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Live to Give: The Amazing Story of Fombah Kanneh

Live to Give: This Is How We Change The World Recently, we got an email from a young man named Fombah Kanneh. The subject line read “LIVE TO GIVE: Transforming Obstacles Into Opportunities.” Although he has never visited our office, we’ve all heard about Fombah before. His story begins with his childhood, growing up in a…

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Social Emotional Learning Training for Creating Connection

“Social Emotional Learning Training” – eh? As the number of students per class continues to grow, teachers find it increasingly difficult to create meaningful connections with each of their students. Many of us find it difficult to pin down exactly what a meaningful connection is. That’s why, regardless of our age, wisdom, and experience, all of us can benefit from a…

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Social and Emotional Learning in North Dakota

The Amazing Story of Liberty Middle School Students Using 7 Mindsets: Social and Emotional Learning in North Dakota. “Imagine a community so committed to the empowerment of youth and their cultivation of social and emotional competencies that local funders, businesses, after-school programs, parents, and schools have committed themselves to this goal. Imagine a community where…

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Teaching Gratitude: Brookwood Elementary

Teaching Gratitude …is what Brookwood Elementary teacher Susan Phillippi is all about.  She taught in Indiana and Tennessee before joining the team at Brookwood in Forsyth County, GA as a Third Grade Teacher. It was upon arriving at Brookwood that she first encountered the 7 Mindsets. She was kind enough to host Chelsea and Mahmoud…

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Four Essential Teaching Skills for the 21st Century Educator

When my son Daniel started the first grade, he was struggling with reading. My wife and I felt that we’d done everything we could as parents, placing him in preschool programs at age two, and reading to him every night. We were understandably concerned.  Reading is critical for academic success, and our son was behind.…

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Little Mill Middle School Live Lesson!

Another fantastic lesson, this one on “Attitude of Gratitude”, from Little Mill Middle School. Little Mill Middle opened in 2007 for 690 students, with Ms. Connie McCrary as its first principal. The school was built to alleviate student overcrowding at North Forsyth Middle School. Little Mill was named after the road on which it is…

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How to Change School Culture with PBIS

I learned something recently that shocked and horrified me:  the United States prison system forecasts its space demands based on current discipline data captured in our schools. This practice even has a disconcerting name:  the school-to-prison-pipeline. Approximately 3.3 million suspensions and over 100,000 expulsions occur each year.  This number has nearly doubled since 1974, with…

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4 Ways SEL Schools Can Succeed

Many years ago, I took a stand-up comedy class.  It wasn’t because I thought I was funny, it was just an effort to get more comfortable speaking in public. At the time, I wasn’t aware that the final “class” was actually the students all performing at a local Comedy Club.  I was petrified. The instructor…

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