How do we talk to our children about the election?

This has been a week of election chatter and deciding what and when to discuss with childrenĀ .his remains a very useful resource.

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Common Sense Media: Kids and the Election 2016

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GRIT? Different Strokes…

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Thanks, Mr. Rogoff, for this link…

Very interesting

Steph Curry & Grit!

 

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Harvard Business Review: Why Diverse Groups Feel uncomfortable and perform better…

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Why Diverse Teams Perform Better…

This is a food for thought as we navigate our ever increasingly diverse world and create leadership for the 21st Century.

 

 

 

 

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Teaching children NOT to hate when there is so much hate in this election cycle…

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Lots to digest here as we navigate this election. Our middle schoolers were assigned the debate as homework, and I felt I needed to watch and be familiar with the content. I found it hard to watch. I look forward to hearing our students’ thoughts and opinions about what they heard…

How to promote kindness during an unkind election season

 

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Empathy and Kindness, now more than ever…

 

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How to foster empathy and kindness in children

This article in the Washington Post is timely as we help children navigate not only their own relationships, but watch the tenor of the presidential election this fall, and sometimes even get a sense of some of the vitriol being broadcasted across all media!

 

 

 

 

 

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Postscript Japan 2016

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For the better part of July and August I have let the Japan experience marinate in my mind. There were so many special moments with students, between students, among the adults, even through some pretty substantial language barriers. As we prepare to open the 2016-17 school year, we are making plans to be intentional both about hosting the next crop of Kita City visitors, but also about how to shift our visit to Japan so that the incredibly rich learning experience comes back to campus and our larger community. Lots of interesting conversations are taking place. More to follow…

 

 

 

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Japan Day #14 Tokyo tour and then long flight home…

The morning had us bidding farewell to host families and Kita City educators. It was a bittersweet farewell. Then we were off to see a few more sites:

The Meiji Shrine (a Shinto Shrine)

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The Edo Tokyo Museum

and one final Buddhist temple, Naritasan:

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Then we were off to the Narita airport, some very long immigration lines, a hop on the plane and and nine hours (and one red eye later) we were home to SFO and families greeting us!

Stay tuned for a Post-Script!

 

 

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