Back to School; Prep is everything

Now is the time of summer to begin preparing for the kiddo’s to return to school. Rules relax, bedtimes get pushed back, and balanced diets go haywire….summer sometimes becomes very relaxed, as it should be! We all need a break, this includes school age children. Preparing for back to school is a process that involves more than shopping for supplies, it’s important to have some focus on the return to routine. This is often easier when it is gradual...

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Should I let my teen watch 13 Reasons Why?

Netflix aired this controversial show back in March and its created quite the buzz in middle/high schools across the country. For those that have no idea what on earth I am referring to, feel free to google – but essentially, 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix drama based on a 2007 novel written by Jay Asher. The main character, Hanna Baker, creates...

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High School College Acceptance Rates are Deceiving

Seemingly weird words coming from a K-12 counselor. I kept milling over a title for this blog – literally for about 20 minutes – trying to stay away from words like “unimportant” or “skewed data”. When a high school advertises that they have a high college acceptance rate, it doesn’t tell the whole story – or any story at all other than every single one of our students filed out at least one college application and was accepted into at least one college.

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As DPS re-images, please keep student emotional growth in mind

I was reminded this morning, as a tweet came across my newsfeed from “DPScommunityDistrict”, and I went “who?” that DPS is currently re-structuring, re-imaging and I hope, re-evaluating how Detroit’s learning communities deliver education to students in the city. It’s a tough job for education leaders trying to hold together a system that has been pulling apart at the seams for many years. I choose to see this time in Detroit’s resurgence as an opportunity to be a model for education reform – I want DPSCD to be the example people use to when they talk about successful students, prepared for higher education, career path and LIFE. I want the spot light that is hot and centered on restaurant growth in the city, to shine brightly over public education, I want New Detroit Teachers in the city to be able to say with pride, I teach in Detroit, come look at what we’re doing. The fact that this new district allows for un-certified teachers doesn’t give me a lot of hope…

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How to CRUSH Negative Thought Patterns

It’s important for all of us to have positive thoughts, and patterns of thoughts because it helps keep us mentally and physically healthy. My parents were definitely a proponent of the “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” movement, but what if your not so nice sentiments aren’t actually spoken words, but thoughts that saturate your mind day in and day out? Our thoughts about ourselves AND others impact our feelings and behaviors – if our thoughts are for the most part crappy, negative, self-defeating or judgmental, our emotional state and behaviors will follow suit…even if we don’t mean them to. So, – how can you crush these negative thought patterns, helping yourself stay mentally positive? Here are 4 key strategies for your toolbox:

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Be the change you want to see; Eaton Academy Review

Bright classrooms and engaged students working in all different types of environments is what our very own General Counsel turned Special Education Paraprofessional, Terri Renshaw, experienced when touring Eton Academy earlier this month. Ms. Terri along with several other members of the Children Services Network toured Eton Academy in Birmingham to get a feel for their new and improved “digs” and to learn more about how this unique campus in the suburbs of Detroit is educating kiddos with “Learning Differences.”

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