Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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Adapting to a New Culture

Growing up bilingual in New York City, I have always enjoyed listening to languages and learning about culture. My father played the trumpet for Latin American bands, so I grew up believing that everyone spoke at least two languages and played some kind of instrument. Some of the most powerful memories for me are the...
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Becoming a School Principal

You’ve been teaching for many years (or maybe just a few years!), and you are starting to get an itch. This itch isn’t to leave the field of education, but rather, you are starting to feel ready for the next level in school leadership. Teachers are leaders, but the next level of leadership is a challenge...
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10 Tips for Improving Your Writing Process

Start early. This suggestion counters people’s desire to procrastinate, but the earlier you initiate the writing process, the better off you’ll be in terms of preparation, ability to change directions as needed, and minimize stress. Pre-write. Use the journalist questions, free write (writing continuously for a pre-determined amount of time), cluster or map, make lists...
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Dyslexia 101: Basic Facts About Dyslexia

“Highly successful dyslexics nearly always say that their accomplishments and special ways of seeing come from their dyslexia – not in spite of their dyslexia as is often believed.” (West, 2008). I frequently receive calls from parents or family members regarding a concern for someone dear struggling with dyslexia.  Reading does not come easy for all young...
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Ten Tips for Protecting your Identity

Be cautious with social media. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest are a treasure trove of personal information for identity thieves. Know and understand your privacy settings and exclude personal, detailed information from any publicly available profile. Install patches. Though often inconvenient to install, most software updates are developed to address...
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Never Stop Learning

As a professor of English, I’m often asked what I’m reading outside of my teaching and research duties: i.e. what I read for pleasure. In my case, like others in the professorate that I know, we can have trouble answering this question to the satisfaction of our questioners because they might not believe us if...
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