Timeline: Highlights and Milestones
Milestones in the life and times of Dr. Jane Bluestein*
Born, Philadelphia, PA.
Move to Cherry Hill, NJ. Start Kindergarten at Coles School.
Move from Cherry Hill to York, PA. Complete last two years of high school there.
Graduate from York Suburban High School. Begin a long-term relationship with the University of Pittsburgh.
Graduate from Pitt with a BS in Education. I’m invited to participate in a Graduate Intern Program for my Master of Arts in Teaching.
Meet Jerry Tereszkiewicz, future husband, just as I begin an intensive, year-long Masters of Arts in Teaching at a very challenging assignment in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Complete Masters Degree and begin teaching math, Grades 4 – 8. I love the job but, alas, it’s only a long-term sub arrangement, which ends all too soon.
After a few weeks of day-to-day subbing, I finally get hired full-time as a science and language arts teacher in a departmentalized elementary school.
Decide, on my 26th birthday, to go back to school and end up in a Ph.D. program back at Pitt. Finish first course. Only 57 credits to go…
Jerry and I get married in July.
Finish my dissertation amidst a growing pile of boxes as we prepare to move out of state. Defend dissertation three days before we move.
After 11 years, I leave Pittsburgh and relocate to New Mexico, more or less on a hunch. It’s love at first sight!
Begin working as the coordinator of the Graduate Teaching Intern Program at the University of New Mexico.
Receive my Ph.D. six months after my defense, after I finally resolve a very small library fine with the Unversity of Pittsburgh.
Complete and self-publish a survival manual for my first-year teaching interns, The Beginning Teacher’s Resource Handbook. Instructional Support Services is informally established.
We register the business and Instructional Support Services becomes official! By the end of the school year, my position at UNM disappears. I’m on my own but continue to teach classes for several different universities over the next few years.
First out-of-state speaking engagement, at the California Association for the Education of Young Children Convention.
Bring out Parents in a Pressure Cooker with Lynn Collins.
Release of Being a Successful Teacher, formerly the self-published Beginning Teacher’s Resource Handbook.
Jerry leaves a much-hated job in construction and becomes full-time business manager for our business.
First appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. I’m invited back the following year.
First European speaking engagement: a Self-Esteem conference in Cambridge.
Instructional Support Services becomes an S-Corporation.
Release of Parents, Teens & Boundaries.
First Canadian job, in Iqualuit, Nunavut (then NW Territories).
We move to our current address on Father Sky Ct NE.
I begin working with the Ministry of Education in Slovenia, making the first of many trips in the next 7 years.
Mentors, Masters & Mrs. MacGregor wins the Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
Release of Parents, Teens & Boundaries in Slovene.
Release of 21st Century Discipline in Slovene; also Japanese and Korean editions of Mentors.
Launch first version of this Web site.
Release of Daily Riches: A Journal of Gratitude & Awareness.
Begin working as a volunteer with high-risk youth at a day treatment center in Albuquerque.
After several years with Scholastic (and Instructor books and Edgell Communications before that), I release a revised edition of 21st Century Discipline, now with Frank Schaffer.
Release of the Greek editions of Parents, Teens & Boundaries and The Parent’s Little Book of Lists, the latter of which also comes out in Turkish.
First engagements in Australia and New Zealand.
I begin working with the Bureau of Education and Research. The quality of my full-day seminar improves significantly and the number of speaking engagements and markets for my work increases as well.
Release of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools.
Release of video series, Responsibility, Respect and Relationships: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools.
Begin working with Eric Katz on new book, High School’s Not Forever.
McGraw-Hill brings out two new books for the library market using material from Being a Successful Teacher: Skills for Successful Teaching and Keys to Classroom Management.
New logo, new address. New Web site launched.
Secure contract and spend the entire year working on the manuscript for High School’s Not Forever.
