The Missing Link: Teaching and Learning Critical Success Skills, has been published. 

The Missing Link was designed to be primarily a practical guide for use by professional educators and for parents who want to offer consistent facilitative guidance that impact on their children’s ability to succeed in school and in life. I believe it also has the potential to be helpful to individuals seeking direction for developing their own abilities to make better and more meaningful decision to enhance their lives.

The difference between a child who is successful in school (and elsewhere) is rarely a matter of intelligence or ability but is most often a matter of skillfulness in the ability to be successful. The Missing Link looks at how consistent facilitative interaction, designed to develop success skills like persistence, organization and self-management augments a student’s ability to better manage choices and subsequent academic and life outcomes.

The Missing Link: Teaching and Learning Critical Success Skills, mostly is an attempt to find a way to bring positive, success skill building instruction into schools without creating greater stress on already overburdened professional educators and parents. It’s really so simple: we all do what we usually do, but with a slightly different method and focus so that children learn how to manage time, manage emotion and manage themselves.

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eNet Colorado, in Partnership with the Colorado BOCES Association, and myON Launch Statewide Digital Reading Trial

Minneapolis, MN and Greeley, CO – eNetColorado, in partnership with the Colorado BOCES Association, and myON, a business unit of Capstone—the leading provider of personalized literacy solutions for PreK-12—are co-sponsoring a digital reading trial during the spring and summer months. The trial launches on April 14 and ends on July 31.

During that time, educators, students and families will have unlimited access to more than 4,000 enhanced digital books from Capstone, the world’s preeminent publisher of classroom and library books. The books are enhanced with flexible reading supports that include an embedded dictionary, professionally-recorded audio, and text highlighting to support readers at all levels. Books on the myON platform are available for online or offline reading, in and out of school on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

 “We are excited to promote and support reading for students of all ages and to provide access to over 4,000 on-demand digital books for this spring and summer reading program,” said Dan Morris, executive director of eNet Colorado.   

Through this strategic partnership, the organizations aim to help students avoid the “summer slide,” which can essentially rob them of the gains they have made in reading during the prior school year. Research states that if students read at least 10 books, summer slide is dramatically reduced.


“The myON team is delighted to be collaborating with eNet Colorado and the Colorado BOCES Association to provide Colorado’s students, families, and educators with unlimited access to our digital library during this statewide trial period,” said Todd Brekhus, myON president. “Research and our own experience have shown that students will read books that meet their interests if they have access to them. Once engaged, they can develop a habit of reading that is a key component in their overall learning and achievement.”       

This trial focuses on enhanced digital books from myON. These books are a core component of the award-winning myON personalized literacy environment, which features embedded tools and Lexile assessments that support and measure individual student reading growth.

For more information about myON, visit .

For more information about eNetColorado, visit

For more information about the Colorado BOCES Association, visit    



Responsive Classroom Publishes New Edition of The Morning Meeting Book

Classic Has Guided Hundreds of Thousands of Teachers


Turners Falls, MA—Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), developer of Responsive Classroom,®  a research-based approach to integrating high-level academics with social-emotional learning, has just published a third edition of The Morning Meeting Book. While keeping intact key aspects of this immensely popular book, the new edition reflects NEFC’s most current thinking about the best ways to implement Morning Meeting (see below) in K–8 classrooms.


“When Morning Meeting is a regular part of a daily routine,” note authors Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis in the book’s closing remarks, “it clears away obstacles that impede children from feeling safe and engaged in school, creating the space for classroom members to care for each other and do their best learning.”


Kriete, former NEFC executive director, teamed with Responsive Classroom educator Carol Davis to create a revision that offers:

  • Updated examples of Morning Meeting in action
  • Even stronger connections between social-emotional skills and academic learning
  • Emphasis on how Morning Meeting supports mastery of Common Core State Standards, 21st century skills, and core social/emotional competencies named by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Updated information on the sharing component of Morning Meeting
  • Streamlined format (easier to find examples of greetings, activities, etc.)
  • Index to help teachers zero in on what they need


The Morning Meeting Book has been vitally important to so many teachers over so many years,” says Lora Hodges, NEFC’s executive director. “Its popularity is a testament to the importance of making sure every student has the social-emotional skills needed to access the most rigorous academics. It’s also a testament to teachers’ deep desire to offer every child they teach the best possible education. I believe Morning Meeting—and this new edition—will help them continue doing just that.”


Since its initial publication in 1999, The Morning Meeting Book has sold over 200,000 copies. Here’s a summary of thefeatures that have made this practical, comprehensive guide such a classic:

  • Gives practical guidelines to help teachers implement each of the four Morning Meeting components (greeting, sharing, group activity, and message)
  • Offers suggestions for how to resolve issues that commonly arise when teachers and students are learning how to do Morning Meeting
  • Helps teachers understand the “why” of each meeting component
  • Offers suggestions for how to adapt meeting components to accommodate children’s needs and their familiarity with Morning Meeting, each other, and the skills required for each component; for example, suggests adaptations for ELL students, young students just beginning to learn the basics of speaking and listening, and older students with a growing need to assert their independence.
  • Shows meeting components in use in real classrooms.


