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How many great ideas have you spoke to your colleagues, family and friends about?  It is amazing how many creative, thoughtful and smart concepts I have heard.  Now, when does that idea get implemented? When is the right time to implement?  Did it ever get implemented?

Many factors may hold a person back from pushing an idea forward such as self-confidence, a colleague didn’t agree with their idea, they haven’t develop a strategic plan, or they haven’t thought it out completely; therefore,  your creative idea just dies out.  It never had a chance to get to the first step.

Do not let all the outside influences keep a lid on your ideas.  Talk it out, be reasonable, but implement.  Good ideas spread if implemented, Good ideas that are not implemented, no matter how good they are, don’t.

Sometimes you need be ready… implement….and shape your idea as it develops.  Mistakes will happen, but at least you gave them a chance to be experienced.

Sometimes you just need to be Ready, Fire and then Aim later.


Office in the Cloud

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Going paperless is not a new concept.  Microfiche has been around a long time and every printing business has some type of digital process where they can copy paper documents to CD’s. Furthermore, most printers and copy machines now have a scanning option that create PDF files.  You can scan a 100 page document in less than a minute and download to your computer.

Operating paperless vs. storing paperless is a big transition.  In the moment we want our old system; print document and store in a file cabinet.  The new system in the future will be scan and save.  This also has an added feature, back up! You have saved it in the cloud.  In the LABBB office we have created three back ups using Microsoft Mesh cloud system.  Many more offices and classrooms will be paperless in the near future.  Why not, it is so much easier, efficient and you can share any folder or file you choose.

In the LABBB Central Office we started going paperless about a year ago. In fact, I would say we are about 80% paperless. We wanted to do this for two main purposes.  It saves time looking for documents, and we have a back up system in place.  The point of going paperless started with the end in mind.  We knew that everyone would be able to access any document from any computer; therefore, it saves time from having to ask someone to get the document or file you want.

How are we doing? At this point I can get most, if not all, documents we need on our cloud system that we use day-to-day.  Many times I have sent people documents that they requested from the “Cloud office” on my Blackberry when I was sitting waiting in the doctor’s office or waiting for a meeting, or on Lake Winnipesaukee looking at the lake. As long as we are able to get an internet connection our office is open! A year ago, if I was at a site and someone asked me for a document I would need to go to my office, ask someone to get the document, and either bring it to the person or fax it.

To go back to print and file with paper would be a step backwards.  Our office is now in the cloud, we don’t have to go to one place to access it, when we want something it comes to us wherever we are.  That is the future.

Technology Tip of the Week: YouTube Video

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Some staff have asked how to post video’s on their blog using a Flip camcorder.  You have two options.  You can upgrade your WordPress account and you will be able to upload video directly to your account or you can use YouTube.  It is free and just because it is YouTube does not mean that the videos are for public viewing.  You can share videos with others and choose if you want it private or public.


Here are the steps to convert your video to You Tube and post to your blog.

1.  First you have to create an account which just takes a minute.

Click HERE to create a You Tube account.

2.  After you login, click on the blue link on the top that says, “Upload.”

3. You can upload by doing this directly with the Flip video or you can download the Flip video to your computer and then upload from your computer.  It is just like adding an attachment to your e-mail.

4. After you have uploaded videos to You Tube, choose the video you want to put in your blog post. Below the video look for an icon that says, “embed” click on it and it will give you a code. Copy the code and paste the code into your blog post.  When you preview your post you will see your video in the You Tube format.

Good luck and if you have any questions please contact me.

Let Us Shred For You

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The LABBB Workshop and Training Center is expanding its services for anyone who needs documents shredded.  If you know of anyone who needs this service please contact Janet Paz at the LABBB workshop and Training Center.

Let Us Shred For You


25 cents per lb.

$10.00 Pick up Fee

No Minimum Fee

Call to schedule a pickup or drop small amounts under (100lbs)

Contact Janet Paz
LABBB Workshop and Training Center

146 Maple Street, Lexington Ma, (Room #7)
781-861-2550 ext. 204

Monday – Friday 10:00-1:00



Education must be about Creativity and Taking risks, How can you Contribute?