We put the finishing touches on the manuscript for High School’s Not Forever and it goes into publication. Less than 24 hours later I make contact with an incredible editor at Corwin Publishing and begin what I hope will be a long, productive and prosperous relationship with them. Plans for a 3rd edition of the Discipline book begins.
Sign contract with Corwin publishers for new editions of 21st Century Discipline and Being a Successful Teacher.
I make the shift from overheads to PowerPoint. I start using a slide show to welcome participants to my seminars and presentations. I include pictures of my own students from years past, as well as pictures I’ve taken of kids around the world.
I decide to cut back on my speaking engagements and for the first time since starting my business, block off two months between mid-November and mid-January. I actually decline work during this time to give me some time to recharge for the coming year. Although I am home, I spend the entire “break” working on a complete overhaul of 21st Century Discipline for the third edition.
I bring back the Book of Article Reprints after having let it go out of print for several years. I include updated versions of all 20 of the articles that have been available individually, plus several new articles that have previously been seen in only very limited release.
Complete the revisions on 21st Century Discipline. In the meantime we are running out of copies of the existing (2nd edition) book. I spend much of the summer laying out a nearly-identical version of the second edition in order to fill existing orders and maintain the book’s availability until the 3rd edition is released in December.
I take an actual winter break and don’t spend it writing another book but instead kick back and hang with friends, read, take crafts classes, cook, and do stuff like a normal person. Sort of.
After weeks of getting nowhere trying to get the rights back to 21st Century Discipline, I decide, for sanity’s sake to take what was to have been the 3rd edition in a different direction. We scuttle the old contract and agree to bring out a new book, The Win-Win Classroom, instead.
Just as The Win-Win Classroom nears its release date, Corwin invites me to do a Facilitator’s Guide to go with it. They also ask me to submit a proposal for the next book. I put together an outline for a new book for beginning teachers, tentatitvely entitled Becoming a Win-Win Teacher.
I reorganize and expand my blogs.
I hire a Search Engine Optimization consultant and realize that this site is due for another overhaul— both visually and structurally. Update Meta data, add Analytics, and begin recreating each of the nearly 700 pages in this site, eliminating the frames and tables and using CSS positioning instead. New colors, new graphics, and simpler navigation and my page rank begins to improve immediately.
Publication and release of The Win-Win Classroom Facilitator’s Guide. Contract for a book for beginning teachers. Several false starts on this book as I struggle to give it a voice and direction.
2008 also saw the return of the rights to Daily Riches, which I tweaked and reorganized a bit, and with a brand new, gorgeous cover design, re-released this book as Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Of course, this required a new Web site, which I started and will continue to work on as I can.
I started taking Italian language classes and at the end of October, headed (with Jerry) to Milan where we rented a car and spent the next week and a half visiting Lake Como, Pisa, Florence, Bologna (where we hooked up with a friend from high school, whom I hadn’t seen since), Maranello, and back to Milan to meet up with two friends from Albuquerque. The following day included a couple highlights of Milan (the Duomo and the Last Supper) and a train ride to Genoa where we left on a fabulous Geek cruise of the Mediterranean, with stops in Naples (Pompeii and Sorrento), Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. The trip ended with a couple days in Nice with a return through Monaco, although we were both sick by then, and considerably slowed down.
In July, two speaking engagements in Singapore tie in with a trip to Beijing for another Geek cruise, this one to totally new and unfamiliar places including South Korea and two cities in Japan (Fukuoka and Nagasaki), followed by two and a half magnificent days in and around Beijing. (Click here for the photo gallery.)
After a week on the road for my biggest client, the Bureau of Education and Research for the previous ten years, I’ve decided I need a break from the pace that that work demands. A hard call in a hard economy, but it was just time and I have to trust the signals I’m getting.
But by far the focus for 2009 was completing Becoming a Win-Win Teacher. This project becomes all-consuming, especially when I’m home. I pretty much stop all my crafting as my studio gathers dust while I write, and other than a bit of swimming and weights for a few weeks in the summer, or walks with the dog that get shorter and slower as he passes his 14th birthday in July, I’m getting no exercise at all.