The Morning Meeting Book is just one of many Responsive Classroom resources that help teachers get the most out of these daily gatherings. Other Morning Meeting resources include additional books, DVDs, and a professional development kit intended for group study.



Morning Meeting is a daily gathering that helps children build community, practice academic and social skills, and warm up for a day of engaged learning. In a typical meeting, all classroom members—adults and students—sit together in a circle for 20 to 30 minutes at the start of the school day. They greet each other, listen to each other’s news and ideas, do an activity together, and read a message from their teacher.


Many teachers remark that Morning Meeting is not only a powerful teaching tool but an indispensable part of each day for themselves and their students. In the words of one teacher, “Morning Meeting is truly what brings my students together and [helps them] understand that they each have a place in the class.” And a kindergarten teacher observes that “it really opens kids up for learning.”



Roxann Kriete taught at both the elementary and secondary levels during a 35-year career in education. She retired from NEFC in 2011 after 26 years with the foundation, 10 of them as executive director. Kriete authored two previous editions of The Morning Meeting Book and co-authored the best-selling The First Six Weeks of School.


For over 20 years, Carol Davis has worked as a teacher, counselor, and consultant for grades K–8. Currently, she is a professional development designer and Responsive Classroom consultant at NEFC. She is also the author of 80 Morning Meeting Ideas for Grades 3–6 and co-author of Parents & Teachers Working Together, both published by NEFC.



The Morning Meeting Book: 3rd Edition

Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis

Paperback, 232 pages, $24.00

Copyright 2014, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-892989-60-4



The not-for-profit Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC) was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom approach, is a research-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. NEFC offers Responsive Classroomon-site consulting services to schools and districts; workshops and institutes for educators in locations around the country; and numerous books, videos, and other resources for teachers and administrators.


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ASCD Presents Inaugural Whole Child Symposium

Alexandria, VA (4/17/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to present the inauguralWhole Child Symposium (WCS), themed “Choosing Your Tomorrow Today.” Building on the success of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Whole Child Virtual Conferences, the symposium will take effective education discussions to a new level, expanding the global ASCD community role in education insight, analysis, and improvement discussions. With ongoing discussions throughout the spring, the symposium conversation will uncover what ASCD and education leaders want for our children’s future and what is needed for their education today.

The symposium began on March 16 with a town hall discussion at the ASCD 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Los Angeles. Building on that kickoff event, the symposium will continue with WCS Live in Washington, D.C., on May 8WCS Live will take place in the Knight Studio at the Newseum, and will feature a discussion with ASCD’s CEO and executive director, Dr. Gene R. Carter, and a panel of education experts.

“ASCD is proud to announce the inaugural Whole Child Symposium, enhancing the discussion of important issues that will influence the future of education,” said Dr. Carter. “We look forward to the next event, WCS Live, in which we will explore further what should be taught in schools for children, societies, and economies to be successful tomorrow.”

Sean Slade, ASCD director of Whole Child Programs, will moderate the WCS Live panel. Education columnist Valerie Strauss of The Washington Postwill also appear at the event, conducting a one-on-one interview with Dr. Carter between panel sessions.

The other panelists joining Dr. Carter are

  • Yong Zhao, an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker who focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education;
  • Andy Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College;
  • Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum; and
  • Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment.

The WCS Live panel discussion will also be streamed live online, where viewers may follow along with the panel discussion and join in the dialogue. TheWhole Child Blog will feature ongoing discussion of the symposium topics throughout the spring.

Later in the spring, the WCS Virtual online event will continue the symposium on May 14 and 15. Audiences will hear from panels of school leaders, policy experts, teachers, and students. Panelists will include Pasi Sahlberg, Peter Dewitt, James Stronge, Angela Maiers, Jose Vilson, and students from around the country. Participants can register, view the event live, and join in the discussions on social media.

Each of the four panels will answer the question, “What currently works in education, what will we need in the future to be successful, and how can this be accomplished?” The two May 14 panels will ask this question as it relates to

  • Schools
  • Global education policy

The May 15 panels will relate the question to

  • Classroom strategies
  • Students’ current and future success

Participants are encouraged to register now for the May 14 and 15 virtual sessions by visiting the WCS Virtual site. Visit the Whole Child Symposiumpage throughout April and May for updated information on each of the symposium events.

For more information about ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, visit To read about topics related to a whole child education, visit the Whole Child Blog at You can also find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships at

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit


Ed Table Talk Airs, Science Education: The Next Generation

Education Table Talk (ETT) has announced that they will be hosting a new show centered on
science education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Science Education: The
Next Generation, will air Tuesday April 22nd at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. The show will be
available by web broadcast at

Ed Table Talk, sponsored by MCH Strategic Data, is a fast-paced, interactive monthly radio
show discussing some of the most controversial topics in the education industry.