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This video illustrates what we need to avoid in the future if we are going to continue to be Leaders in Special Education. We need to be an organization where we believe anything can be done to make ourselves better, Anything! We just need to think differently.  I challenge myself, I challenge you, we challenge ourselves.  Think of how it can be done, not why it can’t be done.  Try doing it first and think second. What is the worse that could happen? I have heard many creative ideas from you; implement them, that is what will make us thrive and continue to inspire, Teach and be the Leaders in Special Education.

This video is the anti-Creative Checklist by Youngme.  Youngme Moon is is the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where she focuses on marketing and strategy innovation.

Click here for Anti-Creative Checklist Video

LABBB Program Basketball Team Provides Athletic Inspiration

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The LABBB Program basketball team gives kids with special needs the unique opportunity to be a part of a team. By Mike Manfredi

Add On a cold winter afternoon in Lexington, a high school basketball team is warming up in their newly-donated blue and white reversible jerseys. This is not your typical basketball team, and certainly not your typical high school sporting event.

There is no school band or student section full of rabid fans. There are no cheerleaders. Fans don’t have to pay admission to take in the action. This game is purely about healthy competition, sportsmanship, and most importantly, fun. The

Lexington, Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Belmont (LABBB) Program basketball squad is comprised of 14 special needs students, both male and female, who compete in the Greater Boston Basketball League and play one game every week against other special needs programs.

The LABBB program has a presence in each of the towns’ high schools, and has been providing a positive and safe learning environment for kids with special needs for more than 30 years. The collaborative program was initially founded in 1972 as a response to the growing need for more specialized programs. It has flourished since, and currently provides educational programs and services for over 350 special needs students with a variety of special needs.

LABBB Adaptive Physical Education teacher Tom Brincklow started the basketball team six years ago. Brincklow, who has been with the LABBB program for 19 years, is a former standout basketball player at Lexington High School who went on to play at Westfield State and was recently named to Westfield’s athletic hall of fame.

After moving on from playing the game, Tom has continued to stay involved as a coach. He spent some time as an assistant coach for the Lexington High School boys’ varsity team, and currently serves as an assistant coach for the Cambridge Ringe and Latin boys’ varsity team.

“The kids really love it, it’s a good way for them to get that feeling of being part of a team that they probably wouldn’t get under different circumstances,” said Brincklow. “They just have a lot of fun with the team, they get to get out of class on game days, which they love, and we do a lot of team activities and outings as well, so it really gives them that chance to bond like most athletic teams do, which I love.”

The team is made up of kids from all of the LABBB programs, from Lexington High School to Belmont High School, and is comprised of kids with varying levels of disabilities. The program offers the unique opportunity for these kids to compete against other kids with similar situations, something that they normally would not get in a regular high school setting, Brincklow said.

It gives them a sense of status, being able to tell their classmates that they are a part of the basketball team. It’s inspiring, from an outsiders’ perspective, to see these kids set aside their disabilities and get out there and represent their school, brimming with pride, he said. ”

You know, they get to tell their friends that they’re a part of the team, which just makes them feel really good about themselves,” said Brincklow. “Like I said, the biggest thing that they get out of this is that they get to be a part of the team, which they really love. We try to make it a fun experience for them always, and it’s nice that they are learning to work together, and learning good sportsmanship. It’s just been a real joy for me to be a part of it all, and to see them get so much out of it is just fantastic.”

The team includes a number of kids from our local communities. Nick Boivia and Dan Bustamante are Bedford residents. Luke Moscatel and Nick Nole represent Lexington on the team. Zack McLeon hails from Belmont. Nick Papppas lives in Arlington. And the team’s leading scorer, Steve Castellerin, is a native of Burlington. Together, though, they all proudly represent LABBB.

Every week, usually in front of a small crowd that consists of teachers and classmates, the LABBB basketball team takes to the Lexington High School fieldhouse court to take part in a competition. Win or lose, the coaches are always happy with the effort that their kids put forth.

However, like any high school aged kid, the members of the team are always striving to come out with a win. Starting point guard Nick Cedano (Framingham) said it best when he explained to me his motivations for playing. “I’m competitive so, I like to win,” he said. The LABBB team plays every Thursday afternoon, usually at home in the Lexington fieldhouse. Interested in a follow-up to this article?

By Mike Manfredi