August 2011 Archives

As we begin the school year, three major news events last week provided relevant educational applications. First, many of us on the East Coast experienced an earthquake for the first time, and if that wasn't enough, nature provided another lesson through Hurricane Irene. These two events will give plenty of science related lessons for teachers to discuss with their students. But I think the most thought provoking education related news event is the resignation of Steve Jobs, now former CEO of Apple. Why? Whether you like Apple products or not, Apple is one of the most successful and valuable companies ...


Last week, Steve Owens guest blogged A Tale of Two Cities: Fear and Hope in Education Policy and Unions. This week, he is cross posting an excerpt from first blog article Rethinking Teacher Compensation: Ethics Equals Good Policy- Part I: Time Flows Only One Direction on his new blog Education Worker. In addition to Steve's role as a member of the Vermont National Education Association (VT-NEA) and a colleague 2010 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow Ambassador with the US Department of Education, we, along with Nancy Flanagan and Jenay Leach were part of a panel presentation "Teachers Affecting Education Policy" at ...


Steve Owens is a National Board Certified Teacher from Vermont and a 2010-2011 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the US Department of Education. He is a member of the Vermont National Education Association (VT-NEA) Board of Directors and a music teacher in two elementary schools. The views Mr. Owens expresses in this guest blog post are solely his own. Last February, two very different narratives played out in Denver and Madison. In Madison, political vandals tried to take out one of the state's great civic institutions: public sector unions. Unions were radically reduced in their capacity to bring the wisdom ...


Spring 2007: I'm standing in front of the school buses during afternoon dismissal holding a walkie talkie, posed in the "look I have a walkie talkie stance" with my arms crossed. I'm required to be an "assistant principal for a day" as part of my administrative portfolio requirements for an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. But, as I stand in front of the buses hoping that "no children get left behind" on a sunny Friday afternoon, I realize that this feels eerily familiar. Flashback to spring in the late 1990's: I'm standing in front of buses during ...


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