Blog Posts

These posts are articles and blogs Jennifer has written for professional journals and for her newsletter, Voice Lessons.

Long Way To Go

August 1, 2018

When I was starting 5th grade, my mother wrote to my teacher that I lacked empathy. I caught a glimpse of that note, felt the […]

One Way To Manage Stress: Focus On Self-Care

July 9, 2018

With all the challenges we face in today’s world, we need to prioritize our own emotional and psychological well-being too
In 1995, Robert Kegan, now emeritus […]

Adulting 101

July 2, 2018

My nephews are rising first and third graders. They will spend the summer playing baseball, swimming, and having fun. In August, they will head back […]

What NOT To Do If You Want To Be More Influential

June 13, 2018

These three don’ts can make others take you less seriously
In last month’s column, I wrote about being of influence and key reminders if we want […]

Noticing What We Are Missing

June 1, 2018

I put a stone Buddha on my porch Sunday afternoon. It sits within my plants. It makes me smile every time I look out onto […]

Being Influential: What Does It Take?

May 23, 2018

Here are 3 skills you can learn to make more of a difference
I coach many a teacher who shares with me that they are frustrated […]

What Matters to Millennial Teachers?

May 17, 2018

A guide to inspiring, supporting, and retaining the newest generation of educators.
This probably won’t be surprising to you: A supportive, intentional orientation process has the […]

My Toenail Fell Off – Change Is Afoot

May 1, 2018

Excuse the pun in the title of this newsletter but I lost my big toenail. After years of dealing with a toenail injury caused by […]

How Do I Share Something Difficult With My Colleague?

April 24, 2018

Here are some strategies for sharing your feelings or concerns in a professional manner
Something happened. Your colleague said something you found a bit harsh or […]

How Do I Share Something Challenging With My Supervisor?

April 3, 2018

Here are some tips to help you bring your concerns to your boss
Almost everyone of us has someone we work with who is “above us” […]