“The class showed me how to teach my kids about their Reservation and ways to enable (encourage) them to become strong leaders.”

“I would like to share this knowledge with my family to build more pride in our people, history and themselves.”

“Dr. Howe made everybody feel at ease.”

“I already have a couple activities planned, based on our winter count activities today.”

“I enjoyed learning the importance of integrating the Lakota content into the regular general education curriculum to bridge cultures together.”

“I feel a lot more knowledgeable about Oceti Sakowin now. After this course, I feel I am capable of incorporating it into my curriculum.”

“I felt connected with my classmates as we learned together and as i learned from them. I also really enjoyed the connection of Lakota arts and identities to thinking creatively and understanding that creative part of history.”

“This will help me be a better writer, a better person, to be more accurate in writing. I have a long list of items to explore and many ideas for “things” I want to do.”

“Provided me with more accurate information to give to students I work with and further my research.”

“The class was very informative and helped me to understand some of the Lakota creation story and the story of the people. I love the idea of the first people being human. They were not perfect. They chose to emerge.”

“It gave me a set of tools to develop interpretation that is more centered in Lakota cultural worldview. I think this workshop should be required for all 4th grade teachers and art teachers in South Dakota.”

“Teaching history accurately with art is important in order to be respectful and accurate. i will use this in planning and cognitive units.”


American Indian Cultural Competency in K-12 Classrooms

Winner School District

9 January 2015

“I understand that we as educators need to incorporate everyone’s diversity in our class.”

“I enjoyed learning to say ‘good day’ in Lakota, the tribes and their capitals, information about the reservations, and the land issues.”

“As a teacher in South Dakota I should know the 27 data points of reservations, tribes, and capitals, and should teach them as well.”

“You both really care... Thank you!”

“The presenter has a very pleasant personality and he has funny comments. He is very informative and easy to follow.”

“I hope to ask my student more about their personal experiences to better understand the richness of their lives.”

“I liked the moving around.”

“I will continue to teach my Native American students (and ALL of my students) to be proud of who they are, where they come from, and to always reach for their dreams.”

STEM and Oceti Sakowin Lesson Planning

South Dakota Discovery Center

15 January 2015

“I am truly thinking about numbering the tiles on the ceiling in my classroom to represent a ‘section.’”

“This opened my eyes to how out of touch with my cultural history I was. I will become more aware and value its importance.”

“Having a clearer understanding will help me to explain to others the real story.”

“I’m excited to implement this into my classroom.”

“I loved sharing lessons.”

“This was a great training! I really learned a lot!”

Lakota Star Knowledge & Winter Counts

Teach for America South Dakota

24 January 2015

“I was very grateful to learn of the winter counts and their ability to enhance social studies instruction.”

“I thought that the overview of Winter Counts was accessible and informative!”

“Thank you so much for providing breaks in order to process information, food to satisfy our bellies, wonderful vibes to clear anxieties, and wonderful wisdom to inspire us.”

“I am very interested in learning more about Lakota Star Knowledge.”

“Winter counts can be applied to any classroom, any life, any community.”

“I’m walking away with two activity plans for this week!”

“This was a great way to reflect, learn, and prepare for the week ahead. I feel a little more centered.”

“The presenters were so organized in the presentation and interesting to learn from.”

Lakota Star Knowledge & Winter Counts

Teach for America South Dakota

14 February 2015

“Thank you for the resources and useful information!”

“The information on Winter Counts was very intriguing and organized!”

“Wingsprings is amazing, wonderful, peaceful, and kind.”

“I loved it.”

“I enjoyed the lesson plan sharing protocol; it was valuable to receive feedback.”

“Keep giving the Oceti Sakowin assessments!”

Approaches to Teaching American Indian Histories & Cultures

Rapid City Area Schools

14 March 2015

“I loved making lessons to incorporate into classroom learning new language to teach students in class.”

“I liked how Craig emphasized accountability. The activities we wrote will be very useful.”

“The importance of taking the history & culture as scholarly resonated with me.”

“I liked the structure – things went smoothly.”

“Everyone wants to know how I am going to use this. It becomes internalized and reflected in everything I do. I study comparative literature. This is building on my content value.”

“Any knowledge that is new is good knowledge to use in my everyday life both in and out of school.”

