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The Funding Solution

Just recently I was moderating the #KidsDeserveIt chat and the final question was about having one wish for education, and what it would be. My answer was simple – adequate and consistent funding – forever. To support — Programs Teachers Clubs Counselors Professional development Libraries Arts Music Administrators Building maintenance  Everything! I don’t know when that will happen, and it’s not really anything that we as educators can control.  But it’s still what I want and my wish for education. Even just the other day I read this article on NPR about the ‘Looming Financial Meltdown For America’s Schools’ and […]

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The Three Biggest Mistakes We Made With Donors Choose – and What We Learned From Them

Let me tell you something, if you want to learn a new skill and improve, then you need to do that thing a lot and learn along the way. And that’s exactly what we did with Donors Choose! It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of writing grants, and having all those boxes of supplies and materials show up at your school, the feeling is amazing. But there are so really important factors that come with the amazing feeling. We learned some great lessons along the way and here are our three biggest mistakes. 1. We Asked For […]

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Classroom Funding Problems? – Have You Heard of Donors Choose!

There are so many reasons to love education.  Watching students grow both academically and socially. Collaborating with colleagues on fun and innovative projects that just make you beyond excited to be a teacher.  My time as a classroom teacher are some of my most favorite memories hands down. But to keep it real with everyone, there are some problems educators deal with, and funding for teachers and their classroom is right near the top. I felt it as a teacher. We were given a couple hundred dollars each and that was our classroom budget for the year. I’d send home […]

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Help Leaders Learn To Lead

If you’re a leader, and you are because everyone is – you have to let your leaders learn to lead. It always baffles me that people try to do everything all by themselves. They lack complete control over letting anyone else do anything at all. No decision making. No leadership status. Just people that listen, and then execute that command. Something has to change.  Stressed at work with too many initiatives?  Working long hours and your personal life is suffering? Too many projects happening at once and not making progress with any of them? The people around you just can’t […]

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What Are Your Lifetime Goals

The thought of lifetime goals hit me really hard the other day as I was thinking about certain relationships in my life.  Many are amazing, and filled with – love laughter that sometimes hurts joy from being surrounded with kind and caring people authenticity when it comes to openness, opinions and constructive feedback or criticism memories that make you smile and some that may you cry in depth conversations that challenge you, make you think and leave you a better human being and other relationships in my life are – strained because of misunderstandings that haven’t yet been resolved awkward […]

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Be Someone’s Guide

There are events that happen throughout your life that you’ll remember forever. Events that have a special place not just in your heart, but in those around you. You can plan for these moments, but many times they’re just going to happen without you having any control whatsoever.  My experience as a marathon guide all happened completely out of my control. Many years ago I was running a marathon in Sacramento, California and about halfway through the race I started passing runners that had the word GUIDE on their backs and they were tethered to another runner with a rope, […]

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