April 20, 2020

I've been talking with colleagues and friends alike that this current situation could very well be amplifying who we were and what we were doing before the pandemic hit. I have seen teachers who prioritized relationships and positive engagement prior to remote learning...

March 23, 2020

I am a special educator, traveler, meditator and nature lover. I like pauses, newness and change.

I, like many, was in somewhat disbelief of the magnitude of COVID-19. Then I remembered what I have been chatting about with others for years: we need a global time-out. Th...

August 15, 2018

As we approach the start to another school year, my calendar is filling up with Professional Development sessions for teachers and administrators. I can share in depth about the science of behavior, and the analytical process of determining the function of hu...

March 28, 2018

When we exclude students, parents or each other from the learning process of life, a tremendous amount is lost. 

In the wake of the tragic event in Parkland, FL, I am reminded of a high school student I worked with years ago. The school administrator called me shortly a...

February 19, 2018

There are many ways we attempt to control each other, often without realizing it. For youth with special needs, especially those who cannot easily communicate, it is critical that educators, parents and caregivers become aware of this tendency to control verses empower...

December 27, 2017

"Years ago, I was called in to consult for a high school student in the spring. Jason was in 10th grade. Upon my arrival, his case manager shared an exhaustive list of “concerns” for Jason. Those lists often feel like complaints to me, a rap sheet of educational crimes...

November 13, 2017

My Master's work in Organizational Behavior was heavily focused on leadership, as the strength and future of any organization, or group of people. We learned that the model of strong and effective leadership is what creates additional leaders, the next generation of th...

October 18, 2017

In a crime-ridden, urban area, I watched a teacher lead a group of sixth graders with such dignity and grace that it felt like he was single-handedly passing out futures.

It felt so foreign, I was mesmerized. The students sat at individual desks, facing the front of the...

September 28, 2017

I attended a stimulating panel discussion last night at Georgetown University. It was offered by Georgetown University's Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute. Two leading experts, one form the U.S. an...

September 15, 2017

Much of my work is to help people change their focus from negative to positive. There is a bulk of research from behavior psychology, to quantum physics to spirituality that informs us, what we focus on, grows

If we focus on the negative, of anything (from our own mis...

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