“I’m looking forward to using lesson plans from the website and the activities recently created.”

“My having some knowledge, I believe, will help bridge some gaps.”

Approaches to Teaching American Indian Histories & Cultures

Rapid City Area Schools

21 March 2015

“It was valuable understanding the timeline of treaties.”

“I will use some of these culutrally sensitive protocols with all individuals, in group settings.”

“I’m glad we reviewed topics from last week.”

“The 4 Rs are something I would like to incorporate!”

“A basic understanding of American Indian history builds a foundation for appreciation of culture.”

“I really appreciated looking over the SD travel tribal lands brochure. It was a real eye opener to see how many errors were made.”

“I now understand the difference between tribes and reservations, and how they are supposed to be called.”

“I really want to incorporate lessons from the video.”

“The video at the beginning of class was great. I loved the time to work as a group on the project and talk through different ideas.”

“My Lakota students apprecaited me greeting them in their language. :)”

Approaches to Teaching American Indian Histories & Cultures

Rapid City Area Schools

28 March 2015

“I liked the explanation of the creation story.”

“I learned about the ‘math’ of townships and ranges, and what a HUGE chore it was to divide up the reservations.”

“I want to share the basis of Lakota spirituality with my grandsons.”

“What was most valuable was the hands on activities that we tried to complete using what we read. It was interesting to see how accurate (or inaccurate) we were.”

“I want to find the allotment post on my parents’ land.”

“I just love learning everything, and I’ve now noticed things I wouldn’t have noticed before.”

Approaches to Teaching American Indian Histories & Cultures

Rapid City Area Schools

18 April 2015

“It opened my eyes to a lot, so much wonderful info.”

“I still have lots to learn! This is something my children (both birth & classroom) deal with every day.”

“All of the products we produced were worthwhile & purposeful.”

“I loved the movie, it was very eye opening.”

“I appreciate the humor, and keeping things light.”

“The information in this class will be invaluable in developing relationships with families and better understanding my Lakota students and their culture… Not to mention helping my students to learn more about their own culture. Additionally, the information makes me want to know more and to explore the relevant sites discussed in class.”

Teaching Native Americans’ Day

Sioux Falls School District

25 April 2015

“It was great collaborating with others and actually getting time to lesson plan!”

“I learned it’s important to pay close attention to plurals when describing Native Americans.”

“The CAIRNS team is so knowledgeable of concepts, and such experts.”

“It was valuable to look at the Eurocentricism of history text books.”

“The chapter from Lies My Teacher Told Me was mind blowing. I will finish reading it and do some pondering.”

“I will use this by just being more open-minded and aware!”

“This helps me learn more about my own state and its people. It helps me be a more competent person and professional.”

“I can’t wait to try out the lesson plans next year!”

“This content always affects my thoughts and views.”

Lakota Lands & Identities

Rapid City Public Schools Foundation

8-12 June 2015

“It is valuable to see how Lakota history is portrayed by non-Native institutions and how very expansive and rich the true Lakota history and culture is. It’s a big contrast that hopefully can be bridged.”

“I am not alone in this ignorance.”

“I teach myth and have my students watch Lakota Star Knowledge. I now feel more comfortable with the material and I am getting to know it better so I can teach it better.”

“I can’t wait to go back into the classroom and share the Lakota history and importance to my students.”

“I will use the information in interactions with my family and classmates. I’ll tell them that Lakota culture is a living, breathing culture and that we are relevant.”

“As a science teacher, I will use my new knowledge of Lakota lands to integrate this into my science class.”

“It is important to view events and issues and information from multiple perspectives – this takes energy. I have met people whom I feel I can seek out for information and feedback.”

“This is relevant to the current day-to-day problems I deal with in my job regarding the historical policies and events (traumas) that affect Native people. I don’t think that I have seen that link as clearly as I have in the last three days.”

“It is important to know what brought the Lakotas to where we are. In spite of all our weaknesses we will rise with young men from the 7th generation to help make changes.”

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Lakota Star Knowledge and  Winter Counts

Todd County         School District

6-9 July 2015

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Lakota Arts+Identities

South Dakota            Art Museum

17-18 June 2015

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“Learning about the Native American connection. Before today, I simply associated it with being just an underground cave.”

