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March 5, 2024
Book Study - Nanjing International School in Vietnam

Thank you Tanya Farrol, a dedicated educator at the Nanjing International School in Vietnam, for sharing "Executive Functions for Every Classroom" with your team. Your support means the world to me! Can't wait to hear what your teachers think about the book!

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February 28, 2024
2024 Educate for Careers Presentation

I am thrilled to present at the 2024 Educate for Careers Conference: Adapting to Change, this weekend in Sacramento, CA. If you are have a desire to bring executive functions to every CTE classroom be sure to attend my session! Online registration is now closed but if you still need to register please email I […]

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October 6, 2022
Mitch interviewed by Go Solo magazine

Now and then I am asked to join a podcast to discuss Organized Binder and teaching executive functions (like this one).  This week was a bit different. I was asked to share the story of starting and growing Organized Binder by Go Solo, a digital magazine that focuses on entrepreneurship stories. I thought I would share this […]

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August 4, 2021
Happier Students & Banning Phones from Classrooms

Recent studies show that loneliness in young people around the world is on the rise and smartphones together with social media appear to be major culprits. There are some interesting (and surprisingly simple) suggestions about how we can help reverse this trend, and it can be done at school. This excerpt from an opinion piece in the New […]

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July 12, 2021
The Number One Question Every Principal Leader Must Ask Before Spending ESSER Funds

We are honored to be named by the Schoolhouse 302 as one of the top 5 resources to invest in with ESSER Funds. This article is a MUST read for every school leader. TJ and Joe unpack education funding, how ESSER Funds are distributed, and the best way to use them sustainably. While you are […]

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April 7, 2021
Family Engagement - The Key To Successful Distance Learning

The more I read and reflect on the impact the pandemic will have on education I am certain that the lynchpin of successful distance learning required authentic and consistent family participation. This, or course, is true in any learning environment, but for distance learning family engagement took on new importance.  Family Support I teach in […]

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April 6, 2021
When it Comes to Learning Loss What Goes Down Must Come Up

We are all familiar with Newton's third law of motion which states "what goes up must come down." In other words, Earth’s gravitational pull will eventually bring whatever is thrown up in the air back to the ground.  On a trail run this weekend I encountered a long downhill section. For long distance trail runners […]

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April 5, 2021
Who Will Need The Most Help?

Even as the pandemic continues many schools are beginning their transition from distance learning back to in-person instruction. As we make that switch it is important to analyze our students', and our LCAP subgroups in particular, experience during distance learning to determine who will need the most support moving forward. Regression, or learning loss, is […]

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April 3, 2021
How Ready Is Your School for Post-Pandemic Learning in the Fall?

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to get an idea of how schools can gain a better understanding of the losses students are facing as a result of distance learning during the pandemic. The COVID slide is real and by the very fact that it will have been over a year since […]

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April 2, 2021
Mitigating Learning Loss - Australia’s Shining Example

I have been reading a lot lately about the idea of a COVID Slide during distance learning. Similar to the Summer Slide, it is predicted that many students will need significant intervention to help narrow learning gaps widened over the past year.  Measuring Learning Loss Much of what I have read indicates that we don’t […]

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