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Celebrate School Choice

From Alaska to Erie to New York City, America will light up in yellow and red to raise awareness about K-12 education opportunities during National School Choice Week. Starting today, National School Choice Week is the largest ever celebration of … Continue reading

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Autism Research Updates from 2020

Scientists and researchers are constantly uncovering more information related to autism, offering insights into the origins, possible causes and even at times potential cures. I think back to what we knew or didn’t know in the 1990’s and am amazed … Continue reading

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How many ways can you say, “Thank You?”

January is National Thank You Month, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude. Research tells us those who practice gratitude report significantly higher levels of happiness and psychological wellbeing. I confess, I am “old fashioned.” Although a text … Continue reading

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A Heartfelt Thank You

As we “wrap up” 2020, I plan to take a two-week hiatus in writing and will return the week of January 11 when our students return to the classroom for hybrid instruction. In the meantime, I‘d like to express my thanks … Continue reading

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Christmastime: Past and Present

As Christmas is now only three days away, I began thinking of Christmas past…… Christmas was always an important day in the Barber household. Mother LOVED decorating the house for Christmas and she would take days to complete her decorating. And, … Continue reading

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Update on COVID-19 at the Barber National Institute/Elizabeth Lee Black School

COVID-19 has profoundly affected schools across the country and around the world. We at the Barber National Institute, Elizabeth Lee Black School are attempting to balance the educational imperative to keep our schools open and continue to implement our students’ Individual … Continue reading

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Overcoming COVID Fatigue

I know that many of us and our children are experiencing COVID fatigue.  To think that I did not even know what COVID was a year ago!  But since we have been living with it since Governor Wolf closed our … Continue reading

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A Birthday Celebration! Happy 27th, Ryan!

Is it possible? Ryan is turning 27 today! This is one of those special days where I love to take a moment to reflect on my journey with Ryan. I enjoy looking at his pictures that remind me of some … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As we plan to gather for Thanksgiving this year, I know that we as a nation face many challenges, first and foremost COVID-19. However, I believe that each of us have much to be thankful for.  The poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, … Continue reading

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Celebrating American Education Week

This week is American Education Week, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. A good teacher can change a student’s life, creating worlds … Continue reading

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