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KLN East Helps ABPC Launch a New Year of Professional Learning!

Without a doubt, this was our best “first meeting” with new Key Leaders Network members ever, writes ABPC leader Cathy Gassenheimer. These educators were really open to our process and they engaged deeply throughout the day, with support from our more “veteran” participants. School and system leaders are hungry to talk about their challenges and dreams with colleagues who “really get it.”

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Thinking about Reading at the Eclectic City Library

Reading is really about accessing knowledge and expanding our understanding. Whether it’s to gather facts and information – or insights into the human condition and our relationship with the world – reading continues to be the most important skill of all. Cathy Gassenheimer shares some thoughts about why and how we can read more!

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With the Support of New Facilitators and Network Partners, ABPC Is Spreading the Impact of Our Work Together

The Alabama Best Practices Center is growing! We’ve heard from many schools eager to engage their educators in interactive, relevant professional learning and networking. To meet the increasing demand we’re adding more regional networks, more participating districts, and training new facilitators. ABPC Executive Vice President Cathy Gassenheimer shares highlights.

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Need Time to Think and Create? Make a Bliss Station Your Next Stop

Do you feel like you are always in overdrive? Do you find yourself running from meeting to meeting or watching your “to-do” list grow quicker than you can cross things off? Are you having trouble finding time to think about or do those things that reenergize you? Cathy Gassenheimer suggests you consider creating a Bliss Station. “Before you think I’ve lost my mind, keep reading. You might find this to be a helpful tool.”

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Could Gossip Be a Good Thing?

Behavioral research into the human need to gossip is revealing that “gossip can actually be thought of not as a character flaw, but as a highly evolved social skill.” A lot of gossip is positive and serves to strengthen group bonds and affirm helpful behaviors. But Cathy Gassenheimer still has some reservations. Read her “unscientific” tips to improve gossip-related communication.

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Anxiety, Depression, Hope and Connection: Insights into What Teens Need from Our Schools

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 13% of adolescents in the United States aged 12 to 17 have had at least one major depressive episode. That’s a startling statistic of interest and concern to professional educators. Addressing teen anxiety and other related needs is the topic of May’s Educational Leadership magazine. Cathy Gassenheimer highlights several articles in this “must-read issue.”

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Five Ways to Lead Your School Like a Designer

The next time you feel stuck, think about these five aspects of design-inspired leadership. They just might inspire you to move from chronic indecision to actions that make your school or district even better. Cathy Gassenheimer shares another little treasure from her recent spring cleaning.

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