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Starting the School Year Strong: Tips for a Successful Transition

I recently heard a Back-to-School ad on the TV and immediately thought, “Can it be time for this already?” Ryan graduated many years ago, but I can still recall how I felt as July turned into August and we began … Continue reading

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An Experience of a Lifetime: Come Work at the Elizabeth Lee Black School!

Happy Summer! As we are enjoying the waning days of July, we are very actively recruiting for staff for the Elizabeth Lee Black School.  We have a number of open positions: Special Education Teachers (Full and Part time) Para Educators/ … Continue reading

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Celebrating 32 Years of Progress Since Signing of Americans with Disabilities Act

Next Tuesday, we will celebrate a second independence day in July. Yes, less known, but just as important! On July 26th, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits … Continue reading

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ESY 2022: An Opportunity to Embrace a New Normal

It was so exciting to walk into school last week! For the first time in over two years, I was “unmasked”. The Barber National Institute Board has approved the revised Health and Safety Plan in which we adopted all CDC … Continue reading

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Survey Suggests Schools Experienced Both Challenges and Successes During Pandemic

I have been frequently asked what I thought was the impact of remote learning on our students. I have numerous thoughts but minimal data to support my views other than data from IEPs. So, I was very interested in the … Continue reading

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Happy Hearts Childcare Program: Foundations for a Bright Future

Looking for high-quality and flexible childcare is often stressful and very overwhelming for parents.  Let me introduce The Happy Hearts Childcare Program at the Barber National Institute where preschool children LEARN, GROW, and THRIVE. Happy Hearts days are fun filled … Continue reading

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We Open Our Arms and Hearts on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor refugees from around the globe and bring awareness of both the hardships faced by millions of displaced people as well as their extraordinary resilience. Each year on June 20, … Continue reading

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Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer at BNI!

Some people think of the lazy days of summer, but at the Barber National Institute, we’re actually busier than ever! Over the years, we have initiated a number of programs to ensure that children have both educational and recreational opportunities … Continue reading

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Celebrating Our 2022 Graduates

Yesterday was graduation.  Traditionally, we have a large graduation class and of course, an audience.  This year, we have 21 children graduating from our Early Child Care Programs and 12 from High School. We decided to break into two groups … Continue reading

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The 2021-22 School Year in Review

As the 2021-22 school year comes to a close, I began thinking… When the year started, most children attended in person unless there were specific medical needs.  The students and staff remained in their “pods,” or classrooms, throughout the day. … Continue reading

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