Education consultant’s advice for teachers: ‘Be creative’

Dr. Marck Abraham won’t be returning as principal at McKinley High this year, instead he’s focusing on helping educators, parents and students as a consultant

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Marck Abraham was direct when asked what’s needed for teachers, students and parents to succeed this school year. 

“Teachers step your game up, administrators step your game up, because this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

Abraham describes himself as a transformational leader. He is now an education consultant and formed MEA Consultants.

“Teachers must be creative,” he said. “There has to be a high level of engagement,” and concern for each student.

Abraham says remote learning can offer exciting opportunities for educators. 

“Instead of teaching them about the circumference of a building actually go downtown and take a video of the building,” Abraham said. “Things that you would never have an opportunity to do because of budget

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Tired of Playing Pretend With Your Kids? Childhood Development Experts Have Some Advice for You

As families spend more time at home together due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parents of preschoolers have found themselves echoing a similar refrain: My kid wants to play pretend all the time. Some find it easy, others think it’s tedious, but, as parents spend more and more time in their kids’ pretend worlds, questions have popped up about what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to pretend play.

a young boy in a blue shirt: It's easy to get fatigued when you're playing the same games on a loop, but pretend play is really beneficial for kids. Here's what childhood development experts have to say.

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It’s easy to get fatigued when you’re playing the same games on a loop, but pretend play is really beneficial for kids. Here’s what childhood development experts have to say.

The good news (or not, depending on your skills at imbibing fake tea): Pretend play is enormously beneficial for kids. “A child’s imaginative and creative play is essential for the development of their social, emotional and cognitive skills, in addition to being a way to explore

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A Top Career Coach’s Advice on Job Hunting, Workplace During Pandemic

Working from home for months can be exhausting. Allie/Unsplash

It’s a tricky time out there, whether you’re looking for a job right now or are lucky enough to still have one.

With unemployment rates hovering at record highs and massive corporate layoffs still happening, finding a job that matches your expertise might feel more difficult than ever. And for those still employed, fears of unexpected layoffs can be just as exhausting. Add in the side effects of working from home that have started creeping in now that most office jobs have been set remotely for over five months, and rethinking a career is inevitable.

“When you’re in the office, many forms of communication happen informally, implicitly and coincidentally,” said Victor Cheng, a former McKinsey & Company consultant, career coach and the author of several business books, including The Recession-Proof Business. “This occurs when you run into somebody next to the

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