Team Horizon: Fostering Skills and Strategies

Editor's Note: Dr. Lora Kosten is a Level II Instructor at USF Sarasota-Manatee and has a strong interest in research to improve academic achievement of children in literacy through the integration of the arts. On June 27, 2017, Team Horizon co-facilitated by Jennifer Kahler and Lora Kosten wrapped up its Mind in the Making (MITM) training at The Landings in Sarasota.  These impressive participants shared how they would help promote the Seven Essential Life Skills every child needs: Use WOOPs to help others set and work toward their own goals and be accountable for ...

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More Must Be Done To Help All Children Succeed

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Herald-Tribune by Kathy Silverberg, a former publisher of the Herald-Tribune’s southern editions. Few Americans would disagree with the belief that all children deserve a chance at a reasonable life, to grow up able to take care of themselves and their families and to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But the reality is that too many children in this nation begin life with a handicap — and I don’t mean a physical anomaly. They are born into a family that is either incapable or unwilling to adequately ...

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0-5 Express October Newsletter: Everyday Hero

  Text EverydayHero to 77453 for weekly tips on how you can create learning experiences for your kids ... Everyday! I have heard comedians, scholars, and sleep-deprived new parents say the same thing, "Babies don't come with instruction manuals." Think about that for a second. Babies don't come with instruction manuals, yet the toaster I recently purchased had a full-color, 8-page instruction booklet right in the box. Brain science tells us that the first three years of life are critical in developing the brain architecture that provides the framework for ...

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Everyday Hero

I have heard comedians, scholars, and sleep-deprived new parents say the same thing, “Babies don’t come with instruction manuals.” Think about that for a second. Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, yet the toaster I recently purchased had a full-color, 8-page instruction booklet right in the box. Brain science tells us that the first three years of life are critical in developing the brain architecture that provides the framework for all future learning. We know that the parent-child relationship and the environment of the family provide a foundation for ...

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Entrada de blog del Héroe de cada día

He escuchado a cómicos, académicos y padres primerizos faltos de sueño decir lo mismo: “Los bebés no vienen con un manual de instrucciones”. Piense en eso por un segundo. Los bebés no vienen con un manual de instrucciones, sin embargo, la tostadora que acabo de comprar tiene un folleto de instrucciones a todo color de 8 páginas ahí mismo en la caja. La ciencia del cerebro nos dice que los primeros tres años de vida son críticos en el desarrollo de la arquitectura del cerebro que proporciona el marco para todo el aprendizaje futuro. Sabemos que la relación ...

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I Am Her Teacher

It is a hot, steamy, summer afternoon in Sarasota.  Hardworking, sweaty volunteers and employees from the All Faiths Food Bank are smiling and joking as they help one another set up long tables, unload enormous palettes of produce and dry goods, and prepare for the hundreds of adults and children who have already begun to arrive for assistance. Recipients, line up to receive their number so that they can then join the ‘other’ line to receive the food they will need to survive for the week.  They are all genders, ages, and ethnicities.  It is not uncommon to see a ...

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Soy su maestra

Es una tarde de verano calurosa y húmeda en Sarasota. Voluntarios y empleados diligentes y sudorosos del All Faiths Food Bank (“Banco de alimentos All Faiths”) están sonriendo y bromeando mientras se ayudan unos a otros a montar largar mesas, descargar palés enormes de productos agrícolas y en lata, y prepararse para los cientos de adultos y niños que ya han empezado a llegar para recibir ayuda. Los beneficiarios hacen fila para recibir su número para así unirse entonces a la “otra” fila para recibir la comida que necesitarán para sobrevivir una semana. ...

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Raising and Teaching Smart, Able, and Resilient Adults: Team Horizon

Editor's Note: Jennifer Kahler is the Assistant Principal of Glenallen Elementary School and a Mind in the Making Facilitator. As parents and educators, one of our many goals for our children is to raise and teach smart, able, and resilient adults.  Speaking from personal experience as well as those experiences shared by the participants of Team Horizon, one of the biggest challenges is fighting the urge to come in for the “save” when our children are struggling.  With the most loving and best of intentions, we often find ourselves wanting to help, wanting to fix, ...

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Criar y educar adultos inteligentes, capaces y fuertes: Equipo horizonte

Nota del editor: Jennifer Kahler es la vice directora de Glenallen Elementary y facilitadora de La mente en formación. Como padres y educadores, uno de nuestros muchos objetivos para nuestros niños es criar y educar adultos inteligentes, capaces y fuertes. Hablando desde la experiencia personal, así como de aquellas experiencias compartidas por los participantes del Team Horizon (“Equipo horizonte”), uno de nuestros mayores desafíos es luchar contra el impulso de llegar con el “rescate” cuando nuestros hijos están teniendo problemas. Con las mejores y más ...

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Speed Bumps on the Path of Working Together Toward Shared Aspirations By Beth Duda

Working together.  Wow. Two words with all kinds of associations.  Working together can be informative, powerful, joyful, inspiring and wildly productive. When it works, everyone involved feels ownership and pride, and real sustainable change can occur.  I know, I know… it sometimes feels like that outcome is the exception rather than the rule because many times, working together can seem cumbersome, impossible, time-consuming, frustrating and an exercise in wheel spinning. So, how can you stack the deck to have a better chance of a positive outcome when working ...

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