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COSEM 2020 Conference

COSEM 2020 Conference

by Carolyn Grabiel “I have been working in meditation and yoga for over 20 years and your event matched the best retreats I have attended or led.”                                                             Jill Manly, Founder, JabuMind LLC The months of planning,...

Return to Playtime

Return to Playtime

by Ann Rankowitz For the past several years, districts have emphasized the importance of traditional-style learning for kindergarten students nationwide.  Recently there has been an interest in moving back to a play-based model. This is an acknowledgment of the...

Surviving Negative School Environments

Surviving Negative School Environments

by Ann Rankowitz It’s that time of year when many of us struggle to keep our energy level up both physically and mentally. Captain Awesome, a seventh grade English teacher, offers some helpful tips on how you can stay positive in a toxic environment.   As she points...

Safe Zone for Teachers

Safe Zone for Teachers

by Jill Manly   So, it's a great day. I just read two articles that are foundationally anchored in the importance of the teacher and their ability and their relatability. I recently spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with my dear friend and 30-year veteran TK and...

For the Love of Teaching

For the Love of Teaching

by Carolyn Grabiel ​ As Valentine’s Day comes, and goes, what ideally precedes and follows it is an emphasis on what love is; romantic love to be sure but, more pervasively, the emotion that marks a wholeness of devotion to a person or, in the case of Josh Parker,...

Navigating Senior Year with Mr. Y

Navigating Senior Year with Mr. Y

by Taite Pauley As a high school senior, I found myself in a new city, a new school, and living outside my parents’ home for the first time in my life. As an independent 16-year-old, I thought I knew it all. In my beat-up light blue Datsun Maxima, I could navigate...

My Tears….Before my Players’ Tears

My Tears….Before my Players’ Tears

by Jill Manly Experiencing our emotions can feel like a visit from an old friend or a shocking encounter with a stranger. When those familiar emotions come knocking on your door, you greet them like a friend and sink into a comfortable routine. When those rare,...

First, We Must Understand

First, We Must Understand

by Carolyn Grabiel In order to fix a problem, we must first understand it; thoroughly, and from every angle. Though we, at JabuMind, want to be a positive light in the world of educators, we also realize that in order to offer a solution, we must be absolutely certain...

Pain and the Brain

Pain and the Brain

by Carolyn Grabiel ​It’s a delicate balance, the suggestion that our thoughts can affect pain and the suggestion that we are responsible for our pain. The first has been proven, the second has not. The first gives us hope, the second, guilt or anger or even...

That Tricky Work-Life Balance: How One Teacher Found a Solution

That Tricky Work-Life Balance: How One Teacher Found a Solution

by Ann Rankowitz In this article, Quan Neloms, a counselor and social studies teacher in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, shares his discovery that despite his hard work and dedication, it takes a village to support children. Quan comes to the...

Teachers’ Tears

Teachers’ Tears

A Message from JabuMind Founder Jill Manly: Teacher's TearsThe health of teachers and students reflects the health of a society. I stumbled upon this realization in 1985, a wide-eyed, newly college graduate, ready to take on the world. I set off on an adventure to...

KP Thriving Schools Expands Social and Emotional Health Resources

KP Thriving Schools Expands Social and Emotional Health Resources

by Ann Rankowitz In December Kaiser Permanente announced a partnership with the nonprofit Alliance for a Healthier Education and Discovery Education. Kaiser Permanente’s Resilience in School Environments (RISE Program) will bring on-site and virtual resources to...