Cynthia has spoken both locally and nationally on topics that celebrate the joys and challenges of parenting children of all ages. She believes in acknowledging our children for who they are, and finding positive ways to move forward, helping them become loving, well-rounded, independent, adults.
Cynthia has over twenty years experience in a variety of educational settings. She has taught several grades at the elementary level, served in school administration for several years, holds a K-12 principal license, and a MN Superintendent's license. She has presented workshops and trainings to both teachers and administrators.
Habits of Discussion was a training I attended with Uncommon Schools in Newark, New Jersey. It’s a process of teaching students how to interact during class discussions and eventually take ownership of those discussions. There are 14 steps or “habits” and each has a description of what the student should be doing and what the
I once heard a teacher describe his curriculum as a graveyard. “We keep adding things but we never take anything out,” he said. If your school espouses a standards-based curriculum, the staff should ask whether they have accepted the curriculum salesperson’s word that all the standards are included in the curriculum, or whether they have
School culture includes students, parents, and staff. It is how the school is viewed by the community and how the school is part of the community. But it starts with the staff. The teachers, administrators, and other employees of the school set the tone for student interaction and well-being, parent communication, and are ambassadors to