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June 03, 2012

Finding Your Voice

"When you see what is right, have the courage to do it". Chinese proverb There are times that it seems we, as educators, want students to speak up on our behalf when it works for us. When budgets have the potential to be voted down or a program may be cut due to declining funds. We want students t...

May 28, 2012

The Power of the Principal

"Speak up, be a leader, set the direction - but be participative, listen well, cooperate (Bennis, 2003)." The other day I was on Twitter and came across an excellent blog titled, Do We Need Principals, written by Josh Stumpenhorst, a sixth grade ELA and social science teacher in suburban Illinois. ...

May 01, 2012

An International Education

In the U.S., we talk a great deal about diversity because we have so many students entering our schools that come from diverse backgrounds. The diversity we see may be economic, cultural or academic. Working with diversity can be an incredibly enriching experience. The educators who know that best...

April 26, 2012

Peeling the Onion of Professional Development

"CfE places the teacher at the heart of curriculum development - as an agent of change. And yet, schools are places where such agency is often restricted by accountability practices that hinder innovation" (Priestley & Minty). Recently, I read Developing Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): Summary of ...

April 20, 2012

The Day of Silence

Today's guest blog is written by my friend Dr. Robert McGarry. Robert is a former NJ school district administrator who now serves as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Director of Education. This Friday, students in schools across the country will observe what is known as the Nati...

April 14, 2012

How Can We Fix Education?

"I don't know if we should resist change, but I do know we should insist on improvement." Todd Whitaker Recently there was a great article published by Joan Almon and Edward Miller called The Crisis in Education: A Research-Based Case for More Play and Less Pressure. The article focuses on the push...

April 09, 2012

Teacher Job Satisfaction...or Lack There of

"Teachers are also more than four times as likely now than they were five years ago to say that they do not feel their job is secure." The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher The other day I read the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher. To say it was a depressing document to read is an under...

April 01, 2012

Relationships Matter

The relationships we create with others are vitally important to who we are and who we want to become. When I was younger I hated the word "networking" because I thought it sounded like a word shallow guys used to describe how they worked to build business connections. They attended "networking" l...

March 29, 2012

Principal Walkthroughs

Schools are supposed to be educational institutions where students are engaged, teachers are nurturing and offer rigorous lessons, and principals are educational leaders where they can help create inclusive environments. Unfortunately, this is often a Utopian view of schools. Too often principals s...

March 25, 2012

Democracy in Education Includes Students

Democracy has a different meaning for different people. For most people it means the right to speak out and express their opinion. In our present dark education times we have plenty to speak up about, whether it is high stakes testing or unfair cuts to education. Unfortunately, we do not always al...

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