Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

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As children grow older, play remains important for learning and development. Read how to encourage play for children. Play is often defined as children’s work. It is through play that children organize and make sense of the world. Play also…..

23 Reasons for Teachers to Apply Improv in the Classroom

Every year, school systems adopt new educational interventions and initiatives. This can be overwhelming to educators, as it puts a strain on time, resources and emotions. A no- cost, high impact intervention that is easy to integrate into classroom practice…..

Teachers protest staffing shortages in Maryland school system

By Donna St. George October 27, 2021 at 6:18 p.m. EDT Montgomery County teachers and support workers are protesting staff shortages in Maryland’s largest school system, saying they are exhausted and stressed out less than two months into the school year. Leaders…..

Before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a bus. She’s still on probation.

By Michele L. Norris Columnist October 26, 2021 at 3:05 p.m. EDT Claudette Colvin was 15 years old when she was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., and placed on indefinite probation, after refusing to vacate her seat on a bus so a young…..

Nation’s youths swamped with severe mental health crises, a group of experts says

By Erin Blakemore October 23, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. EDT Overdoses and emotional difficulties. Crushing loneliness and stress. Grief and depression. The pandemic has accelerated mental health crises among children. The problem has ballooned to emergency proportions because of a shortage of…..

Jump Start Storytelling

 Seth Kahan Seth is a motivational speaker and keynote speaker. He uses storytelling and communication exercises to help build strong business communities and ignite positive organizational change. Article reprinted as published in the Spring 2006 Journal for Quality & Participation. In…..

3 Practical Secrets Of Innovative Leaders

Innovation doesn’t require genius, luck, or magic–but it does require talking to the right people, being able to clearly articulate a vision, and putting the right partnerships in place. I first read Peter Senge’s book, The Fifth Discipline: the Art and…..

Seven Uncommon Facts About Money They Don’t Teach You at a 9-5 Job

That can help you work less once you understand them. Tim DenningFollowSep 28 · 6 min read Money is the most misunderstood subject on Earth. We’re misled by money because it’s hard to understand (by design). There’s a reason the finance industry exists……

Montgomery Co. school board seeks public input for new superintendent search

Alejandro Alvarez | aalvarez@wtop.com October 21, 2021, 8:51 AM Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest and the nation’s 14th largest school system, is conducting a national search for a new superintendent and wants input on what characteristics, leadership qualities and priorities county residents want…..

Montgomery County’s vaccination rate is high enough for the county to fully reopen

Opinion by Margery Smelkinson, Jennifer Reesman and Bethany Mandel October 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT Margery Smelkinson is an infectious-disease scientist whose research has focused on many pathogens, including influenza and SARS-CoV-2. Jennifer Reesman is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Bethany Mandel is a…..