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March 01, 2012

The Three Biggest Mistakes in Education

Over the past decade, there have been many issues in education. Some of these issues were actually created to make education better but they did nothing more than make it worse. After seventeen years in education, first as a teacher and then a principal, I have come to a crossroads in my career. ...

February 08, 2012

Governor Cuomo: The True Lobbyist for Students?

In his 2012 State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he was a lobbyist for students (Hu. N.Y.Times). Speech after speech he uses data that shows that N.Y. State students are lagging behind the rest of the country. He often mentions that New York is number one in spe...

January 31, 2012

Suburban Schools Are Getting the Urban Experience

It no longer matters what kind of school system you belong to, it only matters that what is being done presently is more political than ever and it is not good for kids. Schools have always been able to provide opportunities, better or worse, based on zip code. The wealthiest schools around the co...

January 22, 2012

Is Book Banning a 21st Century Skill?

Last week, a story about book banning in the Tucson Unified School District appeared in newspapers (NY Times) and blogs (Larry Ferlazzo). Tucson USD allegedly banned books on a variety of topics but mostly those related to the oppression of ethnic minorities, one of which was Rethinking Columbus edi...

January 21, 2012

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week is about so much more than just name calling. It's about what name calling symbolizes. It's pretty common for kids to call each other names. If you ever grew up with siblings, you probably got into a few fights with your brothers or sisters and called them a few names during th...

January 20, 2012

The Cycle Isn't Broken

"All kids can achieve if they are given the correct opportunities, but currently, that is not happening. And that needs to change." There are so many outside influences affecting our students these days. Many of us cannot fathom ever living the way some students have to. There are parents who are ...

January 16, 2012

The Importance of Service Learning

Last weekend I was on #elemchat with my colleagues near and far on Twitter and the topic of discussion was service learning. Service learning can be defined in many ways but it is primarily when students work on a project together for their community or communities far away. It is such an important...

December 15, 2011

Can Educators Be Innovative When They Lack 21st Century Resources?

As some teachers try to find ways to educate 25 to 27 students in their classrooms, other teachers are trying to figure out how to manage 40 students in their classrooms. As some schools purchase IPads for their staff, other poorer schools are scrambling to make sure their teachers have paper, pen...

November 30, 2011

Poverty Matters

"It's no cop-out to acknowledge the effects of socioeconomic disparities on student learning. Rather, it's a vital step to closing the achievement gap." Richard Rothstein In our present economic climate, where it seems that politicians are completely disconnected from the people who voted for them...

November 15, 2011

Four Day Weeks OR Extended Days: Where's the Equity?

Recently there was a story in Education Week entitled Push is On to Add Time to School Day, Year (Fleming). Some schools are adding time to their school day and school year. If done correctly, this will allow teachers the time to focus on great instructional tools like Project-Based Learning (PBL) ...

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