Dr. Hanshaw’s Blog – Empowerment Education Foundation

High School Students: Keep Dreaming - Today, 60 million students are out of school in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Having them at home has stimulated a lot of questions. How far behind will they get? Will this pandemic cause more failures and drop-outs? How will colleges make it fair for admitting students? Will students experience toxic stress from being […]
The #1 Reason We Have Unsafe Schools …and what to do about it - The U.S. by far has had more school shootings than any other industrialized country.1  Since the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018, which left 17 people dead, there has been a serious debate on why these shootings are happening and how to keep our students safe. The U.S. […]
The #1 Empowerment Education Principle to Decrease Stress and Make a Healthier and More Successful School Year - The new school year has begun. Heavy book bags, textbooks, lunch boxes, school supplies, and grades are the focus. Millions of students are waking up with different levels of trepidation about school. Will my teacher be nice and fair? Will I be liked and have friends? Will I look stupid? Will I know the answer when […]
It’s Time To Bring Play Into Schools - Frank, a 3rd grade student stood in front of the 70’ by 20’ “All One Magic Foam Experience” slip-n-slide and could barely wait in line he was so excited. He had heard that field day was going to be amazing this year, but this was beyond all his expectations. A minute later, he was getting […]
Connection as Protection – An Early Educators Perspective on Arming Schools - Corrie Hill-Price Our schools deserve the protection of Connection. Brené Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”  Arming our schools with connection can change the isolating “survival […]
5 Things Schools Can Do To Empower Students - RESEARCH shows that our young people are struggling. They are faced with pressures and disconnections that have resulted in three main childhood life-threatening epidemics that I call the “BIG 3”- -Chronic Disease -Depression/Addiction/Suicide -Violence/Crime/Incarceration The statistics from the Big 3 for our American youth are severe, preventable, and not necessary.  Here are just a few of […]
The Educational System Should Be About Learning …But IT’S NOT. - Meg Hanshaw Ph.D. I met a young boy named Steven one morning at a car repair shop. He was the son of Jack, the manager. He was a bright, personable, and adorable 12 year old. As I like to do with students, I began a conversation to get to know him. He was in 6th grade and told me […]
Are Teachers Just as Stressed as Their Students? - Meg Hanshaw Ph.D. I was on my way down the hall of an elementary school to meet a teacher that I was coaching. I found myself behind a 1st grade class going back to their homeroom. As always, the young students were trying very hard to stay in a single file line, quiet, keeping their […]
The Birth of Empowerment Education - Meg Hanshaw Ph.D. Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. (Unknown) My Passion. I had a passion, -playing basketball. I loved the smell of the gym, the sweat pouring off of my skin, hours of practice, learning and growing my skills, and the competition. I felt confident, strong, smart, and […]
One Foot in the Old and One Foot in the New - Meg Hanshaw Ph.D. “Sometimes I get so caught up in where I need to go, I forget who my students are.” -Anonymous Teacher I recently subbed for six weeks in a public middle school for a health teacher. I hadn’t taught in middle school for a long time and I was excited to use all […]