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How quickly our world has changed.  Last month I shared how nice it was to see so many of you in Grand Rapids at States 2020.  We were certainly fortunate the Amway Grand had to move us up several weeks to February 29 – March 2.  As with most of us,  Zoom have become a regular part of my communication as my meetings now are held digitally instead of in person.  Fellow members of the NAWD Board and state association leaders from across the country have shared the issues involved with having to cancel their state conferences and the uncertainty of summer leadership camps & fall programs…

With the anticipation of a more lengthy school closure it may be time to reassess your continuation of learning plan for students. The digital divide within our state will challenge every district to consider a variety of pathways to student success. In some cases, connectivity and device concerns will require both low tech and high tech options and others will need to be 100% no tech or 100% low tech.  Whichever category your school may fall,  it is important to design a coordinated approach to meet the needs of all students.

Districts who are in need of a learning resource that…

As March begins, snow showers (hopefully) turn to rain showers and flowers begin to bloom; spring has officially begun. The new season signifies a time for rebirth in nature. It is important to us to take this time to look at ourselves critically and evaluate where we are in life.

For me, I am nearing the end of my time in high school and making tough decisions about my future. Others are preparing for standardized tests or juggling various responsibilities and extra curricular activities. Regardless, our day-to-day life can often be overwhelming, and this stress is unhealthy.…

In a society that has taught us to keep our guard up, most people cringe at the word “vulnerability.” Being vulnerable is associated with the risk of being viewed as weak, needy, and emotionally exposed—directly contrasting the culture of heartlessness that is commonly boasted about on social…


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