“It was eye-opening how little (almost none) the Lakota People and the Lakota History is mentioned at a National Park!!! I was truly appalled by this fact and felt a true sense of disrespect.”

“I found the Emergence Narrative and the explanation of this narrative to be most valuable in today’s session. It is disturbing to see how this is not part of the Wind Cave Monument.”

“Very surprised about how little I knew of the strong importance of Wasun Niya and how little emphasis there is on it.”

“Interesting story regarding the Emergence. Disappointed it wasn’t even mentioned throughout the facility”

“Until today, I did not know the connection Lakotas had to Wasun Niya”

“Understanding and seeing how Lakota beliefs were marginalized, minimized and basically not a focal point.”

“I was amazed at my own lack of understanding as to the importance of this site to Lakotas. I have been at Wind Cave at least a dozen times and did not note the lack of representation.”

“I felt ashamed of what I saw here. Should be a sacred place, not a tourist trap. Very sad. I want to go into the cave and just feel the spirit of it all.”

“I had always wanted to visit Wind Cave but haven’t until today and I am glad that my time was now under this situation. I found this to be a sacred place for Lakotas and it was confiscated by non-Lakotas. The respect of the history is not acknowledged at the site other than a words pre history. Hope this changes for future generations.”

“Having grown up here and been to Wind Cave  a couple times, this visit was quite disheartening. The lack of Lakota culture and language; as well as the significance of wind cave to Lakotas was sad to not see in highly visible and large areas.”

“A national park should be reflective of the entire story of the place.”

“First time I heard the emergence story. Raised awareness of how much of Lakota culture is left out of National Park site.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Wasun Niya

Regional Health

13 July 2015

“There was more Lakota information at Pahaska Oyanke in comparison to Wasun Niya but it still seemed biased by the military.”

“Crazy Horse - want to read more about this man. Was surprised about the story of his death. Was he trying to escape? Was it an accident? Did they just want him out of the picture?”

“A valuable moment in today was discovering the role of Ft. Robinson in American and Lakota history.”

“Until today, I didn’t know 13,000 Native Americans were at Ft. Robinson.”

“I saw a better depiction and the importance of transparency, balance, and reprinting of history.”

“Although Fort Robinson has a better presence of Lakota history, it is the government version of that history. Or at the very least a “societal” representation from “American” history.”

“I had a feeling of dread when we learned of Crazy Horse’s fate. The feeling somewhat lingered inside me while we were reading about and seeing the site where he was killed.”

“Ft. Robinson is a hard place to visit. Very sad, emotional place for Lakota people. Felt the history was balanced and preserved for future generations.”

“At least the Lakota culture has a nod – although still biased on American view”

“Very moving and spiritual. Enjoyed the very simple but effective Crazy Horse killing site. Misspelled Oglala though.”

“Increased my awareness of Crazy Horse and the treaties. I want to plan a trip to go back and spend more time.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Pahaska Oyanke

Regional Health

13 July 2015

“Strong pressure felt, my place of strength and wisdom”

“Such a feeling of calm and understanding is felt here. I cannot wait to go back!”

“I was impressed with the representation of the Lakotas at Mato Paha. I felt very at peace there.”

“I took a good moment of reflection in the shade of a tree, gazing out to the hills. I was struck by how moving the moment was, how contemplative and powerful it was for me in that moment.”

“The best history tour I have been apart of.”

“What a great idea to travel to areas important in history”

“Any knowledge of history better prepares me for handling the future! This will help my work because it gives perspective for how what we do today will impact tomorrow.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Mato Paha

Regional Health

14 July 2015

“Amazing and life changing. Thank you!”

“Very spiritual, very powerful, very uplifting, strength, courage, humble within.”

“Pe Sla is sacred! You can feel it, you know it and you long to be a part of it even in the briefness of the short walk from there to the bus. This experience has changed me and for this I am thankful!”

“Pe Sla was something I will take with me forever. I’ve always been told that I have a spirit that can heal. I felt that there. I don’t understand how or why I felt what I did. I felt my pains leave my body.”

“Pe Sla. It was eye opening to see people embrace their personal beliefs.”

