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Signs to Spot and Steps to Take to Prevent Suicide

Recently, I was interviewed for a radio broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. I joined the program host Celeste Headlee and investigators J. Bahan Rich and Trebor Randle from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was a difficult conversation, as the topic was suicide prevention. Our state has seen a spike in teen suicides…

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How a Cell Phone Ruined Two Lives

Breaking news hit the airwaves in June that reflected how much the digital world is changing the way we live our lives. In a first-of-its-kind story, Michelle Carter, 20 years old, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, after her former boyfriend, Conrad Roy, committed suicide in his pickup truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. “Wait,” you say.…

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How Adults Reduce Grit in Kids

Recently I read Angela Duckworth’s book, “Grit.” Dr. Duckworth left a high-paying job in consulting to take a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York City public school. She quickly realized that IQ isn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. In her book, she explains her theory…

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How Your Students Utilize Social Media

Happy 20th birthday Social Media! It was in 1997 the first social media site launched called, SixDegrees.com. (Based on the theory that there are no more than six degrees of separation from anyone and actor Kevin Bacon.) I cover social media’s history and purpose in my new book, Marching Off the Map. It’s stunning to…

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The Many Unseen Roles Teachers Fill Today

After a faculty training event, I was approached by a professor who admitted to me that while he enjoyed my presentation—he was exhausted by his classroom work. He told me he’d been teaching for thirty-one years and frankly, “kids don’t pay attention or work as hard as they did back in the 80s.” It was…

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Six Simple Ways to Better Engage Generation Z

We are leading, coaching, parenting, and teaching kids who’ve never lived a day in the 20th century. They’ve only known a world of terrorism, recession, racial unrest, corporate scandals, under-employment and uncertainty. They’ve also only known a world of portable devices, multi-tasking, social media, multiple personas and a complex world where they are more about…

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Are You Ready to Lead These Young People?

Have you been keeping up with the news on Russia? Protestors are taking to the streets and parks, demonstrating against government corruption. Dozens turned into hundreds, which turned into thousands of protestors carrying specific signs of their disapproval of President Putin’s regime. You might say, “That’s no big deal. This kind of thing has been…

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How to Correct a Student’s Negative Perception

Note: I’m excited to announce that our National Leadership Forum 2017 has now officially sold out! If you are still interested in registering than you can join the waitlist by clicking here. I’m looking forward to being with you all next week on June 22-23. _________________________________________________________________________________________ I recently spoke to a university faculty member who…

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