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Author: Julia Gabor

Focus on Reflection for Learning

Reflection For Educators You want this! A reflective practice is learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and practice (Finlay, 2008). Reflection is a systematic reviewing process for all educators which allows us to link one experience to the next, making sure students make progress. Using reflection as an intentional practice is not only great for students, but a...

Why It’s Valuable to Integrate Parents and Social Emotional Learning

You are raising your kids, you receive a letter/email from the school that your child is about to embark on a personal exploration journey based on self-awareness, decision making, building positive relationships, and empathy. And it’s called social and emotional learning. And you think, “Is that what education is now-a-days?” Guess what? It sure is, and if it isn’t, it should be! Okay...

Recovery – Coming Back from Being Down

Recently I recovered from a pretty intense back injury. I have accelerated degeneration in the discs of my upper back and lower spine areas. The injury prevented me from exercising for over two years. I consider myself a strong athlete and competitor in many sports. The news of my injury was hard to digest and felt terrible. When I incurred the injury, I was not only physically impaired but someth...

Need an Attitude Shift? Try Gratitude in 2021!

“What a year!”  That’s all we keep saying – “What a year it’s been!” And it’s true, it has been quite a year. This blog is about gratitude. I’d like to begin with some of the things that happened for me in 2020 so that I can lay out how powerful gratitude is and how gratitude has really has supported and shifted my mindset. There’s no other way to begin than with the real story. I lost my father t...

Parents, Your Grit and Resilience Matters Now Too!

I know, I know, you keep hearing it… “It’s been a weird, scary, and wild time in history!” And maybe you’re thinking, “There’s so much we have no idea about! What could possibly be next? How do we get ready for fall if school districts aren’t even ready? What will school and afterschool look like? What about my own job? How can I work from home and keep parenting my kids? I am not equipped!” Your ...

SEL and Leadership? Let’s Get Loud!

SEL, SEL, SEL… social-emotional learning! Kids need it! All kids, not only marginalized youth– for some reason people think that (duh)! But all kids need it… rich, poor, students of color, white kids, urban, rural, and suburban kids, indigenous, affluent, English Learners, deprived traumatized kids, special needs, and seemingly normal kids (whatever that is). There’s this HUGE push for...

Gaming And Social Media: An Epidemic?

Recently, I was interviewed for a doctoral program that is going to launch an online course focused on innovation in education. During the interview, I went off -topic and became totally impassioned about digital addiction and social media awareness. We were talking about why I do this work in the social-emotional learning landscape and I was trying to make the point that it’s all connected&...

Meet The Authors Guest Blog: 3 Simple Ways To Build Up The Hearts & Spirits Of Your Kids

We are pleased to introduce you to Julia Gabor and Jeffrey Jordan, Breakfast Club Bloggers and Meet the Authors contributors. You can meet Julia and Jeffrey and buy a signed copy of their book kid-grit: THE BOOK at the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA, May 1 & 2 at Booth 301 in the Exhibit Hall.  Enjoy their Breakfast Club blog below! ————————...

In My Element…Tips From A ‘New’ Edu- Entrepreneur

I am a “creative.” In my first career, I was an actor, some call us hustlers, I was a part-time job expert and a person who enjoyed working for herself. Some people call that an entrepreneur. After a not so painful departure from the acting world (that’s another story), I walked into the education world. Education is definitely home. But what wasn’t home was working for oth...

Virtual Reality As A Tool For Social Emotional Learning? What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I’m going to make a bold statement here. As I traverse and explore the world of social-emotional learning  (SEL) in my new business, I am becoming better versed and attuned to the best practices among all the wonderful ways to implement social-emotional learning, youth development, and 21st-century skill building both in and out of school time. (And, I am learning every day #alwaysastudent). I rea...

It’s Time for Change! A Reflection of a Courageous Youth Workers Journey

Has this happened to you? You have been creating content, developing new ideas and working for others, for years and years? Well, it happened to me and I am done! Not that I am not hyper-aware that I owe much of my skill sets to former and current colleagues, strong (and not so strong) leadership styles, and other professional development experiences I have been fortunate enough to participate in....

Bringing in 2018 with Full-On Gratitude

This blog discusses a topic that I found really useful in 2017, almost life-changing. And now that I am aware of how powerful gratitude is, I use gratitude as a practice for healing and finding calm in my crazy days! Whether it is professional or personal, when I use gratitude as a tool for establishing a healthy mindset, life just gets better. Let’s make the shift in 2018… WHAT: Bringing in...

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