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Empowering Teachers for Actualization

Ms. Kirsten Peck Publishes All-Star Teaching – A Memoir and Method for Success (July 18, 2021) – The creator of the teen personal growth workout, the Smart Start Challenge, Ms. Kirsten Peck has published the philosophy and best practices of All-Star Teaching. Ask Ms. Peck is happy to invite and empower teachers to bring this…
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Launching A Startup and Fighting Publishing Industry Giants

Big business failed these students. The process of teaching the masses is a giant challenge for our Department of Education reaching across 50 states and millions of students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the United States has more than 24,000 public secondary schools alone. Just knowing that number gives you some perspective…
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Co-Teacher Guide published for the Smart Start Challenge

Media Release – Ms. Peck Publishes Co-Teacher Guide to Smart Start Challenge Handbook, Weekly Workshop Tickets Available (March 6, 2021) – The creator of the unique personal growth workout, the Smart Start Challenge, Ms. Kirsten Peck has published the Co-Teacher Guide to the Smart Start Challenge Handbook released in December 2020. Ask Ms. Peck is…
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Trauma-Informed Teaching

After spending my first three years working to turn around a failing middle school, I decided to specialize my teaching practice with a position at a juvenile justice nonprofit. They had secured an innovative program grant to open a new school facility for boys in 7-8th grade. It was a preventative model, a startup with…
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Talking with Parents

A parent’s perspective is often foggy. As a high school teacher I focus my attention on the student and work to develop good relationships with each of them. It is always interesting when I get to meet their parents at “Back to School Night”, or during my introductory phone calls in September. Talking with parents…
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Is There A Teenage Mental Health Crisis?

It sounds funny but I have seen a lot after teaching over 1,000 students. Working with them 5 days a week for 180 days creates a level of “teenager expertise” after so many years in the classroom. But my perspective as a high school teacher is really based on my combined experiences as a teacher…
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Smart Start Challenge Handbook

Why I Had To Help the Failing Freshmen

The Opening Bell is Ringing and I’m So Excited to Share My Idea I’ve been teaching for over 10 years and last summer I began creating something special for my struggling high school students. The problem I faced is the staggering number of incoming failing freshmen who are already 20% behind on making it to…
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Changing the Name Shifts Focus

Attitude is everything for me and my passion for teaching directed me to the under-performing or unmotivated students. These students have ability, they lack motivation or resilience to bounce back from difficulties they have experienced. If they aren’t angry, they have probably given up. They are the students who fall into the under 20% demographic…
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ask ms peck press release

Teacher Empowers Struggling Teens With New Program

Teacher Empowers Struggling Teens With New Program February 6, 2021 727.317.7254 For Immediate Release Smart Start Challenge Handbook with 31 Days of Brain Training   ISBN # 978-0-578-807-49-2   The Smart Start Challenge is a 31 day personal growth workout – it is a new twist and solution to the problems many teenagers…
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Starting 3pm Homeroom!

Going live on Youtube and Facebook every day at 3pm! #smartstartchallenge — AskMsPeck (@AskMsPeck) September 30, 2020