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June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

April 12, 2018

Why I Opt My Son Out of State Testing

Let's start investing in our teachers and our schools and move to those forms of assessment, like portfolios for example. Using alternative assessments as a means to show growth is a winner for everyone and provides a level of equity that testing will never be able to provide.

February 27, 2018

Teachers Should Not Have Guns

As each news cycle completes and another travesty takes place, we have to ask ourselves what is it going to take to make the necessary changes to ensure all school children are safe? We can hardly focus on student learning if our students are too afraid to come to school. These mass shootings leave a scar on communities that don't ever heal completely and no amount of safety drills can truly prepare a school for such an event.

December 05, 2017

Parent Educators, When Is the Right Time to Intervene in a Schooling Dilemma?

Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?

November 16, 2017

Your Middle Career Years Don't Have to Slump

Taking risks has become a hallmark of my career and they aren't all winners. Sometimes they flop and I have to be comfortable with that. I must share those failures as well as the successes or else the context is lost. In education, each up hinges on the down that came before it and the more transparent we are about that with our colleagues and students, the richer the learning environments are.

November 14, 2017

Making the Call: Self-Care vs. Work Commitment

Balance is tremendously hard, even when you realize how important it is. I understand intellectually that I can't do anything else well, if I don't take care of myself, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

September 24, 2017

Musings on Becoming a School Leader

Since I can only learn as fast as I can, the more meaningfully I dive into the work, the better I will be for the folks I'm working with. That's why my #oneword for this school year is going to be discover. I can't wait to uncover all of the learning and nuances I will need to be a great collaborative leader.

September 17, 2017

Modeling Transparency and Vulnerability as a New Leader

As we grow together as a team, I have high hopes that I can ease the woes of anticipation. Although my position title preceeds me as a person, it is my character and willingness to lead from the middle with my team that I hope drives our ability to do what's best for kids.

September 12, 2017

Mom Guilt and Career Ambitions

Balance is extremely hard and when there are amazing things going on in your life, you have to make time to enjoy them, to truly experience them.

August 20, 2017

Thoughts After a Much-Needed Work Break

Spending time in the mountains and taking a road trip across the country was just what I needed to clear my head and prepare for year number 17 in education. What did you do this summer to power down in order to gear back up for a great new school year?

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