The Impact Of Teachers: The Gifts Our Students Give Back

This article is dedicated and in memory of my very first student, Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag. In the picture above, he is the child under the cursive ‘O’ on the board. He sat next to me for most of his 4th grade school year; he was a charming, happy and wonderful young boy who was... Read more »

Charlie's Story and the Hydrocephalus Challenge

Welcome to Six Month Social Awareness on the Educator’s Diary…. Meet Scott and Charlie….       This is the first article in a series I am running about social awareness.  I am honored to share my dear friend’s story about his son Charlie and his challenge with Hydrocephalus. My friend Scott was the first... Read more »

Making A Difference In Chicago: Tell Me Your Story....

Are you doing amazing work in Chicago? Have you seen something so wonderful that you just need to share it? Do you do something unique or know someone that makes a difference? Does your company or organization take time for initiatives that help others?  The media is filled with sad stories all day, every day.... Read more »
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The Largest Resource For Non-Profits Is Available Right Now...

Do you know how many searches there are on Google in one day? According to internetlivestats.com, there are over 3.5 billion searches in one day. Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide; that is a great deal of searching. There are really... Read more »

Paying it Forward this Thanksgiving: NBA Detroit Piston, Will Bynum Helps Clara's House in Chicago

NBA Detroit Piston and Chicago native, Will Bynum, is helping a Chicago south side shelter, Clara’s House, all around—helping those who live in the shelter as well as the owner who was hit with a disconnect electricity bill—a month ago–. Bynum and his ReachITeach Foundation, is making sure the nearly 50 women and children who... Read more »

Advice For A Bully

Tonight we were asked to write about advice..20 years forward, 20 years back and so on. Since bullying has been such a hot topic (and I was honored to be on Fox News a few weeks ago discussing it), I thought it would be a good idea to give some advice to bullies. Bullies come... Read more »
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Back to School and Social Media: Keeping Your Kids Safe and Happy

There is no time like the fall; school is back in session and routine begins to settle quickly. As children return to school, new friends are made, activities begin and social media madness begins to quickly rise. We see more kids with smart phones in their hands today than at any other time in our... Read more »

Don't Let Tragedy Be The Reason To Become Grateful

It is not often that I write about personal experiences on this blog. However, today I am because I feel the topic is very important. Life moves quickly, and sometimes it seems that we repeat the same routines over and over, going through the motions. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months and months... Read more »

Who Is Your Champion?

Originally published May 11. Today I publish again, in honor of Dr. Rita Pierson, a great loss to the education community. Her speech inspired so many on the opening of the first education TED talk live on TV. Please see her speech below. Thank you Rita. According to Michele McNeil of EdWeek: “Not since the... Read more »
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Buffalo Grove Park District Asks Parents To Chill Out

  Emmerich Park in Buffalo Grove has a new sign up addressing parents’ behavior during sports games. Mike Terson, who is the Buffalo Grove park district’s public relations and marketing manager, came up with the idea for the signs after noticing inappropriate or hot-headed behavior by parents at some of his own son’s games. These... Read more »