Celebrating Uniqueness and Building Connections

We are living in an increasingly diverse world and have much to learn from one another. Our children are exposed to and go to school with children who may have very different backgrounds from their own. This is a rich opportunity for all children to learn to...

Communication is Important for Connection

Effective communication is the basic building block for strong family relationships.  From the minute that babies begin to utter sounds, they are learning how to communicate.  They are learning how to get the attention of others and how to get their message across. ...

Growing Community Through Better Communication Skills

Effective communication is essential for building classroom community. Being able to express feelings and thoughts effectively and respectfully, and being able to listen without interrupting or misinterpreting others are skills that need to be taught and practiced....

Joy in the Classroom

Can learning be fun and joyful? Amidst the increased rigor, additional high stakes testing, and required pacing guides it is harder to find joy in everyday teaching. Research by Taina Rantala (an elementary school principal) and Kaarina Maatta (a professor of...

Renewal and Connection for You and Your Family

Happy New Year! Transitioning to a new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you appreciate about your family over the last year and to think about the kinds of connections you want to nourish in the coming year; with yourself, with those you love and...