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Building on the concept that the most productive learning comes through active involvement, the effectiveness of any program that seeks to develop skills in youth must be rich in activity. Remember, most of the students sit for almost 7.5 hours a day! They are eager to be involved in activities…
Saturday, 09 January 2010 00:00

Take Cover, and Be Prepared, Here Comes the Rain!

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I had 30 minutes to kill this morning after eating my standard: oatmeal, fruit, and 2 eggs breakfast. While waiting for my 13 year old to get her lunch together, I decided to see if I could catch up with local news. (Side bar: Being that I am a busy…
Monday, 01 February 2010 00:00

Dream, Baby, Dream

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As you may know, I am privileged to do school assemblies across the country speaking to all kinds of students. Even when I start driving onto the school campus I begin to feel those "dad emotions" coming up in me. I want to hug every person. I want to spend…
These ABC's are philosophical foundations. They are new and powerful paradigms. Paradigms are like mental models that we all have about the way things should be done in afterschool programs. These ABC's might challenge the paradigms or mental models that you might carry in your own mind. We challenge you…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:00

Tiling the Soil

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Corn as high as an elephant's eye? Why stop there? The seeds are bought. The seller promised a yield surpassing anything ever seen before. Acre upon acre of corn growing much, much higher than an elephant's eye. The new tractor had been purchased. Much better than the old tractor. And…
Monday, 11 January 2010 00:00

Instructional Reform is Yours for the Making

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When I was growing up in Brea, I was always raised to see school as my "job." Mom worked at Brea Jr. High's counseling office in a role once referred to as "secretary" in America before becoming a middle-school educator. My dad made a commute for years to Los Angeles…
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 00:00

GIRLS: A Sneak Peek Into Their World of Aggression

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In the past couple of years there has been much talk about females becoming more aggressive and violent. More aggressive? Many people would say that's an understatement. More violent? Now, that's not such a clear answer. According to the latest research conducted by the Girls Study Group for the Office…
Monday, 07 December 2009 00:00

Don't Curse in Front of the Kids

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I'm going to tell you a story, which I hope has something to do with after school. When I was 21, I went to Cameroon, West Africa to teach elementary school. This might have been a bad idea - I'd never taught anyone anything, had a spotty reputation as a…


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