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April 24, 2016

At Risk Youth After School

At Risk Youth After School One two three, one two three, one two three … Natalie was in a groove and the ensemble was cookin’. Natalie […]
April 24, 2013

The Blues: An Answer to the Cry of Our Time

Interview with Bill Rossi, 2009 Digging in to look for the life within us and getting in touch with it brings about a release and transformation […]
April 23, 2013
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Cultivating an Inner Life

Who Are You? It’s a very important question. Your happiness lies in pursuing your answer. by Christina Lengyel with Bill Rossi Knowing Yourself The following series […]
April 23, 2013

Violence in Our Village

I wanted to begin this piece by saying, “In the wake of the Newtown shooting,” but it doesn’t seem appropriate. This morning I read about a […]
April 24, 2010

Why Standards-Based Education Fails Students

Imposed knowledge never becomes real knowledge; that can only come from within. With its focus on a narrow, one-dimensional performance, standards-based education not only misses the […]
April 24, 2010

Group Mentoring – Leveraging a Youth’s Strengths

Success in group communications gives students confidence in assuming responsibility for their actions, and when they’re given opportunities to understand their actions they can learn that […]
April 24, 2010

Trauma and Creativity

Since trauma creates tension that often feels unbearable, people have no choice but to find a release. A hallmark feature of trauma and other emotional disorders […]
April 22, 2010

My Teaching Experience Before Strengths-Based Mentoring

Over recent years I have been struck by the feeling that our young people are falling through the cracks. Without ever realizing why until now, I […]
April 24, 2009

Strengths-Based Creativity: a Total Experience

Relevancy in learning means that at any time the student’s experience needs to contain meaning for her. The student needs to be met where she is, […]
April 20, 2020

Survive & Thrive with this After-school Software

SETS (Student Evaluation & Tracking System) saved an after-school nonprofit in the 2008 recession. It can do the same for you. SETS demonstrates real-time program oversight […]