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Today, public leaders are “expected” to have the answers, play political games, and mandate change. – It’s time to give those expectations the boot*. It’s time to be curious, listen, learn, and courageously translate new knowledge into collective action. – * Today’s blog has been inspired, in part, by a blog by Tim Kuppler of  Portions of Tim’s post […]

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Open Letter to my Congress Critters, July 8, 2017

Posted July 8, 2017 By Norman Jentner

Good job. Thank you! My suggestion, focused on approach. – To my federal representatives in Congress, – To begin, I want to sincerely thank you, on my own behalf as well as on behalf of 22 million other Americans. – I want to thank you for standing up to the closed door, fear-based, non-productive attempt […]

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Building upon America’s Populist Strengths

Posted June 14, 2017 By Norman Jentner

Participation in Building upon America’s Populist Strengths, for the Good of Our Nation and Also to the Benefit of Our World. ~ by Norman Jentner 06-14-17 My practical dreams for current constructive action in our sometimes tumultuous communities keep getting sharper and brighter. < I am resurrecting, in newly polished form, my also newly coined […]

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Human Synergistics International® and Performance Improvement

Posted February 24, 2017 By Norman Jentner

I recently completed my OCI®–OEI® Accreditation through Human Synergistics International®. < Human Synergistics International has been a true pioneer in quantifying organization development and talent management concepts, including organizational culture, leadership impact, team synergy, and individual styles. < For more than 40 years, HSI has been helping organizations unlock their potential through its now world-renowned […]

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Is this a Happy Holiday for you? My intended contribution.

Posted December 23, 2016 By Norman Jentner

Which might you celebrate this month? < December’s many holidays include: <     •    Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) •    Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) •    St. Lucia Day (Swedish) •    Hanukkah (Jewish) •    Christmas Day (Christian) •    Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian) •    Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) •    Kwanzaa (African American) •   […]

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Vacation Reflections About Top-Notch School Performance

Posted August 29, 2016 By Norman Jentner

I recently took three weeks, entirely away from my work routines, to relax, engage with friends and family, and reflect. < This afforded me opportunity to reflect upon numerous school settings to which I have been exposed and upon the work accomplished by the many dedicated professionals I’ve met in these schools. < I am so positively […]

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Vacation Reflections

Posted August 15, 2016 By Norman Jentner

Recently I took three weeks away from my regular work routines. < Instead, I traveled and interacted with strangers, new acquaintances, friends, and family in Ohio, Washington, and Idaho, plus in British Columbia. < My vacation afforded me opportunity to engage with homeless people, working poor, middle class, and with economic elites. < My experiences […]

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Schools and school systems are scrambling to integrate social and emotional learning (“SEL”) into their curriculum, this is in addition to core academics — for many good reasons. < In my own participation in and observations of myriads of classrooms across a variety of public primary, middle, and high schools over the years, I’ve participated […]

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Cunningham Elementary, a diverse school nestled in south-central Austin, Texas, has recognized the importance of SEL for many years, but lacked a cohesive program, implementing only diffuse or informal pieces. – Now, with support from the district, teachers and administrators are fitting those pieces together to create a unified approach to SEL, embedded in all […]

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I obtained the following information as part of the “grand tip” that I receive as a function of my volunteer work. < The personal conclusions I share are my own conclusions and are not to be confused with the “grand tip” (the information) itself. < Here is a gripping 27-minute historical account (with actual movie […]

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