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Uncommon Sense - Children and School, November 24, 2019

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Guest, Mary Lawler Murphy Fox, Ph.D.

Uncommon Sense - Children and School with David Willson

Guest, Mary Lawler Murphy Fox, Ph.D., human development and special education leader!

Mary Lawler Murphy Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Fox, Tunkhannock, Pa., has dedicated her career to the field of special education. She is the co-founder of SOAR (Students On campus Achieving Results) at Marywood University, a program for high school students with autism spectrum disorder, which was established in 2008. She is presently the Compliance Monitor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, and she is a Pennsylvania special education advocate, providing advocacy for parents of children with disabilities. Early in her career, she taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District, then became the supervisor of special education at the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU), overseeing several school districts in her region. She has also directed the special education departments of Western Wayne School District, Elk Lake School District, and the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County. Dr. Fox has served as director of early intervention at NEIU, and she was an adjunct professor at Marywood University, Misericordia University, and Keystone College, as well as an associate behavior specialist at Step by Step, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A member of several professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Business and Professional Women, and Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women, Dr. Fox’s current board associations include Tunkhannock Public Library and Friends of the Arc Auxiliary of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She recently concluded board service for the Marywood University Alumni Association. Her past associations include Goodwill Industries, where she was a member of the Board of Directors; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, where she was president of the parish council; Arc of Wyoming County, where she was past president, and Arc of Pennsylvania, where she was vice president. Dr. Fox holds three degrees from Marywood University, including a bachelor of arts in special education, a master of science degree in special education, and a Ph.D. in human development, with a concentration in instructional leadership.

Uncommon Sense - Children and School

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Uncommon Sense - Children and School with David Willson

This show will provide the following:

  • The opportunity for all school and family members to ask questions
  • The opportunity to better understand your own role and the roles of others
  • The opportunity to learn about the importance of all school staff roles, including teacher aides, kitchen staff, maintenance staff, bus drivers, secretarial staff, and administrative staff – everyone!
  • The opportunity to question changes not well-understood
  • The opportunity to discuss matters such as school shootings, suicide, bullying, cell phones, classroom management, separated/divorced parents, grading, etc.
  • The opportunity to discuss the needs of grieving children, parents, friends, and school staff
  • The opportunity to explore the gift each child brings to the table regardless of regular or special needs.
  • The opportunity to discuss all things school-related
  • The opportunity to to truly look at career exploration and post high school planning for all regardless of regular or special need challenges.

The goal is not just for Mr. Willson and the caller to pick apart and understand many issues better, but to also have all the listeners pleased with learning something new, or maybe just said in a way that is better understood. Every call has that potential.

Do you want to see a decrease in the probability of school shootings, teen suicide, bullying, classroom behavioral problems and an increase in a safer school environment, happier students, grades increasing, better home-school relations, teacher/staff satisfaction, and the success of ALL students?

*The show will not be used to hurt others. Egos must be left at the door in our schools, classrooms, and homes and for this show, off-phone. We can describe situations without naming people, schools, and the communities to which we are from. That being said, frustration can still be vented appropriately.

This is a show full of all kinds of opportunities --- Tune in!

Let's fight the good fight and maximize the potential of all students!

KEYWORDS: understanding and stopping school shootings, understanding and addressing school bullying, teen suicide prevention, classroom behavior management, home and school conflicts, parent-teacher associations, grading our students, special needs children and success, maximize all, student potential, schools and grieving student losses, divorced parents and school needs, preventing school staff burnout

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