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Picasso, Genius, and Intellectual Disability

Pablo Picasso was the preeminent artist of the 20th century and his genius shook the art world from hundreds of years of tradition and sent it in new and profound directions. If you have ever seen a Picasso exhibit that includes his earliest work (I am thinking of a portrait he painted at age 13) you know that his technical skill was genius. He could render a self-portrait at 13 that defied understanding.
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Power to the Pupil

No matter how long I work with folks or how much I believe we are on the same page, I occasionally still get caught off guard by a fundamental question about youth/student power. It dawned on me recently that I have had a number of these questions come directly back, or filter back circuitously, to me over the years, many times deep into a relationship. Co-workers, colleagues, partners, educators
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A Year End Message for Teacher Leaders

As the school year comes to a close, teacher leaders may reflect on their work - looking mighty for the positive, can-do attitude focused on the needs of youth and children in the Schools they serve. Each day, teacher leaders see their students grow academically and emotionally, both in and beyond the school setting. Students who are connected to their teachers learn more, and are more engaged and
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A New Vision for School Reform: Where Are the Students?

In a recent article [link] Pedro Noguera, calls for a new vision of school reform stating: “change in education cannot be implemented on a piecemeal basis. The administration needs a new vision; one rooted in the recognition that schools must provide equal opportunity for all children to learn if the schools are to fulfill their vital role as the cornerstone of our democracy.”Well, here
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School Climate Matters

Significant bodies of work have established the importance of school climate in achieving our educational goals. A positive, safe, caring environment that fosters meaningful learning develops more successful students and productive citizens. The evidence of the impact school climate has on positive student outcomes is abundant. The Search Institute, for example, documents the following outcomes related
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