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My Son Now Loves To Read – Thank You Abby Hanlon!

Dear Abby Hanlon, I’m a father of two children, I’ve been a Teacher, I’m currently an Elementary School Principal, my 10 year old daughter is a voracious reader, and my 8 year old is a very reluctant reader. And I completely understand what he’s going through. I was a very reluctant reader as well. Didn’t like it. Didn’t want to do it. Didn’t want any part of reading. But thankfully, my father never gave up on me and my relationship with books. Your book ‘Ralph Tells A Story‘ is my absolute more favorite picture book of all time. Ralph is […]

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Donors Choose – Write a Grant!

I’ve been traveling the country speaking to educators and giving workshops for years. I talk about leadership, Makerspaces, kids, teachers, how to engage parents and other educational topics that I always hope will benefit the people I’m working with so they can be the best teacher or principal possible. If you look at my speaking page all of those topics are listed.  Except one.  And I have no idea why I’ve never officially added it to my line-up. I believe in Donors Choose so much and have seen the amazing success it can bring to a school that I always […]

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Excuses

This blog post is for you, and this blog post is for me. If you have an excuse.  It’s a lie. Bold statement alert – I know. But it’s real. And it’s true. Stop doing it to yourself. “It’s so cold outside, I’ll wait until later to workout.” Put on a jacket and gloves, your body will warm up when you get started – don’t wait until later. Blaming things on the weather is so easy to do, please stop.  Don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation obviously – but so many times these excuses aren’t real. I know people […]

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I Haven’t Done Enough

March 12th is when everything stopped – and I didn’t start. The Saturday before is when the email came. “Adam, can you call me?” I was flying out to the east coast on my usual 7:00am SFO to JFK flight on Delta.  It was my ‘usual’ because I’ve been taking that flight twice a month for the past two years, along with so many hundreds of other flights too. So often and so regularly that you start to build relationships with the flight crew. If you fly weekly you know what I’m talking about. They expect you, they know your […]

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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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