"If kids come to educators and teachers from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important."
Barbara Coloroso (1954- )
is a speaker on topics such as parenting, teaching, conflict resolution, and school climate and discipline, as well as an author. Her books include, Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander,
Kids are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline, and more.
It's Women's History Month!
Celebrate Women's History Month by reading more about Alice in the links below.
Alice Clement: The Detective Wore Pearls
The Inspire Tale of Alice Clement: Chicago's Female Sherlock Holmes
March Featured Class of the Month
Teaching Math to 21st Century Students
(3 credit hour graduate credit or IA license renewal)
Imagine you have an average classroom size of 20-25 students. What are the odds they're all exactly at the same level in math? What are the odds they have the same learning styles and arithmetic abilities? The odds are pretty much a whopping ZERO. What can you do about it?
Examining: Teaching Math to 21st Century Students looks at the factors affecting differentiation in K-8 mathematics classrooms. Participants will examine how the shifts multiple intelligences theory, advances in the neurosciences, broader teaching variables, technology, and RTI are impacting differentiated math instruction. In addition to examining the shift factors, participants will have a number of opportunities to investigate different strategies and technologies that are part of the "New Differentiation."
ATTN: Due to popular demand, a March session of I'm So Tired has been added!!
Express: I'm So Tired: An Educator's Guide to Self Care
(3 credit hour Iowa license renewal course)
Course 1 in the Educators' Self-Care Series
I’m So Tired! An Educator’s Guide to Self-Care, provides realistic ways to become healthier and take care of ourselves. This class explains the issues, identifies the problems and helps to remediate and treat those issues that keep educators sick and stressed out. Do something for yourself! Get signed up early! Class starts March 18th.
2 New Classes Coming in April!
Coming in April
I'm So Stressed! Mindfulness & Meditation for Teachers & Students
(3 credit hour Iowa license renewal)
Course 2 in the Educators' Self-Care Series
Anyone in education is under a huge amount of stress in their school life. Added to that, most educators have family commitments and are squeezed in the sandwich generation raising kids and dealing with aging parents. As educators, we need now, more than ever, to practice mindfulness for ourselves, our families and our students. Mindfulness is a practice that can transform us, bring us peace, heal our bodies and our minds and allow us to enjoy our lives.
Express: I’m So Stressed! Mindfulness & Meditation for Teachers & Students is a class designed to bring into alignment the mental and physical self by promoting calm, self-discipline and patience through mindfulness practices and meditation exercises. This class will provide a look at the nature of mindfulness, the benefits of mindfulness and the how-tos of mindfulness.
Coming in April
Express: Beyond the Gradebook: Teachers Do a Lot More Than Teach!
(3 credit hour Iowa license renewal course)
Every one of us has dealt with the effects of abuse. We may have grown up with it, or seen it in the family of a friend. We see it in some of our students. Jacob Chastain, the author of Teach Me, Teacher, shares his experiences growing up in an abusive home. He overcame the horror and “saw the light.” Why? What did he do and can we do that for ourselves and our students? Chastain celebrates good decision making, passion for teaching and being positive. He says he can’t imagine not loving what he does!
How do we become “good” teachers, how do we reach the kid who has, thus far, been unreachable and how do we make this world a better place because we care about and support kids? Chastain’s book is a powerful reminder of how important teachers are in this world and how vital it is that each child have a champion.
All courses are accredited. Choose from:
6 week Iowa License Renewal Courses
8-9 week courses that can be taken for Iowa License Renewal or EDMA Graduate Credit
Visit our website to learn more and register for upcoming classes
Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for upcoming class information, education articles & news and creative classroom ideas & strategies!
Positive Mindset Habits
10 Steps to Reduce Stress, Increase Student Engagement and Reignite Your Passion for Teaching
By Grace Stevens
The dream is real! You can manage your stress, get your passion for teaching back and maybe even have a little spring left in your step at the end of the school day!
Grace Stevens does a beautiful job of helping teachers walk the tight rope known as education. She provides a good look at what it means to engage students in meaningful ways while enjoying the teaching experience.
Re-invigorate your passion for your craft. In Positive Mindset Habits for Teachers, the author present 10 simple mindset steps that will have you feeling less overwhelmed in no time and that will benefit both you and your students!
Did You Know?
Did You Know
that Stephanie Kwolak was a famous female inventor?
While working for DuPont, she created a synthetic fiber called poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide?
What's that, you ask?
Kevlar is light-weight, the fibers are heat and corrosion resistant and 5x stronger than steel! Kevlar is used in the production of hundreds of items from firefighters' boots and gloves to airplane and spacecraft bodies.
Kevlar's most well-known use is in bulletproof vests. Stephanie Kwolek's invention has saved countless police and military lives.
Celebrate Women's History Month by learning more about Kwolek's life and discoveries by clicking here and visiting the Science History Institute.
The Treasure Trove
Educator Resource of the Month
Find gripping stories, blog posts, myths and comics about heroic, and powerful (and sometime a little saucy and unorthodox) girls and women who didn't make the cut as Disney princesses.
Learn about woman like:
*Louisa Capetillo the Puerto Rican activist arrested for wearing pants
*Vita Kempner a spy, saboteur against the Nazis
*Sarah Biffin who painted for kings and queens though she had no arms or legs
*Mary Patten the 1st American woman to command a ship
You'll even find a story on Iowa heroine Kate Shelley. In 1881, a 15 year old Shelley risked her life during a brutal storm to stop a passenger train before it reached a washed out bridge and killed everyone aboard.
If you enjoy inspiring girl-power stories (and honestly who doesn't?) check out
The Observation Deck
Does your classroom have everything it needs?
Have you ever purchase items for your classroom with your own money?
...Of course you have!
It probably comes as no surprise that according to the Education Week article, How Do Teachers Fund Their Classrooms? 6 Takeaways, teachers are spending more of their own money and reaching out more frequently to crowdfunding sources like DonorsChoose to provide for their classrooms.
Schools and districts are also putting more restrictions on teachers' crowdfunding efforts, citing concerns that purchases don't align to standards for starters.
Besides their own pocketbooks and crowdfunding, teachers borrow from family members, ask local businesses, apply for grants, hold fundraisers and come up with countless, creative ways to go the extra mile for their classrooms and students. Sound Familiar?
Learn more about what alternative funding teachers are engaging in and what they're spending that money on. Click here to read the full article How Do Teachers Fund Their Classrooms? 6 Takeaways