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Fred and Freddie

There are many ways to say I love you. There are many ways to say I care about you. Many ways, many ways, Many ways to say I love you. -Fred Rogers Lyrics to “There are many ways to say I love you” When I get older I will be there at your side to remind you How I still love you, I still love you…love of my life -Freddie...
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How can we keep from going numb?

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed Friday night to see that just four hours earlier there was “breaking news” of a shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida. This is a town I know. I moved to Chicago from St. Petersburg, Florida, just over a year ago. Even though Tallahassee was a seven-hour drive away from St. Petersburg, we made the drive several times during the years I...
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What is “Differentiation” at Roycemore?

One of the hallmarks of Roycemore is our ability to differentiate for our students.  Our commitment to differentiation is to foster an environment where students are engaged with their learning.  We know when they are more engaged, their learning and understanding of subject matter is not only deeper, it is longer lasting.  There is nothing worse than for a student to be under-challenged—it can foster boredom and (potentially) behavior problems.  Conversely,...
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Share the Love- Change the World Help the School You Love through Referrals and Reviews

I pinch myself sometimes.  The beauty of what I witness happening on a daily basis at Roycemore is so striking.  Sometimes it washes over me in such a powerful way, I get emotional because each day, in our little school, I witness such beautiful interactions between teachers and students and student to student, it overwhelms me. I wish such experiences for all young people.  While our school is small, there...
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What can we learn from “Elanor” Roosevelt?

On the credenza in my office is a small chalkboard easel with the quote, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  The quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.  The full quote is: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to...
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Five Tips for Teens (and all of us!)

In June I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to our eighth grade students as they graduated from middle school and moved up to high school.  Recently I ran across my notes from what I shared with them and thought that my “five tips” might be helpful to share more widely.  I hope you might draw some inspiration from them.  Here is what I shared: #1.  Listen – Listen to the...
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