“Pe Sla: this place was humbling and intimidating. There is no “center” or “monument” and this made it seem so much more sacred.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Pe Sla

Regional Health

14 July 2015

“The visit to the Red Cloud Gallery was very positive. It is nice to see how the boarding school has evolved and how it has reinvented itself to meet the needs of the people it serves.”

“Red Cloud Mission strives to serve people in a positive manner though education, commerce, and promoting art. It’s inspiring that that young lady has returned to her people and serves as an example for others.”

“I am so appreciative of this opportunity to participate. I was taught to hide my Lakota heritage. Now I see why.”

“I can now honestly say I’ve been to Pine Ridge Reservation and can speak positively about the experience.”

“I aspire to inspire others with my work and learning about the effects of collective efforts and the resurgence of pride that brought helped me to think of innovative ways I can use those concepts to illicit the same type of effect from our caregivers.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Red Cloud Indian School

Regional Health

15 July 2015

“It led to an epiphany. The 1890 massacre was real and has left deep scars in Lakotas and other Native Americans.”

“Explanation of both Wounded Knee incidents was amazing. To stand by the massive grave will remain in my mind forever.”

“Very humbling experience. Fascinating to see a site where two historic incidents happened.”

“I think I will try a lot harder not to stereotype people and to try to find more information on events before I have or voice an opinion.”

“I continue to increase my knowledge and understanding of why there is an ever present racial tension. Today helped me to continue to be respectful and empathetic.”

“I will share it with everyone. I will educate all of Regional Health and make the world a better place.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Cankpe Opi

Regional Health

15 July 2015

“Enjoyed the visit there and all the info regarding Lakota ties to Devils Tower.”

“It was a nice to walk around the base of Bear Lodge. However, it was sad not to see any plaques discussing the sacredness of this place to 23 Native American tribes.”

“The time spent at Bear Lodge was great and opened my eyes to the issue of it currently being called Devils Tower.”

“Mato Tipila is a sacred site that should be respected by all. There should be more education there including Lakota legend.”

“Mato Tipila is a sacred site and should be treated as such.”

“An understanding or why the name of Bear Butte should be changed. My thinking of the name change changed 360°. Bear Lodge is the first established National Monument.”

“Change in viewpoint for name. Rock climbers are a distraction because of what I’ve learned. Would definitely support name change and keeping rock climbers off of this sacred ground.”

“Mato Tipila: (1) Beautiful (2) Needs name changed (3) Still being used for rituals today (4) Need more time but enjoyed every moment.”

“I can understand the spiritual connection to this place. I feel more should be done to respect those who the land truly belongs to.”

“I will be taking my kids over to Mato Tipila this fall so they can witness it and learn about the spiritual significance.”

Lakota Lands and Identities:

Mato Tipila

Regional Health

16 July 2015

“Love the idea behind, the purpose and thought put into the architect of the facilities. The trails and landscape are exceptional. Thank you for sharing your home and family!”

“Wingsprings is an amazing place. The thoughts and vision have gone not only into the curriculum, but also into the physical structure of the facilities. I find art in building form, most often bridges, however I found that here as well. The time spent in fellowship was relaxing and conversational. The time spent walking through the property was soothing it brought a sense of peace at the end of this experience helping me realize it won’t end.”

“Learning about the trust and deeded aspects of the Lakota land process.”

“A place for reflection, spirituality, learning, love and understanding.”

“The concept of [Wingsprings] is beautiful and meaningful. I only wish you and those who are helping the best! Good will come out of this plan!”

“Really glad we go to spend time at Wingsprings. Craig’s vision and meaning of the facilities is motivational. Hope to go back and help with the project.”

“What a wonderful place and a wonderful cause. I can’t wait to see the finished product of Wingsprings. Craig you are an awesome leader for Lakota people.”

“I want to go back to CAIRNS and volunteer.”

“The trip to Wingsprings was wonderful. It was great to see Craig’s vision for the future. The hospitality and wonderful meal were much appreciated. The time walking the paths and enjoying nature was very relaxing.”

“You saved the best for last. I find it amazing the detail that has gone into planning this facility. What a wonderful project. Great nature trails! Good home cooking!  Peaceful. Very peaceful. Love the prairie! Thank you Craig for opening your home and heart to us! Thank you for all your work. Also special thanks to small group leaders Peri, Ann Mabel and Janet. Awesome Bus Driver and all the new friends at Wingsprings.”

