Susan E. McLaughlin-Jones, EdD

Transformational Leadership & Culturally Engaging Instruction

KEA TALK, June 2013

July 2013:

The Kentucky Education Association (KEA) TALK conference was held June 19-21. An inaugural event, it was incredibly well organized. I presented 3 training modules during the event and garnered quite a following. As Culturally Engaging is an emergent frame work it was edifying to me to have numerous teachers from around the state regard me with the absolute faith and trust I received.

The other programming was well planned. The food was good and my teaching colleagues high spirited. Those of you on the organizing comittee, EXCELENT JOB. I look forward to next year!


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I’m Published!

On October 30, 2015,  Renewed Accountability for Access and Excellence edited by Penny Tenuto was  released! Chapter 13 outlines the culturally engaging frame work, Chapter 14 describes a transformational leadership project at our high school. The book is available through Amazon. Penny was awesome to work with and very supportive of my first formal publishing experience. Exciting! (if you want to order at a discount rate- please use this attached flier: Tenuto.30%25 OFF.Discount Flyer)

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“Educational” Consultants and Private Treatment Programs

There are no throw away kids.

Many kids have used up their trust capital with parents, schools, and communities. Behavior seems outlandish. Be wary, though. Before you send your student to a boot camp  or other type treatment facility consider a few things:

(1) Behavior does not occur in a vacuum. Students develop behaviors that work in their current setting to maintain their own physical and emotional safety. Sending a student away for behavior “treatment” often at the cost of thousands of dollars/month, is a horrible investment. These behaviors were developed in the home and are reactions to the home & school environment. Out-of-control students are just that.. kids…whether they are shaving or not. Temporary relocation while parents resolve their own negative behaviors (ie. anger, alcohol, addiction) should be done with a clear time line for ended the placement and with clear indicators to the child they are not the problem. Sending a kid away for treatment fails miserably as kids are returned to the initial environment where problems developed.

(2) Many “educational” consultants have no formal training or degrees in a very unregulated field. There is a reason that health insurance companies do not cover many of these fees. If you use a private educational consultant NEVER let them have isolated access to your child. Your child has already lost your trust, why would they come to you with a horrific story if one occurs. Any consultant that recommends removing the child from the home as an initial solution. NEVER allow an consultant to escort your child from home to a facility. There are escort services that are insured, bonded, and trained to handle emergencies.

These kids are already struggling. Do not put them in a situation where they can be exploited to boot.

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NCPEA: August 7th

August 7th, Tricia Browne-Ferrigno will present my paper in my stead to the NCPEA conference at the Meadowlands. I was disappointed to not be able to make the trip this year due to the beginning of school. Culturally Engaging Instruction and Leadership NCPEA

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Looking forward to UCEA!

I will be presenting at the UCEA Conference in Indianapolis in November. Both my paper and ignite session were accepted. Hope to see you there!

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