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Just For You

Our Just For You emails provide you with professional support throughout the school year. These thought-provoking messages are written to foster professionalism, promote ethical and caring leadership, boost morale, and improve classroom management. But most of all … to support you.

Most Noble


Currently Featured Message & Lesson Plan

*A Heart for Animals
Sometimes it seems hard to imagine that one person can make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected animals. However, caring young people can help in many ways. Students take a look at ways to help homeless, abused, and neglected animals and consider how caring for animals is one way they can learn to be a caring and responsible person.

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
~ Charles Darwin

Compassion is one of the greatest teachers of all. That's right. Helping and identifying with another being teaches us empathy, compassion, and understanding. And whether we experience compassion from another or we extend compassion, we benefit physically, emotionally, and mentally. In fact, compassion is integral to a high functioning society. After all, what could be more noble than considering the needs of another and trying to alleviate their distress? So when you extend compassion to children, the elderly and/or animals (no doubt our most vulnerable populations not always able to advocate for themselves), you are exemplifying one of the best and most noble attributes of human beings.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Maybe having a pet isn't possible, but you might consider the health benefits of volunteering in an animal shelter.

The Strength of Differences


Originally published February 10, 2020.

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*Diversity (Black History Month)
America is like a colorful tapestry and each of us can weave something important into the fabric of our country. In honor of Black History Month, students will consider the notion that the more we learn about one another, the more we discover our commonalities, and in doing so, we help make our diverse nation stronger.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
~ Maya Angelou

Imagine if our human differences were accepted with respect, dignity, and love. In most classrooms throughout the cities and towns of our nation, there is a medley of global cultures, religions, beliefs, and races. What a great opportunity to create an environment of understanding and to enjoy a rich exchange of ideas. It's in this way that we gain an appreciation from an early age that human beings are more alike than unalike. By teaching each other to trust, create friendships, and cooperate, we strengthen each other and we build thriving and unified communities.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Pay a visit to your nearest cultural center. It's so interesting to learn about the unknown commonalities that make up our community.

Shared Cares


Originally published February 3, 2020.

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*Just Ask
Asking for help can be intimidating. This message and lesson plan remind students that school counselors are an important resource when they are facing a challenge, whether it is a scheduling issue, a problem at home, or a career choice. This content emphasizes the importance of talking to trusted adults, like school counselors, as a way of solving problems more effectively.

When you don't ask for help when you need it, you assume all of a burden that might easily and gladly be shared.
~ Margie Warrell

When we fall and can't get up, we extend our hand to someone who can help pull us up. If we are struggling to lift something heavy, we ask for someone to share the load. But there are needs we have that aren't always visible to others. Perhaps it's a personal issue or a difficult project. If we don't ask for help, we shoulder a burden that others might "easily and gladly" help us with. Consider this also: We may be denying others the joy of lending a helping hand. So, if you need help with something, practice what we teach: Ask.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. If you are struggling, let someone in to help. Often you'll find people are happy to oblige.

Soul of Value


Originally published January 27, 2020.

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*Winning Hearts (Elementary)
This message and lesson plan are written to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, but do not directly discuss the horrors of the Holocaust, which would be inappropriate for this age group. Materials focus instead on the unfairness of treating others unkindly because of differences. Students explore how fairness and kindness create more peace in our homes, schools, and communities.

Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful, are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.
~ Maria Montessori

Most of us can recall a time when we felt unappreciated, unloved or unaccepted. It stinks right? We can choose to react in an ugly way, striking out while hurt, or we can draw from these experiences and try our best to never make another feel the same way. We won't always be able to protect others from feeling undervalued. But we do have within our capacity the ability to guide our students. We can show them how to respond with dignity and strength and take comfort in the knowledge that they are a soul of enormous worth.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Never forget that you are a soul of enormous value. Think of all the ways you contribute in a positive way to the life of another.

In Every Bold Intention


Originally published January 20, 2020.

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*Did You Do That On Purpose?
Life can be so random at times. It can be confusing and challenging. For life to make sense, it has to have meaning. It has to have purpose, and having purpose in our lives is something we choose because when we do anything on purpose, we do it deliberately. Students explore the importance of choosing a worthy purpose in their lives.

Make believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways, in every bold intention.
~ Shirley Temple

Imagine the myriad of paths your life can take. Will you just happen upon the right direction, or do you need to take positive steps and deliberately choose how to reach your destination? A painter doesn't haphazardly slap down paint hoping it becomes a successful work of art. Each stroke is applied thoughtfully and intentionally to become the envisioned composition. What steps will you take to reach your upshot? Let this be a lesson in your classroom: We are all works in progress, but laying down the bold strokes of intention is the start of success.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Map out the branches of your life. What do you need to do to go in the direction you want your outcome to look like?