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The Myth of Average

Todd Rose’s brilliant talk at TEDxSonoma expands on a startlingly simple point: When you design for the average, you design for no-one. He suggests instead we to need design for the extremes. Fast Tube by Casper For anyone who has children or has worked with students, it is an intuitive enough concept, in theory. Yet in application, it […]

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Why We Give to the Annual Fund

              By Leslie France Patterson I made a cool connection this week: Cornerstone and my son Oscar were born the same year: 1999.  Oscar entered Miss Patty’s kindergarten class in 2004, and since then I’ve had the privilege of watching my son and his school grow, hit important milestones, […]

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A Peaceful Place in Kindergarten

A Peaceful Place in Kindergarten

What makes our kindergarten unique?  Look here at an excerpt from Ms. Patty’s Friday News from the second week of school: Our second week in Kindergarten has been a busy and productive one. We are continuing to build a class family by stressing the importance of being kind. We are also learning to better communicate […]

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Core Virtues Alive and Well in 2nd grade

A few times a month, 2nd grade receives a very special visitor, our own Ms. Bev.  Ms. Bev speaks to us about the Core Virtues in a unique and helpful way.  This week she referenced Jon Muth’s The Three Questions and spoke to us about the word “evidence.”  2nd grade defined the word using the […]

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Talking Points: Your Brain on Learning

There’s an often spoke truism at the intersection of neuroscience and education: Practice makes permanent. It refers to the process by which the brain makes connections between neurons. Neurologist turned educator, Judy Willis, defines this “neuroplasticity,” as “as the selective organizing of connections between neurons in our brains.” Author Sara Bernard expands on the topic […]

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