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By Dr. Ron Young Crucial skills of the most effective teachers today are very different from those of twenty years ago. Long gone are the days of one room school houses with a handful of students where reading, writing and arithmetic were enough. It takes more than expertise in one academic field to be an...
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By Susan Simpson It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, failure of Self-Restraint can produce lasting consequences. Years ago, my dad sent me an unforgettable story about nails in a fence: “There once was a boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that...
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By Susan Simpson   How would you feel if someone were to start verbally bashing your dearest friend: “It’s your fault, you idiot!” “You’re no good and you never will be.” “I knew you couldn’t do it.” “Who do you think you ARE anyway?” You definitely wouldn’t stand for this, would you? No. And your...
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By Dr. Ron Young, Ph.D. After graduating with a doctorate in psychology, I started to build a private practice. As my caseload grew, I had to recruit other psychologists to support a growing client base.   After much searching, I landed a psychologist from Yale. Recruiting a psychologist from an ivy league school was a...
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When asked about my education in a traditional public high school, I always talk about Mr. Gebler’s pre-calculus class. I remember it well for two reasons. One, I struggled to earn a C. Two, his standards — like his eccentric behavior and dedication to students — were so exceptional that I actually retained the content...
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By Susan Simpson You feel afraid; full of doubt. You question. “Yes, no, maybe?” “What if I don’t make my sales numbers?” “What if they think I’m a total bore?” “What if this proposal bombs?” You wish you could own your authority, but pressing for that budget increase feels impossible. You need Self-Confidence. But how...
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By Tara Laughlin, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum at PAIRIN We see it all the time.  A person rushing around, from activity to activity, to the store and back, jumping from meeting to meeting.  We hear it all the time.  “I’m so stressed!”  We feel it, too.  The pounding heart, tight muscles, mind racing, knot in the stomach.  Stress: it’s an ever-present...
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By Dr. Tara Laughlin, Director of Readiness Curriculum at PAIRIN Last week’s blog introduced an SEL integration framework, offering educators a systematic way to integrate social-emotional skills into any grade level and content area. Because this framework synthesizes several well-known and widely used practices in a novel way, it may be helpful to “see” it in action....
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By Dr. Tara Laughlin, Director of Readiness Curriculum at PAIRIN The world is changing, and so too are the skills necessary to thrive in school, work, and life. Now more than ever, one’s success is linked not just to foundational academic knowledge, such as math and reading, but to competencies such as collaboration, decision making, and...
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By Susan Simpson Forget about practicality and real life for a moment and imagine your dream home. What would it be like? Every well-built home is imagined, then thoughtfully planned in the form of blueprints. Blueprints, diagrams, site plans, floor layouts and engineering drawings all set forth standards and desired outcomes that guide building contractors...
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