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December 7, 2015
December 2015 Tip of the Month: Paint the Gray Areas Black and White

December 2015 NEWSLETTER Paint the Gray Areas Black and White Recently, I had the privilege of introducing two new teachers from Oakland, CA to Organized Binder. Both are second year teachers who are both starting at new schools this fall. During our time together, they spoke of the struggles they and their colleagues are having with classroom […]

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September 13, 2015
August/September Tip of the Month: Safe Classrooms

August/September 2015 NEWSLETTER CREATING SAFE CLASSROOMS “You always pushed me to my fullest and showed me how sweet the end result of hard work in class feels like. I got my first A of high school in your class and found my calling in life; coming from where I came from finding a calling in life […]

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April 7, 2015
Mitch Interviewed by The Principal Center

ORGANIZATION PROFILE Organization: www.principalcenter.com Focus: Setting Students Up For Success INTERVIEW Mitch recently hosted two Organized Binder webinars for school leaders and administrators with The Principal Center. In an interview with The Principal Center's Justin Baeder, Mitch explains the advantages of having a school-wide approach to organization, maximizing cognitive energy in the classroom, and why Organized Binder is the […]

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March 30, 2015
Snapshot of Success, March 2015: Mount Clemens High School

SCHOOL PROFILE School: Mount Clemens High School | Mount Clemens | Michigan Demographic: 75% minority students, 79% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, and nearly three quarters of student body participate in the Free Lunch program. Background: Mount Clemens High School for a number of years has suffered from declining enrollment. The school is serving some of the region north of Detroit's most […]

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March 20, 2015
February 2015 Tip of the Month: Wait To Reveal The Kick-Off Prompt

FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER TIP: WAITING TO REVEAL THE KICK-OFF PROMPT "Try this with your Kick-Off prompt: wait for the class to become quiet, the bell to ring, then reveal the prompt and mandate that everyone do it together and see what happens." Roberto was a student in my freshman Integrated Science class a few years […]

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March 13, 2014
Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, CA develops "Student-ness" by Implementing Organized Binder

SCHOOL PROFILE School: Harbor High School District: Santa Cruz City School District | California BACKGROUND Harbor High School is a public school located in Santa Cruz, CA that serves approximately 1000 students. Harbor first opening in 1967 and in recent years has experienced  significant changes resulting in a more diverse student body. Harbor's student demographic is largely […]

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November 26, 2013
An Organized Binder Tale of Success

Thanks to Nathan Fairchild for sending the following testimonial from a student in his class! "Dear Organized Binder Team, I have an 8th grade student with a history of poor study skills, failing test scores, and frustrated parents. In 7th grade he discovered that he could be successful with his Organized Binder. I give extra credit […]

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October 9, 2012
Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan

This month's feature is actually Diane Nienhuis (pictured at right with her students) a teacher from Organized Binder school Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Diane and I recently had a discussion about the purpose of homework and the following email was her response: "Here's where I came from: Six years ago Creston used […]

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