pencilhelperPlease check out the following publications:


“Humbled or Humiliated” (Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal) Fall 2014 

  • An adult learner engages in her first arial yoga class.  Humbled in class or humiliated? Teachers have that kind of power.

“Not ‘Just’ Doodling or Talking: How They Help Students Process” (Edutopia) November 6, 2015)

  • Student learning styles are instrumental in processing and thinking.  Let’s give students the space to show us what they need to be successful.

“Taking on Social Literacy in the Classroom” (Literacy Daily) January 26, 2016 

  • Embedding soft skills within a literacy framework requires creativity and patience. Here are some tips to help you do achieve that goal.

“Don’t Phone It In” (Literacy Daily) April 13, 2016

  • Presentation skills are critical when encouraging ownership of a district initiative or classroom lesson.  We must be present to fully engage participants.

“It’s Not Venting, It’s Processing” (Edutopia) April 21, 2016

  • As an Instructional Coach, active listening is crucial in supporting our colleagues.  What does that collaboration look like and how does it benefit teachers?

“Teachers and Students: We’re Not That Different” (Edutopia) April 25, 2016

  • How do we support the student risk-taker in the classroom who tells us our lesson wasn’t effective?  Respond with respect and clarity.

“Being Respectful of Student Gender Identity” (Edutopia) October 13, 2016 

  • Asking students how to address them is not only respectful and compassionate, but also socially just.

“Teaching Means Having to Say You’re Sorry” (Literacy Daily) October 25, 2016

  • By owning our mistakes our students see us as empathetic humans that want to do well.

“#Why I Write” (Literacy & NCTE) October 26, 2016

  • I write because I have to.



“The Art of Mathematics” (ASCDInservice) April 13, 2015

  • How would an art teacher teach math – with rigorous creativity.

“How I Spent My Holiday Break” (Edutopia) December 14, 2015 

  • What does a school ‘break’ look like for our students? It may not be the joyous opportunity we think it is.

“A Routine Engagement: Three Small Moves for Success” (ASCDInservice) January 29, 2016) 

  • Routines don’t have to be dull; rather they empower students to know what’s coming next and to be aware of their own learning.

“From Chemistry to Advanced Spanish: 21st Century Word Wall Success” (Wisconsin State Reading Journal) Spring, 2016

  • Cross-curricular skill-building shows students that the same strategy can be used in various ways for student success.


“Giving Students What They Want and What They Need” (Literacy Daily 

  • While all of us have had challenging students in our class, here’s one suggestion for success.

“The Literacy of the Visual Arts” (ASCDInservice)

  • When the lesson doesn’t work, don’t blame students.  Here’s an opportunity to look inward.

“Compliance, Control and Consideration (ASCDExpress) February 11, 2016

  • It’s the little things that builds a relationship. Here’s how to demonstrate respect without losing one’s authority.

“Don’t ‘Should’ Me” (EducationUpdate) June, 2016’t-%C2%A3Should%C2%A3-Me.asp

  • A writing teacher changes her language to stop ‘shoulding’ on her students.

Ani’s Journey

“Little Orphan Ani” (Exceptional Parent) January 4, 2016

  • Meet Ani: Our Inspiration!

“Travel Lessons with Family” (Exceptional Parent) March, 2016

  • What does travel look like for a family with a special needs child?  Realize it may take time, but memories can be created.

“The Star Athlete” (Exceptional Parent) May, 2016

  • We all have special gifts; be open to your child’s unique talents.

“Summer Fun and Activities” (Exceptional Parent) June, 2016

  • Summer can be a time of anxiety of special needs children and their families.  Here are some suggestions for smooth sailing.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Exceptional Parent) July, 2016

  • The traditional definition of ‘friend’ may not apply – and that’s okay. Be open to what friendships might look like with your special needs child.

“Back to School and Special Needs – What I Learned” (Exceptional Parent) September, 2016

  • Creating a welcoming school schedule and subsequent summer transition is both necessary and natural.

“You Are Your Child’s Best Ally” (Exceptional Parent) November, 2016

  • Keynote speech given to the Best Buddies Leadership breakfast in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Yes, Ani, There is a Santa Claus” (Exceptional Parent) December, 2016

Take the holidays as they come . . . don’t dress them up to be something your child is not.