Voting Speaks Volumes to our Kids

  It has been the most unusual presidential campaign of my life and probably yours. I was an elementary student during the Nixon-McGovern campaign of 1972 when President Nixon was re-elected under the cloud of Watergate only to eventually resign in the summer of 1974. I was in college when President Jimmy Carter was tested…

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Creating Civility

  The fall leaves are changing and it’s near the end of election season. But let’s dial back to 1998 – I was a 37 year old middle school Social Studies teacher navigating how to teach about the embarrassing actions of President Bill Clinton and his White House intern. Steering the classroom conversation so that…

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Kids, Baseball, and Schools

It’s 8 PM during an April vacation week evening and I can actually find a few minutes to reflect and write. Above the glow of my laptop is the brighter glow of my TV displaying the Boston Red Sox playing about an hour and a half south of here at Fenway Park. Baseball has been…

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2016 ASCD Annual Conference Notes

One of the highlights and blessings of my year is my attendance at the ASCD National Conference. As such, I love to give back when I can and so I took notes in various workshops and shared them via Twitter (@wcarozza). Here are the links to these notes with brief explanations for each workshop: Principal…

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Blogging/Tweeting from #ascd16

I am a blessed man. For nearly 20 years I have been able to attend the annual ASCD Conference from cities all over the country such as LA, Anaheim, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Orlando, and this year in the warm city of Atlanta. Many of the major initiatives I’ve been able to…

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Does Grit Matter?

The deepest conversations I have with my Harold Martin School colleagues revolve around helping children be successful. The complexity level of many students is stunning and therefore it takes a much deeper level of professional collaboration and parental partnership then ever before in our role as educators. The words anxiety, depression, autism, and opposition are…

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Undeniable Parental Power

The power of our parents is undeniable. My own father Vic was part of my thoughts quite a bit last weekend. Saturday morning I read former Principal and well known speaker/writer Eric Sheniger’s post regarding the enormous role his own parents had in his perspective on leadership. Eric has achieved great success as an educator…

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5 Parenting Tips from a Principal and a Dad

A question I am asked regularly from parents is: “What can I do at home to support my child’s learning”? At that moment I may suggest child-specific tasks such as reviewing math facts or checking out a specific educational app for your tablet. But here are some better suggestions that might just make the very…

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Schools and the State of the Union 2016

The President spoke tonight of education in his State of the Union Address and highlighted the reform of No Child Left Behind: We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job. The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start,…

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Take Some Time To Read About ESSA

Our school was honored last Monday to host Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) as part of her Holiday Cards for Heroes program. Yearly, Annie asks for local elementary school children in her district to make holiday cards for Veterans and she then presents the cards to local Vets at the V.A. Hospital in Manchester, NH and…

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