Archive for May 2013

Getting better with every day – SCN Encourager 5/22/2013

What an awesome feeling! Growing in wisdom and maturity. Last week’s Powerball millions? No, thank you. They’re all yours. I’ve got something better – wisdom and maturity. And all I have to do is keep growing older and rake them in. I don’t have to worry about a frenetic sprint to a distant finish line,…

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“Caveat emptor” and us school folks – SCN Encourager 5/21/2013

It’s time to cycle out Caveat Emptor. (Buyer beware.) And it’s not me saying this – it’s author Daniel Pink in his book “To Sell is Human.” I always make this clarification right away, so I don’t have to respond to those “You’re just not making this up, are you?” emails. Daniel Pink presents a number of points you’ll connect…

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Reporting out test scores (what fun!)

Only once during my years as a newspaper education reporter did I have to position my long, skinny reporter’s notepad above my outstretched palm to signal a “T” for timeout and beg, “Tell me that again in plain English.” I was interviewing a school curriculum specialist and his speech was swimming in acronyms: NCLB, AYP,…

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Start the week with social media shortcuts – SCN Encourager 5/20/2013

Wrapping up a school year is hectic. New shortcuts might help. I’m not a wiz at Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or YouTube. But printing out this infographic and posting it near my computer makes me feel like I’m leaning in the right direction. Check it out. And thanks to www.quintly.com (Good work!) Using shortcuts ain’t cheatin’?…

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It’s “Two-for-One” Friday! – SCN Encourager 5/17/2013

“Two-for-One?” Isn’t” “one” more than enough?  Yeah, I know I’m pushing my luck. Sending you an Encourager with TWO items may be a bit much. But I think you’ll like them. Each has a good point to make – something I can’t guarantee on most days. This article from Seth Godin speaks directly to school…

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If Hemingway spoke at Commencement 2013 – SCN Encourager 5/16/2013

Short, memorable, and true always works… Before Dos Equis beer introduced us to “the most interesting man in the world,” there was Ernest Hemingway. He was the most interesting man before “the most interesting man…” – and Hemingway didn’t need Madison Avenue or some lame reality TV show to help him make his mark. (The…

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