Yesterday I spent the day at the beach – with my family.But it wasn’t just an ordinary day – eating ice cream and sun bathing, I needed to be there. Last week I hit a wall – I stopped blogging daily and then wrote a less than interesting and informative piece after receiving sad news. … More Knowng What you Need
A significant aspect of my research focuses on high school success for students – which I am looking forward to sharing. If you have a few minutes today please complete this informal poll ..the answer may surprise you.
The New Norm – Let’s Not Skate Around It. For at least a decade we have heard about the ‘breakdown’ of the family. Politicians, religious leaders, educators have lamented the loss of the ‘normal ‘ family grouping. Allegedly 50% of marriages end in divorce; single parenting is on the rise as is international and domestic … More The New Normal – Let’s Not Skate Around It.
Me and my Mum at my graduation from Fordham – I am pretty sure I learned as much from my Mum, about education and parenting. as I did when getting a Ph.D. Parents are children’s first educator’s – I have added a page for parent resources and was really excited yesterday when talking to a … More Parents are our First Educators.
NPR ( National Public Radio) is one of my favorite resources for news, current events and commutes ! Although sometimes it can leave you stunned, despairing and speechless ( even me) – It is a great resources for educators and parents. My NPR listening has been stunted this past few weeks on my commute – … More Favorite Resources, commutes and difficult questions !
It is 20 something years since I began to teach – I usually roll my eyes when people begin sentences with statements like that, but bear with me. For 20 plus years I taught subjects that involve conversations about race – badly. Social justice, personal and social ethics, Christian ethics, morality, English literature, West Indian … More Talking to students about race – A difficult balance
Being mindful of our language is so important as educators and parents – I recently presented my research to a group of 30 + professionals and am embarrassed to admit I used the word ‘minorities’. As I said the word, I also recognized that it was not a good way of describing the ‘marginalized’ in … More Changing the way we speak
Moving from tolerance to inclusion is a bold – yet apt – ambition of any school community. Bleasdale and associates is a small , personal group of professionals offering professional development for educators, leaders, school boards, and parent advocates.