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Renee Lovekids Promotes Diversity and Debate as the Keys to a Successful Classroom and Community

Having worked as a teacher in the public-school system for the past nineteen years, Renee Lovekids knows the importance of promoting dialogue and debate in her classroom.

San Antonio, TX, USA, September 19, 2018 — Having worked as a teacher in the public-school system for the past nineteen years, Renee Lovekids knows the importance of promoting dialogue and debate in her classroom.

Statistics show that in urban schools, an average of 90% of children who are involved in debate graduate from high school, while only 50% of the general population go on to graduate.

Lovekids has implemented several types of debate formats in her teaching, a measure that she feels helps students from different backgrounds learn how to effectively express their opinions and communicate with their peers.

“I work in New York City, which is one of the most diverse places in America,” the educator comments. “There are times where I’ve had eleven nationalities represented in my classroom. Yet, even with all of the diversity, there are still commonalities that we all share.”

By learning important communication skills from a young age, students are better equipped for life beyond the classroom.

“Different forms of debate are used according to the age group. There is the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and new reasoning skills,” Lovekids adds.

This message is central to Lovekids’ new children’s book, “Why Did My Teacher Cry Today? A Homework Tale”. This story uses humor to relay the different perspectives that students and teachers have on homework. To express their different viewpoints, the students are asked to hold a debate.

“I was inspired to write the book based on the experiences I have had with my students over the years. I hope that readers take away the sense of humor and fun that can be instilled in everyday activities, such as homework. I hope that teachers will take away some ideas about making the topics they are teaching more interesting and engaging for students.”

  • For more information about Renee Lovekids visit www.halopublishing.com. “Why Did My Teacher Cry Today? A Homework Tale” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million in Paperback for $11.95 and as an e-Book for $3.99.

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Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647

New Public Class Fosters Social-Emotional Skills in Children

Mariposa Child Success Programs, a nonprofit organization that promotes the healthy development of children, will be offering a class to the public on how to foster social-emotional competence in children. Promoting Social-Emotional Competence: Managing Behaviors and Improving Performance will begin on February 9, 2012 at the new Union Mill complex in Hampden and will continue for eight weeks.

The course will be taught by Dr. Anne Townsend and Dr. Harriette Wimms, Mariposa’s Chief Academic Officer and Lead instructor respectively. The course trains adults in Mariposa’s unique process for increasing social-emotional competence in children, including interpersonal and learning-related social skills, and reducing problem behaviors through a skills-based model for adult interactions.

This course offering is an extraordinary opportunity for an adult to learn how to develop and apply five key skills that can make a great impact on children’s lives. Participants will have access to numerous journal articles, books, instructor examples, role plays, Mariposa workbooks, skills application exercises, and more.

This presentation of the course – typically available only on an institutional basis – is open to the public will follow a weekly schedule, occurring every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Emalee Rodriguez at erodriguez@mariposaeducation.org.



Now’s the Time to Create Your 2012 Relationship-building Plan

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions that are seldom kept, create a 2012 Relationship-building plan that will help you maximize networking benefits. Learn from business networking authority Lillian Bjorseth how and why to do it.

Lisle, IL, December 18, 2011 – Instead of making 2012 resolutions, which are often idealistic and unrealistic, create a 2012 Relationship-building Plan that will last for years,” says Lillian D. Bjorseth, president of Duoforce Enterprises, Inc., and a networking and communication skills speaker, trainer, coach and author.

“Make it practical and concrete, and it can help you achieve maximum benefits from your networking endeavors. After all, networking – whether face-to-face, online or preferably both – is still the number one way to increase sales, get a job and enhance your career success,” says Bjorseth, author of Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last.

While the plan may take you a while to create, it can, with slight modifications, serve you well as long as you are in the same business/job, according to Bjorseth. “It also will keep you from fishing for trout in a catfish pond i.e., you’ll know where to find your target market and people who can introduce you to your target market,” she says.

Bjorseth suggests you start by writing down the focus of your business or if you are in transition what you would like to do. Her experience after working with thousands of people nationwide is that most have difficulty succinctly articulating what they do. She advocates following Thomas Jefferson’s advice: “Never use two words when one will do.”

Secondly, Bjorseth recommends you determine your U.O. “Ask yourself: ‘What’s your Unique Offering? How do you do what you do differently? Why would people hire you or buy your products or services when they know five other people who supposedly do or sell the same thing?’” she says.

Bjorseth advises you to then determine your target markets and answer who, what, when, why, where, how do they buy? “This should take you an hour or more if you do it thoroughly … and think of the valuable information you now have at your fingertips!” Bjorseth adds.

Then it’s time to answer the question, “Where are you most likely to find your target market?” according to Bjorseth. “List organizations, groups and events your target markets are likely to frequent. You need to zero in on the few that are relevant to you. You don’t have time to try a dozen different groups, much less pay dues and activities’ fees,” she says.

Another helpful hint Bjorseth gives is to know where to find the organizations/events that are frequented by your markets or those who can introduce you to them. “Be creative. Check the web for local chapters of national organizations. Peruse print and online calendars of events. Also, make a list of whom you already know, divided into such categories as business; professional /civic/industrial organizations, etc.,” Bjorseth adds.

“Above all, finish the plan. A half-done one will give you half-baked results,” Bjorseth says.

Lillian D. Bjorseth
Duoforce Enterprises, Inc.
2221 Ridgewood Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532