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Teachable Moments

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Teachable Moments Book: If you think education has changed since you were in school, you’re right – and not all the changes are in the curriculum. Today’s students deal with the most complex human issues, proving that schools are microcosms of the larger world. With expert storytelling and the wisdom of the author’s experience, this book raises the veil on what really happens in Midwestern schools. If you’re a parent, you may learn more effective ways to talk with your kids. If...

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Caprice – For Intuition Magazine, DesMoines, Iowa

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The note at the bottom of her sixth grade English paper said “Don’t feel sorry for me, just adopt me!” Later that day I met the writer; a girl with deep brown eyes. “What’s your story?” I asked. That question began a conversation which continued for many years. Her name was Caprice. I was the school counselor in the small Iowa town where she lived with her dad. “Ordinary story, no problems,” she answered. Instinct said otherwise. She told me the notes on her school papers asking...

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Nothing like a special place to take one far away.

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Choosing my steps carefully, I walked barefoot down the old dirt path filled with rocks and ruts. One hand held a library book; the other clutched a bag of Cheetos. Usually my dog, Tramp, followed me, but today he was nowhere to be found. Beads of sweat formed on my forehead as I walked, while purple martins caught mosquitoes in the blue sky. The air was filled with the tang of freshly turned soil from the fields on both sides of me. A cottonwood tree stood alone like a lighthouse near the...

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Solutions: Career Guidance for Middle Schools

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As the global economy continues to expand and become increasingly complex, as industries develop more and more specialization, a response to that age old question asked so often of youth ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ can seem perplexingly impossible, especially if they have not had adequate academic preparation. Many STW systems ask students on entering high school to quickly pick a ‘career path’ or career major for their studies so that they can get a head start on...

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