April 28, 2017

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In case of emergency

I reviewed a few different emergency scenarios this week and talked with a group of educators about what we should do in different situations.  One of the scenarios dealt with a shooting and the other with a student leaving campus during the school day and dying in a car accident.  These are horrific situations. Here’s […]

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April 27, 2017

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Confidentiality

confidential stamp

I talked with a group of teachers about two tough confidentiality issues this week.  One involved a teacher who shared a story with her neighbor about a rough student.  She included names and identifying details.  The neighbor then shared the story on Facebook.  It quickly turned into quite a disaster.  The other issue involved an […]

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April 26, 2017

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Relationships Matter

As part of the administrative credential program that I have been working my way through for several months, we’ve had the opportunity to read several case studies and scenarios dealing with students, staff, and parents.  What’s interesting about these scenarios is the massive range of situations that you could potentially find yourself in as a […]

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April 15, 2017

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California Ed Code 48907

I know.  It’s a catchy title for a blog post. California Educational Code 48907 has to do with students’ freedom of speech rights.  Here’s an excerpt: “Pupils of the public schools, including charter schools, shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press including, but not limited to, the use of […]

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March 20, 2017

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Racial Bias in Parent Communication

Racial Bias

Several months ago I completed a quick online test from Project Complicit that was designed to measure implicit stereotyping and biases. The process was really thought provoking and it lead to several good conversations with colleagues about how we interact with students.  One thing that I hadn’t considered at the time was how dramatically an educator’s […]

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