Developing an “I Can…” Mentality:

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Children are learning not only from each other, but from everything in their environment including what they see, hear, and feel (physically and emotionally).  The Social Interaction Theory goes along with the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).  Vygotsky describes this as “the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem-solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers” (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 86).  This is a very important aspect of the learning environment.  As educators it is imperative that we understand the ZPD and how to use it when we scaffold students’ learning.  If we can provide just the right amount of assistance (not too much and not too little) students will be able to grasp learning and gain confidence.

As a parent, teacher, and former administrator I find myself striving to develop a love of…

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Are Millennials Interested in Art? Yes, New Park West Gallery Study Finds

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Millennials are much more interested in art than previous generations, and social media may be driving their attraction to it, according to a new study conducted by Park West Gallery, one of the world’s largest private art galleries.
Millennials are almost twice as likely as Baby Boomers to say they both know something about art (63% to 34%), and almost universally agree that they appreciate art, the research found. In fact, four out of five Millennials said that art was important to them, the highest percentage of any age group.
 Social media is changing the way younger generations are engaging with fine art, creating new paths to discover artworks and artists.

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So excited to announce… The Legend of the Fairy Stones, coming April 2019

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The Legend of the Fairy Stones incorporates public domain artwork to tell a whimsical tale.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, September 2018—Morgan James Publishing, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest growing independent publishers of 2018, has acquired rights to The Legend of the Fairy Stones, a picture book by Kelly Anne White of Baltimore, Maryland. White’s literary agent, D.J. Snell of Legacy Management, negotiated the contractual agreement with Kim Childress of Childress Ink as product developer.

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Pinch me, I’m dreaming… Brilliant!


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Audiobook Now Available for Exclusive Pre-Order at 

Audible also to release a free audio tour of the New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name, featuring Dormer’s voice

NEWARK, N.J. – August 9th , 2018 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the forthcoming release of Harry Potter: A History of Magic, published by Pottermore Publishing. An original non-fiction audiobook that reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears. The recording reflects the exhibition of the same name which ran at the British Library last year and will run at the New-York Historical Society in the United States October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019, with a selection of objects not featured in London that are on view to the public for the very first time. Narrated by Natalie Dormer, whose stage and screen roles include Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones and Cressida in The Hunger GamesHarry Potter: A History of Magic will release on October 4th and is currently available for pre-order exclusively at

Throughout Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Dormer leads listeners through an audio journey like no other, delving into real-world magical texts and artifacts. From Ethiopian charms and Chinese oracle bones, to the story of Nicolas Flamel and Smelly Nelly’s black moon crystal ball, listeners will be transfixed by tales of magical history and mystical traditions from all over the world, many of which they will recognize from the Harry Potter books that they know and love. Featuring exclusive interviews with series narrators Jim Dale and Stephen Fry, illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill, and curators from the British Library and New-York Historical Society, Harry Potter: A History of Magic illuminates both the Wizarding World and the creative process behind the development of the beloved Harry Potter stories.

“I’ve always adored the Harry Potter books, but it wasn’t until I started speaking with the British Library’s curators – hearing about the various myths, legends and cultures that have helped shape the wizarding world – that I really began to appreciate the richness and depth of J. K. Rowling’s writing,” said Dormer. “There are so many wonderful details to explore and A History of Magic unearths some remarkable gems of information that are sure to have listeners awestruck. It’s been fun to join the Wizarding World family.”

“From the first time we spoke to the curators at the British Library and the New-York Historical Society, it was clear that the magical artifacts in the exhibition held so many hidden stories,” said Ann Scantlebury, Development Editor at Pottermore Publishing. “In this audiobook we have been able to delve a little bit deeper to hear about scandals and intrigues, seven reasons why a werewolf might attack, a witch flying a broomstick backwards, and a cautionary tale of an exploding cauldron. Fans of Harry Potter are in for a treat too – Jim Dale, Stephen Fry, Jim Kay, and Olivia Lomenech Gill give us great insight and some fantastic stories of how they created their own interpretations of the Wizarding World.”

“We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet another essential component of the Wizarding World,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Natalie’s narration and the wealth of informative and inspiring interviews really bring listeners deep into the rich magical heritage of the Harry Potter stories and beyond. Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available in Audible 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”

A special audio tour to accompany the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at New-York Historical, featuring Dormer’s voice, will be available to ticketholders as a free Audible download, offering in-depth content on fascinating objects throughout the exhibition galleries.



Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 425,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.


Pottermore Publishing is the global digital publisher of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series as well as other audiobooks and eBooks from the Wizarding World.  It aims to lead the way in innovative digital publishing and to bring new generations of readers together with long-standing fans, celebrating and bringing to life the stories that first began with the Boy Who Lived.


The response I received from my last letter…

From Senator Debbie Stabenow

Do not forget the freedoms we have in America. We The People must use our Voice, learn the facts for ourselves, and not be one of the mass swayed by social media. #VOTE #SeekTheTruth #UseYourVoice

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@POTUS @RealDonaldTrump

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