After months of wrestling with tons of research, ideas, notes, and interview data for a new book for beginning teachers, I finally find a voice and rhythm I can live with. The entire year is consumed with the creation of this book. As always, it turns out bigger than expected, but unlike the direction I thought it would take initially, it squarely addresses some of the political issues new teachers often face, as well as reasons we leave the profession, why we stay, what we learned that doesn’t work, and what we have since found that does. By the end of the year, I’m in the first rush of editorial exchanges and totally exhausted.
The year starts out with our having to say goodbye to Shadow, our amazing, 14-and-a-half-year-old dog. (Months later, I’m still not over the experience, gentle and humane—and necessary—as it may have been. Devastating.)
In February, after ten years of working with the Bureau of Education and Research, I request an indefinite leave of absence. The pace of presenting in a different city every day has taken a toll on my health and I need a little time off to regroup.
Heavy deadlines add to the stress, but ultimately lead to the April 25 release of Becoming a Win-Win Teacher. I am much relieved.
I am on vacation with Jerry in the Galapagos when the book comes out, so I don’t see it until I get back. I’m very happy with how it turned out.
My vacation is followed by speaking engagements in eastern Canada (my first job in the Maritimes) and Singapore and then I take the summer off. It’s the first time in years that I’ve been home and not on a book deadline. I spend a month watching World Cub matches and start going back to the gym and pool several times a week.
In between, I’m working on improvements to this site (mostly just making some small corrections and additions) and revising Parents in a Pressure Cooker for a download and print-on-demand book. Other projects on deck: an mp3 download version of the TeacherTapes (which are partly done and ready for upload by mid-July).
Another digital project that started taking shape during this time was the multi-language versions of “Pads” on the Back, now available as a reproducible download. By the end of the year, we have nearly 20 languages available.
The year begins with an amazing trip to Argentina. After a couple days in Buenos Aires, we go to Iguazu Falls, and then back to Buenos Aires for a 12-day MacMania “Geek Cruise” to Santiago, Chile (with stops in the Falkland Islands, Uruguay, Ushuaia, and Puerto Mont, a trip around the Horn, and a tour of the Chilean fjords and Glacier Alley). Absolutely amazing.
For the second time in a row, I miss the post-cruise excursion to Machu Picchu in favor of a job in Canada, this one in Calgary (for a great group I just couldn’t turn down).
Work is relatively slow, but I’m busy through the end of May and looking forward to some time to start on some projects I’ve been wanting to get to.
Jerry has turned 62 and since he wasn’t even on the books for 2009, officially retires. His role changes from Business Manager to Helpful Spouse. April brings my 60th birthday. Retirement discussions seem more frequent but every time I start thinking about hanging up my “Dr. Jane” hat, I end up thinking of another project I want to do.
In July I sign a contract with Energize Students (which had been New Hope Charitable Foundation, a group that had supported my work for the past several years) to sponsor a series of podcasts. I record the first of the Spectrum Podcast programs with my friend, Dr. Lulu Lopez and by years’ end, had a half-dozen shows ready for launch.
I am invited to edit a kind of “greatest hits” book about classroom management for Corwin. In the fall, The Best of Corwin: Classroom Management is released.
The “Pads” on the Back Template project grows with the addition of Korean, Russian, Latvian, and Tagalog templates. I decide to offer the product for free to anyone who wants them. The search for more translators continues.
I take two classes in book publishing with InDesign, the second one on ePublishing. I have identified at least a half-dozen projects that need to head in this direction, although I am starting to realize that the intricacies of this new field will probably require a great deal of help.
Health concerns prompt a finally-serious commitment to diet and exercise. Althought not entirely resolved, by years’ end I’ve dropped 50 pounds.
