Through the Eyes of an Educator: Life lessons from a paddleboard

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Oct 02, 2023 / 0 comments

“It (neuroplasticity) refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences.” 
- Celeste Campbell (n.d.).

Meadows Museum’s Spanish Light: Sorolla in American Collections

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Sep 22, 2023 / 0 comments

What do you say about a man who is renowned as the most internationally famous Spanish painter of his time

From September 17, 2023, through January 7, 2024, the Meadows Museum of Dallas commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Sorolla’s death with Spanish Light: Sorolla in American Collections. It is one of only two exhibitions being held in the United States.

Celtic Colours: Celebrating Music and Community

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Sep 18, 2023 / 0 comments

As late summer shifts into autumn, it is a time for gatherings and festivals.

Celtic Colours International Festival is one such event. It takes place across nine days in early October every year all across Cape Breton Island in the north of the province of Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada.

Celtic Colours: Celebrating Music and Community

Human Rights and Migrant Integration: An Overview

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Sep 08, 2023 / 0 comments

In our progressively interconnected world, migration has become an increasingly global occurrence. People move across borders for a multitude of reasons, such as seeking economic opportunities, escaping conflict or persecution, or to simply build a better life. This exponential increase of migrants across the globe has resulted in countries needing to tackle the complex task of migrant integration—a complicated process which considers economic, cultural, social, and legal measurements. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Waiting Game – 5 minutes and forever

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Sep 07, 2023 / 0 comments

We’ve all played it—the waiting game. The one where the toddler asks for a treat and the grown up says wait till after dinner. The one where the ten-year-old can’t wait to stay up past bedtime when no one can say otherwise. The one when you can’t wait to get to the next level of whatever because then you can do this other thing. Oddly enough, the waiting seems like forever in the moment—yet, if you talk to any adult, as they were once that young toddler, it truly seems like five minutes. 

Music for Mist and Brightness

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Aug 21, 2023 / 0 comments

Over the course of this series (seven years and counting at present), we have known we are in shifting times. We have known, too, that there are many ways music offers to navigate changes of all sorts.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Getting your groove back

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Aug 07, 2023 / 0 comments

I grew up on Long Island, New York. Summer was and is my favourite season. For as long as I can remember, summertime meant my summer camp second home, and the moment I could drive meant any spare time spent at the beach. The ocean and sand are so much a part of me that I moved to live beside them for a decade (and later flipped coasts to relish their brilliance all year long).

Seeing Our Students: Understanding How Lenses Shape Our Teaching

by Lacey Robinson / Aug 05, 2023 / 0 comments

What I couldn’t articulate in my early career track as a teacher was that whenever I observed environments where students of color were present, I noticed the ways that implicit bias may have been at play in their learning and school environments. For instance, bias is obvious to me in school hallways in which children are walking single file, with bubbles in their mouths, to prevent them from talking to each other. This ill-advised classroom management strategy asks kids to close their lips and puff their cheeks, as if they are holding a bubble.

Musical Connections and Collaborations

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Jul 17, 2023 / 0 comments

Solitude and community are each part of music, the creation of it as well as the listening. This is true of the stories told in song and tune, the ways they are shared, and the connections created among musicians...and between musicians and listeners.

Several pieces of music to help you think about and enjoy these aspects of musical connection:

Musical Connections and Collaborations

Travel with Awe and Wonder: Nashville and West to Arizona

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Jul 13, 2023 / 0 comments

This summer, my husband and I undertook a move. A relocation from Massachusetts to Arizona has been undertaken by others, no doubt. We decided to make things a little more interesting than a direct route. We headed north. Our circuitous route is winding us through Newfoundland, Portugal, and North Carolina. When one would think to take the southerly route from the Carolina’s to Arizona in the winter months, we will make Bugs Bunny’s famous right turn at Albuquerque to get to Bozeman, Montana. Then, we’ll drive to Arizona.