The Power of the Ask: When It Hurts and When It Doesn’t

The knees quiver. The heart quickly beats. The hands palpitate. All of those symptoms can arise when you’re about to ask. Whether it’s approaching that beautiful girl for a first date, petitioning your boss for a raise or, in this case, requesting funds on behalf of thousands of teachers, asking takes courage. It’s exactly this […]

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Arts Integration Session at CCSA

The CA Charter School Association conference concluded this week and it was an informative experience. I led the session on arts integration and wanted to leave some resources here for those who were unable to attend or wanted to watch the videos I played in the session! I started the session with the powerful connection of […]

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Asset Framing: Presenting Our Students In the Best Light

What is asset framing? Good question! Following a Donorschoose board meeting, I sat down with Trabian Shorters, a fellow board member, to discuss what asset framing is and why educators and community members need to be aware of this concept. Continue reading below but also watch the video above for the one on one interview! […]

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My Flowers of Asia

I don’t know what started it but while I was in Japan and South Korea last summer, I just started taking pictures of random flowers that caught my eye. Since my focus of the trip was to see these cultures through the arts, I guess these beautiful creations didn’t want to be left out. My […]

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Taking A Risk: Charlotte’s Dance

  One of my educational mentors, Scott Bedley, once told me, “Genein, you can’t expect your students to do something you’re not willing to do yourself.” That struck a cord with me and I now make sure that I’m doing what I expect them to do, if not more. ‘Be life long learners – Read […]

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Creativity: To Be or Not To Be (in PD)

Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker once said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”   Award-winning educator, Cassie Cox, cleverly connected this statement to the importance of educators “experiencing for ourselves what we hope to inspire.” As Cassie headed to New York to study Duke Ellignton’s contribution to pop culture, other educators […]

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Building Your Own Creative PD

DING! I turned my head to see the email pop up. Heart quickened, eyes focused. My first response letter from the NEH Summer Fellowship is in. I quickly scanned it just to see, ‘We regret to inform you that we cannot offer you a place for this year’s program.’ As my heart sank as the […]

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I Thanked a Teacher and He Got $10,000!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Mr. Steven Miller was my 6th grade general studies teacher and he made me realize that it was ok to be me. It’s ok to be crazy and think out of the box. It’s ok to go above and beyond other people’s expectations of you (though they might think that you’re odd). […]

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The Cost of Creativity

In college I was repeatedly asked the question, “Genein, how did you become so creative?”  This question was often prompted from my elaborate project submissions throughout the years, which always went above and beyond the minimum requirements. It wasn’t until I won various awards for my creative interdisciplinary lessons, that I stopped to really think about […]

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Arts Integration Discussionwith the Bedley Bros.

I was excited to be featured on the Bedley Bros (@bedleybros) talk show to share some ideas on arts integration. From book tracks to classifying the instruments of the orchestra, there are many fun lesson activities in this video that can be implemented right away for your students. Enjoy!

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