October 2011 Archives

Last week I met with a few groups of students currently participating in a student teaching experience. After the meetings, during which we engaged in conversation about creating an effective resume; strategically thinking about how to select items to include in their portfolio; and identifying resources for the job search, I began to realize that a central item I'd like to highlight here, in this blog is - sell YOU to the employers you would like to work with. What I mean is that many of you will graduate with similar experience. You will have things like a student teaching ...


It comes as no surprise to hear that the current education policy of the United States, 'No Child Left Behind', which went into effect in 2002, has been criticized for focusing too much attention on teaching to the test. Today, the Senate announced a bipartisan agreement on a reform bill that would shift the focus of the federal government from high stakes testing to turning around low-performing schools while providing states and local schools/districts a renewed ability to innovate within their schools. I am happy about this. Over the past few years as criticism surrounding 'teaching to the test' ...


Over the course of the past few months my colleagues and I have been planning programming that culminated this past week during our annual Career Week. During the process of planning events it occurred to me that a program we introduced this past spring for education majors remained important in their search for employment and therefore needed to be continued this fall. The program, now a series, Careers Outside the Classroom, focused this fall on museums and cultural institutions and brought three panelists to campus. Students and alumni heard three distinct stories from the panelists who all shared a common ...


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