The year begins with the realization that I am not going to get anywhere with the projects I want to develop without some outside help. Work is slow and my cash flow is tighter than it’s been in more than a decade, but I commit to hiring help for another Web site redesign (with new features I have forgotten how to code), the beginning of a monthly Newsletter (which I’ve been wanting to do since I started this site), and ePublishing several resources (which I will probably farm out once I get them laid out, or at least in PDF form).
I launch the first four podcasts on a redesigned multimedia Presentations page.
I begin meetings with a new Web designer and, with the help of a marketing expert, begin brainstorming ideas for the newsletter and revised site architecture.
After a nearly month-long break in Europe (including a Rhine River Geek Cruise and some R&R in southern France), I return home on May 1 to finally set up my Facebook Fan Page and launch my first Newsletter, the latter being something I’d been planning to do (and collecting names and email addresses for) for about a dozen years. By the end of summer, I have completed the 15 podcasts in the original contract with Energize Students, and after some negotiation, am happy that they will continue supporting my work in this area.
By the beginning of October, I haven’t had a speaking engagement for six months. The break has finally given me a chance to work on this site, which I hope to launch before the end of the year, as well as other at-home projects (newsletter, podcasts, social media). Nonetheless, I’m feeling a little bored and restless (and a little tired of feeling attached to my laptop) so when I’m invited to keynote the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum conference, I immediately say yes.
The group (mostly college professors) was a departure for me (as I usually work directly with people in the trenches in schools), and I was feeling kind of rusty as this was probably the longest I’d gone without a presentation in decades (plus, I was doing an entirely new program, so I was a little apprehensive about how this would go). But as soon as I had that mike in my hand, the magic came back and by the end of the night, I was totally buzzed, realizing that a part of the balance I need in my life, for now at least, includes opportunities to present. I don’t think I realized how much I missed that.
A job a month later in Kent, Washington, with two of the best groups I’ve ever had, confirms these feelings.
This has been a rather bizarre year. Financially tighter than anything we’ve seen in a long, long time, and only as winter approaches do I start feeling as though things are finally starting to move forward again— slowly, so slowly, but I’m not feeling quite as stuck or stagnant as I have since this time last year.
These two years of my life are tied up with a writing project. Two, in fact, although the 10k-word Managing 21st Century Classrooms book(let) only took a few weeks from start to finish. It’s a good, easy read and I was delighted to be writing for ASCD as I’ve been wanting to connect with them for some time.
In March of 2013, I was invited to co-author a new edition of a book on perfectionism. I knew the book and was interested in the topic and got some very strong internal message that said: YES, do this. Unfortunately, by Thanksgiving, it was clear that this co-authoring arrangement was not working out so that contract was terminated. (I’ve written about the experience of writing this book. Click here for more details.)
The second chapter of this journey started at the end of 2013 when I pitched my idea for the perfectionism to Health Communications, Inc., the publisher I had initially thought would be the best match for this topic. My editor gave the green light and in April 2014, I signed the contract for the actual version of this book—one that would occupy the next 12 months of my life. By the end of the year, I had finished the first 7 chapters, which made up the first two parts of the book.
January: I wrote chapters 8-12 on the road—a writer’s retreat at a little cottage in Laguna Canyon, with a few days at a shared “mansion” in Carlsbad, CA, and a couple more at a lovely hotel in Tucson.
The road trip and time in California gave me the momentum I needed and by the time I got home, I was only a chapter away from starting part IV and what ended up being the last five chapters of the book.
Note: The image on the left is what my writing area looked like for months of my life while I was writing the final six chapters of the book.
On April 14—my 64th birthday—I submit the manuscript, the outline, the resource list, and the acknowledgements.
*This is probably more information than anyone needs to know about me. I think I developed this page to give myself a better sense of perspective about where I was at the time, and also to note what I had accomplished over the years—something I often lose sight of as I move from one project to another. The photo collage is for my mom.
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