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August 08, 2011

How Do We Become Career and College Ready?

"Students should certainly think about what they read, but they should read something worth thinking about" (Ravitch, 2010, p. 20). 21st century skills is a common topic of discussion these days so I decided to use my 21st century skills and do a search on career and college readiness. The searc...

August 04, 2011

Pyrotechnics on the Page!

"Atheism is a non-prophet institution" (Fletcher, 2010, p.43). I'm a huge fan of children's literature. Some of my friends get star-struck when they see celebrities but I get tongue-tied when I meet children's authors that I admire. I met Tomie dePaola at a Society of Children's Book Writers and...

August 02, 2011

Struggling Learners and the Factors That Interfere

As a former struggling learner, I know that there are factors that interfere in a student's academic progress. Those factors cover many different areas and some students can have more than one of the factors working against them. However, for educators to know how to solve the puzzle for struggling ...

July 31, 2011

No Administrator Left Behind

"When the principal sneezes, the whole school catches a cold. This is neither good nor bad; it is just the truth. Our impact is significant; our focus becomes the school's focus" (Whitaker, 2003, p.30). We know, as administrators, we set the tone in our buildings or districts. Some of us set a ...

July 26, 2011

Zero Tolerance is Not Elementary

Public policy towards children has moved towards treating them more like adults and ways that increasingly mimic the adult criminal justice system. The most recent version of this movement is so-called "zero tolerance" in schools, where theories of punishment that were once directed to adult crimin...

July 25, 2011

Save Our Schools

"Conservatives are attracted to the idea that some schools can eliminate the gap with the present levels of funding because, if these schools can do so, more money spent on educating lower class children is not needed" (Rothstein, 2004, p. 70). On Thursday, July 28th I will be in Washington D.C....

July 25, 2011

The New Normal

Dear U.S. Secretary Duncan, A few months ago you spoke about the "New Normal." Considering the speech was given in November of 2010, we all have had time to get used to this concept. During the speech given to the American Enterprise Institute you mentioned that educators are going to have to learn...

July 20, 2011

Pray the Gay Away

Things will get better. And more than that, with time you're going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength. You'll look back on the struggles you've faced with compassion and wisdom. And that's not just going to serve you, but it will help you get involved and...

July 19, 2011

Finding Balance With The Wired Generation

As a boy, I was unaware that my woods were ecologically connected with any other forests. Nobody in the 1950s talked about acid rain or holes in the ozone layer or global warming. But I knew my woods and my fields; I knew every bend in the creek and dip in the beaten dirt paths. I wandered those wo...

July 13, 2011

Safeguarding LGBT Students

"You don't have to do everything. You just have to do something." Rochester LGBT Youth Some students in our public school system fit in to the school culture without an issue. It's almost like they go through their school experience unscathed because they were popular, good-looking, a good ath...

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