for all. The racial achievement gap and pipeline to prison have placed policymakers and educational leaders in the precarious position to examine root causes to...
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  • "KISH" A WINNER AT FILM FEST!
    WAFTB is proud to announce that "KISH", a film profile of World Access for the Blind Lead Founder and President Daniel Kish, has been awarded the prize for 'Best Documentary Short' at the [i] Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon. We send our congratulations to Daniel, Co-Directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, and all the folks at 'Great Big Story' and CNN Films! From the AIF...
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  • PEOPLE’s Sexiest Teacher Alive Nick Ferroni on Teacher Appreciation Week
    PEOPLE’s 2014 Sexiest Teacher Alive is using his voice to make a different inside and outside of the classroom. Nick Ferroni, a Social Studies teacher at Union High School in Union, New Jersey, stopped by to chat with PEOPLE NOW about the start of Teacher Appreciation Week, which kicks off May 8. He also dished on his coveted title and his Twitter flirtation with SNL star Leslie Jones. When it...
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  • Is Your Company Truly Great?
    As a business transformation keynote speaker, I often speak to organizations on how to achieve peak performance.  Last week I was delivering a presentation to a sales division of a very successful multinational conglomerate when someone asked, “How do we really become a great sales team?” Now this particular sales team was already successful.  And like most successful sales teams, they were loo...
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  • We Are Honored
    We would like to thank IASB (International Association of Speakers Bureaus) for honoring our CEO Shawn Hanks with the John Palmer Award. The award is in recognition of one who has shown exemplary service to the association and bureau industry. Thank you IASB and congratulations Shawn! You can see past winners here  
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  • Let Intuition Propel You Forward
    It doesn’t really matter what you call it. The voice within. The force. Intuition. What’s important is that it exists in each and every one of us. Like a little internal transmitter, there’s a wise part of us that’s always beaming out information – important information. It can be hard to hear. Too often, my intellect tries to overwhelm my intuition with more traditional thinking. But each time I...

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