Rachel

Hidden Curriculum

A Case For Putting The WHY In The Driver’s Seat   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou   I believe we’re all teachers in some way. While it may not be a tradition, school, […] Read more…

Leading with Integrity: What It Really Means

And The Power Of Good-Enough “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” ― Zig Ziglar   Integrity is one of my most core values.   Everyday I aspire to lead with integrity, and everyday I make […] Read more…

Put Out The Fire

3 steps to intentionally effective communication   The community meeting was getting heated. Tempers were rising, accusations were cast, insults issued, and disruptions were spiraling the meeting into chaos. The leader, trying to take control of the situation, demanded everyone to take their seat and listen or not only would the meeting would end immediately, […] Read more…

Let’s Talk About Starbucks

Some thoughts on why we need to address the root cause of racial bias   If you’ve watched the news, you have probably heard about the reprehensible event that occurred at Starbucks on April 12 (summary here).   At first I had a lot of reactions and wanted to post with fury. But then, I […] Read more…

Supporting Challenging Students

Supporting Challenging Students Raising Awareness Of Blindspots + Invisible Tensions   Challenging students are sometimes viewed as manipulative, attention-seeking, limit-testing, coercive, and even poorly motivated. Have you ever wondered why? The Collaborative Problem Solving Model believes these students simply lack the skills to be anything but challenging. Doing well is preferable to being in trouble, […] Read more…

Transform Pain Into Power

Why It Takes Courage To Lead From Our Scars   We carry our past like baggage. The worst of of the pain is the heaviest. We try to keep it close to us, wearing it like a backpack. While we try to simultaneously hide and/or ignore it, there are times when it just can’t be […] Read more…

March For Our Lives

Lessons-Learned From Counter-Protestors in Texas   Tears filled my eyes as I heard kids asking their parents questions like “why don’t they understand guns are bad, mommy?” I laced up my shoes and grabbed my signs (equipped with my favorite Audre Lorde quote “I am not free while any woman is unfree, (+ on the […] Read more…

What’s Missing In the EI Conversation?

The Power Tool That Boosts Emotional Intelligence & Consciousness    Did you know that emotional intelligence is responsible for 58 percent of our performance? When I first saw that article I thought, “that makes sense”…but then I paused. There was a piece of the puzzle missing. How could they not talk about diversity and inclusion?  […] Read more…