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Rona M Novick
Rona M Novick
Clinical child psychologist and University Professor in Education, specializing in bully prevention and social emotional learning, family and school partnerships, parenting, childhood anxiety and trauma. A frequent lecturer at professional and community groups.


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Jun. 15, 2012 3:46 pm
I remember the first time I saw molly bolts on my dad’s workbench and wondered what those funny looking flipper thingies, or cage like covers for screws were all about. In his confident, carpenter’s voice Dad explained that sheetrock walls can’t support the pictures or other things we want to hang on them, and molly bolts make that possible. Whether the molly is the expandable sleeve type that...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 9:40 pm
I was working on another blog post when the gun slinging dad hit the airwaves. No doubt you have seen him, the father who responded to his teenage daughter’s disrespectful facebook rant with his own YouTube declaration of disgust capped by firing hollowpoint rounds from his 45 into her laptop. The morning news shows and their resident parenting experts are having a ball. Thousands of parents...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 9:36 pm
Enjoy this storybird which I was inspired to write after several workshops with educators around behavioral and differentiation issues raised the question of how to be fair as a parent and educator. You can read the story at"  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 9:34 pm
Reminiscing about a recent trip to Israel I had a spiritual epiphany. It wasn’t at the Western Wall, or the graves of the Patriarchs. It wasn’t on the top of a pristine mountain or beside a rushing stream. It was thinking about a rainy day and a failed tour of a new archeological site that provided me with a new understanding of spirituality. We were scheduled to tour Khirbet Khayifa and a bus...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 9:32 pm
I haven’t yet seen the much anticipated and publicized Bully movie. I am certainly pleased with the attention and awareness it has already generated, with movie stars, advocates, educators and politicians weighing in on the R rating it was given for “language”. When I have wondered aloud, to friends and colleagues, why the movie makers, hoping the film would be shown to school and other teen or...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2012 9:28 pm
I let the tears dry and reflected a bit before writing this. From the opening moments of the Bully movie, my heart was breaking. The stories woven through the film make very real the unbearable pain bullying leaves in its wake. The NYC theater was filled, but it is not enough. Everyone, every child, parent, educator, human being needs to become aware of the epidemic raging through our country...  Read More
Nov. 10, 2011 3:02 pm
I should not be writing this. I have so many others things to do, so many deadlines to meet. I am afraid if I do not take the time to speak out, however, mine will be yet another silence that greets the victims of Penn State’s horrific inaction. Over the past days, as the story of Coach Sandusky’s alleged abuse of numerous young boys (over 40 counts of abuse with 8 boys spanning 15 years), and...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2011 5:56 pm
This month, Storybird initiated a community challenge, for authors to write about friendship. There is so much negative press about girl friendships. Here are two storybirds I authored, for pre-teen and teen girls, about the positive power of friendship. Both growing up, and in my life now, I have been blessed with good girl-friends. They can make all the difference. Happy reading . . ....  Read More
Oct. 28, 2011 12:37 pm
The weekly Torah portion we are about to read includes the well known story of Noah and the ark.  It is a story about a generation so evil that God decides it warrants destruction.  It is also a story about God’s care and concern for mankind, as he protects Noah, his family, and representatives of all the animals. In the past few weeks, some of my clinical work has prompted my thinking about...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2011 10:49 am
For a week every fall, Jews observe the holiday of Sukkot.  A central feature of the holiday is the construction of a temporary “booth” or shelter, called a Sukkah, in which to live, or at the least, enjoy meals.  The move from the comfort of a home to a fragile booth underscores the frivolity of placing one’s faith in the material, when in fact, all blessings and protection come from God. ...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2011 1:12 pm
I shared some thoughts on forgiveness in schools, at Yeshiva University's Instittute for University School Partnership. You can watch the video at  Read More
Sep. 23, 2011 10:59 am
Having just returned from a trip to the land of maple syrup (Canada) and busily stocking the house with honey for Jewish new year recipes and customs, my thoughts turned to sweetness.    Jewish families around the world usher in the year by dipping apples in honey and say a prayer asking to be blessed with a good and sweet new year.    Learning from my Dad to revere Ebinger’s blackout cake, and...  Read More
Sep. 14, 2011 11:07 pm
There is a place in suburban Michigan where a great deal of attention has been paid to insure that teachers will not talk about  students’ sexual orientation.  The harassment and humiliation of students with suspected or actual homosexual orientation, however, receives no attention.  In fact, it is ignored.  In this same school district, eight students have committed suicide in the past two...  Read More
Sep. 12, 2011 1:27 pm
I recently did a brief video for the Orthodox Union on Forgiveness in Marriage.  You can access it at Wishing everyone a season of health, happiness, and gracious forgiveness.  Read More
Sep. 11, 2011 10:20 am
Listening to names and silence. Both powerfully capturing the immensity of the day and both bringing me to tears. Over the week, judiciously trying to avoid too many images, too much pain, I carefully edited what I would watch and read. In the calm and quiet of the Sabbath, I read two things and heard one that gave me a context, a frame to place around the horror that, while not muting it,...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2011 10:26 am
