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About Becki Cohn-Vargas

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D works as an independent consultant to schools and organizations with over 35 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in public education in California http://beckicohnvargas.com. She developed a standards-based bullying and intolerance prevention curriculum and has worked to create accepting and inclusive climates in over 150 schools and colleges across the US. With Dr. Dorothy Steele, she co-authored the book, Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn. Becki and her husband, Cohn-Vargas, are also working to develop an environmental research center on their private reserve in the Nicaraguan rain forest http://makenguereserve.com. They live in El Sobrante, California, and have three adult children living in the Bay Area.
Latest Posts | By Becki Cohn-Vargas
Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Resisting Conspiracy Theories
1 week ago

Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Resisting Conspiracy Theories

When I woke up at 8 am on my 68th birthday, I was confused to see that it was still dark. In a day unlike any other in my life, daylight never came. The sky remained dark with a purplish red hue. Cars drove with headlamps lit…
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Do Not Fear the Autumn of Your Life
3 weeks ago

Do Not Fear the Autumn of Your Life

What do you like about autumn? I have recently realized that autumn is one of the best seasons of the year. The weather is still warm… even as the cold begins to creep in.

The leaves change color. Near my house there are spectacular walnut trees that turn glorious colors of red, and yellow and gold. But, I am not here to talk about the trees… I am here to talk about our lives after 60. Read More

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Your Mind Takes Extra Work After 60
4 weeks ago

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Your Mind Takes Extra Work After 60

Funny thing. I have wanted to write this blog for several months and couldn’t seem to get started. No surprise, it is about facing something in ourselves, limitations that stop us from doing what we most want to do. The metaphor of a glass ceiling is quite apropos. Read More

Identity Safety After 60: Fighting Aging Stereotypes and Starting Conversations
1 month ago

Identity Safety After 60: Fighting Aging Stereotypes and Starting Conversations

When you hear the term “identity safety,” what do you think? In a casual conversation at the bank, I told a man that my dissertation was on the topic of identity safety. “Oh” he replied “I work on that too, I am in the security industry, fighting identity theft.” Read More

Surprising Life Lessons from Kindergarten and My Marriage
2 months ago

Surprising Life Lessons from Kindergarten and My Marriage

Not so long ago, my husband of 34 years and I both turned 64. We got cards for each other with the iconic Beatles song that said, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” I could not help but reflect on how we both survived. Read More

Don’t Miss Out on the Gift of Grandparenting
3 months ago

Don’t Miss Out on the Gift of Grandparenting

I call grandparenting a gift because after years of raising a child, now you have another chance to experience the magic of a baby’s first smile, watching them rolling over, and experiencing all the various stages and steps…
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Covid-19 Phase Two: What Do We Do Now?
4 months ago

Covid-19 Phase Two: What Do We Do Now?

A couple of days ago I was at the computer when I heard a knock at the window. I looked out and saw it was my daughter, her partner, and my three month old grandson, Anteo, at the door surprising us. The three had driven up…
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Tough Career Ending? Bounce Back and Get Ready for Retirement!
4 months ago

Tough Career Ending? Bounce Back and Get Ready for Retirement!

I am not the only person I know in my sixties who had a bad work experience at the end of their career. One friend was in his hospital bed after cancer surgery when his boss told him he was being forced to retire. Another friend worked for years as a successful paramedic and was then given the worst shifts in attempts to squeeze him out. Read More

Embrace the 5 Love Languages and Stop Taking Things for Granted in Your 60s
6 months ago

Embrace the 5 Love Languages and Stop Taking Things for Granted in Your 60s

It is so easy to take things for granted – the ground under our feet, waking up in the morning to a new day and, far too often, our relationships. It is so easy to be critical or to notice what is missing or makes us crazy about our partner, parents, children, friends or coworkers. Read More

What Can We Do to Help: Virtual Volunteering in Quarantine
7 months ago

What Can We Do to Help: Virtual Volunteering in Quarantine

From my “virtual headquarters” at home in California, I’ve been in touch with friends around the world from: England, India, Nicaragua, Israel, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Germany, and across the US…
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