Breathe Deeply and Stay Calm

Debra Buszko – Guest Blogger It seems we have all become accustomed to living with stress. We take it as part of daily life. Worries about work, families, finances and other pressing responsibilities ruminate through our minds day in and day out. Stress is a part of everyday life, and a small amount of stress … Continued

How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

Debra Buszko – Guest Blogger There is no question that in the last ten years, Apple has changed the face of what technology looks like for personal use, including our children’s. In a recent article, What Screen Time Can Really Do to Kids’ Brains, therapist, Liraz Margalit, notes “Screen time is an inescapable reality of … Continued

Keeping Play at the Center

By: Debbie Buszko It was Jean Piaget who first brought to our attention that young children learn best through doing and actively exploring. Considered the father of Constructivism, his research, emphasized that children acquire knowledge by experiencing new things and combining those experiences with prior knowledge to construct their own understanding of things. “Constructivism suggests … Continued

Giving Students the Lead

by Debra Buszko 12.12.2016 For the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of classes in a variety of schools across the district. I have observed well-planned, standards-based lessons being well executed by many teachers. Teachers have a good understanding of behavior management, curriculum, and what needs to be taught. However, … Continued

Inviting Parents In

  Sometime in September, schools will open their doors to parents for a “Back to School Night” or Parent Orientation. Teachers will fill the room with anxious parents and deliver the year’s academic, social and emotional goals and expectations. These meetings are important to let the parents know about the arrival and dismissal schedules, the … Continued

The “Almost” Lost Art of Conversation

by: Debbie Buszko I’m sure you observed or experienced it. Sitting at a restaurant and watching a couple sitting across from each other engrossed not with one another, but with their cell phones. Or worse yet, sitting across from someone you’re dining with who’s engrossed on his or her cell phone! How many times have … Continued

Trust – The Cornerstone of Relationships

    It may be hard to define, but it’s at the heart of every relationship, Trust. The way we speak, act, respond to or ignore someone or some situation, creates the perception of whether or not we are trustworthy. Establishing trust in our buildings is a critical skill for school leaders. Trust has been … Continued

Save the Date for CEI’s Annual Gala on November 30, 2016

For more information, please contact: Barbi Zakin, barbiazakinevents@gmail.com   CEI’s annual benefit dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of educational innovators whose work aligns with our mission: to make the school the center and driving force for education reform and innovation. Leaders who recognize that while “systemic change” is necessary, authentic and sustainable change happens by investing in the individual … Continued

Register Now for CEI’s Summer Leadership Institute!

  Join CEI on July 29th for the 2016 Summer Leadership Institute! Located at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, the day will include professional development workshops, a vendor showcase, and networking opportunities with peers from all over the five boroughs. CEI is also proud to announce that Dr. Betty Rosa, NYS Chancellor of the Board of Regents … Continued

Save the Date! CEI’s 2016 Summer Leadership Institute

  Save the date! Join CEI on July 29th for the 2016 Summer Leadership Institute. Located at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, the day will include professional development workshops, a vendor showcase, and networking opportunities with peers from all over the five boroughs. CEI is also proud to announce that Dr. Betty Rosa, NYS Chancellor of the … Continued