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“Betsy DeVos Is Now the Most Powerful Educator In America!”

February 13, 2017

“Betsy DeVos is now the most powerful educator in America.” That was the first thing I heard when I flipped to NPR yesterday. You can agree or disagree with the appointment and subsequent approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, but I think we can all agree that… The most powerful educator is YOU. Whether…

Letter to My Younger Self

February 25, 2014

Today is a very special day for me. It’s my 10th anniversary as a parent! Yes, today is my son’s 10th birthday. In honor of my (er, uh… his) special day, I wanted to share a letter written to “my younger self,” just days before my son was born. Last October, I had the privilege…

An Appeal for Support from Susan Kruger’s Husband

January 28, 2014

I am Susan Kruger’s husband. Today I’m asking you to support my wife with three simple clicks of your mouse button. (Nothing more; no email sign-ups, no annoying marketing, just mouse-clicked votes). Are you a fast-track, quick-start? If so, Click here. Why Support Susan? Susan has been recognized for her contributions by her local community.…

The Mackinac Bridge: A Back-to-School Adventure

September 5, 2012

Much of the country has been “back to school” for a few weeks now. In Michigan, however, today is the official First Day of School. My family decided to beat the back-to-school blues that creep in over Labor Day weekend and went on a very special Michigan adventure! We walked across the magnificent, five-mile long,…

Learning from Tragedy: Honoring Kenley’s Spirit

July 2, 2012

NOTE: I first wrote this two weeks ago, but needed some time to collect my thoughts and thoroughly review it before sharing. This is a tough story and includes my personal journey for making sense of tragedy, including a few spiritual thoughts and beliefs. There is a powerful message here for all parents and educators.…

“I Teach Study Skills and Won a Teaching Award!!”

April 23, 2012

The title of this post greeted us in our email inbox on Friday. Elisa Collins, a middle school teacher in Cape Coral, FL, wrote us with exciting news! She went on to say: “…and Karl Fisch contacted me and congratulated me!! I have used the SOAR® curriculum for 3 years now and it has made…

Today Is My Redemption Day!

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 One year ago today, I was called in to meet with my son’s principal… and accused of “Educational Neglect!” In the eyes of the court, “Educational Neglect” is full-fledged child abuse. How on earth could this happen to me? You may know bits and pieces of this story from the past year.…

One Small Step for SOAR®, One Giant Leap for Study Skills

January 9, 2012

It represents countless hours of dedication and energy from the people on our crew who share my passion for study skills and the horizons they can open for students. Drum roll, please… I am thrilled to announce our new, easy to find, home on the web… www.StudySkills.com! Today’s celebration is not just about our new…

Thanksgiving Tribute to Parents and Teachers

November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, this week’s newsletter is a tribute to parents and teachers. I have shared many details about struggles we have had to help my son over the past several months, including a shocking situation that caused us to pull him from his school abruptly last spring. We…

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