SEL = Behavior  |  Connecting the Dots

SEL = Behavior | Connecting the Dots

SEL = Behaviors  |  Connecting the Dots. For some reason when people talk about behaviors and behavior programming at school, there is an automatic default to exceptional and alternative education.  It is as if the word behavior is a pejorative that means “anywhere but the classroom”. But what is really interesting is that, while behavior
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The Focus of Pre-K: Are They Ready to Learn?

The Focus of Pre-K: Are They Ready to Learn?

One of the real issues facing schools today is the readiness of kids to begin.  Are little ones ready for Kindergarten?  If not, is Pre-K the answer?  What should the focus of Pre-K be?  Is it academic readiness or is it social preparation?  Can you mix the two?  How do you know which is the
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A Student Success Testimonial: Bullying

A Student Success Testimonial: Bullying

Watch as Tammy Geiger, a long time Leaps user and hard-working educator, describes the phenomenal transformation of one of her most challenging, bullying students.    

Today’s Social and Emotional Health Epidemic

Today’s Social and Emotional Health Epidemic

Poliomyelitis is a disease that held a reign of terror over this nation for many years. An American president was crippled by polio. The original March of Dimes was organized to combat this terrible affliction and to help care for its victims. And if you were born before 1955, you likely recall the fear created
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Back to Basics: Teaching the Important Lessons

Back to Basics: Teaching the Important Lessons

Jason is a sophomore and has been known to get into trouble. He has been in In-School Suspension more than once. He has a smart mouth, and his latest adventure involved a fire extinguisher and a school bus. This little episode got him 3 days at the alternative school. No one really expects any changes in
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Ho..Ho..Oh..No – Sometimes the Holidays Hurt

Ho..Ho..Oh..No – Sometimes the Holidays Hurt

I was walking through the supermarket this past weekend when the old familiar Christmas songs began blaring through the speakers. Really? I could not believe they were already starting and then I looked at the calendar and realized it is December. This is the holiday month. This is the time of gifts and family and
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Thankful for Thanksgiving: A Humble Top 10

Thankful for Thanksgiving: A Humble Top 10

It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. Even though the weather turned cold and the days have definitely gotten shorter, it just hasn’t quite felt like the holiday season yet. But I am not worried. Between long-basting a ham and the smell of stuffing and turkey and pies and the sound
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Finding That Spark

Finding That Spark

As I smiled and said, “Great!” to my little girl, the voice inside my head responded with a resounding, “Ugh!!” It is November, and that means it is Science Fair time for my 10-year-old daughter. She came bounding in with the list of requirements, do’s and don’ts. “Isn’t it exciting Daddy?!” she said as we
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The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones

Randy walks the hall with a chip on his shoulder. He is a big guy yet it seems like his shoulder width expands even more as he walks near guys smaller than him. His surly disposition is the only warning for people to get out of his way or else get bumped, pushed, or just
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Take the Time

Take the Time

It is time for Halloween so obviously we need to talk about little ones and safety and costumes and the parent’s duties regarding proper Trick or Treat etiquette. Right? That would make sense and it is a topic that s worth exploring. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. This morning I
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