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Counselor of the Year understands her students deeply

Kristen Perry is the school counselor at Lawndale Community Academy in Chicago, a pre-K through 8th-grade school that, in 2015, earned the lowest possible ranking in the district.  Through extraordinary dedication and service, she won the 2018 Counselor of the Year award.

Dallas businessman proposes boarding complex for public school students

Randy Bowman knows the pressures of poverty. He was one of four children raised by a single mother in Dallas. Bowman has purchased land to build a dormitory facility for Dallas children who attend public schools “as a way to insulate kids from some of the chaotic and traumatic forces that can quickly derail academics.”

In Phoenix Catholic schools, service is a given

In the Diocese of Phoenix, Catholic school students learn service by sustained practice. At St. Mary’s High School volunteer service is not a requirement—because service is already a natural part of their lives.

SC Montessori schools outperform their peers

A study of South Carolina’s public Montessori schools shows students outperformed their peers across demographic groups in reading and math, but the results also revealed something more important.

Battling perfectionism in school culture

A recent study reveals that perfectionism—an obsession with getting things perfect—has increased significantly in college students in the U.S., Canada, and England over the last few decades, a trend researchers believe is driven by social media.

Educators: Shaping “Crooked Timber”

Teachers have a nearly impossible job because humans aren’t born acting like angels. We’re “crooked timber,” the philosopher Immanuel Kant said. All of us require efforts to shape our “crookedness”—to find meaning and purpose, especially if traumatized.

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