“I was fascinated by the facility. It is a good thing. The purpose of CAIRNS will benefit all people (Lakotas and non-Lakotas).”

“This has been one of the best educational experiences I’ve had. It has been so emotionally overwhelming and it will take me a few days to be able to really process everything.”

“The degree of though put into the design of Wingsprings was stunning.”

“Wingsprings is a great place! The view, the butte, the nature it’s all so incredibly special. I truly loved being able to spend the time in nature on nature trails! I could’ve stayed there forever!”

Lakota Lands and Identities:


Regional Health

17 July 2015

Lakota History & Culture

South Dakota State University Department of Consumer Sciences

1 September 2015

“Finding out more about the history of the Lakotas was one of the most valuable things I learned from this workshop because I really didn’t know anything before coming.”

“The main things I learned from the sessions were the histories of the Lakota people and to find your own spirituality”

“I feel that holding on to Lakota culture and spreading the word are two valuable things.”

“My favorite parts of the session were the hands on activities, so more of that. I think everything was great overall experience.”

“The Lakota Assessment was very hard! Makes us realize how uneducated we are about American Indian culture and history!”

“Craig’s presentation on Lakota History & Culture was very informational and he was passionate about it”

“The allotment activity helped us build relationships with the team. Made us realize that if we had a hard time finding it they must have too.”

“Thank you for everything!! I would have never experienced this trip otherwise!”

“Great overall experience and opened the eyes of me and my classmates”

“I really enjoyed coming and learning all that we did and was great to meet you all! Thank you!”

The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty in 2015

The Journey Museum and Learning Center

11 October 2015

“Thank you for the excellent presentation.”

“Great presentation today ... thank you! And thank you for all your efforts in education.”

“Really enjoyed your talk. I learned a lot and also straightened out some misconceptions I had. It was mind blowing ... I had a monster good time and was really inspired to learn more.”

An Exploration of American Indians in South Dakota

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

21 October 2015

“I think the demonstration of the massive land shrinkage was so eye opening. I’m sure it was an intention—but I’m ashamed—ashamed of my lack of knowledge.”

“Very impactful history and story. Wow!”

“[The] speaker had a great sense of humor and ability to connect with the audience.”

“Love the humor of Dr. Howe ... and the banter about the tribes (Pine Ridge being the “best” tribe).”

“I enjoyed the personal side of topics.”

“Dr. Howe was amusing as well as serious, makes you look at the culture in a different way.”

“Wish we had more time. Great information. I am part Native, my grandmother is full blood Sicangu Sioux. Even though I spent over half of my life on the Rosebud Reservation I still learned so much. Great Information!”

“Anytime we understand each other better it will make for better interactions.”

“I can see that this gives me a greater understanding of the Native people and I want to look through the lenses of understanding. I respect all, but I can see how respect isn’t always in our society. I want to always show that respect.”

“Knowledge is always strength. The facts of this presentation are very helpful in my understanding.”

“Encountering Native Americans everyday, I will have a greater appreciation for their culture and history.”

“This totally changed the way I think about my state and its people, and I will be on the internet exploring further…”

“I feel that this is a great eye-opener for our credit union as far as for Native American history. I feel most of the people here, including myself, probably didn’t know the background of Natives, especially in our own state. Enjoyed this presentation very much.”

“I studied American Indian culture/heritage for two years and I learned more today than in those two years.”

An Exploration of American Indians in South Dakota

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

22 October 2015

“Good background of history. Good use of Lakota language.”

“Very enlightening.”

“All the knowledge I didn’t realize I didn’t know about the state I have lived my whole life learning about the land treaties.”

“I need to educate myself more.”

“The speaker kept in very good light but informative. He was able to lighten the subject at times.”

“[The] training could be longer—probably impractical but so much to learn.”

“How can we bring this to our schools?”

“I would love to learn about some of the ways other states are successfully implementing Native American education. Make it longer! It was very interesting.”

“I will be reading up on more of the Native traditions and how it all works.”

“I move often so I see many different cultures outside the US—this shows me there is more here than just white people. Much more.”

