The generosity and love apparent at a recent night celebrating the unveiling of the second phase of the Project Design makeover of the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park was nothing short of awe inspiring.
As a psychoanalyst, I am lucky to get to listen to very smart and introspective patients.
It wasn’t what was said during the Great Neck Library “Meet the Candidates’” event Oct. 7, it was what wasn’t said.
I attended a recent Nassau County Superintendents’ Curriculum Meeting and the topic of discussion focused on what makes a school district highly effective beyond the “snapshot in time of New York State Test Scores.” A lively discussion and sharing took place based on a year’s work from a sub-committee, that looked at various measures that make schools highly effective. One of the items that everyone agreed on is that students must be able to apply knowledge and not just memorize rote information that can be accessed from the internet in a matter of a few seconds.
Thank you to those of you who emailed me and Educational Advisory Committee Chair and parent Sharon Piscopia about your interest in serving on the steering committee for this exciting K-12 community-building event which will take place this spring. This week I had the chance to visit with the students of the Intercultural Unity Club (ICU), and their teacher-advisors, Steve Fitzko and Gail Leibert, to tell them about this exciting new event and to solicit some student representation on our steering committee. Each December, Wheatley’s ICU sponsors a spectacular assembly and luncheon featuring the many cultures in our community. I have invited our Wheatley ICU student-members to share their experience and expertise and help plan our K-12 multicultural fair for both students and families that will celebrate the rich diversity of our community.
I’ve been reading “The Organized Mind,” by Daniel J. Levitin. In it he advocates many strategies for organizing your mind - and your life - and gives the neurological basis for why his suggestions might help.