February 2012 Archives

I hope you were as alarmed as I was when you read the recent Washington Post article on the increasing numbers of young children being suspended from school. We are sending the wrong message to these students--a message that diminishes the value of education. When it comes to creating discipline systems, we should have one vision that does not punish students by withholding learning and their education. And I know we can achieve that vision because I've seen it done. Never doubt the creativity and determination of a group of teachers, education support professionals, and administrators in creating a pathway ...


When I read about the latest study from the University of Michigan's "Monitoring the Future Survey, " I will admit that I was a little skeptical. How could this be? All we hear is about the irresponsibility of teenagers. Yet, they are less likely to do illegal drugs, have sex, smoke, and drink than their parents according to this research. Last week, I spent two days with teenagers in Northeast Ohio, I can attest that this may be the most responsible generation in some time. I suspect it is not just the Lady Gaga version of "Born this Way." This generation ...


It may surprise a lot of you, but I am a great reading teacher. It could be because I was a great reader and loved reading everything I got my hands on. It could be because I had great education professors who taught me how to teach reading through phonics and whole language. It could even be that I knew nonreaders would most likely be relegated to poverty without knowing how to read, and I was unwilling to give up on any student. Like all teachers, I have my success stories. Zack was a towheaded 1st grader who came from ...


I usually reserve my loudest cheers and high fives for televised games of the UNC Tarheels basketball team. However, as I was watching the State of the Union speech by our President, I was caught by surprise with one proposal. President Obama said, "So tonight, I call on every state to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen." Thank you, Mr. President. May I offer you a loud cheer and a high five? You are so right!!! Compulsory attendance laws were first enacted in the 19th and early 20th century. Massachusetts was first ...


"No more pencils, no more books, but lots of engaging teacher looks..." That's the ditty that was running through my head as I sat at a town hall meeting for the first Digital Learning Day. I was there to represent the Pearson Foundation, one of the sponsors. The Alliance for Excellent Education, led by former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, has championed this event to showcase great exemplars of digital learning as well as the challenges and opportunities that come with assuring that all children have equal access to the new tools for learning. You may ask, "What is digital ...


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