Win the Inner Battle with Mawi

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Creating the Community We Desire: Interview with Allan Davenport

May 28, 2013

Allan is the Principal of Crone Middle School (Naperville, IL). Allan’s interview shares specific strategies for building a culture of success and respect in a middle school of 1,000 students.  You will also learn what he means when he says, “The Crone Way.”

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A Cultural Shift Reduces Bullying by 1/3: Interview with Elizabeth Carswell (Conference Sneak Peek!)

May 21, 2013

Meet Elizabeth Carswell, one of our keynoters for our upcoming Summer Conference. In this interview with Mawi, Elizabeth shares best practices from her work with 1,000 schools as the director of Core Essential Values, including the story of how one school reduced bullying by 33%. Hear more from Elizabeth at our Mawi Learning Summer Conference: The […]

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It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Program: Interview with Clayton Muhammad (Conference Sneak Peek!)

May 17, 2013

Meet Clayton Muhammad, one of our keynoters for our upcoming Summer Conference. In this interview with Mawi, Clayton shares how his city reduced homicides from 25 in 2003 to 0 in 2012. Clayton also describes how his innovative Boys II Men program achieves 100% graduation rates. Hear more from Clayton at our Mawi Learning Summer Conference: The Power […]

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Class Act: Interview with Jon Hallmark

May 7, 2013

If you’re looking for innovate ways to build character and leadership in your students, do not miss this interview with Jon Hallmark, Principal of Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL. Among other things, you will be inspired by how Jon’s students are helping to build schools in Uganda.

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The Power of Adult Education: Interview with David Adcock

April 30, 2013

Adult eduction is one of the fastest growing trends in the U.S. In this interview, we get to hear from David Adcock, the current Director of Urbana Adult Education and incoming President of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association.

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Innovation and Design: Interview with Dr. Saeed Arida

April 23, 2013

This interview with Dr. Saeed Arida will amaze you, inspire you, and show you that our students have tremendous genius waiting to be unlocked. Dr. Arida is the Founder and Chief Excitement Officer at NuVu Studio, a magnet innovation center for young minds. He received his PhD in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his doctoral […]

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The Two Journeys We All Go On

April 18, 2013

All of us go on two journeys in life. The first journey is easier to see and describe.  This journey consists of things such as: Places we have lived. For example, people who know my story know that I fled Ethiopia, lived in a refugee camp in Sudan, and came to the United States when […]

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How Summer Camps Build Character: Interview with Dan Weir

April 3, 2013

Many parents across the U.S. are finalizing plans right now for what summer camp their students will attend. I had a chance recently to speak to over 1,000 camp owners at the American Camp Association. Dan Weir runs one of the largest and most successful summer camps in the United States, Frost Valley YMCA (NY). […]

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Heart not Brain: Interview with Josh Katz

March 26, 2013

In this interview with Josh Katz, a math teacher at Orange County Public Schools (FL), you will learn why heart matters more than brains when it comes to learning algebra.

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Hardest Job in America

March 20, 2013

Imagine a job where: You work 85 hours a week and you have a capped salary. You have to hire, fire, manage, and mediate between 100 employees. Your employees often have tremendous internal strife. You are held accountable for results even though you have very significant constraints on how you can manage your employees. You […]

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Open the Door of Opportunity

March 17, 2013

Here’s a 70-second video excerpt from a speech I gave at the Quest Conference last November in Ontario, Canada. In this video, I explain what it means to open the door of opportunity for a young person.    

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Educators’ Turn: Carol Hunter

March 6, 2013

With over 40 years of experience in education, Carol is now a Leadership Coach and Education Quality Consultant.  Her last school, Vincent Massey Public School in Ottawa, was named one of the top schools in the country through Excellence Canada.  Carol is an expert in promoting educational change, and shares with us her thoughts on […]

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Educators’ Turn: Mike Fitzgerald

February 27, 2013

Mike Fitzgerald is the principal of Eisenhower Junior High in Darien, IL. He’s always pushed the envelope on holistic student development, and has a keen eye for student leadership and character training.  Mike has even shaved his head to inspire his students – listen to find out why!

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Educators’ Turn: Peter Marshall

February 20, 2013

Peter is the System Principal for the Halton District School Board in Canada, and responsible for leadership and staff development for administrators and teachers at more than 100 schools. He’s a good friend, and also one of the most knowledgeable people you will find on what it takes to inspire and train staff.   When Peter’s not busy […]

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Research in support of Social Emotional Learning

February 13, 2013

Just did a really fun keynote for the American Camp Association this morning – and promised to post for them (and you) some of the best research in support of Social Emotional Learning: 1) This meta-analysis of 213 studies shows that SEL training has many benefits, including an 11% increase in student achievement. 2) This […]

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Educators’ Turn: Merrill Mathews & Michelle Harcourt

February 7, 2013

Two things make Principal Merrill Mathews special – he knows how to help kids of all backgrounds excel; and he knows how to inspire his staff. In this interview, Merrill and one of his teachers, Michelle Harcourt, share their perspectives on character education, critical thinking, and school leadership. Prepare to be inspired!

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Educators’ Turn: Patrick Donohue

February 1, 2013

Patrick is a good friend, and an experienced educator who now coaches and trains other education leaders and students. He also serves as the Director of Research and Staff Development for his district. Listen below to hear Patrick discuss the importance of leadership, character, and emotional intelligence training as well as some methods he has […]

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Educators’ Turn, with Mawi Asgedom: Dr. Edie Weinthal

January 30, 2013

Ready for something new? We want to give leading educators a chance to share their perspectives and experiences. I’ll host the interviews myself and post the recordings on this blog.  Educators themselves are the real experts; let’s allow their voices to be heard. Educators’ Turn: Dr. Edie Weinthal Dr. Weinthal is a leader in English education, having served as […]

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Letting Go of Our Children

January 13, 2013

Kahlil Gibran is an acclaimed writer from the early 20th century. In this poem, he makes a point that is both liberating and terrifying: as adults, we can love and guide our children, but their lives and decisions are their own. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s […]

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How to Choose a College

January 9, 2013

The #1 most emailed article on last week was titled “How to Choose a College.” The article covers a lot of interesting factors such as the brand power of a college. My view is pretty simple. When choosing a college, always ask for three numbers: 1) What will be my total cost of […]

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