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June 26, 2014

Our Neighbors' Children Are Our Children Too

It is ultimately the responsibility of those who have chosen to step up and lead schools to be those bridge builders, who understand how to balance the power, listen to all voices, and be the rudder to the ship that is our changing educational environment.

June 24, 2014

Want to Incorporate Online Learning? Invest in the Teachers

In order to use the potential that technologies offer our learners, investment in teachers is required. Knowing teachers' mindsets, their fears, and concerns and attending to them while leading forward is crucial. Developing their interest in and their appreciation for the application of these technologies is essential.

June 22, 2014

Can Boundaries Be For Crossing?

Our contribution to the next generation of leaders in our country begins with our interactions with our students. If we included the concept of understanding other perspectives in our curriculum and our practice with students and each other, over time, perhaps we could contribute to a more compassionate graduate.

June 20, 2014

Commencement Speakers: A Lesson in Understanding Perspectives

We are suggesting flipped learning with the purpose of teaching empathy; learning how to listen to, truly hear, and understand other perspectives. The practice of designing learning that embeds the understanding of perspective and the valuing of those who hold other perspectives may yield future graduating classes that offer welcome to commencement speakers with a wider range of views.

June 17, 2014

Summertime Video Gaming

Behaviors are influenced by outside forces. We know that and see it all the time. But does playing a video game turn someone toward anti-social behaviors?

June 15, 2014

Tenure Is Neither the Problem nor the Solution

Teachers cannot work at the "whim" of a board or leader. School faculties cannot be turned over every time a leader changes. Employment cannot be threatened every time a teacher speaks out in support of an unpopular idea or against a policy or disciplines a child or doesn't pick the "right" child for the play or team.

June 10, 2014

Standards, Assessment, Evaluation: Now Is the Time for a Thank You

To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.

June 08, 2014

11 Questions to Answer Before Beginning Online Learning

Whether or not the use of any new technology is successful depends upon how much we know and understand, not only its capacities, but also how it is best used in our environments.

June 03, 2014

Open Up Camp Philos

Creating the environment for an education summit such as this is laudable. But, we want in. We all want what is best for children. We are the closest to the heart of the matter.

June 01, 2014

Holding The Conversation About Mental Health

Mental illness is confusing and frightening and has been ignored or pushed aside as an issue for our schools and for our country. Beginning by learning more, opening conversations in our districts, with our colleagues and with experts will be a step forward.

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