National scale standards in the US level have been controversial and the science standards are no
different. The NGSS have taken an inventive approach to describe and represent the inherently
complex process of how we engage learners in making sense of the world around them. Host
Michael Jay and guests will discuss the effective change of Science Education and how it will
impact generations to come.

Pull up a chair at the table and join in the active and spritely discussion around science standards.
The Guests at ‘The Table’ this month:

• Peter McLaren, Science and Technology Specialist, R.I. Department of Education
• Pat Shane, Ph.D., Executive Director, North Carolina Science Leadership Association
• Ted Willard, Program Director, National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)

The guests are leaders in the Education sector who are interested in sharing their knowledge,
multiple perspectives, and expertise with the Education community.

“Whether you’re a pro or a newcomer to the industry, everyone benefits from the deep-dive
forum discussion around hot topics in education,” says founder of eScholar Shawn Bay. “ETT
provides a helpful platform to connect and exchange ideas.”

Ed Table Talk strives to provide a forum where issues critical to education are discussed around
the table in a spirited debate, attempting to present the content in a format that is a contrast to
some of the heavier and more standard web presentation formats.

“ETT provides a light, fun, engaging conversational format to review high-interest topics in
education,” comments Knovation’s Chief Academic Officer Steve Nordmark.


Califone Releases Ear Bud Headphones For Audio Learning Activities

New listening devices help schools meet the testing needs of the Common Core State Standards.

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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and Smarter Balanced require the use of audio for online testing purposes as part of the Common Core State Standards.

San Fernando, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

The demand for audio equipment in the classroom continues to grow, as students increasingly turn to online instruction and mobile devices for language learning. The new E2 and E3 Ear Buds from Califone International, Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, are designed to meet this demand.

The lightweight Ear Bud headphones deliver full-bodied stereo sound, and are iCompatible with iOS, Windows and Android-based tablets (including *Chromebooks, iPads, Galaxy, Nexus 7, Surface, Kindle Fire HD) and smartphones (including iPhones, Galaxy, HTC One, Lumia), as well as Windows, Android and Macintosh computers.

“The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and Smarter Balanced require the use of audio for online testing purposes as part of the Common Core State Standards,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The E2 and E3 Ear Buds provide schools with the listening equipment they need for a wide variety of devices to help students succeed under the new standards.”

The Ear Buds feature a non-replaceable 3.9′ straight cord with 3.5mm plug for use with computers, tablets and smartphones, and are made from shatter-resistant ABS plastic for increased student protection. Noise-reducing ear covers filter external ambient sounds, and analog inline volume control is included.

Califone is committed to providing products that support the speaking and listening portion of the Common Core English Language Arts anchor standards. For more information on the full line of Califone products, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit

About Califone
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

*Macintosh, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Kindle is a trademark of Amazon Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Amazon is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Chromebook, Nexus 7 and Android are trademarks of Google Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Windows & Surface are trademarks of Microsoft Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Galaxy is a trademark of Samsung Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Samsung is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. HTC One is a trademark of HTC, registered in the U.S. and other countries. HTC is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products.




Cheryl Crazy Bull to Speak at 

45th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress

 WASHINGTON – The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) today announced that Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, will be a featured keynote speaker at the 45th Annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago this October 22 – 25, 2014.


“Community colleges are a primary gateway to opportunity for the majority of their students,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  “This is unquestionably true of the role that tribal colleges play in the lives of American Indian students.  We are honored to feature Cheryl Crazy Bull and the institutions and students she represents at the ACCT Leadership Congress.”


President Crazy Bull shared, “I look forward to offering insights about this nation’s indigenous people’s experiences and knowledge including the value of identity, the important of our lands and our governance systems, and the necessity of supporting educational attainment.  Deliberate actions are critical to the success of American Indian and Alaska Native students and ACCT offers a perfect forum for discussion of those actions as they must be generated through policy and partnerships at all organizational and governmental levels. ”


The American Indian College Fund transforms American Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities in the United States, and by offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole. In 2012-13, the American Indian College Fund distributed more than $5 million in scholarships and program support, which directly translated into 6,158 scholarships for American Indian students, of which 1,549 were first-generation college students.


Cheryl Crazy Bull, D.Ed., has more than 30 years of expertise in higher education and has worked to increase post-secondary education access for American Indians and revitalize cultural heritage. Crazy Bull served as the president of Northwest Indian College (NWIC) for the last 10 years, previously serving as the chair of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium board and member-at-large of the AIHEC executive committee.


The ACCT Leadership Congress is the largest national gathering of community college trustees, presidents, and administrators. More than 2,000 people from around the country and abroad are expected to be in attendance. The theme of this year’s Congress is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Topics to be covered throughout the Congress include: strategic industry alliances and partnerships with K-12; student success and completion; innovation and technology; fundraising; serving at-risk and underserved populations; and effective board governance.


About ACCT

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. For more information, go to Follow ACCT on Twitter @CCTrustees.