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Adrianne Finley Odell

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Last Thursday during our professional development time, the Roycemore faculty participated in a webinar offered by the Independent School Association of Central States (ISACS) on “Tools for Having Courageous Conversations Around Race, Culture & Beliefs” by Homa Tavanger.  The webinar was one of several activities that the faculty are participating in this year as part...
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Poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou was fond of saying, “Be a rainbow in somebody’s cloud.” Over the weekend, following my sharing of news to the community of the health issues of our long-time teacher and colleague, Mrs. Wunder, I received an outpouring of support from students, parents, alumni, and parents of...
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What does it take to reach one’s true potential?  How would you know if you have reached yours? Can you know? Maybe not, however, you can commit to personal growth in a variety of aspects.  Just as in physical fitness, as soon as you reach one level of fitness and muscle strength, you have to...
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Sometimes in order to truly “see” we need to narrow our focus–to bring our awareness to something distinct.  This helps bring more clarity. In our early childhood classrooms recently, as part of students’ study of the senses, children wore blindfolds before tasting food to help sharpen their recognition of taste.  By controlling what students could...
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Can you think back to when you realized you had a particular talent or gift for something?  Perhaps you wrote a short story and someone complimented you on your writing skills. Perhaps you tried your hand at baking and your family and friends were blown away with your approach to a recipe that they hadn’t...
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Creativity.  Persuasion.  Collaboration.  Adaptability. Time Management.   According to LinkedIn Learning, these are the top five “soft” skills most in demand by companies right now.  Similarly, the orld Economic Forum has identifiedmany of these skills, including creativity, as a growing part of the core skill requirements for many industries today and in the years ahead.  Why Creativity?...
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In times when I question my own ability to be courageous, I take inspiration from others who have accomplished extraordinary things through their acts of courage and bravery.  Over the weekend, I joined a packed movie theater to see the movie Harriet, a film biography about American abolitionist and activist, Harriet Tubman.  The life she...
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Have you ever tried something that didn’t work out? Depending on how big the stakes were, or the nature of what you tried and failed at, you might have:   1) Determined that you were wrong to take that chance and you’ll never do it again;  2) Decided that you needed to adjust your approach or...
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“Loving Life!  And trying to stay ‘in the moment’.”  This is what I wrote in the “About You” section of my Facebook page a number of years ago after a particularly difficult chapter in my life.  I had made the decision that life is too short not to try to fully embrace each and every...
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Recently I was given a book as a farewell gift from a Roycemore faculty member who was relocating to another state.  As she suspected, it was a great read for me and I introduced an exercise in the book to our faculty. The book is Culture Code by Dan Coyle.  This past summer Roycemore faculty...
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