From a Place of Strength

At a meeting I attended this week, we were reminded of the potential positive outcomes of taking a strengths-based, rather than deficit-based, approach to advising and educating students.  One of the tools commonly used for assisting students with discovering their strengths is Gallup’s Strengthfinder.  It’s been more than a decade since I took that test, […]

Believe and Be

“What we believe to be real is real in its consequences” (a variation on the Thomas theorem, a basic social science construct, formulated by sociologist W.I. Thomas in 1928).  If I had a dollar for every time I discussed this maxim with my social science students, I could take a very nice vacation. Reality is […]

Madi’s Courage

Last night was my granddaughter Madison’s end-of-the-school-year program.  Madi is in the middle class at the BeBe Language Academy, and thus she was not yet one of the little purple-robed and capped graduates who were the primary focus of the program.  Still, her class of about 15 four-year-olds had an important part to play, and […]

Dr. MaryAnna

There are so many stories that could be told for Mother’s Day, but I think I will follow up on an earlier posting about how my paternal great-grandparents came together and pay tribute to my great-grandmother’s courage and determination.  In Buckwheat Resiliency, I shared that my great-grandparents met while both were attending the College of […]