A Note to any Student who wants a Job Someday

If you were living in the 1700's in the United States, you'd want to know how to farm, because most of the jobs were in farming. If you were living in the 1800's, you'd want to know how to work on a railroad, or factory, because...
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The Key to Leadership: Two Worlds

If you want to be a strong leader, you need to understand one thing: You are living in two worlds. The first world is the world outside of you, the world that you can see and touch.
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Is Character Education Dead?

Last week, the federal government released a sobering study on the effectiveness of Character Education. The study was the largest of its kind ever conducted, with over 80 schools, seven leading character education programs, and...
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Taking Things for Granted

When audiences invite me to speak, I'm often asked to talk about not taking things for granted - specifically, contrasting life in a refugee camp with life in the United States. But sometimes, I wonder if everyone is missing the...
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How to beat Pele in Soccer.

Have you ever heard of the soccer legend, Pele? Many experts consider him to be the greatest soccer player who ever lived. He has the all-time record for most goals scored, 1281, and he also won the World Cup three times.
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The James Bond of Teaming

Have you ever been on a horrible team? If you're a student, maybe you were on a sports team where everyone gossiped about each other; people cared about themselves more than the team; and the coaches had no idea what to do.
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How to Give Tough Feedback to Parents

When I lived in a refugee camp as a kid, I went to a small school in the outskirts of the village. I was terrified of my teachers because they could beat us for any reason.
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Inspiring Song by The Blind Boys of Alabama

This is a super inspirational song by The Blind Boys of Alabama, both musically and with the imagery. Original credits go to the one and only Ben Harper.
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Small is not always better...

It's been popular this past decade to argue that smaller high schools are better than larger high schools. Here's an inspiring article in the New York Times that shows how educators created incredible results at a school of 4100...
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Are you pushing the Car or using the Remote?

I'm increasingly convinced that you can learn everything there is to learn about inspiration/success by watching little kids.
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What does empowerment look like...

I've been working in education for over 11 years now. This video shares the most impactful work I've been a part of, where a special ed class of 11 eight-graders used Mental Karate to transform their lives.
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How to Improve your Test Score by 20% in one week

Studies have shown that GPA's are a better predictor of student success in college than test scores, but whether we like it or not, test scores matter. 
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How I raised my C in Advanced Calculus to an A at Harvard

Test prep is all the rage these days, so these next two blog posts will deal with test prep. The best prep of course is to know the material, but even when you know it, you still have to prep well. 
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You Matter

There's a 5th grade teacher in Tukwila, WA who has organized a clothing drive that has clothed hundreds of low-income families. There's a principal in the Chicagoland suburbs who wakes up at 5 A.M. to drive a bus so students can get...
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One Teacher, One Idea, Massive Impact

I've done some work with the Sunnyside, WA School District over the last couple of years and want to share a story of how one teacher had massive impact.
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