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These are challenging times for all of us. Both teachers and parents are (or soon will be) stumped as to how to make the best educational use of this unbelievable situation. Given that, we have taken some time to scour the Internet for a variety of resources that you can recommend to your protégées to use themselves or for them to let parents and caretakers know about them.  (From what we hear parents would be most appreciative!) You will find links and my brief comments about five resources (out of over 50 explored) we selected as having great potential.


The March issue titled “Quips and Quotes” is now available. Take a few minutes and enjoy some artifacts from Bruce’s archive; after that, check out the extensive library of Just for the ASKing! issues.


The March 27th issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 titled Empathy in the Time of Coronavirusis now available. Each issue features 3 Big Ideas2 Quotes, and 1 Question with lots of links to resources from different perspectives such as business and industry, medicine, athletics, economics, recreation, and parenting as well as music and the arts. The goal of Marcia’s brief commentaries is to advance our thinking about how that wide array of information connects and supports our work as educational leaders. 

Access the archives and subscribe to EmpowerED 3.2.1


The most recent issues of Making the Standards Come Alive! focus on classroom meetings. Heather Clayton writes with a strong voice about how we can (and should) integrate the development of our students as well-grounded, intellectually curious, and compassionate people into their school experiences every minute of the day. Do check out “Classroom Meetings,” “Classroom Community Building Circles,” and also revisit “Let’s Hear It for Civility!” and “Let’s Hear it for Empathy!




Just ASK uses a common language and concept system to provide a systemic approach to teaching, learning, and leading in the 21st century. Thousands of educators across the country are using our publications and products, attending our institutes, and participating in our onsite workshops. Their application of their learning has led to more students learning more, more of the time!