All posts by: Kevin Brennan

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February 6, 2018

Look For it.

Click here to enjoy this week’s video blog. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or want to learn more about how Top 20 Training can help your school, business, or community.

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January 30, 2018

It’s Time to Check In! (with your students)

It’s Super Bowl week! If this current school year was the Super Bowl, it’d be just about halftime right now. Teachers have one more semester to foster the human development of their students. It’s time to assess what’s happening with your students, regroup, and try some new strategies if the old ones aren’t working. Lots of teachers […]

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January 25, 2018

Educator Spotlight: Henning Schools, Henning, MN

This Educator Spotlight comes from an educator that works in a Resource Room in the Henning School District in Henning, MN. This district has been intentionally implementing Top 20 principles and strategies over the last three years. During a recent on-site training session, Top 20 trainer Kevin Brennan asked the attendees to share some success […]

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January 17, 2018

Top 20 Spotlight: Rock Valley, Iowa

Two years ago, Rock Valley, Iowa, made the commitment to bring Top 20 to their community. Business leaders and school administrators joined together to make Social-Emotional Learning an important part of daily life in their town of 3500 people. Top 20 Training has now trained hundreds of adults in the community, the entire school staff, […]

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January 7, 2018

It’s cold out, but I signed up for it!

It’s cold out. It’s only an Invitation folks. I choose to live in the great state of Minnesota,…and with that comes the reality of cold! I happen to enjoy the cold, but even if I didn’t, it doesn’t mean I have to lose track of my thinking, drop Below the Line, and become a crabby […]

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December 14, 2017

College Student Testimonial: University of Wisconsin-Stout

First-year college student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (former Wayzata High School student) shares his thoughts on taking a Top 20 class in high school. After finding relevance and applicability in the class, Kyle then served as a student aide/mentor in the class for the following trimesters. Watch and listen to Kyle share his thoughts! […]

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December 4, 2017


What stops us from doing unpleasant or burdensome tasks? It’s those dreaded DFLIs (Don’t Feel Like It) and DWANNAs (Don’t Want To)! Procrastination is alive and well in your school by now, and Top 20 wants to help you exterminate that pest. Take a quick listen to Tom as he offers a few thoughts on […]

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November 28, 2017

Relationship First.

Relationship First. As humans we rarely ask a stranger to lend us their lawn mower or to help us move. Yet as educators, we often ask students to ‘do’ all sorts of things (like math, essays, speeches, etc.) without building a relationship first. Human Being Preceded Human Doing: go to the human first, through relationship, […]

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November 8, 2017

Keep telling your students “you are more than a score.”

Keep telling your students “you are more than a score.” Standardized test scores do not define students. Each child has unique identity, worth, and purpose, and each one has vastly different skills and talents. We have to deal with young people as human beings first, then get into the human “doing” or academic task. Scores […]

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October 31, 2017

Feedback: Checking In

Feedback: Checking In Educators: It’s late October and it’s time to check in with your students to see how things are going. Feedback is the “Breakfast of Champions,” it’s how we effectively adjust what we are doing in the classroom. You are the pilot, flying the plane and you need some help now and then […]

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