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The Dangers of Education as a Vocation

Often, educators are told, in implicit and explicit ways, that they are less than. “Those who cannot do, teach” is the classic line we...

Disrupting Class: A Working List

Disruption in classrooms has a name and it's not Sarah. Her hair is something out of an epic Greek myth. Everyday Sarah comes to school...

Moving at the Speed of Work and Play

Dolls and Blocks and Dress Up Closets and Action Figures are for play. Desks and Pens and Books and Paper are for work. Sitting at a desk...

The Peace of 1815

If you are a student educated in the United States, it is impossible not to be triggered by the phrase, “the War of 1812”. Yes, of...

Turning Your Classroom into a Chrysalis

There is a dirty little lie that teachers tell and it is a complicated one. “I don’t play favorites in my classroom. All of my students...

The Unbearable Choice

When we think about violence, it often looks 1) physical 2) taking place between a perpetrator and a victim and 3) worthy of intervention...

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Jason is flexible and attentive, yet remains committed to his high expectations of my work in tackling tough situations and tasks.  With a sense of humor and compassion for the rigor of a leadership position, he knows how to guide me with just the right amount of productive stress.  I appreciate that.

Daphne Orenshein - Elementary School Principal: Hillel Hebrew Academy