I just posted a story on entitled "The Stars of 4B".  As students and teachers struggle to create a classroom where all types of learners feel welcome and successful, I hope this story of a feisty and positive teacher sets a helpful tone!  You can search for it by name, or under my stories on the storybird website ( ) where my screen name is drronovick.  Enjoy, and...  Read More
Sep. 8, 2011 11:44 am
There has been a lot of talk about technology and education. A recent NY Times front page story described an Arizona’s school attempt to raise performance (measusred by test scores) by bringing technology into the classroom. Like fitting a new drill bit onto a drill, even the shiniest, sharpest bit will be nearly when attached to an old drill with a run-down motor. Technology is here to...  Read More
Sep. 7, 2011 5:36 pm
I recently provided ideas and links for Jewish schools in addressing the ten year anniversary of 9/11 at  Read More
Sep. 5, 2011 8:03 pm
I have been struggling to find a tool that fits this September.  This September, our family is celebrating holidays with married children, for the first time.  This September, our family is sending a student off for a year of study abroad.  And this September, our family, along with families all over the world, is trying to mark, in a meaningful way, the 10 th anniversary of the terrorist...  Read More
Aug. 27, 2011 10:13 pm
Here is a piece that I wrote for the Institute for University School Partnership of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University.  There are additional resources regarding hurricane and trauma and children available on the website at:   With Hurricane Irene approaching, and on the heels of the earthquake this...  Read More
Aug. 26, 2011 9:15 am
I admit it – I am a worrying mother.  I come from a long line of highly skilled maternal worriers, women who reminded you seemingly constantly of the world’s dangers whether you were heading to the playground or college.  My heritage includes mothers and grandmothers who worried empathically for you, who when they were cold, insisted you wear a hat (as per my story – Your Mother’s Cold –Put on a...  Read More
Aug. 23, 2011 8:43 am
This morning, the news reported the closing phase of the trial of the Alaska mom who videoed herself punishing her six year old by forcing him to drink hot sauce and take a cold shower so she could send the tape to the Dr. Phil show.  The court is debating what the appropriate punishment for the mom should be.  I certainly believe behavior should have consequences, and especially behavior that is...  Read More
Aug. 17, 2011 8:38 am
All over the morning news, for two days straight, is the Hockey Twins $50,000 story.  Winning the raffle at a Minnesota event , Nick Smith was given a chance to make an unbelievable shot on the court for the unbelievable prize of $50,000 cash.  When his name was called, Nick was outside the  arena, so Dad sent his twin, Nate to the ice, where miraculously, he made the shot and won the prize.  One...  Read More
Aug. 14, 2011 2:04 pm
Coming out of the shower, I slid the glass door open and it came off its track in my hands.  Holding what seemed to be 50 pounds of glass in slippery, wet hands, I called for my husband.  Try as we might, we couldn’t get both the top and bottom of the door back on track.  We tried brute force (as much as one safely forces glass).  We tried subtle angling and coaxing, but nothing worked.  My...  Read More
Aug. 7, 2011 10:32 pm
It felt like 110 degrees in the Mount Vernon blacksmith shop, even without the bellows fanning the fire.  Two young craftsman, in 18 th century clothing were making authentic hinges using tools and techniques developed over 200 years ago.  The cabin on the Mount Vernon estate was filled with families and adults, asking questions about the implements and products displayed.  One of the costumed...  Read More
Jul. 27, 2011 9:53 pm
If you’ve ever painted a room, you know the drill.  You pick your color from a paint chip, the store clerk takes a gallon of base, adds the proper drops of tint and puts it in a machine that vigorously and violent shakes it up.  As a result, a few powerful drops of color changes a gallon of paint, which then transforms a room.  As we all watch the stagnation in Congress as they struggle with...  Read More
Jul. 22, 2011 9:07 am
I recently visited my mechanic to have him remedy, among other things, a light assembly whose plastic bracket had snapped.   “I use a great tool from Sears” he told me, and promptly reattached my bracket with a souped up version of the hot glue gun I use for craft projects.    A day later, I was speaking to a group of parents about children’s friendship, and the magic of the glue gun’s bonding...  Read More
Jul. 17, 2011 1:50 pm
In a recent conversation, my Dad mentioned the temporary closing of his community pool in Florida because of an over abundance of algae.  He reminisced about how carefully he watched the chlorine and algae levels in his backyard pool.  Since this week afforded me several opportunities to notice parents and children in public venues, I thought about those tools used to keep pools clean and safe –...  Read More
Jul. 8, 2011 8:41 am
“I went out of my way to help a friend”. “I want people to stop judging me and leave me alone” Sharon Velazquesz, one of the Massachusetts teens accused in the bullying that resulted in Phoebe Prince’s suicide,  says she wants all the picking on her to stop, she wants to just go to school and not be followed by the past.  She says if she had known how terrible Phoebe Prince felt, she would...  Read More
Jul. 3, 2011 10:41 am
If you want your car to get good mileage and handle well, you probably check the tire  pressure regularly with an inexpensive and handy tool, a tire pressure  gauge.  We keep ours in the glove  compartment, where I routinely mistake it for a ball point pen.  In these hectic days, I find myself wishing I  had a way to track and release any built up pressure in the children and adults  in my work...  Read More
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