Suicidal Teens: “13 Reasons Why”

In the new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” teenager Hannah Baker dies by suicide. Before she takes her own life, she makes a series of tapes expressing the reasons she did it. In her tapes, Hannah highlights bullying, rumors that were spread about her, and ways other...

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Stay Vigilant & Normalize the Pressure

She had the plans. She had the weapons. And judging by her journal, she had the motivation to commit the biggest school shooting since Columbine. Luckily someone stepped in and notified the authorities, neutralizing the threat and avoiding our next massacre. I can’t...

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What Kind of School Culture Will You Build?

“Don’t do for students what they can do for themselves.” This philosophy was taught to me by one of my mentors, the great Kathleen Bethke, a wonderful educator and veteran after-school professional. Each time I’ve applied it, I’ve seen students grow in profound ways....

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Using Your Smartphone to Prevent Cyberbullying

Nearly one-quarter of junior high school students and more than 15 percent of high school students reported being cyberbullied in 2015. And, since 2007, the number of people who have at some point in their lives experienced cyberbullying has almost doubled as of 2016....

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How Campus Messaging Improved Culture

I have often mentioned how visiting over 1,000 schools has helped me to develop our Student Ownership M.A.P., which is a time-tested theory that school culture can be easily built through your message, your activities, and your people. So I want to take a few moments...

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$9,000 Give-A-Way to the CADA Community

The first time I attended CADA  was about 10 years ago. The great Turbo Garcia asked me to come speak in a breakout session. I’d never been to CADA before, but boy did it leave an imprint on my soul.  It was an amazing conference with the best educators and...

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