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Starting the New Year with a Positive Perception of Change

When starting a new school year, every administrator thinks about how to bring about positive change. We hear a lot about making data-driven decisions, and yes, I’ll bet every school district waits for those all-important standardized test scores to... More >>

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A Clean Slate for the New School Year

Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is already made up! How many times have you seen someone act as if they’re thinking that?  More >>

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School Design Inspired By Nature

When we heard the news of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the K-12 Education Studio at Cooper Carry, like the rest of the world, took a moment to reflect. We hit pause in the midst of several important projects to convene and d... More >>

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Does Maintaining Facilities Matter?

Quality learning environments have been found to exert a positive influence on students’ educational performance.  Research indicates that it is not important if the building is old or new, as long as it is a comfortable, well-lit, and healthy learn... More >>

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When Failing A Student Is A Gift

The educational system is a hierarchy, and sometimes you may feel that you’re just a powerless cog in a giant machine. You want to do what’s right and have a lasting impact, but there are outside forces at work — school counselors, coaches, principa... More >>

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Attitude is Key

I retired a few years ago for about for 20 minutes. I knew that was all I was going to be able to stand of sitting on my back porch. It’s a lovely porch with a creek and everything, but I wasn’t ready for it yet. It was time to go do other things, t... More >>

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Designing Educational Spaces to Inspire Divergent Thinking

Creativity is essential to modern leadership. Several decades ago, our economy was based on knowledge and skillset, but today, our economy is driven by ideas, innovation and creative thinking.  More >>

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Motivation, a Collective Goal for the Architect and Educator

Daniel Pink, in his popular TED talk “The Puzzle of Motivation,” outlines the collected evidence on motivation and performance. His compelling argument effectively condemns the way we structure the majority of our businesses, and it could be argued ... More >>

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WHEN A TEACHER’S ATTITUDE CAN TURN STUDENTS INTO STARS

People say that seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is a bad thing, but I don’t agree. Sometimes putting on rose-colored glasses doesn’t only make things look rosy — it changes them for real! And what better place for this to be true tha... More >>

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EXPLORING THE 21ST CENTURY LITERACIES

Dating back to the one-room schoolhouses, being literate has always meant the ability to read, write, speak and listen. As the world changes culturally, technologically and physically, so too does our ever-broadening definition of literacy. In recog... More >>

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Classroom Management Teachers’ Misconceptions

Schools with historically depressed academic performance are especially impacted by this scenario. This pattern of coping with challenging school conduct reflects teachers’ inadequate certification training and collegial mentoring, a dilemma that re... More >>

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From Classrooms To Boardrooms

Education and corporate culture have a long history together. Sir Ken Robinson describes the relationship quite succinctly, “Public schools were not only created in the interests of industrialism — they were created in the image of industrialism.” ... More >>

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SECURITY TRAINING A KEY PART OF ANY CONSTRUCTION PLAN

Given the numerous mass shootings at schools that we have seen across the country, it only stands to reason that administrators are looking to integrate security features into any new school buildings or renovations. More >>

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NATURE & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SPRINGS SUCCESSFUL LEARNING

In today’s world of technology and social media overload, our children are becoming more sedentary and nature deprived than any other generation before. Today’s children and families have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environmen... More >>

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DIVERGENT LEARNERS WHO THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY COME FROM

(This is part three of a three part series.) They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are in grades PreK – College They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are Male or Female They Might Be A Divergent Learner If ... they are Asian, Bl... More >>

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