Mary, Mary How Does Your School Garden Grow? Indoors and Year-round!

As the school year kicks off and students and parents trickle in our front door, we have made our commitment to sustainability and health / wellness very evident.   We installed a 5 foot tall Hydroponic Garden from shardy.towergarden.com .   This garden will yield vegetables and fruit year-round.  The placement of the garden, right… Continue reading Mary, Mary How Does Your School Garden Grow? Indoors and Year-round!

When little Johnny doesn’t listen, I take away math instruction…

What would you say to your child’s teacher or if you are an administrator or teacher, to a colleague who implemented this practice in their classroom?  My guess is, most of us would ask what in the world that person was thinking!  Yet, in classrooms across America we have educators who are doing just as… Continue reading When little Johnny doesn’t listen, I take away math instruction…

Core Purpose Co-Founder’s School Wins $100000 Fitness Center

One of our co-founders, Dr. Chris Lineberry, has led his school to win a $100,000 award from the National Foundation for Governors Fitness Councils.   This is a direct result of the implementation of the principles and strategies Core Purpose Consulting helps schools to implement.  This award was given to only 10 schools nationally in 4… Continue reading Core Purpose Co-Founder’s School Wins $100000 Fitness Center

3 Strategies to address the “Core”….and it is not the “Core” that is common…

I have been blessed to have the opportunity to speak throughout our country on the issue of childhood obesity and student achievement.  After speaking at these events, I am often asked “What can I do to bring about the type of change that you talk about in my school?” Often there is a concern about funding… Continue reading 3 Strategies to address the “Core”….and it is not the “Core” that is common…

How Do We Make America Smart Again? Stop Educating the “Hole” Child

If you listen to media and political hopefuls, America has, like the commercial from the 80’ says, “fallen and can’t get up”. There is a lot of media attention and discussion about common core, testing, recess, Physical Education, and the general idea of a decline in American education. We are constantly hearing that other countries out perform us, we are constantly hearing that our global domination is being threatened by our inferior systems and the superior intellect of other nations. We are constantly told that our educators are failing our students. The answer thus far for the adults: let’s berate teachers, pay them near poverty level wages, increase accountability, increase access to charters that are held to a completely different standard when it comes to enrollment and student population make-up, and increase job insecurity. For the students: eliminate recess, cut back on elective offerings, focus on core content areas, increase expectations, and decrease resources in both the quantity of those who want to become educators and the quality of candidates who want to become teachers.

Sounds like a good plan, right?