“I will be more knowledgeable about these topics in future discussions.”

“Next time I’m around a Native American I will proudly say Anpetu Waste!”

“It will give me a better handle when it comes to my interaction with Native Americans, especially when writing and producing marketing models for our members.”

“Empathy for others and having respect also putting myself in other people’s shoe will help me to better serve our members.”

“We work with a large number of Oceti Sakowin [peoples] daily and this information will help us relate and better understand how to assist our members.”

“I will definitely use the gift I won (Tender Reverence) to help educate my children.”

An Exploration of American Indians in South Dakota

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

28 October 2015

“I enjoyed the history – I grew up here and was not aware of it. Thank you.”

“There is so much more to Native American culture then I thought.”

“I’ve lived on the Cheyenne River Reservation for 2 years and haven’t learned [this] much about Native history.”

“[The presenter] did a wonderful job of keeping everyone engaged.”

“American Indian culture is far different from what I was taught in school.”

“I thought it was quite interesting that we are so unaware of not only the history of American Indians in our state but as it is today.”

“Learning the different quirks and traditions – it helps us appreciate more knowing these things.”

“I thought learning the population change and land change of the reservations was very valuable.”

“This training gave me a better appreciation of Native American history.”

“I enjoyed the speaker’s humor during this presentation.”

“[The presenter] was very positive and uplifting while getting the point across.”

“This was very interesting, I could easily be here for another hour.”

“I wish more people throughout our state would hear this info and message.”

“Knowing more Native history will help me serve members on the CRST reservation better.”

“I have a sparked interest to learn more for my own knowledge. I feel like I have a better general knowledge of the state and its history.”

An Exploration of American Indians in South Dakota

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

29 October 2015

“[The presenter] is very funny and dealt with difficult content in a reverent but humorous way to relieve tension.”

“I plan to share much of this with family and friends.”

“I will be more sensitive and respectful. I want my children to learn the truth.”

“[The presenter] is a very great, entertaining speaker.”

“I want to teach my daughter about everything I learned.”

“What I did appreciate is [the presenter’s] sense of humor. Made the training very relaxing.”

“It reminds me that all people have a right to be different than me.”

“[The presenter] was wonderfully comfortable with himself and his information so casual jokes fit the presentation easily.”

“I have a whole new respect for [Native American] history. Helps you to see things in a different way. Thank You!”

“I see me using it to better understand my husband’s Native American culture and to educate my daughter about her heritage.”

“[This training] will enable me to relate to Native Americans in a more effective and meaningful way.”

Lakota Star Knowledge

Douglas School District

26 October 2015

“I was fascinated by the legends relating to the stars. The hands-on activities involving math and art were useful tools and good examples of integrating Native American traditions with modern applications. The session was just the right amount of listening and audience participation.”

“I like the information and the website where we can get free lesson plans!”

“This session was interesting and I liked that kids were actually involved in the making of the film we watched [Lakota Star Knowledge]. The great thing was that we were given a website to many lesson

Lakota Winter Counts

Douglas School District

26 October 2015

“Interesting and applicable to South Dakota history and culture. [The presenter] is very knowledgeable!”

“Very informative. [I] got some ideas on how to use this with the Oceti [Sakowin Essential Understandings and] standards.”

“I liked the info. Winter counts are useful tools that could be used in a variety of settings.”

“I have heard Dr. Howe speak in Sioux Falls before and I honestly could have listened to him all day! He gave me informative, eye opening information, as well as activities on how I could use winter counts in my classroom. Great session!”

Seven Things South Dakotans Should Know About Native Peoples

Douglas School District

26 October 2015

“[I] thought it was great and informative. Not being a South Dakota native, I now understand more about Lakota culture than I began with.”

“The presentation was full of information pertinent to all in education. [The presenter] was organized, credible and humorous.”

“Very informative. Gave me a better understanding of history of the American Indians and he path that their nation has gone through. The presenter was very well spoken, versed, and knowledgeable in this area.”

“The presenter was very well prepared and articulate. Extremely interesting and informative presentation. The large group in attendance all seemed to agree.”

“The ‘Seven Things’ were not what first came to mind but they were interesting and shed a new light on a few issues.”

“Very informative and beneficial...all teachers would benefit from this session.”