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Becky Carlton

With a passion for children, community, fine arts, and education, Becky has had previous experience with non-profits and community organizations. As an avid volunteer she participates actively in the community and is a trained musician. Becky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with an expertise in Small Business Entrepreneurship.

Recent Posts

Tips and Strategies for School Facebook Pages

Posted by Becky Carlton on Jun 15, 2017 10:50:39 AM

Facebook is a prime tool for school marketing and branding. Although a school’s website is a means to convert traffic to new parents and students, a school’s Facebook page can be the primary source most times that parents even visit your website to begin with. Parents see their friends like or share your school’s posts and get curious about your school. So much so that they click on your Facebook Page to find the link to your website to check it out for their child.

So, how can schools maximize their Facebook Page to ensure families, teachers and the community stay engaged?

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Topics: Facebook, Marketing

Healthy Goodbyes for Your Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 25, 2017 2:27:30 PM


It is hard to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is also healthy and necessary to provide the opportunity for closure for students at the end of the school year. Although it can be painful for both adults and students, healthy goodbyes help transition into the summer and next school year. If you avoid the opportunity to say goodbye with your class, it can have a negative impact on separation in the future among students.

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Topics: Student Relationships, Classroom Management

Tips and Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

There are endless strategies and techniques with working with students who display challenging behaviors. And although challenging behaviors can be frustrating at times, it can also be rewarding when you are able to use these disruptions as a learning opportunity and change behaviors. 

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Unraveling the Ball of Learning: Improving Parent Communication

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

While schools across Michigan serve a diverse array of students from urban to rural cities, no school is exempt from at-risk students. Most charter schools would even say the majority of students fit this mold. These children may be facing hunger, homelessness or even poverty-related trauma. Additionally, students today face more stress than any other generation. Whether it is stress caused by pressure to succeed in school or stress caused by living in poverty and exposed to traumatic events, it impacts their life and their education.

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School Collaboration with Parents

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

A lot of families have experienced stress and traumatic events throughout their life. Some may have experienced stress caused by the economic downturn and constant fear of income, access to food and shelter, witness to physical and emotional abuse, or in some instances, the victim of severe abuse themselves. Due to these circumstances, many parents and guardians share similar challenges in raising a family, yet can often times feel alone in their daily battles. How can schools increase collaboration and communication with families?

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Topics: Parent Communication, Parents

Why is blogging the new marketing trend?

Posted by Becky Carlton on Nov 10, 2016 2:53:30 PM

Consumers are savvy shoppers today with endless information at their fingertips on the Internet. From price comparisons to researching products, consumers take in more information before making a purchase, especially a school that is deciding on a new service or product that could impact student learning, directly or indirectly.

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Topics: Marketplace, Marketing

Unraveling the Ball of Learning: Physiological Impacts of Childhood Trauma

Posted by Becky Carlton on Nov 8, 2016 5:26:12 PM

Childhood trauma and stress resides in every classroom and in every school. We live in a complex and arduous society where adults and children alike face chronic stress and demand. Children who live in poverty are at higher risks for exposure to trauma particularly, although kids from all backgrounds can face grief or abuse in their lifetime. Understanding the impact life experiences can have on children is important and how stress and trauma impact brain development and childhood behaviors can be key to unraveling the ball of learning.

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, Trauma

An Ode to Rio: How Sports Benefit Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 9, 2016 10:26:41 PM

If you have been glued to the TV this week, you may have cheered on the Olympian athletes as they come together in Rio to compete for the gold. Ever imagine these professional athletes as students? Once motivated and hard working as kids, now Olympians who had the willpower and stamina to succeed to the ultimate endeavor for their careers. Remind you of any students you may know? Sports have a number of benefits for students outside of the normal physical aspects that can lead to happier, healthier and smarter children!

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Topics: Student Learning

Unraveling the Ball of Learning: Understanding Students Impacted by Stress and Trauma

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 9, 2016 7:32:31 PM

This is the first blog post in a series that will uncover the social-emotional support systems needed in schools to support students who are exposed to trauma and stress.

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Topics: Culture, Trauma

Emotional Intelligence in Schools Needs to be a Priority

Posted by Becky Carlton on Jul 12, 2016 11:18:54 PM

Emotions matter. Schools are driven by results and often believe that academic achievement matters. Attendance matters. But emotions? Emotions drive decision-making and impact the quality of your relationships.

People may ask you how high your IQ is, however, has anyone ever asked you how high your EI is? Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize, understand and manage your emotions as well as the ability to recognize and understand emotions in others. So what does EI have to do with your school?

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Topics: Culture, Leadership

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