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MUST SEE: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

July 9, 2018

If you don’t yet know what all of the fuss is over, stop what you are doing right now and go see the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film is not riveting. Yet, it is COMPLETELY riveting. Whether you were a fan of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a child or not, Fred Rogers…

Building “Critical Thinking” & “Problem-Solving” Skills… with Google

June 17, 2018

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist; using technologies that don’t yet exist, to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet!”  – Karl Fisch, educator “Critical thinking” and “problem-solving” skills are cited by employers as their “greatest need” in the workplace. But, national and state curriculum standards are loaded so…

The Challenge of Executive Function:
What’s the Antidote?

April 8, 2018

“Students Greatest Need Is Executive Function!” This year, in the SOAR® Learning Laboratories, we challenged ourselves to discover “What do students in special education need the most?” We interviewed special education educators from across the country, expecting to make a “top ten” list we could narrow down to the “top three things” students need. However, we were stunned when one response came…

Expert Advice on Making “Google Classroom” Work

March 5, 2018

Previously, we published an email we received from a parent member of the SOAR community. This parents laid out all of the troubles she was experiencing with Google Classroom. We asked for your help and advice on how this parent could solve her Google Classroom troubles; we knew your experience could help others navigate this struggle. The first several responses…

Help Us, Help You with Google Classroom!

February 26, 2018

Google Classroom is now one of the most widely used Learning Management Softwares (LMS). Sure, Google has changed the world we live in today, but that doesn’t mean their LMS is flawless. We’ve heard many complaints recently about the software from parents and teachers. We recently the following email from a parent member of the…

Stop Wasting Time… and Get Motivated!

September 11, 2017

Last week, I spoke with a SOAR client, Kevin McCarville, who shared some excellent videos. As I write this, we are posting links to all of his recommendations in our Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide. In the meantime, I had to share one of them with you and your students, NOW! I dare you to watch this…

Pulling It All Together: An Ideal School System

July 16, 2017

Ideal School System Matrix We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series on education reform; it can seem overwhelming! However, the chart below pulls all of the recommendations from the previous articles together into a coherent plan for building a human-friendly school system… Thanks for joining me on this journey through Education Reform: A Simple…

SOAR: The Four Principles of Optimal Instruction

July 9, 2017

Conclusion to Our Series – Education Reform: A Simple Blueprint for Human-Friendly Education The purpose of this series has been to highlight and fix the core problem with education in the United States… our utter disregard of human development. We heavily examined the brain biology of learning. We also examined the work of Dr. Montessori, which…

Looking Forward: Advice from a Futurist

June 28, 2017

Discussions about the future can be somewhat scary. What will the world be like with autonomous vehicles and artificially-intelligent robots running everything? However, Futurist Brian David Johnson shows us the undeniable role humans play in creating and designing their own future, and discusses how we can prepare future generations to be ready to create their…

The Simplest Leverage Points in Reading, Math, & Skills Instruction

June 22, 2017

In every core domain of learning (reading/math/skills), there is another core element of effective instruction that is so simple, it is often overlooked. However, we ignore these core elements at great expense to our budgets and the eternal frustration of our greatest asset… our students! To be clear, the Success Pyramid still applies. We must…

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